It’s not so surprising that there are many rock stars who love cats. The biggest names in music have posed with cats in art photography. If you have seen Frank Zappa’s cool shots with a cat on his head or David Bowie showing his soft side with a black kitten, you can understand the allure cats have for musicians and vice versa.
It’s not an accident that many great jazz musicians called each other cool cats and a feline’s preference for nightlife mirrors a rock star on the prowl after a performance. The list of rockers who love cats is long, and some may wonder if Ozzy Osbourne may himself be part feline because of the infamous incident in which he bit off the head off a bat.
Most of the Beatles seem to like cats, given photos of band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison with felines. Even if Ringo Starr wasn’t photographed publicly with a kitty, he just seems like a cat person with his agile grace and quirky individuality. John Lennon grew up with a cat named Elvis and he and his first wife Cynthia had 10 cats. Once in the studio someone noticed a litter of stray kittens and their mother outside and brought them in during a recording. When Lennon was asked if he wanted to adopt a cat, he said that he was unable to because he was spending too much time on the road. Someone walked in with a fuzzy black kitten around his neck, and John Lennon reportedly said, “Oh now you’ve done it,” and ended up adopting the cat. Lennon even came back for another kitten, but all of the kittens in the box were claimed aside from a white one that no one else wanted to adopt because it was too noisy. John Lennon called the two cats Major and Minor and often expressed fondness for them.
Morrissey has been rated by Rolling Stone as one of the best rock singers of all time and is also a champion for felines. He has devoted a Tumblr page of various photos of him with a tabby, feeding the cat donuts and playing with a teabag. For a PETA campaign, the singer put a cat on his head with the title “Homeless Animals on Your Mind.” He released a statement that “Despite the fact, they are incredibly intelligent, animals, unfortunately, haven’t yet worked out how to slip on a rubber, which is why thousands of them are being put to sleep in overcrowded shelters and thousands more are desperately waiting to be adopted.” He compared the desire of some pet owners to let their cats have litters to shooting animals in shelters. Obviously, Morrissey is quite serious about the notion that everyone should spay or neuter their cat.
Taylor Swift is a cat lover who, like celebrity moms, has received some online criticism for her “parenting” judgment. Swift was seen carrying her elegant white cat with blue eyes down the streets of New York without a carrier or leash. The singer proudly displayed Olivia Benson in her arms, and this sparked a passionate debate on the pro-feline site Catster, inspiring an article “Would You Carry Your Cat Around the Way Taylor Swift Does?” The article asked if cats were the new breathing accessory and whether they liked to be carried that way. Swift identifies with cats and has even posed on Instagram with a friend with the caption “We are cat.” Given her dedication to Olivia Benson, it is unlikely that that carelessness was to blame for the way she carried the cat, but all the same, Catster readers gave Swift some constructive pointers on places in New York that were appropriate for taking a cat, such as a cat café in the Bowery.
Cher’s eccentricity can give one the impression that she is likely to be an owner of a snake or a lizard rather than a cat she refers to is Mr. Big. However, a cat seems appropriate for Cher, a celebrity who truly has nine lives and doesn’t seem to age. Cher received a shock when Mr. Big went to the hospital because he reportedly had never had health problems since she adopted him as a stray. Cher spent day and night tweeting about her pet feline’s progress in the hospital. She admits that she was crying and tweeted, “The weird thing is I never think about him (Mr. Big) as sick. He was almost dead when we found him in Detroit, but after that, he’s never been sick.” After extensive treatment for Mr. Big, which included an IV, Cher confessed, “I’m great an emergency, then I cry when it’s over and everything is fine.”
Bjork made a music video in which she depicted her cat as a kind of pseudo-husband reading a newspaper at the breakfast table. Freddie Mercury was so fond of a cat that he wrote a song about it called Delilah. Iggy Pop once rescued a cat from a film set and photographed himself bare-chested with the cat clinging to him. The jury is out on whether Kurt Cobain can be said to have been a real cat lover. While in an interview he said he love cats because of their “ Eff You” attitude, he was implicated in the death of a cat in the chimney, which he said was accidental, and there are rumors that he painted his own cat in bright colors and subjected it to mistreatment.
Freddie Mercury was so fond of a cat that he wrote a song about it called Delilah.
Iggy Pop once rescued a cat from a film set and photographed himself bare-chested with the cat clinging to him. The jury is out on whether
Kurt Cobain can be said to have been a real cat lover. While in an interview he said he loved cats because of their “ Eff You” attitude, he was implicated in the death of a cat in the chimney, which he said was accidental, and there are rumors that he painted his own cat in bright colors and subjected it to mistreatment.
Since many rock stars spend a great deal of time on the road, the idea of taking a cat along isn’t feasible. Some artists have been such dedicated cat owners that they phone family back home to check on their cat every day. Cats provide an aesthetic element to rock ‘n roll art photography, but many stars have a relationship with cats that go beyond just a striking image in a magazine and are genuine friends to felines.