Taylor Swift would like to make one thing very clear: She is not a crazy cat lady.
She has a much simpler explanation for why she was recently spotted out in New York City with her beloved kitty, Olivia Benson, in her arms.
It turns out her feline companion is a bit of a ‘fraidy cat.
“The kitten freaks out about being put in the cat carrier,” Swift, 24, tells Access Hollywood. “So I was like, ‘OK, alright, we’re just going to do this!’ It was like a 10-foot walk from my door to the car.”
The photo quickly went viral (Taylor Swift + cat = Internet gold), though Swift herself has a sense of humor about the image.
“What I thought was funny about those pictures is the cat is looking straight at the cameras,” she says.
Swift unveiled the feline Olivia Benson – named after Mariska Hargitay’s tough-yet-sensitive detective on Law and Order: SVU – in June.
The “Shake it Off” singer recently told Rolling Stone she briefly worried about what might happen if she adopted a second cat – but quickly got over it.
“I asked around: I was like, ‘Does two cats count as cats?’ But then I thought, ‘What imaginary guy’s perspective am I thinking about this from?’ ” she said. “Someone is going to think I’m undateable for a lot of reasons before they think I’m undateable because I have two cats.”