Hargitay introduced the newest furry member of her family to her Instagram followers in November 2023
Mariska Hargitay revealed during a visit to Today with Hoda & Jenna that she "was not a cat person" until she met her new kitten
The Law & Order: SVU star introduced her kitten, Karma, on Instagram in November
Karma was named for Taylor Swift's song on her 2022 album Midnights
Don't call Mariska Hargitay a cat lady!
On Thursday's episode of Today with Hoda & Jenna, the Law & Order: SVU star was candid about how her latest pet, a kitten named Karma, came to be a part of her family.
"I was not a cat person, I’ll be honest. And I love lions, I see myself as a lion, and I saw this cat and I went crazy for it," she continued, about her unexpected bond with Karma.
The actress told Kotb, 59, and Hager, 42, that her kids were begging for the cat and she was surprised that her husband, Peter Hermann, agreed to allow another animal in the family.
"He did not want another animal, because we have a dog. And he saw this cat. And I was sitting there thinking I was going to have [to convince my husband] — ‘cause my kids were like, [begging] ‘Mommy, mommy please.’ And it was all, ‘Daddy’s not going to go for this.’ And then Peter was like, ‘I love that cat,'" Hargitay, 59, explained.
Karma is, of course, named after Taylor Swift's song on her 2022 album Midnights. Hargitay confirmed this to Kotb and Hager by quoting the lyrics, "Karma is a cat. Me and Karma vibe like that."
The actress introduced her followers to her cat in an Instagram post in November.
In a PEOPLE exclusive earlier this month, Hargitay confessed: "Her name was Karma from minute one. That was her name."
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Swift famously named her cat Olivia, whom she brought home in 2014, after Hargitay's SVU character, Olivia Benson.
"It was a no-brainer," she continued. "It just felt so right, and my daughter wasn't having it any other way."
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