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We have a little bit of a beef with People magazine. The celeb weekly’s offense? They didn’t name Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder the Sexiest Man Alive for 2013 — and we totally  think he and his smouldering good looks deserved to grace the cover this year. But we’re willing to squash this drama because they did include a drop-dead gorgeous photo of Ian and his adorable little kitty within the pages of the highly-anticipated issue.

With Ian donning a simple grey T-shirt, his greatest accessory in the photo is obviously his ginger tabby cat. But how did Ian and this little bundle of fur meet? Lucky for us, Ian shared a bit of the story with readers.

“I rescued him on the Lost set in Hawaii and would walk him on a leash on the beach,” Ian said of Moke. “People would stop and play with him. I got a lot of dates that way.”

Hmm, sounds like this is a definite two-way street we have going on here. Not only does Ian provide this little darling with food, water, and a warm place to sleep, but Moke helps Ian out by bringing the honeys in like a chick magnet. We’d also assume that Ian and Moke frequently cuddle up in Ian’s Atlanta crib.

We love Ian with on-again, off-again girlfriend Nina Dobrev, but we have to admit, we’re shipping Ian and Moke’s friendship even more!

Check out Ian’s adorableness with Moke in People’s December 2 issue and then hit the comments and let us know what you think about the precious pic!

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!