Pet Ink: 8 Wild Pictures of Animals with Tattoos

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Pet Ink
Pet Ink

I really wish I was joking about this post, but...I'm not. Apparently there's a new trend in the pet world: to ink your pets, particularly the hairless ones.

I love tattoos. I have a ton of them myself. But I also have the nifty gift of being able to give "informed consent" which, you know, pets can't do. So I don't approve.

To tattoo an animal means to put them under anesthesia, but honestly, there's no reason to force an animal to undergo lengthy times under anesthesia considering the risks. The longer the animal is asleep, the greater the risk -- just for a cosmetic procedure that the owner thinks is cool. What do you think about this new trend?

Here are 8 wild pictures of pets with tattoos:


1. Ear flap
Dogs are often tattooed in their ears, usually with an ID number to help find them if they get lost, but this whole image thing is new.















2. Regal Cat
In this photo the cat is still anesthetized following it's tattoo. I found several shots of this cat being tattooed while under, so I do think it's real. It's a beautiful tattoo -- just wish it was on someone who could give consent.












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3. Tribal Ink
Yes, another hairless Sphinx sporting what looks like real ink. That's a lot of ink for a little kitty.




















4. Daschund Belly Stamp
This little guy has a tiny tattoo on his belly. Just don't see what the owner(s) thought the point of this was...














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5. Designer Piggies
These pigs must be the fanciest guys around with the Louis Vuitton logo stamped all over them. I hope their owners feel a little more classy having done this, especially considering what a nasty business tattooing pigs is.














6. Added Flair
This cat definitely has the attitude of someone with a tattoo, yes?


















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7. Yo No Quiero Tattoo
It's bad enough being a hairless chihuahua without getting demon batwings tattooed on your sides -- c'mon!


















8. Biker Pigs
These guys look like they're in a gang of some sort.










- By Cecily Kellogg
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Ear flap
Ear flap
Regal cat
Regal cat
Tribal ink
Tribal ink
Daschund belly stamp
Daschund belly stamp
Designer pigs
Designer pigs
Added flair
Added flair
Yo no quiero tattoo
Yo no quiero tattoo
Biker pigs
Biker pigs