Taylor Swift’s Cats: A Definitive Guide to Swift’s Kitties

Fast facts about Swift's cats and the stories behind their names

Inflation? Recession? You may boo and hiss about the current state of affairs, but Taylor Swift's kitty is sitting pretty.

A recent report by All About Cats ranked Taylor Swift's feline friend, Olivia Benson, as the world's third richest kitty. The cat has a net worth that's more than most of us make in our lifetimes—$97 million.

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That's what happens when you call one of the world's most successful pop stars "mom." Swift, who told Time in 2019 that her felines inspired her to take a role in Cats, calls her pets her top influence.

“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.”

Olivia Benson isn't Swift's only cat, though. Here's everything to know about the felines that inspire Swift more than Joe Alwyn and Jake Gyllenhaal combined.

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Why is Taylor Swift's cat named Olivia?

Swift named her cat after Olivia Benson, the detective-turned-Sargeant played by the incomparable Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: SVU. Hargitay appeared in Swift's music video for "Bad Blood."

Mariska Hargitay as Sgt. Olivia Benson in "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC<p>Jason Bell/NBC</p>
Mariska Hargitay as Sgt. Olivia Benson in "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC

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What kind of cat is Olivia Benson?

Taylor Swift's cat Olivia Benson is a Scottish Fold.

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What is Taylor Swift's cat breed?

Taylor Swift actually has three cats. Olivia Benson and her sister from another mister Meredith Grey are Scottish Folds. The newest Swift cat, Benjamin Button, is a Ragdoll.

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How much is Taylor Swift's cat worth?

Olivia Benson is worth $97 million, according to a report by All About Cats. The hard-working kitty has had her own merch line and appeared in big-time ads, including for Diet Coke and Keds Sneakers.

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Who is Taylor's favorite cat?

Swift hasn't revealed which of her three kitties is her favorite—as any parent would tell you, she probably loves Benjamin, Olivia and Meredith equally, but differently.

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Who is Taylor's cat Olivia named after?

Swift named her cat Olivia after Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU. Hargitay has played the role of Benson since the show debuted in 1999.

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Why is Taylor Swift's cat worth so much?

Swift's cat, Olivia, has earned her net worth by appearing on merchandise alongside her sister, Meredith. She's also appeared in commercials, like for Diet Coke. It probably doesn't hurt that she has a mom with a ton of connections in showbiz.

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Which cat did Taylor Swift get first?

Meredith is Swift's first-born cat. She got the Scottish Fold in 2011.

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How many cats does Taylor Swift have?

Cat-lady Swift has three feline friends: Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button.

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What kind of cats does Taylor Swift have?

Taylor Swift has two Scottish Folds, Meredith and Olivia, and one Ragdoll, Benjamin.

How many cats does Taylor Swift own?

Swift is a mom of three purr-fect cats.

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How rich is Taylor Swift's cat?

In a word: Very. Olivia Benson is worth $97 million. It's unclear how much Benjamin and Meredith are worth.

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Meredith is notoriously shy, and Benjamin is newer (he came into the mix in 2019). But with a parent like Swift, they're probably not thinking twice about splurging on a new cat tree.

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What are the names of Taylor Swift's cats?

Taylor's cats are named Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button.

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Who is Taylor Swift's first cat?

Meredith was Swift's first cat. She took her home in 2011 and named her after the Grey's Anatomy character.

What are Taylor Swift's three cats' names?

Swift named her cats Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button.

When did Taylor Swift get Meredith?

Swift got her first kitty Meredith, a Scottish Fold, on Halloween in 2011.

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Did Taylor Swift adopt Meredith?

Swift officially adopted Meredith on Oct. 31, 2011.

How did Taylor Swift get Benjamin?

Swift met Benjamin, a rescue, on the set of her video for "ME!" It was apparently love at first sight, and the connection was so strong Swift decided to take him home after the director yelled, "cut." These days, Swift says Benjamin is a "purr box."

Why did Taylor name her cat Benjamin?

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Benjamin gets his name from Brad Pitt's reverse-aging character Benjamin Button from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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