16 Photos of Taylor Swift's cats that made her Queen of Instagram (PHOTOS)

Sep 9, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. ET

Kim Kardashian may rule supreme when it comes to selfies, but she's no longer the matriarch of Instagram.

Taylor Swift officially dethroned Kardashian on Tuesday, when she surpassed the reality star's millions of followers. At press time, Swift has 45.6 million loyal Instagram minions while Kardashian is clocking in at a meager 45.5. Beyoncé comes in third with a cool 45 million followers.

So what were the factors that hurled Swift into her newfound Instagram status? It could be the posts about the bazillion different superstars who have joined her up on stage during her 1989 tour. Or it could be the jealousy-inducing pics of Swift with all of her cooler than cool BFFs. It could be the adorable photos of her cute as a button baby godson, or it could be the inside look at all the sweet events that Swift has put together for her fans.

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It could be any or all of the above, but we know the truth. Swift's Instagram mega following isn't because her fans have #squadgoals or like looking at pictures of infants.

It's because of Swifty's cats. Yes, folks, we truly believe Swift's posts about Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey are what keep followers hanging on. Here's the proof.

1. Meerkat Manor


The connection between Swift and her kitty is just undeniable.

2. Olivia Benson, pondering life


A little solitude is integral to happiness, even if you are a feline.

3. Stressed out


It happens to the best of us. Maybe all that pondering isn't a good thing after all.

4. Olivia Benson meeting Olivia Benson


Truly a magical moment.

5. Leaving on a jet plane


This pic was an ode to her furbabies while she was getting ready to leave them.

6. Meerkat Manor: The documentary


Really, though, those cats have some serious core strength.

7. Wednesdays with Olivia


Olivia is clearly not impressed with Swift's hot brother.

8. Meredith's mad


Maybe she didn't like the most recent episode of Grey's Anatomy.

9. The kitten/toddler embrace


It doesn't get much cuter than that.

10. Woke up like this


TSwift, starting the day out right.

11. Best friends forever


If this doesn't make you a cat person, you might want to check if you are human.

12. Kitty's got skills


The perfect interception.

13. Jet-setter


Sometimes it's a ruff life, even if you're a cat.

14. Thumb jealousy


"How can we eat the treats, if we can't even open the bag?"

15. Bah humbug


The Grinch was actually just a green cat.

16. One of those nights


Time to turn up!

What's your favorite Taylor Swift Instagram moment?