Tattooing Sphynx (Hairless) Cats Is Cruel
Why Would Anyone Tattoo an Animal?
Let me be clear about my intentions for writing this: I feel it's cruel to tattoo this hairless cat—or any animal, for that matter. Should you ink a Sphynx cat just because it has no hair?
Tattooing has been in practice for thousands of years, dating 5,000 years ago to the Polynesians. The word tatau means to mark something. This art form has enjoyed a new surge in popularity and acceptance in recent years. Once viewed as a practice only reserved for sailors on leave or pirates, this art form has gained a huge following. People from all socioeconomic levels in society are now getting "tats," ranging from tiny flowers on an ankle to whole back or chest tattoos.
Having an ink artist prick your skin with a needle, injecting ink for hours to create a permanent work of art on your body, is painful for most humans. Now imagine having it done to an animal.
Tats for Cats: The Hairless Sphynx
You can have a tattoo of a cat, but a new trend is emerging concerning hairless felines. The Sphynx, or New Mexican Hairless Cat breed, resembling the Sphinx statue and dating back to the ancient pharaohs, is the latest victim of attention-seeking owners. People own these hairless animals due to allergies from the dander or hair. They were once an oddity and called "ugly" by many. Having a cat without hair isn't something I'd ever consider.
The hairless, wrinkled Siamese-shaped cat is now becoming popular with tattoo shops. Photos of a tattooed cat first showed up on the Internet, since March 2009, on a number of blogs. This favorite pet is now becoming a work of art, just like their owners. It's been said that owners start to look like their pets; well, now that is more true than ever. The once noble cat is now getting decorated, like a favorite painted canvas.
A Confusing and Painful Experience for a Cat
The procedure takes a little over three hours, and of course the cat is anesthetized. Anyone that owns a cat knows you don't come near it and poke it without getting torn up! After the cat is knocked out, the artist can turn him in any direction to accomplish the task at hand. The dazed cat is an unwilling participant in this procedure. When it wakes up, it surely is in pain and confused.
Are we humans so shallow and materialistic that we see our pets as just another possession?
The First Cat Tattoo (Reportedly)
The animal was first reported to be tattooed in Russia with the image of the Sphinx. Apparently the owner thought this was a noble gesture on her part, since this breed originated from Egypt. The photos of the hapless, hairless feline were reported around the world on the Internet. The video above shows the cat getting that three-hour tattoo procedure. The other videos seemed to go underground.
Other Animals Getting Tattooed
Since researching this story, I have found a few more tattooed animals besides the cat. Pigs and chihuahuas are being tattooed as well. It looks like any hairless animal is fair game. Be afraid, be very afraid.
I wonder why they don't tattoo a snake or any reptile for that matter? They are hairless. Perhaps a snake has too much of his own design to be bothered. I don't think an alligator will put up with that for a second. Now if they could get the dolphin to cooperate, that would be a fabulous place to show off some art work! Of course, I'm being facetious and don't think any animal should be put through this torture.
I think this is cruel and just plain stupid. Where is the Humane Society or the ASPCA, for that matter? Why is this not considered animal cruelty? If you see this happening, please report these thoughtless and self-absorbed numbskulls to any animal protection agency.
These same people may start tattooing their own children. Who would tolerate that? Pet owners are often referred to as pet parents, so why would they think their hairless "child" is a canvas?
Do you think it's cruel to tattoo an animal?
Questions & Answers
I would like a sphinx cat but they require a lot of work. I do think it is cruel to tattoo animals It would hurt them and they might get sick from the ink. Why would people do this?
I don't know why people would tattoo an animal. Perhaps it's about vanity or they don't see the cat as a living being. Thanks for commenting.Helpful 9
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