Pet Owner Sparks Debate After Covering Hairless Cat In Tattoo Stickers
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A cat owner has divided opinions on social media after putting temporary tattoos on her hairless Sphynx cat. You can see how that looked here:
Posting on TikTok, the owner transformed her four-legged friend by popping tattoo stickers onto its body.
In the clip the cat be seen with the stick-on tattoos down it’s fur-free body and down its right front leg – among the designs on the moggy are a rose and some hands clasped in prayer.
The cute cat doesn’t seem to be particularly bothered about the whole situation and sits quite still while its owner gets to work.
Since posting, the clip has sparked a bit of backlash from some animal-lovers who have questioned whether or not it’s safe.
One commented: “Looks cool but everyone please make sure this is pet safe before just putting things like this on your animals."
Another said: “This feels illegal.”
A third wrote: “I would never put these on my baldy. Poor baby.”
Someone else said: “Animal abuse trend.”
However, others disagreed and were quite keen on the temporary tattoos, with one posting: “Most badass cat ever.”
Someone else said: “I’ve read a few threads of people discussing this, about 90% seem to agree it’s safe, especially as some sphinxes hardly lock themselves.
"One person even took theirs to the vet with temp tattoos on for some shot updates and none of the vets voiced concern. If they are non-toxic and safe for kids, this is most likely safe especially since you have to bathe sphinxes and therefore they will be coming off fairly fast.”
Another chipped in: “That’s why you wash it off, they pretty much only stay on for photos, then some warm soapy water dissolves these things right off.”
Sphynx cats like the little dude in the clip above need special care to keep their skin healthy.
As they don't have fur like your bog-standard moggie, they need regular baths to remove the body oils that would usually be absorbed by their fur.
They are also at risk of being sunburnt and due to being slightly more vulnerable – through lack of fur – are less protected if they get into a scrap with another feline, and because of this, the PDSA recommends they be kept as indoor cats.
And of course, it goes without saying, but you should never attempt to give your pet a real tattoo.