Taylor Swift’s kitty Meredith scratched the hell out of Swifty’s $40 million legs


Taylor Swift may have insured her legs for $40 million. Eh. I wrote about it a few weeks ago, when I read the original story in the National Enquirer. Since then, every major outlet has picked up the story and acted like it’s totally for sure. Taylor Swift did not confirm or deny it, which is interesting. She denies all the dating rumors, but not the insurance rumors? Hm. So maybe she did insure her legs? I have no idea. But if she did, her kitty Meredith owes her a lot of money. Swifty posted this photo this weekend:

First of all, OUCH. I hate cat scratches. I have the kind of sensitive skin where even if I get a small cat scratch, my skin swells up and I’m itching for days. Meredith drew major blood, y’all. She must have been pissed at Swifty. Second of all, this is a cute way to dismiss the insurance rumors. Except now I sort of believe them – maybe she didn’t insure her legs for $40 million, but there’s some insurance somewhere, about something.

Meanwhile, Taylor was on hand to celebrate Este Haim’s birthday a few days ago, and Swifty posted this IG video of herself and the Haim sisters singing along to a song in the back of an SUV. Cute.

Last thing – Swifty really, really loves Kendrick Lamar.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Kitten says:

    I love HAIM, but their friendship with Swifty kind of surprises me.

    My kitties rarely scratch me. They reserve their scratching for all the furniture in my house.

    • spaniard says:

      My cat scratchs or bites me when I overpet him. I’m the typical too kisser-holder and he wants to have his space so I think I deserve it.

      My furniture is respected, he uses his scratchers to do his claws, I’m lucky.

    • Allie says:

      I think the Haim girls became friends with her because they wanted more media attention. And they got it. They’re always papped with Taylor and now they’re going on tour with her. Taylor needed this friendship to look cooler. They might have become actual friends now but it def started because of business needs, let’s be real.

    • LadyMTL says:

      The only time my cat tries to scratch me is when I want to put him in his carrier to take him to the vet (one time his back leg clipped me in the face and cut my chin open – not badly, thankfully). It looks like maybe Swifty had Meredith in her lap and the cat jumped off or ran off and scratched her that way.

      As for her friendship with Haim…who ISN’T she friends with at this point? 😛

      • FLORC says:

        My kitty did that too. I ended up getting him a bed that was a cage with the door and top removed. So, when he had an appointment i’d put the top and door on with lightning speed.

        What always got me is he would scratch me to hell when he had to go in his carrier. But the Vet and vet tech he didn’t lay a paw on. He would just give me eyes like (i’m coming for you B—-). And any little cat scratch that didn’t evven draw blood would swell and burn with irritation. I needed ice cubes after those. I miss that little furball 🙁

        That’s hilarious!

      • Ange says:

        My cat’s weird, all I have to do is put her carrier on the floor and she walks right in and sits daintily while I shut the door. It’s not like she ever goes anywhere good in it either, only to the vet, boarding kennel or airport for a plane ride. Last time we put her on a plane we got there early and she happily lounged around in her carrier for 45 minutes accepting chin scratches.

    • klaas says:

      Haim girls are friends ( or used to be) with Kesha as well. Can’t wait for their 2nd album. I just hope Haim influence Taylor’s music, not the other way around.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      My cat places his paw on my arm and gives me this look, Ima gonna scratch you, you don’t quit. It’s a one time warning.

    • Sarah B says:

      My cat scratches me when he’s sitting in my lap and decides to launch off (usually for no apparent reason).

      • Lucy2 says:

        Yup, I’ve gotten launch scratched many times. Especially bad since my cat likes to sit up by my shoulder.

      • Crumpet says:

        Ah yes. I have been an unwitting launchpad many times.

      • Hippo says:

        My cats scratch me when they try to jump on my lap, but are incompetent idiots and don’t quite judge the distance correctly.

    • J Stone says:

      As with all of Taylor’s “bffs” this friendship is a carefully orchestrated PR move, the girl doesn’t get out of bed in the morning without every move being planned by her PR people – all designed to give maximum orgasms to gullible swifties.

  2. Tracy says:

    …she’s gotta lose those hideous brown Nurse Rachet shoes in the last picture.

    • JenniferJustice says:


    • Veronica says:

      Her taste in shoes is awful. I don’t mind most of her clothing, though I think she’s more fashionable than stylish, but her shoes are always unflattering to me. I know some of it is unavoidable – I have big feet, too, so nothing looks dainty – but that can’t explain things like the time she wore black tights with white heels.

    • Kosmos says:

      ALSO…she really doesn’t have the greatest legs. Yes, long and lean, but they’re not the ‘perfect’ legs by by any means. I’m not even sure why so much attention has been focused on her legs, actually, unless it’s because she’s always wearing outfits to show off her legs and we therefore cannot help but notice. I’m sure that’s got to be it…..she wants us to always be aware of her legs, and before she became famous, she thought that one day, she would let the world know that she was very proud of her legs. Anyway, apparently, she’s done that, but I will say that I do see other legs that far out-rival her legs, but we’ll let her go on because it apparently still gives her such great pleasure. Someone long ago probably told her to show off her “best assets,” and she’s doing that over and over and over lol.

      • Elias says:

        She has been pushing those legs of hers for months!!! Does anyone else think that if she had a “rack” we’d be seeing those instead of the legs? I remember seeing a video of her and her mom talking back stage after a performance. Her mom made a comment about “showing a little more leg honey”. I don’t think she was more than 18 or 19 years old when that video was made. Kinda creepy…

      • Crumpet says:

        Oh come on now, she has great legs. That is the objective truth. However, if I was to wish for legs I would wish for Sienna Miller’s.

  3. Miran says:

    I feel like Taylor is the sort of animal owner who forces affection on them when they don’t want it.

  4. LB says:

    Taylor’s amusing me lately. I think the insurance rumors may be true or at the very least, she’s enjoying the media talking about it. She’s been flaunting those legs for months but even more so lately. No shade from me though – if I had legs like that, I’d definitely wear clothes to show them off as well.

    I also love how she threw a surprise party for one of the girls in Fifth Harmony and only invited her own friends (and not any other member of Fifth Harmony). Again, no shade – it’s just hilarious. It’s all reminding me of high school and wanting to be Queen Bee.

    • EC says:

      Ya I think this is really funny. Maybe the insurance rumors are true (probably they aren’t) but it’s good that she can laugh at her the rumors and herself a bit. On her own terms, sure, but she is getting there I think. And I’ll give it to her, she is REALLY good at managing her social media.

  5. Katie says:

    Looks like kitty got scared. 🙁

    • Miran says:

      Thats what I was thnking too. My cats will lightly scratch a little bit when they’re playing, but those are like deep, angry ‘get the f away from me’ scratches.

    • claire says:

      One of my cats loves to lap sit. But as soon as I decide it’s been long enough and go to put her down, she will try to ‘help’ by digging in and pushing off of my legs. My legs look like this pretty frequently, sadly. Let’s not project weird things on to perfectly reasonable situations.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Yes. My cat tries to “help” too and leaves us wounded. She also gets really rough when we pet her hip. Don’t ask me why…and yes, of course, we continue to pet the hip and try to dodge her attacks.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Jennifer, you probably have thought of this, but my cat has “decrepitis” in his hips. I’m not sure that’s a word, but it’s what my doctor said, or what I heard. Anyway, he bit us when we touched his hip when we first got him, and I think it’s very sensitive to even a gentle touch. So maybe next time she’s at the vet, you could mention it, although there’s nothing they can really do for it except pain medication, which I don’t like to give him as he seems ok unless you touch his hips. Good luck, anyway.

    • fruitloops says:

      Well, our cat sometimes runs through the house so she sometimes miscalculates her jump and ends up jumping off of us, or on us (which makes her hold on for her life if she was going to fall down), so we end up with such scratches. Cats do it completely unintentionally sometimes, just while playing.

  6. kri says:

    While we were playing last week, one of my cats ALLEGEDLY accidentally hooked me so deeply with his claw he collapsed a vein on the back of my hand.I shrieked so loudly he then hissed at me and ran into his teepee while I bled all over the place. I want 40 mil in kibble.

    • MG says:

      This made me laugh. My cat Miju gives me a warning semi-scratch and bite when I’ve pet him one too many times. But once he did give me a deep scratch like Taylor’s on the top of my foot. I forget all the details but I was in bed and he got spooked and launched with all his might off my foot. Painful for days.

  7. annaloo. says:

    I started clipping my cats’ claws when they were young, maybe around 6-7 mos. I don’t like cat scratches (or scratching up things) and I would never never ever get a cat declawed. My cats acclimated to it at a young age, and it’s very easy to clip them, bc they sit so still.

    • Marty says:

      I clip my cat’s nails too, she has her days, but for the most part she’s tolerates it pretty well.

  8. Mzizkrizten says:

    I have an awful scar on the inside of my wrist from my cat trying to hang on to me when I pushed him off the bed at 3 am for biting my face. It looks like a suicide attempt.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Ow!! That sounds like a nightmare come to life.

      My late calico jumped off the head of our bed and landed on my face with her claws out. She scratched my eyeball, and blood was running out of my eye. My doctor said another eight of an inch would have severed my cornea. She was a sweet but very clumsy cat.

      • Mzizkrizten says:

        Good grief that’s awful!
        My cat is a sweetie too he’s just pretty consistent about wanting to talk in the wee hours and if I don’t respond he resorts to nibbles.

  9. A says:

    She has amazing legs but she’s not famous for them and they’re not particularly iconic, so insuring them doesn’t really make sense, does it?

    • Chem says:

      I know. What is supposed to be great about her legs? That they are long? That is nothing amazing. No offense but in my country people will call her legs Straws. As far as I’m concerned you have great legs when they are thick.
      Funny how perspectives change country to country.

  10. Eleonor says:

    Her cat did that to show the world who’s the biggest diva between the two of them.
    Meredith for the win.
    Cats always win.

  11. Mean Hannah says:

    They don’t look like cat scratches to me…too widely spaced but what do I know? I’ve never been scratched by my cat. Signed, smug cat lady.

  12. maeliz says:

    My cat was born with only one toe. It’s on one of the back paws so we left it on. All of us have been scratched when she jumps off our laps. The claw gets caught hooked on clothes and blankets. We love her no matter what

  13. Veronica says:

    Ugh. My cat got me good a few weeks back, too. Our bigger cat can be very temperamental – you can pet him, but even one pat over his limit, and you’re gouged.

  14. INeedANap says:

    She really doesn’t know how to walk in heels, does she?

  15. ashley says:

    that looks like a classic accidental back claw deep scratch while-trying-to-get-away. I have thousands of those battle wounds lol

  16. BooBees says:

    MAybe she (and you catladies) should get some claw caps on them paws.
    Look how fashionable:


    • BlackJack Kitty says:

      Oohhh! I want those in red! I don’t think my boy would like them too much though. Plus how would you get them on without getting maimed? Lol

  17. Tiffany :) says:

    “maybe she didn’t insure her legs for $40 million, but there’s some insurance somewhere, about something”

    Yes, of course there is! She probably has an incredible disability insurance policy, life insurance, kidnapping and abduction coverage in addition to non-appearance, D&O/E&O for her entities, etc.. She brings in a lot of money, and no doubt she has policies in place to protect her assets and her family if something would happen and she couldn’t continue with her career. That isn’t “special’, that is typical.

  18. serena says:

    Scratches like that really hurts.. not to mention the stay there for a few weeks.. I have three cats and well, that happens, nothing can be done about that. But I get her, except no part of my body are insured.. too bad.

  19. Lucy2 says:

    I think the line about her cat owing her $40 million is pretty funny.
    My cat is a biter not a scratcher, but she’s unintentionally gouged me repeatedly.

  20. Imo says:

    I have been toying with the idea of asking my husband ( wearing him down) for a cat but these comments are scaring the living hell out of me. Since we live in NYC can’t we get a cat declawed? Shouldn’t outdoor kitties keep their claws but apartment kitties have them removed?

    • Michelle says:

      With all due respect, I do understand your thoughts about getting a cat declawed if they are to be indoors, but it is a fairley painful operation for the kitty. I have had cats all my life both indoor ones and indoor/outdoor ones and none of them were declawed. We had scratching posts for them to use, along with corragated (sp?) cardboard as well and that did the trick. Most cat scratches are purely unintentional, meaning the cat was startled or threatened, and the claws came out. I am not saying you will never be scratched, but there will be very few of them if you provide places for them to scratch their claws. Good Luck!!

    • jwoolman says:

      A lot of vets won’t even do declawing anymore. Imagine having all your finger tips surgically removed. It’s painful, stressful (a friend lost a cat because the stress triggered a fatal illness), and can have lifelong complications. Just get a human toenail clipper and get kitty used to getting her claws clipped enough to reduce the risk to you. I just keep the clipper handy and try to do it while they’re on the desk anyway, telling them how wonderful they are etc. the whole time so I don’t have to really pin them down. I just lean over them while holding a paw. If a cat is antsy, just do it in installments and don’t forget bribery can work. If you absolutely must, there are claw caps that you can glue on and replace every few weeks. But that should be a last resort, such as if someone in the house has a medical condition and can’t risk getting scratched. The caps are not ideal for kitty.

      Pay attention to kitty’s signals. Many cats don’t want to be picked up and petting can overstimulate them if you do more than they want. Stop when they tell you. They will deliberately bite and scratch only if you have worked their last nerve and they are feeling threatened. Do supervise children around cats, since young children can abuse small animals unintentionally and although many cats are amazingly patient with children- if cornered, kitty will fight back. Cats are not dogs and they will not take commands to cool it.

      But be aware that cats can do damage unintentionally. They forget we aren’t cats and are not as tough. Cats think we make great stepping stones so I get scratched on bare legs when kitty decides to jump from the floor to me and then to the desk… That’s probably what happened to Taylor, she may have moved during the maneuver and kitty slipped and grabbed. Kitty is just digging in to jump properly. Another risk for me is when I’m sitting or lying down and unintentionally get caught in the crossfire between two cats chasing each other. Oof. Senior Cat likes to sleep draped over my arm and if I have neglected his manicure, when he gets too happy and kneads, I bleed. That’s entirely my fault.

      Sometimes I have to do something kitty doesn’t like and then I will get torn up. For example, if I must get a cat inside quickly for safety reasons when cat doesn’t wanna. Learn the mother cat maneuver (have the vet show you how to do it, so you don’t hurt the cat, but if you grab the loose skin behind the neck properly then it helps immobilize the unhappy cat). Or when Senior Cat had feces stuck to his backside (he’s a fluffster) and I had to cut some fur away and then try to clean him off at the sink, and ended up black and blue and bleeding on one arm because kitty did not like any of it. (He was purring at me ten minutes later, doesn’t keep grudges.) But if you have another human in the house who can hold kitty down engulfed in a protective (for you) towel, you can get through such maneuvers unscathed. I just had to hang on to him while doing the manipulation and finding the equipment etc. because I couldn’t risk him running off and getting the stuff all over the house (and my bed….), so I was forcing a lot on him with no help.

      Just buy band aids in bulk and don’t worry about it. But remember to have respect for the miniature tiger and your blood loss will be minimal.

    • Ange says:

      Please don’t get your cat declawed, it’s an inhumane procedure. Just teach your cat appropriate places to scratch and get them used to clipping their claws. Funnily enough declawing can lead to worse problems like your cat refusing to use kitty litter as it hurts their feet to walk on.

      Think long and hard about it. You can train cats but ultimately they are very independent. If your furniture is really important to you or you don’t want to clip claws in the end it might not be a great fit.

    • Imo says:

      Just wanted to thank you all for the advice. I have been scouring the internet for cat guides and articles so I can make an informed decision.

  21. I Choose Me says:

    I meh on the did she or didn’t insure her legs but I’m loving all the catanecdotes.

  22. Suzanne says:

    I just love her. I think she’s the cutest darn kid on the planet…She is model material…and if her voice ever gives out….she should model! She’s prettier than any of the top models including those two newbies…GiGi and whatever her sisters name is. I love Yolanda but her daughters can’t hold a candle to her good looks…or Swifty’s. I think Daddy’s money got those two modeling jobs.

  23. Anony says:

    This is why I will never understand cat people. My dog would never hurt me but every cat owner I know has been scratched at one point by their cat usually deliberately. What a dumb pet to have. I’d rather have a pet that loves me back and is always careful not to accidentally hurt me even during wrestling/tugging contests. Dogs > cats