"The tattoo was made on the upper layer of skin. Only 1-2 millimetres, he did not feel any pain," says the cat's owner.
There's a pet Sphinx cat in Ukraine that lives a life of luxury, feasts on fresh oysters, and is spoiled silly by his human, Elena Iwanickaya. But what has made the cat famous on the internet is not his lavish lifestyle; it is the tattoo of an Egyptian God inked onto his chest that has caught the attention of people across the world.
Many thought it was animal abuse after seeing pictures of the cat, named Yasha, shared by Elena, a fitness fanatic and social media influencer, according to The Sun. Elena was blasted online for recently sharing a picture of Yasha that showed off the tattoo of a Winged Anubis on his chest.
Calling it "extreme abuse," animal lovers say that Elena "needs help" for what she is putting her cat through.
In 2017, Elena first sparked massive outrage when she shared pictures of Yasha being pinned down while the tattoo artist could be seen tattooing the cat's skin, reported The Sun.
"You just can't torture those who are weaker than you, it is not a toy, it is a living being," said an outraged internet user, tatakuksa. Another user, Inna Milovanova said it "would be better to ink her forehead with a tattoo saying 'idiot' and break her finger for torturing a defenceless animal, poor kitty."
Back then, UAnimals which is the largest group in Ukraine that fights for animal rights said, "The cat's owner thought it fun to give her pet cat a tattoo. Unfortunately, the cat spent the worst hours of his life. It is impossible even to look at these photos!"
Taken aback by the backlash she received, Elena stood by her decision and claimed that Yasha was put through no harm.
"This cat's life is better then yours. Maybe it is hell for you, but he feels just fine," said Elena, who is followed by more than 72,000 people on Instagram.
"He has not been castrated and he never will be, this would be real cruelty," Elena went on to say. "I checked with the vet before getting him a tattoo and they were fine with it and a vet was present while they were doing the tattoo, so everything was under control."
The woman, who calls herself a fitness athlete, added: "The cat is treated with love and care... he is very smart and enjoys his happy life. The tattoo was made on the upper layer of skin. Only 1-2 millimetres, he did not feel any pain. Right after the procedure he behaved normally and started to go on with his normal routine."