Tattooed Cat

There's a silly (or sick, depending on your point of view) fad in Moscow - pet owners are tattoing their cats! Balcanpix has the story:

Still dazed after being anaesthetised for three hours, a pedigree pet is hauled upright to show off its new tattoo.

The controversial “body enhancement” was carried out on Mickey – a rare Canadian Hairless breed also known as a Sphynx cat.

His female owner was said to be delighted with the Tutankhamun design inked on to his chest at a tattoo parlour.

She said: “I wanted something new and different for the times we live in.”

Horrific or fashionable? What's your take?

Link - via Arbroath

Previously on Neatorama: Wim Delvoye's Tattooed pigs

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Sick, decadent & degenerate. An owners' pathetic cry for attention. Like the South Asians dying their dogs to look like pandas or ewoks or care-bears or whatever... ANIMALS ARE NOT A FASHION ACCESSORY. IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU. There is a special circle in Hell reserved for those who deny their compassion to all life. For SHAME!!! ... though IT IS preferable to being dinner, I will concede.
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Your all mostly a bunch of retards. It's not vile, or cruel just because you don't happen to approve. A tattoo is minor compared to other COMMON practices ie docking dogs tails, cropping ears, declawing cats or your most common spaying or neutering. Who gives any of you the right to do the above? But because you happen to approve of it it's all good. Please get over yourselves or please remove your poor bleeding hearts from the gene pool.
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It's more unnecessary than it is horrific. What's the point of tattooing a cat? I know how it was for me when I got a tattoo, so I can imagine the healing process for a cat. The skin texture is not the same.
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Really now people. I am a proud owner of 3 cats (none of which I would ever tattoo), but you really can not say this is horrible or disgusting. Yes, I believe this is not horrible because of reasons like ear clipping and tail docking being much worse, but for many other reasons as well. Also, before a few smart people start to comment on my tail docking comment by saying things like "Tail docking serves a purpose!", I would like to say that you should wikipedia clipping and docking so that you will see that it really is only to increase speed and prevent injuries while ratting, fighting, or baiting. If you are ratting or fighting with your dog, then you are more inhumane than the tattoo artist and cat owner above. If you are hunting with your dog (and living in the 21st century, which I hope you are) then you are doing this for sport, not for your livelihood. So you just clipped and docked your dog so you can enjoy a sport? Would that person be any better? Also, if you put a collar on your cat that he does not like, didn't you just force your cat to have something he does not feel looks good on him? The last thing I would like to add is that I do not believe it would cause very much pain. My reasoning behind this is that all three cats I own were all taken in from the streets because I would find them in bad situations, such as been injured by a car, scratched near to death from animal fights, etc... and have had very serious wounds that were sometimes to the bone. All three of my cats are completely healed and showed hardly any pain (sometimes even laying on their wounds) while recovering. Anyways, my point is not that we should do this to our cats because they can tolerate pain, but that this really is not THAT bad when you really think about it and consider other factors.
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