08/01/2012 at 01:00 PM EDT
Eric Stonestreet is making a dog jealous!
The Modern Family
star – and doting dad to Jack Russell terrier/beagle mix
Coleman – got cuddly with a tiny gray kitten Tuesday while filming a scene for the ABC comedy's new season
. In the scene, Stonestreet's character, Cameron, selects a pet for his daughter Lily.
The kitten isn't the only new animal face appearing on the show's fourth season. A French bulldog named Beatrice will be replacing
canine actor Brigitte to play Stella.