Drew Barrymore 'Never Gets Bored' Caring for Her 7 Pets: 'I Love Seeing Animals' [Exclusive]

"I love seeing animals first thing in the morning. I love it when they sleep on the bed with me," Barrymore tells PEOPLE of her seven pets

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Photo: Tidy Cats

Drew Barrymore's Manhattan apartment is a "living, breathing household."

The actress and talk show host, 48, is the pet parent to four rescue cats, two dogs, and a bearded dragon named Jeremy — and all the animals get along.

"I don't know how I did it exactly," Barrymore tells PEOPLE of the feat at the launch of her partnership with Tidy Cats.

"I love seeing animals first thing in the morning. I love it when they sleep on the bed with me. I'm all over them. I never get bored. I just love affection," she adds.

While Barrymore's home is open to a variety of animals, cats hold a special place in her heart.

"The first pets I ever got for myself were two rescue cats from the shelter when I was a teenager and living on my own. I wanted to create more of a homey environment. And I could not have loved them more," she says.

Barrymore's four current cats are "all rescues" and were picked out with help from the actress's daughters: Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8.

"It never even crossed my mind to do anything but rescue. I figured there were so many cats that needed to be rescued. I've never considered buying one from a store," Barrymore tells PEOPLE.

The family adopted Peach and Lucky "about six years ago" and then welcomed felines "Big Kitty and Little Kitty Barrymore" about four years later.

"Peach has a fabulous tail that we call 'The Feather Duster' because it's just the biggest bushiest thing you've ever seen in your life. It looks like a tree in a big forest," the actress shares. "Big Kitty is a real lazy, big lover."

"They couldn't be more different," Barrymore says of the quartet of kitties, but all the animals are equally important.

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Tidy Cats

Seeing her cats as valued members of the household, the Beautiful by Drew kitchenware creator always looks for ways to improve her felines' lives. That's why a partnership with Purina's Tidy Cats was an easy "yes" for the star.

Plus, Purina gave Barrymore her first acting job, placing the 11-month-old actress in a Dog Chow commercial, so the partnership feels like a "full circle" moment, Barrymore tells PEOPLE.

Tidy Cats recently launched a new litter, available exclusively at Walmart, called Tidy Cats Comfort, which was designed to have smaller granules based on the feedback of behaviorists and scientists.

"They're very concerned with a cat's mental space and well-being, which is really cat over commerce. I love their sort of attitude and mentality," Barrymore says of the Tidy Cats brand.

Barrymore has teamed up with Tidy Cats to celebrate the launch and to offer a lucky cat parent a stylish litter box upgrade. From now through May 8, cat owners can visit www.TidyCareRefresh.com to tell Tidy Cats why they need a litter box area renovation. One winner will receive a $5,000 prize to refresh their litter area with items from Walmart, plus design tips from Barrymore, to create an atmosphere that cats and their humans appreciate.

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Barrymore looks forward to the project and bringing beauty to an area that cat parents are "forced to interact with all the time."

"I live in a Manhattan apartment with no outdoor space, so I get it. I think about keeping it very fresh all the time," the Drew Barrymore Show host says.

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