It's International Cat Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a look back at just how popular cats are as a pet? While dogs might be touted as Man's Best Friend, cats have had their fair share of time in the spotlight. Just check out these kitties cuddling up to some of the biggest stars and influential creators history has seen.
Clark Gable, holding a cat? He might not give a damn, but we do!
Look at Marlon Brando just smoochin' this kitty.
And actress and crazy cat lady, Anna Magnani, with a bouquet of cats.
And Lauren Bacal
Check out Spencer Tracy playing with a cat on the set of Cass Timberlane in 1947.
And tough-guy actor Edward G. Robinson posing for a portrait with his even tougher-looking cat.
Here's Jane Fonda and a gorgeous Siamese, circa 1960s
But it wasn't just actors that posed with their kitties!
There are also famed painters, like Pablo Picasso, shown here holding his cat, Minou.
Pablo Picasso later in life, still holding cats!
And singers, too, like the unforgettable Freddie Mercury of Queen ...
And here's John Lennon and his cat, Pepper.
And The Man in Black, Johnny Cash ...
And even the King himself, Elvis Presley.
Who knew the Beatles liked cats? Paul McCartney poses with his cat.
Musician Morrissey wearing a top cat.
Swifties know that Taylor Swift loves her cats, Dr. Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button
Cat lover David Bowie contributed the song “Cat People” to the movie of the same name.
Don't forget the writers, like Jack Kerouac and his cat, Tyke.
And Stephen King posing with cats for his film, "Cat's Eye."
And you can't leave Ernest Hemingway out!
He loved cats so much his house-turned-museum in Key West is now home to over 50 cats, many of them polydactyls.
“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.” - Ernest Hemingway