Tattoos are cool and a great way to tell the world that you have some unresolved issues with your parents (I have 3)! But imagine someone dragged you against your will to a tattoo parlor and gave you a really ugly tattoo you never requested. And you can't do anything about it because you're a cat and you can only speak cat.
That would NOT be "cool" at all.
Warning: This post contains images of animal cruelty. If you are highly sensitive to the feelings of animals, you are a good person but also maybe don't read ahead.
This is the story of a hairless Sphynx cat in Russia whose owner is a tattoo artist. According to Oddity Central, this guy thought his cat looked too basic with his plain, boring cat-body, so he did this:
As if this could be worse, it's reportedly the cat's third tattoo. A video of the guy tattooing his cat, who clearly could not consent to this, has gone viral. You can watch it here, but it's pretty awful. I warned you (twice):
I'm not even a cat person but after watching this I want to join PETA and become a vegan and adopt all of the cats. All of them!
Apparently I'm not alone, because the video has reportedly sparked a huge backlash on social media (in Russian so I'll just have to believe it). Many have called tattooing a cat "animal cruelty," because that's what it is.
And the experts agree. Elizabeth Skorynina, who runs an Animal Rehabilitation Center in Russia, said:
Any person who has a tattoo can tell you that’s it is a painful -process, and for animals it’s even more so. Sphynx cats have very sensitive skin and any irritation causes them discomfort and pain. If the tattoo artist uses muscle relaxants like xylaxine, the animal’s life is in danger. It switches off all motor functions, but the brain operates normally, so the cat feels everything! Plus, any anesthesia is dangerous, especially if used more that once a year.
If I were this guy's cat, I'd start sharpening my claws in case this happens again.