Ian Somerhalder (Damon) may get a lot of attention for his pet-loving ways, but Vampire Diaries co-star Paul Wesley (Stefan) is a loving pet owner, too! Check out this oh-so-sweet photo of Paul taking his cat for a walk over the weekend!

“Walkin the cat,” Paul captioned the Instagram photo of himself doing just that. In the snapshot, Paul is rocking a backwards baseball cap, black jeans, a tee, and black leather boots. His cat is equally adorable. We’re not surprised to see Paul doting on his cat, given his obvious affection for the kittens Ian rescued from the TVD set in 2012. The litter was born on the Salvatore mansion front yard, and the Salvatore brothers fell in love. Check out the photo of Paul cradling one of the little guys in his arms.

Paul totally deserves some casual time filled with leisurely walks with his cat. He just wrapped up his inaugural stint as director, helming the Season 5, Episode 18 of TVD. It was obviously a lot of work, full of late Saturday nights and co-star scoldings — and that’s without even taking into account the scenes in which Paul had to be both in front of and behind the camera. This makes our heads hurt.

“Officially wrapped my first ep as director. Relatively confident I didn't entirely screw it up,” Paul tweeted yesterday, after a few weeks of directors duties. Good! More time for Paul to spend with his cat.

Did you know Paul had a cat? Who do you think is cuter? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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