Freddie Mercury Was A Cat Person
If anything, Freddie Mercury was a cat person first, and the singing was something that he did to support the habit. He had ten cats in total, a menagerie that started in the 1970s with "Tom" and "Jerry." While he was touring, he would call home and ask to speak to them. As his personal assistant described in his memoir, "He'd get to a hotel, we'd dial through, and ... Mary [Austin] would hold Tom and Jerry up to the receiver to listen to Freddie talking."
Over time, his cat family grew ... as did the amount of attention he heaped upon them. He bought them gifts, dedicated his solo album to them. ("To my cat Jerry -- also Tom, Oscar, and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe -- screw everybody else!") He made sure that their photos were featured in Queen newsletters. And he would absolutely go into meltdown if anything happened to them.
When "Goliath" disappeared for several hours, Freddie tore his house apart. Quite literally -- he threw a grill through a window. When Goliath was found several hours later:
"Freddie was over the moon ... For five minutes or more he pored [sic] his attention on the kitten, cuddling and stroking him. Then, like a mother, Freddie scolded the cat, shouting and screaming at tiny Goliath for leaving Garden Lodge. The dark ball of fur just sat there, listening calmly to Freddie's outburst and purring loudly."