The British pink prankster who dyed her cat bright pink said, "I did it to match my hair," The Sun reported Monday.
The newspaper tracked down the cat's owner, Natasha Gregory, after reporting Saturday how a pink feline was found wandering in a garden in Swindon, southwestern England. The animal was passed to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) while a hunt was launched for her owner.
Mom of two Gregory, 22, said Sunday night that she got the idea to color the cat -- called Oi! Kitty -- with food dye from a U.S. TV show.
She said: "It's my favorite color, I love it. I've dyed my hair pink and I adore pink clothes. Turning Oi! Kitty pink seemed like a good idea. I always wanted a pink animal -- a bit like my hair. After I turned her pink, I was like, 'Oh, she matches my hair!"
Gregory added, "I read the instructions on the food coloring and there was nothing that would harm humans or animals. We eat the food the dye is used on, so I knew it wasn't toxic."
Oi! Kitty was being looked after by veterinarian Penny Gillespie for the RSPCA. Gregory said her pet vanished last week and she has now contacted the animal welfare charity to get her back.