By LAURA SCHREFFLER
New feline friend: Taylor Swift has adopted a Scottish Fold kitten named Meredith
The cats are usually quite expensive; the demand for said animals usually exceeds the supply of those available.
Sorry, Selena Gomez, but Taylor Swift has found a new best friend.
The 21-year-old country singer recently tweeted a photograph of her adorable adopted kitten.
'Hanging out with my new roommate, Meredith', she wrote on her Twitter page late last week.
Her new pet is a rare breed of kitten known as the Scottish Fold, which is known for a gene mutation that makes its ear cartilage contain a fold.
Major award nominee: The 21-year-old has been nominated for five Country Music Awards this year
According to PlusPets.com, breeders can charge as much as $1,000 for healthy, vaccinated Scottish Fold kittens.
The website adds that the cats are in such demand that prospective owners are put on waiting lists or entered in lotteries in order to obtain one.
Meredith, it would seem, already has one very famous admirer.
'OH MY GOSH. Is this kitty for real!?!?' pop star Katy Perry wrote on the country starlet's page after viewing the photo Taylor had posted.
'Yes!' Taylor responded cheerfully, adding, 'And currently chasing her own tail. PS I miss you!'
Expensive kitty: Meredith is a Scottish Fold, a rare breed of cat that can cost up to $1,000
Her new pet isn't the only bright spot in the young singer's life: she was just nominated for a whopping five Country Music Awards, including the top honour of Entertainer of the Year.
'Mean', a poignant kiss-off to her critics, has also been nominated for Song of the Year.
'Getting a CMA nomination for 'Mean' was definitely a jumping-up-and-down moment for me, because this song is really close to my heart,' she told the Associated Press.
'I'm so thrilled it was nominated for Song of the Year because it's a song that I wrote on a really, really bad day, but it has produced so many happy days for me since.'
The CMA's will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 9.
Her nominations should serve as divine retribution for the fact the website Celebrity Jihad posted a photograph of a semi-nude woman who they claim is Taylor.
Forget a lap cat: Meredith easily fits on the country singer's knee
Her legal team is currently threatening to file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the site, which features a picture of a curly-haired blonde with the caption 'Taylor Swift Topless Private Pic Leaked?'
Her lawyers have demanded that the photograph be taken down.
The site plans to retaliate against Swift and her team if they do take action.
They wrote recently: 'We here at Celebrity Jihad vow that there will be serious repercussions for Taylor Swift if she dares to follow through on her threat of a lawsuit against us.'
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
By LAURA SCHREFFLER