Animal Rights

Tattoo Artist Draws Criticism For Inking Cat

| by Jordan Smith

A Russian tattoo artist drew criticism after tattooing several designs on the back and sides of his pet cat.

The man, known only as Aleksandr, gave the sphinx cat four tattoos, including a prison tower, cigarette and playing cards, according to Daily Mail.

Aleksandr said he had to give Demon an anesthetic before doing the tattoos so the cat could cope with the pain.

"Of course I feel pity for doing it to him. It's not like he wanted to do it himself. He has a different skin, so tattoos are applied differently," he said.

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The tattoo style Aleksandr uses is frequently associated with criminals in Russia, with the designs often indicating the seriousness of the crime the individual has committed or the length of time they have spent in prison.

"I hope it is not too bad for him, it is not his first tattoo. Usually he feels fine and recovers from the anesthesia pretty fast," Aleksandr added.

Animal rights activists were angered by the tattoo artist's actions. Yelizaveta Skorynina noted that the skin on sphinx cats is especially sensitive.

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Sphinx cats are known for their lack of hair, although their bodies are not completely hairless. They were developed through selective breeding.

"The drug turns off the movement of the cat, but the brain is still working. If he does it frequently, it could affect its heart," added Skorynina.

But another tattoo artist downplayed the significance of what Aleksandr did, saying it was like a farmer branding his animals.

"It is an old practice, this is why I am neutral to it," said Aleksandr Purtov.

In October 2016, a Brazilian man caused an outcry after posting a picture of his dog with five tattoos on various parts of its body, including near the mouth, on the ears and next to its eyes.

Emerson Damasceno alleged the tattoos would protect his pet from cancer.

Veterinarians spoke out to deny the tattoos would have any medical benefit to the dog. Damasceno later deleted his Facebook profile.

Sources: Daily Mail, Mirror / Photo credit: CEN via Daily Mail

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