What a purr-fect time to celebrate International Cat Day. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are feline lovers, and we love a curious kitty too. Considering cats have been worshipped since the days of Ancient Egypt, including by Queen Cleopatra, these four-legged creatures have certainly proved they’re humans’ most loyal companions.
When it comes to celebrity cats, few have reached the level of fame as pop star Taylor Swift’s brood. The self-proclaimed “cat lady”, who recently dropped her eighth studio album Folklore, has actively posted about her kitties named Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson over the years. And yes, the duo are named after two of Taylor’s favorite female TV leads: Ellen Pompeo‘s Meredith from Grey’s Anatomy, and Mariska Hargitay‘s Olivia from Law & Order: SVU.
In 2019, she also added a third to her furry entourage — the gorgeous blue-eyed Benjamin Button. Benjamin infamously got his worldwide debut in Taylor’s music video for “ME!”, which was actually Taylor’s first time meeting the feline. When Taylor found out he was available for adoption, he quickly became part of the family — and was later confirmed via an Instagram post captioned “cat lady thirst trap.”
Taylor isn’t the only A-lister who loves her feline friends — Gigi has been mom to cat Cleo Hadid since 2015. The stylish tabby was taken in by the supermodel after she was found alone and abandoned in a car engine. Gigi has also been vocal about her love of cats over the years, publicly mourning the loss of her longtime ginger companion Chub in 2016 — RIP Chub.
One of our favorite celebrity photos to surface amid the 2020 global lockdown, was of Jennifer Garner with her kids and a furry friend. During a walk with her kids Seraphina Affleck, Samuel Garner Affleck, and Violet Affleck, Jen’s youngest was pictured pushing a fifth member of their clan around in a stroller. Inside the buggy was the family’s gorgeous white cat. Talk about the royal treatment!
Other celebrities who have publicly declared their love for cats include Ed Sheeran and Dakota Johnson‘s mom Melanie Griffith, who actually grew up with a pet lion. For a look at more celebrities and their feline obsessions — including Melanie and her lion Neal — check out the photos in our gallery above!