Katy Perry: I Had to Warm Up to Cats

David Tonnessen/Pacific Coast News

updated 12/15/2011 AT 5:45 PM ET

originally published 12/16/2011 AT 4:45 PM ET

Katy Perry has never been shy about expressing her love for her cat, Kitty Purry, but the singer recently admitted it wasn’t love at first sight for her and her now constant companion.

“I hated cats when I was growing up because I had dogs, and I really didn’t understand cats,” she told the L.A. crowd during a press conference Wednesday to launch her latest fragrance, Meow!. “Then, all of a sudden, a cat kind of walked into my life and wouldn’t leave, and her name is Kitty Purry.”

After some time together, Perry realized she and her feline had more in common than she initially thought.