February 5th, 2022
 Kat Dennings on her pet doppelgänger, Millie, Cat TV & the Cat Lady on “Dollface”
Kat Dennings on her pet doppelgänger, Millie,  Cat TV & the Cat Lady on “Dollface”

“We are a couple of old ladies at heart.”

Over the course of her 35 years, actress and avowed cat person Kat Dennings (who can be seen on Dollface and WandaVision) has had three cats. Her first family cat, Daisy, simply appeared on her childhood home’s porch one day. “She was very smart and could even open doors with her paws,” says Dennings. Then there was Pumpkin, another stray who showed up on her garage roof as a teenager and soon became, in her words, the fluffiest show cat you’ve ever seen. “I swore once Pumpkin crossed the rainbow bridge that I would never love again and that I was never ever ever getting another cat — it really broke my spirit.” But years later, once she laid eyes on Millie, she couldn’t resist being lured back into cat-dom.

How did Millie first come into your life?

Oh my god, well, I was at a store — not really a store, more like an organic, kind of crunchy health pet place. I don’t know how to describe it and it’s no longer there, but they had a section where if people found animals they could bring them in and they would have them available for adoption. One day I went in there for something, probably for my dad’s dog, and they had three little kittens. I asked what the backstory was, and apparently, an old lady opened her garage one morning and just saw three kittens in there — the cutest possible little creatures.

I didn’t even see Millie at first because her sisters were both orange and very fluffy and very outgoing, and they were also both already adopted. And then there was a third kitten. She was in a ball, the only brown one, in the back of a cage being very antisocial. And I was like, “Alright, somebody give me this, whatever this is, because I need to hold it immediately.” Then I held her and she fell asleep in my arms. I immediately whisked her away and took her home and bought everything I needed to have a kitten (a bed, litter box, etc.) and my life was changed forever. Some think she’s a Norwegian Forest Cat mix, a tiny little version. She’s almost eight now and when I got her she was the size of a teacup. And she’s just the love of my life… well, the other love of my life.

When you first met her, was she already a Millie or did you bestow that name upon her?

I bestowed it, though actually my mom named her. I was originally going to name her Owl, and my mom thought it was a little disrespectful to her as a species. So she said, “You know, she kind of looks like a Millie.” And I agreed. When she’s being a very good girl her full name is Mildred and when she’s being a little bit naughty her full name is Millicent.

I love that she came from a little old lady’s garage and that you ended up naming her Mildred. It just makes sense.

Exactly. We are a couple of old ladies at heart.

Personality-wise, is there any other crossover between you and Millie?

It’s clear that we share a similar couch potato vibe. She was a shy, keeping-to-herself kind of kitten. A vet once told me she was definitely an only child. She loves me, she loves my fiancé, she loves my mom, and that’s it. She’s not really one of those cats that comes right up to you and wants to sit in your lap. She likes who she likes and that’s it. I get it.

You said couch potato. Is that where we would usually find her on any given day?

Well, a day in the life of Millie. When she was really little she was awake pretty much all night, but as she grew she didn’t do the nocturnal thing that most cats do; she just went to sleep with me and then she would just get up when I got up. It’s incredible, and she still does that. She wakes up with me every morning and I’ll give her breakfast, and then all she wants to do is just go back to sleep. And I’ll give her a brush and then she’ll probably want to play a little bit and then…she just wants to go back to sleep again. We share that too. It’s the ideal lifestyle in my opinion.

So, I googled Millie and the internet tells me that she likes to brush her teeth. True?

That is her special talent. And I don’t want to brag but I did take her to the vet recently and he told me that her teeth look incredible. Not to show off. I don’t know if anybody uses the tiny little toothbrush, even though obviously we should — but it’s not exactly easy to brush a cat’s teeth. However, I hold out the toothbrush and sometimes it’s just water or a little bit of cat toothpaste flavored gel thing and she’ll just bite it and I’ll kind of drag it through the teeth and she really loves it. She absolutely goes for it. It’s amazing.

Does Millie appreciate your craft? Does she watch TV with you?

She does not appreciate me in a professional sense at all. And she hates the camera in general. Every time I have my camera, she hates it and she runs from it. If I come into a room that she’s in and I don’t have my phone, she’s doing as many cute things as possible. And then when I have my camera ready she just runs out. However, there’s something on YouTube called Cat TV. And if you have to leave the house for a while, it has up to 12-hour episodes where it’s just like birds and squirrels. Someone set up a camera and put a bunch of birdseed out and it’s just hours of birds flying in and pecking around. An absolute brilliant mind conceived of this. And Millie can’t get enough of it. She is mesmerized. That is her TV of choice.

Are you also deep into cat memes, too?

Listen, I dabble. I do follow a few notable cats, but I don’t go out of my way to follow cat meme accounts. It doesn’t matter at all, though, because Instagram knows and they all come to me. I am knee deep in #catstagram.

Obviously, the past two years have been pretty homebound and stressful. Was Millie a comfort throughout all of it?

If I didn’t have Millie it would have been a lot worse for me, personally. When the pandemic first started I was out of town filming, so that was really stressful. When I came home I didn’t have Millie for a while because she was being watched by my mom. I didn’t want to go near my mom until I felt it was safe. We didn’t know enough about Covid at that time, so I stayed away for like a month. But then when I got her home the cuddles were off the chart — and this cat is not a lap cat. She’s more like an “I’ll sit next to you and poke you with my paw” kind of cat. I think, unlike us, all of our pets have mostly enjoyed this time because we are always home spending time with them. She’s thriving and having the time of her life. And pets are the best when we’re stressed out…they can tell when we’re having a hard time.

Your fiancé Andrew came into the picture during the pandemic. What was his first meeting like with Millie?

Now that was a true test. Millie responds to me mostly. She will pick up if I’m stressed out or happy and she will follow that. She went right over to him when they first met. And he’s respectful and hands off, and she did the ankle sniffing and she rubbed her head on him right away. And now she just can’t get enough of him. If he’s in another room she will bolt for that room. She knows that I am happy, so she is happy too.

Cat lady used to be an insult lobbed at women; do you feel like it’s evolved?

I absolutely think it has evolved. On Dollface there’s a character called “Cat Lady” who is a human woman with a cat head. It was supposed to be the magical realism version of a cat lady, but she’s kind of like the fairy godmother of the show. We’re supposed to be quote-unquote scared of becoming a cat lady, but really what does that even mean? Being a strong independent person who loves cats? That sounds awesome.

So, would you ever add to your cat brood?

Well that vet told me that this cat should not have other cats and I think about that. But I will say that Millie has met dogs in her life and she’s very interested in them. Ideally, of course, I would just be covered in cats, but I’m going to wait on getting another one. The thought has crossed my mind to add a canine. We’ll see…


Written by Fiorella Valdesolo for The Wildest, article published on February 4. Images via Kat Dennings’s Instagram.
0 Comments  /   Share:
August 16th, 2021
 Kat Dennings shares the fun birthday surprise she made for her cat: ‘She could not believe it’

“There’s something about the chopstick pouch that drives this cat wild,” the Wandavision star says about her pet cat’s favorite thing.

Kat Dennings will do anything to make her cat, Millie, happy!

The Dollface star, 35, tells PEOPLE exclusively about the hilarious habit her furry friend picked up — and how she eventually catered to it.

“Millie has very limited access to anything dangerous. I’m an insane helicopter mom when it comes to her. This cat loves anytime I get sushi takeout or delivery or whatever, and you know how the chopsticks come in that little chopstick pouch? There’s something about the chopstick pouch that drives this cat wild,” the actress, who’s partnered with Royal Canin to raise awareness about their National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day campaign, says about her cat’s quirk.

“She loves the empty chopstick pouch. She hoarded that,” she continues. “She would find one and drag it upstairs and hide it, and I just found this little stash of empty chopstick pouches.”

Dennings once went the extra mile to pull off an “insane” chopstick pouch feat for Millie’s birthday.

“I saved all the chopsticks pouches for months and months, and I surprised her. She sat on the bed, and I filmed it in slow motion — again, I know, I’m insane. I threw a hundred chopstick wrappers into the air and filmed her reaction, and she could not believe it,” she says. “So I don’t know if that story says more about Millie or about me.”

When it comes to caring for Millie, Dennings jokes that she’s “a crazy person.” The 2 Broke Girls alum recalls how she previously “flipped out” when Millie licked up a small drop of her facial cleanser that accidentally fell on the cat’s bed.

“I flipped out, and I called a pet poison hotline. I was like, ‘Kill me!’ They were like, ‘What’s in the cleanser?’ I was like, ‘Oh, this, this, this!'” Dennings says of the incident. “I mean, it was absolutely safe. She did end up being fine, but I had to tell him how much she weighed; I had to tell him how much of what was in the cleanser.”

Dennings is teaming up with Royal Canin to help encourage cat owners to take their felines to the vet annually. With National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day approaching on Aug. 22, Dennings says that raising awareness about the perks of preventive veterinary care “is a timely issue.”

“I’m an enormous cat lover. Of course, I love all animals, but cats have a special place in my heart. Cats are very mysteriously elegant. And that’s both a blessing and a curse,” the WandaVision star says.

“I think as cat owners, we know that our cats are very … I keep saying the word mysterious, but it’s true. They don’t really show the signs of illness. When they don’t feel well, they’re really, really good at hiding it,” she continues. “It is something really important as cat owners that we need to realize, which is we really do need to take our cats to the vet annually every year, or as needed.”

By going to Royal Canin’s official website, cat owners can find abundant resources to help them keep their felines happy and healthy.


Written by Dory Jackson for People, article publiched August 16
0 Comments  /   Share:
January 1st, 2021
 Kat and Millie in OK! USA

The January 11th issue of OK! Magazine USA features a handful of celebrities and their pets. Among them, Kat and Millie, with their little selfie from December 1st. It’s officially Kat’s first appearance in 2021 press, even if through a humble clipping.


0 Comments  /   Share:
July 23rd, 2020
 Kat and Millie on #SongsToSaveThemAll

Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country.

Yesterday they streamed a YouTube concert in the hopes of raising funds to rescue homeless pets. Talent and friends came together to introduce the performers, as was the case of Kat and Millie. Kat had already teased the recording on Sunday, adding that “she does not care if she’s on camera for a good cause, let me tell you.”

DONATE TO THE #SONGSTOSAVETHEMALL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Below we present Kat and Millie’s participation, but you can watch the full show here.


0 Comments  /   Share:
July 20th, 2020
 Instagram Stories 19/07
« of 3 »

0 Comments  /   Share:
July 20th, 2020
 New on Twitter 19/07

She does not care if she’s on camera for a good cause, let me tell you.


0 Comments  /   Share: