Russian man slammed for giving cat four gangster tattoos

Russian man slammed for giving cat four gangster tattoos
Sphynx cats are known for having no coats, but they are not completely hairless (Getty)

A Russian tattoo enthusiast who inked his cat with four tattoos has been slammed by animal rights activists.

The man, Aleksandr, whose surname isn't known, dosed his cat Demon with anaesthetics and inked a series of 'ganster' designs including a prison tower, playing cards and a cigarette on the almost hairless sphynx,The Daily Mail reports.

These tattoos are similar to those worn by criminals in Russia, used to denote the status of a member of a gang.

Animal activist Yelizaveta Skorynina said the measure was dangerous and unfair.

Ms Skorynina said the anaesthetic could affect the cat's heart if it is used too frequently, and the animal has extremely sensitive skin.

"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.

He added that it is not the cat's first tattoo and "usually he feels fine and recovers from the anaesthesia pretty fast."

Another local tattoo artist, Aleksandr Purtov, defended the man and said it's no worse than a farmer who brands his livestock.