updated 08/05/2011 AT 2:10 PM ET
•originally published 08/05/2011 AT 10:45 AM ET
Since splitting last year from his ex-wife and Dexter costar Jennifer Carpenter, Michael C. Hall has been able to make time for a few other loved ones.
“I spend a lot of time with my cats,” the actor, 40, tells PEOPLE of the pets he adopted with Carpenter in 2009. “They’re both boys, they’re both very affectionate. Their names are Preacher and Ford. They’re my four-legged friends.”