Cat dads, we know you’re out there. To your neighbors and coworkers, you’re just a regular guy with cats. But we know you’re a Cat Dad. Maybe even a Cat Daddy. Sure, everyone loves a Cat Mom, but isn’t it time for the Cat Dad to have his day? This Father’s Day is the purrrfect day to honor our hardworking cat fathers taking care of business for the kitties.
Rise of the Cat Dad
If you have a sense that there are more cat dads out there, you are correct. The statistics back up your feline intuition. You’re hearing it first: Rise of the Cat Dad! The numbers tell the tale:
None of this is a big surprise for us cat people, but we like it!
Men Who Love Cats
Let’s be clear: men have always loved cats. While Cat Moms seem to get all the press and swag, cat dads are just out there quietly being cat guys. World leaders, titans of business, artists, and regular guys are just as likely to be cat people as dog people (and it’s more than fine to be both). Not surprisingly, some of our favorite men who love cats are artists. Is it the heart or the intellect?
When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
“Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need.”
Goodbye, Great Cat Daddy Karl Lagerfeld
This year we lost one of the great cat daddies of them all, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Over the years, the world well beyond haute-couture has come to know Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, Choupette.
— KARL LAGERFELD (@KarlLagerfeld) January 1, 2017
Choupette is in fact a genuine celebrity herself, with fashion shoots, magazine cover, her own book, and nearly three hundred thousand Instagram followers. Her Instagrambio reads:
I’m Daddy @KarlLagerfeld’s spoiled @chanelofficial & @fendi pussy whose maids pamper
Choupette inspired Daddy Karl to launch several collections, including Monster Choupette and Choupette Love Collection. Any Choupette item would be sure to delight any cat lover and we can surely thank this most favored kitty cat for much of the cat style we see on streets around the world.
A Very Lucky Kitty
Sadly, Daddy Karl passed away in February of 2019 at the age of eighty-five. But great loves don’t end. A great cat dad to the end and beyond, Lagerfeld left Mademoiselle Choupette very comfortably well-off, with a fortune estimated to upwards of $195 million. Choupette has at least temporarily retreated from her public life and we presume she’s living the life her cat dad dreamed for her.
Step aside Cat Moms, Here Come the Cat Dads
Do you know the old joke where the lady says to the cat, “Go to Daddy.” And the husband replies, “I’m not that cat’s daddy!” We’re still laughing! Yesterday’s cat guy is today’s cat dad. While celebrity cat moms like Taylor Swift are well known for their love of cats, today’s celebrity men now share their cat love freely. Ed Sheeran is a leading young cat dad who has even been credited as inspiring the whole generation of millennial cat fathers! He won our hearts with this visit to a cat cafe:
While John Mayer’s cat status is not known, he certainly has cat dad potential and great cat style.
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It’s not just a thing, it’s a movement! Men have not just embraced the role, but the moniker. And the gift of social media gives us a window into the depths of their devotion. Some have even monetized their cat love, like MoShow The Cat Rapper. Find more cat dads using the obvious hashtags or just check out our personal obsession: Cat Dads Worldwide.