I don’t know where the “crazy cat lady” cliché originated from, but for some reason, cat lovers are usually assumed to be women. Fortunately, more and more men are challenging this stereotype by proudly assuming the title of “cat dad.” Some of the most popular cat Instagrams, such as @finforthewin and @iamlilbub, are managed by cat dads. On Tinder, men who describe themselves as a “cat dad” in their bio probably receive more right swipes than successful doctors and Ryan Gosling look-alikes combined. Celebrities like Ian Somerhalder and James Franco regularly post about their kitties on social media, expanding their following from fans of their movies to the worldwide cat lover community.
In honour of Father’s Day just around the corner, here are our favorite celebrity cat daddies.
1. Ian Somerhalder
The “Vampire Diaries” star is dad to orange tabby Moke and president of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, an environmental nonprofit that is currently collecting donations for an animal sanctuary.
2. James Franco
Actor James Franco has two cats, Sammy and Zelda, allegedly named after literary figures Sammy Glick and Zelda Fitzgerald.
3. Dave Franco
We don’t know much about James and Dave Franco’s parents, but they must have done something right, because it turns out that both brothers are major cat men. Dave and his wife, actress Alison Brie, have two cats, Harry and Arturo.
4. Jackson Galaxy
Of course, there’s no way we could make a list of cat dads without including Jackson Galaxy, professional cat behaviourist and host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” With this extensive knowledge of kitties, he’s basically the ultimate cat dad.
That’s right: rappers can love cats, too. When he isn’t rapping about thrift stores, Macklemore maintains an Instagram account for his kitty, @cairothecat, which has amassed almost 80k followers.
6. Howard Stern
Not only is Howard cat dad to three kitties, but he and his wife Beth also foster a steady revolving door of kittens.
7. Ricky Gervais
The English comedian loves his Siamese, Ollie, so much that he created a Twitter account for her. He also seems to gush about her a lot in interviews. We don’t at all blame him.
8. CeeLo Green
The “Voice” judge has a white Persian, Purrfect the Cat, which sometimes accompanies him on the panel. No one looks more badass with a fluffy cat on their lap than CeeLo.
9. Russell Brand
Comedian and actor Russell Brand is dad to two cats, Morrissey and Jericho.
10. Ed Sheeran
In 2014, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran tweeted that he had rescued a kitten and named him Graham. It seems that he and cat lover Taylor Swift are friends for a good reason!
Any ameowzing cat dads we didn’t include in this post? Name your favorites in the comment section below!