According to the January 2004 edition of Cat Fancy, Mercury possessed a great fondness for cats, at one point owning as many as ten. Mercury’s personal assistant, Peter Freestone, wrote that his boss “put as much importance on them as any human life.” The album Mr. Bad Guy and the song “Delilah” were dedicated to cats, and Mercury wore clothes featuring cats in videos and on album covers.
” He loved the waistcoat which he wore for this shot It was a present from Joe’s friend Donald McKenzie who with the help of Joe had managed to get hold of photos of all Freddie’s cats and had given them to a friend of his who had painted them onto the silk body of the waistcoat.”
Peter Freestone. “Mister Mercury”