The only things Taylor Swift loves more than music are her cats, who have become celebrities in and of themselves. She explained to Time in 2019 that her cats were her absolute No. 1 influence in her life, and that it was her beloved felines who inspired her to take the role of Bombalurina in the film adaptation of Cats.
“I have cats. I’m obsessed with them. I love my cats so much that when a role came up in a movie called Cats, I just thought, like, I gotta do this,” she said. “Like, this is my calling in life to do this—for the ladies.”
She called her cats a "joy to live with," adding, “They’re very dignified. They’re independent. They’re very capable of dealing with their own life.”
In August 2021, Swift shared a throwback interview from 2014 on her TikTok account where she discussed getting a second cat.
"[I talked with] friends about it and before I got the second cat," she says in the clip. "I was really kinda canvassing everyone I knew, going, 'Is cats ... cat lady? Or, you know, two cats is cats and there's more than one?' And they're like, 'No, three cats is a cat lady. Two cats is a party.'"
Since adopting her third feline in 2019, Swift has officially, by her own account, entered "cat lady" status. Get to know Taylor Swift's cats and you'll probably become a cat lady too.
How many cats does Taylor Swift have?
Swift currently has three feline friends.
What are Taylor Swift's cats' names?
Swift's cats are Meredith Grey (after the character of the same name from Grey's Anatomy), Olivia Benson (honoring Mariska Hargitay's iconic Law & Order: SVUcharacter) and Benjamin Button (after Brad Pitt's reverse-aging starring role).
What kind of cats does Taylor Swift have?
Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson (the cats!) are Scottish Folds. Benjamin Button is a Ragdoll cat.
What's the controversy around Taylor Swift's Scottish Folds cats?
Research indicates that nearly all Scottish Fold cats will suffer from feline osteochondrodysplasia, a genetic condition affecting cartilage and bone. This condition is also what gives Scottish Folds their signature folded ears. The condition can cause Scottish Folds to develop arthritis, as well as hearing impairment and ear disorders. The BBC reports that in the United Kingdom, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy stopped registering Scottish Folds in the 1970s to discourage their breeding because of the genetic mutations they suffer.
Oliva Benson and Meredith Grey had special appearances on Taylor Swift's 1989 tour
At the height of Swift's #Squad, she showed who the true MVPs in her crew are: Her feline besties, Meredith and Olivia.
Taylor Swift's cats starred in one of her music videos
Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button appear in Swift's "ME!" music video. In the intro to the video, Swift argues with duet partner Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco and refers to Meredith and Olivia as her "daughters." In a later scene, Urie gifts Swift Benjamin Button.
Taylor Swift references her cats in one of her songs
In her song "Gorgeous" off her 2017 album Reputation, Swift sings, "I guess I'll just go on home to my cats."
Olivia Benson appeared in one of Taylor Swift's Diet Coke commercials
In a sea of kittens, watch out for Olivia Benson at the very end.
When did Taylor Swift get each of her cats?
Swift got Meredith Grey on Halloween 2011 and Olivia Benson in June 2014. Swift took Benjamin Button home in 2019 after meeting him on the set of her "ME!" music video. She adopted Benjamin Button, a rescue described as a "purr box," when the shoot concluded, saying it was "love at first sight."
How does Taylor Swift travel with her cats?
In her Netflix documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, Swift has personalized bags for her cats and cat backpacks for travel on her private jet. She also loves bringing them to events when she can, like she did here when her little girls met Paula Abdul.
Taylor Swift's cats got a sweet treatment for her birthday
Meredith, Olivia and Benjamin Button made for the world's cutest birthday cake to celebrate Swift's 30th trip around the sun in December 2019.
Taylor Swift trademarked her cats' names
TMZreported that Swift filed to trademark the names Meredith, Olivia and Benjamin Swift for merchandise including clothing, housewares, accessories, luggage, toys and more. She's sold merch with her cute kitties already, and we can expect more to come.
What happened to Taylor Swift's cat Meredith?
Swifties went wild speculating and worrying about Swift's first cat, Meredith, after they hadn't seen her on social media in quite some time. Swift posted a video about the mystery to her Instagram, noting that Meredith just really doesn't like having her picture taken. "She's just a really private little cat," Swift said. "She likes her business kept to herself, she doesn't like a camera shoved in her face, and who can blame her?"
Meredith's introversion made her a natural success during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"For Meredith, self quarantining is a way of life," Swift captioned a photo of Meredith in a ball. "Be like Meredith."
Next, find out Taylor Swift's net worth and how she made it.