Mariska Hargitay Named Her Cat "Karma" as a Nod to Taylor Swift's Pet Olivia Benson

Incredible stuff.

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Mariska Hargitay is in on the joke.

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress—who plays the detective Olivia Benson on the TV show—has just named her new cat Karma, as a reference to Taylor Swift's song "Karma," in which she sings that "karma is a cat."

Introducing Karma the cat on Instagram, Hargitay wrote, "Karma is a Cat @taylorswift Meet Karma. My Cat. #MeAndKarmaVibeLikeThat #AndIKeepMySideOfMyPawClean #KarmaIsACat"

BTW, cat lovers, Karma is the cutest lil' bug, a Siamese cat with piercing blue eyes. In the second photo Hargitay posted, this sweet baby is licking its paw while staring at the camera, which is hilarious and adorable in equal measure.

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The reason this is a doubly epic move is not just that Hargitay is a Swiftie (though Swiftie she is, rest assured): It's that one of Swift's cats is famously named Olivia Benson after her character.

BTW, the singer also has one cat named Meredith Grey after Grey's Anatomy, and another named Benjamin Button named after, well, Benjamin Button.

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Anyway, as for Hargitay's Swift fandom, the actress showed it off loud and proud when she attended the Eras Tour back in August.

Posting a photo of herself in a 1989 t-shirt, plus lots of pictures from the night (including one with a TON of friendship bracelets), Hargitay wrote, "Still in the afterglow of the most magical night. Deepest gratitude to @taylorswift for your poetry and wisdom. You inspire us and connect us to our #delicate tenderness, joy, hope and strength—and most of all, our wish to live and love courageously. Thank you, Taylor, for all you do and all you are."

I'm feeling the love from all the way over here.

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