Social media had a collective freakout when a young tattoo artist in Yekaterinburg, Russia, posted a video of him inking his hairless cat, Bes. Sadly, it wasn’t the kitty’s first tattoo either. Bes already sports large tattoos on her back of a woman, a deck of cards, a prison tower, and a cigarette, and in addition to the star she just received.
Via Oddity Central:
The owner of the hairless cat admits that he is basically forcing the animal to share his passion for tattoos. “Of course, I feel sorry for tattooing her, because it’s not something she wants,” he says in the video. But apparently the temptation to turn the Sphynx into a walking, meowing work of art is too great.
The Yekaterinburg artist said that tattoos are a bit harder to do because the cat’s skin is a bit different than a human’s, but added that he doesn’t believe the procedure is harmful for the cat. “This isn’t her first tattoo,” he says. “She just goes under and doesn’t feel a thing. She always wakes up fine from the anesthesia and behave normally after that.”
The head of an Animal Rehabilitation Center in Russia doesn’t agree.
“Any person who has a tattoo can tell you that’s it is a painful -process, and for animals it’s even more so,” she says. “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.”
The feedback to the video on Russian social network VKontakte was almost entirely negative, with many people accusing the tattoo artist of animal cruelty.
Watch the video here. (Or don’t. Let’s not give him the satisfaction of your clicks)