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Mariska Hargitay Got a New Cat — and Named It After Taylor Swift! See Pic

Karma is, indeed, a cat. 

By Christopher Rosa

Mariska Hargitay just proved once and for all that these Taylor Swift lyrics are true: Karma is, indeed, a cat. 

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How did the Law & Order: SVU actress do this, you ask? By getting a cat herself — and naming it Karma, after Swift's hit song from her 2022 album, Midnights

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Mariska Hargitay got a new cat — and named it after Taylor Swift 

Mariska Hargitay Taylor Swift Friendship Promo

Hargitay unveiled her new pet to the world on Thursday, November 30. She shared two photos of the feline to Instagram, including one where it's adorably licking its paw, with the caption, "Karma is a Cat @taylorswift Meet Karma. My Cat.🐱 #MeAndKarmaVibeLikeThat #AndIKeepMySideOfMyPawClean #KarmaIsACat." 

Those hashtags are all references to lyrics from Swift's song "Karma." Read them for yourself, below. 

And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean                                                                                                                          'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

See photos of Hargitay's cat, below: 

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Hargitay and Swift are old friends. Hargitay actually appeared in Swift's music video for the song "Bad Blood" back in 2015, and ever since then, it's been a love-fest between the two ladies — especially on Instagram. 

Of course, Hargitay attended several of Swift's Eras Tour shows in 2023, including a stop in Nashville with Reese Witherspoon. On the experience, Hargitay wrote via Instagram, "It's like I got this music in my mind
Saying it's gonna be alright” 🎶Thank you magnificent and miraculous @taylorswift for your magic. It’s such a gift to be in your stunning, sparkly, powerful and délicate wonderland. How do you make a stadium filled with with 70,000 people feel like your cozy living room♥️ You are pure magic! Thank you for exquisite talent, your courage and all your wisdom. Your STAMINA!!and your #SHIMMER #ShakeItOff glorious night @reesewitherspoon and avaphillippe♥️💃🏻🙏🏼😘 #Nashville #erastour."