“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 said. “I hope it is not too bad for him, it is not his first tattoo. Usually, he feels fine and recovers from the anesthesia pretty fast.” The tattoos feature a prison tower, playing cards and a cigarette – all things that are typically worn by criminals in Russia.
Not only are many people shaming the body artist for tattooing his cat, but so is Elizabeth Skorynin – the head of an animal rehabilitation center. She said that Sphynx’ have very sensitive skin and any little injuries cause them pain and discomfort. Not to mention, that anesthesia is bad for Sphynx’ and the survival rate is 50%, which makes this whole case a question of abuse. However, Aleksandr Purtov, a local tattooist, defended the whole cat tattooing case saying that it was normal many years ago for farmers to tattoo their animals, therefore there is no reason for it to be unethical now.