A Russian artist is under fire from animal advocates for tattooing his pet hairless Sphynx cat. The cat was sedated with heavy anesthetics before the artist, identified as Aleksandr, inked four tattoos onto the cat’s body at his studio located in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast region.
According to the Sun, the cat named Demon, now carries a series of four “gangster” designs on his back and sides worn commonly by Russian criminals. On the cat’s side can be seen a prison tower, a deck of cards, a young woman and a cigarette. Aleksandr admitted he might not have been acting in the best interests for his cat, after having to administer anesthetics so Demon could withstand the needle punctures on his delicate skin.
“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. I hope it is not too bad for him,” Aleksandr stated. “It is not his first tattoo. Usually he feels fine and recovers from the anesthesia pretty fast.”
As for the significance of the inks, they are known to indicate seniority as part of criminal gangs, the seriousness of their crimes and the length of time they have been in prison. Animal activists have condemned Aleksandr for doing this to Demon; calling it out as animal cruelty. One of the artist’s friends, however stated it is no different than a farmer branding his livestock. This writer frankly doesn’t agree. Go tattoo yourself and leave the cat alone. And while Sphynx cats are known for their lack of a coat, they are not completely hairless.
Photos of Sphynx cat screenshot via Cen/Liferu)
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