Louis Walsh has revealed he has been feeding cat food to Tulisa, the new moggy he named after his X-Factor co-judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
The Irish music manager, who is responsible for bands such as Boyzone and Westlife, has become good friends with the N-Dubz singer since she joined the judging panel earlier this year.
A show insider said: "Louis wanted to name his cat Tulisa because he thinks she is a pussy cat. But he has also seen her show her claws at some contestants."
Contostavlos was said to be thrilled at the decision.
However, unbeknownst to Walsh at the time, his feline friend is actually a male.
The source added: "Everyone was in fits. Poor Tulisa was gutted her namesake ended up being a fella."
Walsh went on to say that he now may have to name his cat Gary, after fellow judge Gary Barlow.
The new series of the X-Factor begins on Saturday (August 20th).