tattooing hairless cats trend

Tattooing Hairless (Sphynx) Cats: a Cruel Internet Trend

Hairless or Sphynx cats are characterized by their lack of fur. This apparently inspired some feline owners to tattoo their hairles cats’ skin.

Although it appears that this has been going on for a while, one of the first instances to become extremely widespread was in Russia earlier this year.

Aleksandr Purtov, a tattoo artist from Ekaterinbourg, Russia, inked the cat in question. His cat’s fourth tattoo grabbed headlines and sparked fury from campaigners and animal lovers throughout the world.

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The tattoos, which included images of a prison tower and a man smoking a cigarette, resembled Russian gang tattoos. Purtov reportedly responded to accusations of harshness by saying:

“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.”

The trend persists

Body builder Elena Ivanickaya from Ukraine brought the most recent example. Only a few days ago, it came to light that she had an Egyptian-inspired tattoo done on Yasha, her sphynx cat.

Once she put the images online, the act was immediately criticized, with many critics comparing it to torture. Ivanickaya, however, didn’t seem to regret her choice and defended it on social media.

She responded to remarks made online by saying, “The cat’s life is better than yours,” adding that he has his own Instagram, is highly intelligent, and enjoys his joyful existence, which includes routinely consuming oysters.

In both of these situations, the pets in question underwent anesthesia, but it’s unclear if this was primarily done to lessen the animals’ discomfort or to keep them from moving.

Police spokesperson Natalia Chovpylo responded to public indignation by saying, “If we verify that the animal was mistreated, we will initiate a criminal investigation.”

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