Russian tattoo artist sparks global outrage after drugging and tattooing hairless Sphynx cat

By Lauren Klaasen
05 February 2017

Demon the cat now has tattoos of the face of a woman, a prison tower and a cigarette.

A Russian tattoo artist has come under fire after he gave his beloved Sphynx cat ink.

The artist, who goes by the name of Aleksandr, reportedly gave his pet anesthetic beforehand to ease the pain. According to MailOnline, Demon was left with tattoos on his hairless sides and chest.

“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,” Aleksandr, from the city of Yekaterinburg in central Russia, said.

“I hope it’s not too bad for him. Usually he feels fine and recovers from the anaesthesia pretty fast.”

Aleksandr, who has 10 tattoos himself, has inked Demon with the face of a woman, a prison tower and a cigarette.

According to The Sun, these are the types of tattoos Russian gangsters get, which often signify criminal offences committed and time spent in prison.

Unfortunately for Demon, he didn’t get to choose the gangster life, the gangster life chose him.

Animal activist Yelizaveta Skorynina could not fathom how Aleksandr could put his pet through such pain, despite providing anaesthetic relief.

Skorynina argued that not only are the skin of Sphynx cats quite sensitive, but the use of anaesthetic drugs on animals is not wise.

"The drug turns off the movement of the cat, but the brain is still working," she said.

"If he does it frequently, it could affect its heart."

Demon is not the first Russian sphynx to endure a tattoo by a Russian owner. In February 2012, The Mirror reported another Russian pet owner, Timur Rimut, had inked his Sphinx cat.

The 24-year-old wanted his necklace-designed tattoo to be replicated on his cat.

After posting the video on YouTube, various animal rights activists who viewed the video made it clear that they were greatly appalled by his gesture.

“…this is animal cruelty and anyone who thinks this is okay should NEVER EVER own a pet. The cat isn't gaining from this. This is purely only beneficial for the cat owner,” a viewer wrote.

Sources: MailOnline, The Mirror, The Sun

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