Cee Lo Green’s cat is a rental

The cat that Cee Lo Green often holds and pets as if he was Dr. Evil during The Voice is not his: it’s a rental that has two trainers and costs about $350 an hour.

Cee Lo told USA TODAY recently that he’s with her when he’s in Los Angeles, and he said, “Purrfect is probably my 20th cat.”

But Purrfect The Cat, who tweets, actually belongs to a rental company: “Benay’s Bird and Animal Rentals, a training outfit that has supplied felines, canines, exotic birds and wild animals for film and television since 1982,” according to the New York Post, which says the cat is a rescue who actually lives with its owner and rents for $350 a day, which includes two trainers who get $45 an hour.

Still, that doesn’t mean Cee Lo is faking his attachment to the cat. E! News quotes an anonymous source who said, “It was Cee Lo’s idea to have a cat this season; however, due to his travel schedule, he is not able to care for an animal full-time. Cee Lo liked the idea of working with a rescue as he loves animals.”

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