Lifelong Cat Lover Nicolas Cage Says Merlin the Cat is ‘Best Friend’ and ‘Like a Son’

Nicolas Cage has a surreal experience playing multiple versions of himself, including a “neurotic version” in the action-comedy ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.’

So, who is the real Nick Cage? When asked by the Hollywood Reporter, he indicates he’s a family man who enjoys spending quiet time with his cat.

Aside from being known for his unbearably massive talent, the actor is famous for an untold number of hilariously strange memes ever-present on the internet. Often, many of these memes feature the actor’s face on a cat or feature cats thought to look like the actor.

Nicolas Cage at Home with His Cat

In a Variety interview, Cage briefly mentioned his cat again. Director Tom Gormican’s vision for the actor was based on the idea that “neurotic Nick Cage is the best Nick Cage.”

Nicolas Cage’s Best Friend is Merlin the Cat

Recently, the iconic actor answered fan questions while doing press for the film, including, “Who’s your best friend?”

His answer: His cat Merlin, a gorgeous black Maine Coon who Cage adopted in 2017.

“He’s an unusual cat, he’s very affectionate, he loves contact,” Cage said.

Going further, the actor revealed that Merlin would sometimes “hug” him in bed. When that happens, he said he sometimes mistakes the cat for his wife, actress Riko Shibata. Notably, the two are expecting their first human child together.

Cage is a Lifelong Cat Lover

Cage is a lifelong cat lover who once rescued a kitten named Razzmatazz as a child, who he also considered his best friend. Also, he’s famous for his love of exotic pets, such as his crows Huginn and Hoogan, which he considers “goth” like himself.

Huginn is known to say hi and goodbye to Cage and is also known to insult and laugh at him and eat cat food. Named after the Norse God Odin’s ravens, the birds live in a 16-foot geodesic dome.

As for all of his pets, he prefers to consider them animal family members, as do we.

Interestingly, Cage’s brother, Christopher Coppola, is also known for his love of cats. (see below)