Taylor Swift cats, Names, Benjamin Burton, Scottish Fold, Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson

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How many Cats does Taylor Swift have?

Taylor Swift has 3 cats who have become a major influence in her life. She has mentioned that her love for her cats inspired her to take the role of “Bombalurina” in the movie “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 like, this is my calling in life to do this—for the ladies.”

Swift is beyond proud of her feline companions and she has made it clear in 2019 that they are smart and capable of dealing with their own lives.

Taylor Swift’s Cats’ Names

Swift named her cats after fictional characters that she admires. Meredith Grey (Named after the character from Grey’s Anatomy), Olivia Benson (Named after a Law and Order character) and Benjamin Burton (named after the character of the same name played by Brad Pitt).

What breed of Cats does Taylor Swift have?

Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson are Scottish Folds while Benjamin Button is a Ragdoll cat.

Controversies surrounding the breed

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.

Fun Facts 

  • Oliva Benson and Meredith Grey had special appearances on Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour.
  • Swift has referred to Meredith and Olivia as her besties and the MVPs of her crew.
  • Taylor Swift starred her cats in one of her music videos. Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button appear in Swift’s “ME!” music video.
  • Olivia Benson appeared in one of Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke commercials.

Swift is no doubt a cute Feline lover. She has customized backpacks for each of her cats which makes it easy to travel with them and attend shows together. She also trademarked their names and has sold merchandise including Toys, Luggage, Accessories, Clothing and more. Swift got Meredith Grey on Halloween 2011 and Olivia Benson in June 2014, she met and fell in love at first sight with Benjamin Burton on the set of her “ME” video in 2019 and adopted him.