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Things We Saw Today: We Are Obsessed With Pet Sematary’s Adorable Non-Zombied Feline Stars

Church the zombie cat from Pet Sematary looking creepy.

I know that Pet Sematary is, in some sense, a cautionary tale about loving your pets too much. (You might miss them, but sometimes dead is better, we know.) But the only thing getting me through this week’s hellish news cycle is pictures of the actual cat who played Church in the remake, and to be honest, I would risk zombification for this cat. Just look at this beautiful lad!

Look at him! He is purrfection.

He and other fancy movie star cats are now the only thing I care about.

Why yes, this cat does have an Instagram account, I’m so glad you asked!

But wait! Leo there wasn’t the only cat to play Church. Meet Tonic!


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Apparently, there were five Maine Coons cast to share the role of Church, and all of them were originally shelter cats. By the time the film had wrapped production, all five had found forever homes. The movie’s feline trainer, Melissa Millett, adopted Tonic.

As for that makeup job mentioned in the above tweet, the New York Post writes:

How do you make up a cat? The answer: gradually, and with gunk they can lick off and digest.

For two months, the trainers and a representative from the American Humane Society had what Millett calls “a catnip party” in a dry bathtub, adding one drop of makeup at a time until the cats were comfortable.

Please let me attend a makeup catnip party with these cats. It’s my only dream.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.