By their own admission, the Theatre of Trained Animals, located in south-western Siberia, Russia, have employed a cat in their show which they have left painted for three years. I find that hard to believe but one of the theatre’s workers identified as “Natalya” said:
“It was painted in three years ago in a good salon and with a brand that was produced abroad. Of course it is harmless, we aren’t cruel towards animals.” (the word “in” is incorrect but it is apparently a direct quote)
Note: perhaps she means they started to paint the cat three years ago and the paint is cleaned off after each performance but I doubt that as it would be too troublesome and even worse for the cat.
Animal advocates in Russia disagree with her. If it is true that the cat has been painted for 3 years, even if the paint is some sort of vegetable dye and allegedly harmless, then it has to be animal cruelty no matter how you look at it. This is because the cat cannot groom himself properly. He cannot feel clean. He cannot behave normally. His scent is obliterated. And he is bound to ingest the paint even if it is supposedly harmless. There may be medical issues with respect to body oils and so on. It just can’t be right.
Animal advocates believe that the paint might be dangerous. A Russian animal activist, Yevgeny Ilchenko, said that they are going to try and get the prosecution service to start a criminal case against the theatre.
“I think that such treatment lack[s] moral[s]. In this case veterinary rules were clearly violated, as a cat cleans its fur with its tongue. That means that bits of the paint, even in small quantities, have entered its stomach and its bladder.”
The reason why the cat was painted is because a customer who saw one of the shows complained that the cat, whose name is “Boss”, looked too ordinary because he had a grey coat.
Another aspect of this slightly disturbing story is that the theatre specialises in presenting their shows to schools and nurseries. They appear to work with schools and nurseries. The participants/audience can select the sort of animal that performs in the show: either a cat, monkey or a dog. This means kids are being educated to believe that painting a cat is alright.
Sorry guys this is obviously wrong. Please stop painting your cat magenta or pink and accept his natural coat colour which is a beautiful grey.
Source: Mirror Newspaper.