Home » People » Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's Pets

Does Taylor Swift Have Any Pets?

Taylor Swift pets include three cats named Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button. Swift also has two dogs named Bug and Baby who're both mini Doberman Pinschers. Growing up, her childhood family pets were two cats named Indy and Elienhsen.

Meredith Grey (Cat)

Breed: Scottish Fold | Adopted Oct 2011

Like Olivia Benson, Meredith Grey is a Scottish fold cat and named after a TV character. In this case, it’s Ellen Pompeo’s character of the same name from Grey’s Anatomy. Taylor Swift got Meredith on Halloween 2011 and used to feature her more on Instagram back in the day. Meredith is almost never seen on Swift’s social media in the last few years, but she did make a surprise appearance with Ed Sheeran in December 2023. Meredith’s nickname is “Mer.”

Olivia Benson (Cat)

Breed: Scottish Fold | Adopted Jun 2014

Olivia Benson is one of two Scottish Fold cats of Taylor Swift, who she got in June 2014. Olivia’s full name is Detective Olivia Benson and her nickname is Dibbles. Her name is in honor of the fictional Sergeant and Commanding Officer played by Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, you could say this is the official Olivia Benson. Safe to say Taylor Swift is a fan of the popular TV series. While most cats live a mundane life of eating, sleeping, and soaking up attention, this cat has done more in its lifetime than 99% of the world. As if flying first class, sitting backstage at a Swift concert, or appearing in a music video and Diet Coke commercial wasn’t enough, the real Olivia Benson has even met her TV counterpart, Olivia Benson. To top it all off, this even cat has a modeling contract. Due to her endorsements and high-profile lifestyle, Olivia Benson is also considered one of the richest celebrity pets and is estimated to be worth $97 million.

Indy (Cat)

Breed: Mixed Breed

Indy was a Siamese mix that, according to Taylor, had a love-hate relationship with her. Indy was known for being very vocal and had a distinct scream. Taylor has said she would run around her house screaming really loud. It’s believed she has passed away in 2012. Indy is seen here in a newspaper article with her yet-to-be-famous fur mom.

Bug (Dog)

Breed: Doberman

Taylor Swift has two dogs, both miniature Doberman Pinschers. Not much is known about bug, other than this photo of him as a puppy with Taylor.

Baby (Dog)

Breed: Doberman

Baby is Swift’s other mini-Doberman. Unlike Taylor’s cats, her dogs aren’t famous and keep a low profile.

Benjamin Button (Cat)

Breed: Ragdoll | Adopted 2019

Taylor Swift got her third cat in early 2019 – a ragdoll cat named Benjamin Button (after Brad Pitt’s character in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.) Swift met Benji as a kitten on the set of her 2019 music video “Me!”. The pair hit it off immediately, so Swift asked the cat’s handler if she could keep him… And the handler said that he was available! Also in 2023, Taylor Swift and Benjamin Button both shared the cover of Time Magazine’s “(Cat) Person of the Year.”

Elienhsen (Cat)

Breed: Mixed Breed

Taylor Swift’s first cat was Elienhsen, who was a Siamese-Tabby mix like Indy. Indy and Elienhsen were also considered her family’s cats and were with her growing up.

Kitty (Dog)

Breed: Great Dane

Taylor Swift is sometimes seen with an enormous black-and-white Great Dane named Kitty, which is actually her mom Andrea’s dog. Andrea has shared that she’s been extremely grateful to Kitty for supporting her as her “therapy dog”, who she got after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She’s actually my cancer dog. After I found that out, I decided to do something I’d always wanted to do – which is get a really big dog. I’m sorry – that’s really what it is.

Andrea Swift, “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana”

Bullseye (Target's dog mascot) (Dog)

Breed: Bull Terrier

There are several old photos of Taylor Swift with an English Bull Terrier, leading some fans to believe it was her pet. The dog in question is actually Bullseye, the iconic mascot for the Target retail chain. This was when Swift worked with Target in 2010 during her Fearless era. Note her wavy hairstyle in both images here as proof of the photos taking place in 2009 or 2010 (after her 2000s curly hair and before going straight with bangs for the early 2010s)

Taylor Swift with Bullseye, the dog mascot for Target
Taylor Swift with Bullseye, Target’s dog mascot, circa 2010

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Pets


December 13, 1989 (34)

Links (Tags)


Taylor Swift love cats and is arguably the most famous cat mom. And Swift’s three cats Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button are famous in their own right. The three cats are busy with casting calls, modeling contracts, and commercial appearances. She gained international fame with her music career and eventually got into acting (in the live-action movie Cats, of course.) Swift was in a six-year relationship with actor Joey Alwyn, who she broke up with in April 2023. Swift is currently dating NFL player Travis Kelce.

Related: Does Travis Kelce like cats? Swifties are googling to find out!

Taylor Swift’s Career

Taylor Swift, aka Swifty, aka Tay Tay, aka T-Swizzle, aka Tayla Swiff, aka Blondie, aka Miss Americana, aka The Music Industry, is one of the most popular pop music artists in the world. Her massively successful albums, concert tours, and sold-out shows have been headlining the news for over two decades. The commercial success is only matched by her critical acclaim with 10 Grammy Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 19 American Music Awards and many more. She has sold over 100 million albums.

Swift is also one of the most highly followed artists on all social networks by her admittedly rabid fanbase. And, besides Taylor’s long and successful career, her cats have ALSO held a spot on screen during their cameo for Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool 2.

Taylor Swift’s Cats

Almost as astonishing as the success of her career are the lives of Taylor Swift’s three cats: Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson, and Benjamin Button. With modeling contracts and film features, Taylor Swift’s cats are arguably as famous as she is. In addition to film roles, her cats also have contracts with Fujifilm, DirecTV, Diet Coke, and more large brands. Fans will also notice all three cats have in an appearance in Swift’s “ME!” music video and are referenced in her song “Gorgeous”.

Meredith and Olivia hold a competitive rank on the Pet Rich List with a net worth of $97 million each (yes, EACH). Taylor Swift’s pets have done a heck of a job capitalizing on their fame, even trademarking each of their names for merchandise, including clothing, housewares, accessories, luggage, toys, and more!

Taylor Swift had two family cats during her childhood until her late teens/early 20s named named Indy and Elienhsen.

Taylor Swift's three cats on her 2020 Christmas card
Swift’s 2020 Christmas card [Credit: @kylemeredith/Twitter]