They named them Tom and Jerry. In line with many biographers, and with his personal assistant Peter Freestone, while Freddie Mercury was on tour with Queen, from time to time, he would call Austin (the person caring for the animals during his absence) to take care of their little kitties.
Freestone said that Freddie Mercury would get to a hotel, would dial through, and would really talk to his little kitty cats. Freddie Mercury added to his written memoir that Mary would hold Tom and Jerry in turn up to the receiver to listen to Freddie. This was the case for years with more succeeding felines occupying his house.
Some reporters claim that the famous singer eventually offered a household to a total of 10 cats: Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo; those were Freddie Mercury’s cats in real life. Freestone wrote that Freddie Mercury and his cats were one big family, Mercury was making sure that each cat had its own Christmas stocking filled with many treats and toys.
The leader of the Official Queen Fan Club for 21 years, Jacky Smith, said that most of them were brought from rescue centers and that Freddie Mercury adopted at least two of the kitties Jacky and his collaborators had in the charity in the UK named The Blue Cross, which takes care of ill animals.
According to The Queen Archives, Freddie even dedicated « Mr. Bad Guy»; his solo album to his kid kitty Jerry, and to the rest of his pets at that time, and expanded the note to “call the cat lovers across the universe.”
The last album Freddie Mercury recorded with the group; “Innuendo”, had artwork of Mercury clothed as a jester with cats on his shoulders, featuring an upbeat song, named Delilah. At the beginning of the song, listen, you may think it’s about a woman – at least until the line about her ‘peeing all over his Chippendale Suite.’ The song was also featuring a guitar solo from Brian May with harmonies sounding like meows. May also adopted a few cats over the years.
Smith says that at the moment, he can’t have one; as he has to travel a lot due to his many commitments, though he still is a cat person.
Another clue found by fans of the immense love Freddie Mercury’s cats is lying inside of the Classic Queen CD insert. For his last portrait, Freddie Mercury wore an astonishing vest with cats all over it, but when you get closer you find out that the handpainted cats featured are his own. That was his outfit for his last video, These Are The Days Of Our Lives.
Delilah was probably the most famous feline of the Mercury cat family, she was big, tri-colored tabby, adopted at the end of the year 1987. According to Freestone’s book, the lyrics of the song wrote for her say that she entirely took over the house and did whatever she desired. Smith agreed that she was a lady with real character! Delilah was just amusing. She was a little bully to the others, was always the first to get to his lap, and first to get food as well.
Jim Hutton, Freddie Mercury’s boyfriend during seven years, acknowledged their special bond too. He would describe Delilah as “the little princess of the house, the one he was picking up the most often to caress.” And to add to the pile, “she would sit on the foot of the bed and sleep, before slipping out for a nighttime lurk.”
In his memoir Mercury and Me, he explained that Freddie Mercury and his cats in real life were like kids and their daddy, he would always fuss over them, and if any of them got hurt when Freddie Mercury was away, heavens help them! During the day, the cats run all over the house and the ground, while during the night, one of them would gather them up and grab them inside.”