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Taylor Swift Explains Why She Carries Her Cat Olivia Benson Around NYC

Taylor Swift carrying Olivia
Taylor Swift explained why she carries her kitten Olivia Benson around NYC while attending the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

That darn cat! After photos of Taylor Swift carrying her cat Olivia Benson around NYC made headlines last week, the "Shake It Off" singer explained why the fluffy white pet has become the purr-fect arm candy.

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"The kitten freaks out about being put in the cat carrier," Swift, 24, told Access Hollywood at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 19. "So I was just like, 'Okay, all right, we're gonna just do this!'"

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Swift has used her adorable kitty as an accessory during several outings in the Big Apple, with one photograph in particular going viral earlier this month.

"It was like a 10 foot walk from my door to the car!" she said. "What I thought was funny about those pictures is that, like, the cat is looking straight at the cameras!"

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The "Red" singer announced the newest member of her family via Instagram on June 18. (She also has a cat named Meredith, for Ellen Pompeo's Grey's Anatomy character.) When Olivia's not around, however, Swift continues to doll up in chic plaid skirts with a pop of red lipstick after she leaves the gym.

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"It's been really exciting living in New York and being inspired by the fashion happening there," she told Access Hollywood. "I think you're a little more cognizant of what you're wearing when you do have a camera crew of 20 people outside your door every day!"

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