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20 Pics Show How Much Freddie Mercury Loved His Cats, Treated Them Like His Kids

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Freddie Mercury? If you are like most people, you think about his part as the lead singer of the rock band, Queen. He certainly did carve out a niche and his music is loved around the world, even though he has been dead for many years. As it turns out, Freddie Mercury is not only a person that we can appreciate because of his epic voice, he also had a love of cats.

When you love cats, you will go out of your way to do whatever is necessary to make them feel like a rock star. What do you do, however, if you actually are a rock star? What you would do is dedicate a song to them and that is precisely what Freddie Mercury did. As you are about to see, he is the ultimate cat guy.

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Apparently, Mercury’s girlfriend in the 70s, Mary Austin bought a pair of felines. Their names were Tom and Jerry and a biographer says that when he toured with Queen, he would often call Austin to see how the cats were doing.

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“He’d get to a hotel, we’d dial through, and he really would talk to his cats,” Freestone said. Writing in his memoir, Freddie Mercury, he added, “Mary would hold Tom and Jerry in turn up to the receiver to listen to Freddie talking. This continued throughout the years with succeeding feline occupants of his houses.”

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It seems as if Mercury might even have had as many as 10 cats at one time. Some of their names were: Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo. “His cats were his family,” wrote Freestone, saying that Mercury made sure each cat had his or her own Christmas stocking filled with treats and toys.

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The official leader of the Queen fan club, Jackie Smith, had the following to say: “Most of them were from rescue centers. We have a charity [in the United Kingdom] called The Blue Cross, which takes care of sick animals. Freddie got at least two from them.”

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According to the Queen Archives, the solo album, Mr. Bad Guy was dedicated to Jerry, his cat, along with the rest of the cats in his home.

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“Innuendo, the last album he recorded with the group, included artwork of Mercury dressed as a jester with cats on his shoulders. It also featured an upbeat song, titled Delilah. At first listen, you may believe it’s about a woman – at least until the line about her ‘peeing all over [his] Chippendale Suite.’ The song also features a guitar solo from Brian May with harmonies that sound like meows. May has also had a few cats over the years. Presently, his travel commitments restrict him from having one, but according to Smith, ‘He still is a cat person as opposed to a dog person.’”

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If you look at the insert from the Classic Queen CD, you can see another hint at his love for felines. It turned out to be his final portrait and Mercury wore a vest with cats on it. When you look closer, you can see that they are his own cats. His final video also saw him wearing this feline vest.

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Delilah was probably the most famous of his cats. It was a tricolor tabby that he adopted 1987. The lyrics to her song indicated that she completely took over the house and did whatever she wanted.

“She was a real character, that lady!” agreed Smith. “Delilah was just kind of funny. She was a bit of a bully to the others, but was always first on his lap, first for food.” Jim Hutton, the singer’s boyfriend of seven years, recognized their special bond as well. He described Delilah as “the little princess” of their home, “the one he’d pick up and stroke the most often.” And if that wasn’t enough, “she’d sleep at the foot of the bed, before slipping out for a nighttime prowl.”

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“Freddie treated the cats like his own children,” he explained in his memoir Mercury and Me. “He would constantly fuss over them, and if any of them came to any harm when Freddie was away, heaven help us. During the day the cats had the run of the house and grounds, and at night one of us would round them up and bring them inside.”

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