If you’re a big Freddie Mercury fan, you probably already know how much the Queen singer adored his four-legged pets. And if you’re just beginning to learn about the legend’s personal life, this is just another reason to love him.

His love of felines begun in the 1970s when Mercury’s then-girlfriend Mary Austin bought them a pair of cats – Tom and Jerry.

According to his personal assistant Peter Freestone, while Freddie toured with Queen, he would call Austin to check up on their little critters.

“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.”

Mercury eventually hosted a total of 10 cats, Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo.

“His cats were his family,” wrote Freestone, claiming Mercury made sure each cat had their own Christmas stocking filled with treats and toys.

Freddie even dedicated his solo album, Mr Bad Guy, to his cat Jerry, and extended the note to ‘all the cat lovers across the universe.’

“Innuendo, the last album he recorded with Queen, included artwork of Mercury dressed as a jester with cats on his shoulders.

“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.”