Tattooing Cats

by Michael

Tutankhamun tattoo on  a Spynx cat. The Sphynx in Egypt is part lion part human.

Tutankhamun tattoo on a Spynx cat. The Sphynx in Egypt is part lion part human.

It is impossible to tattoo a cat unless the cat is hairless (or shaved) and the Sphynx is one such cat. Actually, it is not completely hairless, there is a fine down hair covering the skin, which feels like a warm and muscular peach!

But to tattoo a cat really shows a disrespect for the cat. And we are talking about large "ornamental" tattoos not the small identification tattoos that are very rarely used and applied by a vet or specialist. This, for me is what is fundamentally wrong about ornamental cat tattooing, which hopefully is extremely rare. The cat is being treated as an object that we can do as we please with. And that attitude cannot be the correct one in our relationship with all other animals including our cat companions.

However, the person who did it, a Russian lady, was happy with the result. It seems that she has no qualms about the process. This is a kind of disconnect that is similar to the one that allows people to declaw cats. Although declawing cats is, in my opinion, far worse.

Sphynx Egypt, the presumed inspiration for the tattoo
Sphynx in Egypt, the presumed
inspiration for the tattoo
Photo by S Baker

It shows a lack of empathy for the cat. I don't think the cat felt any pain as it was anesthetized through out the tattooing. This must mean being fully anesthetized to ensure that the cat was stationary throughout, which carries a risk in itself particularly as it took three hours.

Russia is quite a cat savvy country. They have their own cat association(s) and their own naturally occuring cat breeds such as the Siberian, Don Sphynx, Russian Blue and Kurilian Bobtail so I am not sure that this is due to a country wide attitude problem towards cats. Is it just an isolated incident? Well, it seems not. There appears to be a new craze for tattooing cats. If that is the case it is disturbing.

The greater problem is when an entire culture throughout a country allows the mistreatment of cats. Yes, I am talking about declawing cats again.

See Painted Cats - not the same thing.

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Apr 20, 2012 ! NEW
by: Anonymous

BURN IN HELL U SICK MOTHER FUCKERS!


Feb 22, 2012 WrongWrongWron. NEW
by: Anonymous

This is completely and entirely wrong to do this to this beautiful and rare cat.
I think this person she be reported and have all her pets taken away from her.
SHAMEFUL!


Feb 19, 2012 BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

You are a completely evil piece of shit for putting this animal through that pain just to show off your shitty tattoo skills captain DOUCHE BAG!!!!! what an asshole!


Oct 27, 2011 We are a very self obsessed race
by: Anonymous

We are a very self obsessed race though, I mean look what we've done to the world, we've stylized it to fit US and what WE want. Roads, cities, basically everything, it's all for us animals don't come into it the majority of times... And yet we think we can take over the world, which means we can control animals and do what ever we like to them? Did the cat have a choice in getting the tattoo? No. Do cats get a choice in being declawed and destroying the rest of its life? No. It's our way or nothing which is so wrong..


Jan 15, 2010 Michael
by: Maggie Sharp

Yes I completely agree, people wonder what's going on when animals turn on us and people get attacked, it's simply because humans are getting in the way of nature.

We are a very self obsessed race though, I mean look what we've done to the world, we've stylized it to fit US and what WE want. Roads, cities, basically everything, it's all for us animals don't come into it the majority of times...

And yet we think we can take over the world, which means we can control animals and do what ever we like to them? Did the cat have a choice in getting the tattoo? No. Do cats get a choice in being declawed and destroying the rest of its life? No. It's our way or nothing which is so wrong...


Jan 15, 2010 Hi Maggie
by: Michael

Hi Maggie, I thought I had to mention it in a post having seen the same email.

It is just another example of how we have got things wrong.

I think it is a symptom of a wider problem, our disregard and disrespect for nature generally.

Humans just think they own the planet and everything in and on it.


Jan 15, 2010 Cat Tatt
by: Maggie Sharp

This came round in an email from a friend a few days ago, I thought it was the most disgusting thing I'd ever seen. And like you said, incredibly disrespectful...

In my opinion the cat looks terrible with that horrible thing, and the Sphynx is a very beautiful breed, why wreck it by putting a picture on it's chest?!



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