Wannabe Instagram star Elena Ivanickaya had her pet cat tattooed. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
A WANNABE Instagram star could face criminal proceedings for tattooing her cat to make it as “glamorous” as her.
Ukrainian fitness fanatic Elena Ivanickaya sparked outrage after having an image of the winged Egyptian God, Anubis, inked onto her pet Sphynx’s chest.
Photos show the bald moggy unconscious as a tattoo artist works on its chest, The Sun reports.
Elena Ivanickaya had her cat inked. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
Ms Ivanickaya has been accused of torturing the feline by her furious followers.
Police spokesman Natalia Chovpylo said: “If we establish that the animal was tortured, we will open a criminal case.”
UAnimals, the largest animal rights group in Ukraine, posted: “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!”
The cat was apparently anaesthetised. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
Outraged social media user tatakuksa posted: “You just can’t torture those who are weaker then you, it is not a toy, it is a living being. She did not put a tattoo on her chest.”
Fuming Inna Milovanova wrote: “Would be better to ink her forehead with a tattoo saying ‘idiot’ and break her finger for torturing a defenceless animal, poor kitty.”
Ms Ivanickaya hit back, saying the spoiled moggy leads a better life than the people complaining. The bodybuilder also defended her actions saying the cat wasn’t harmed in any way.
An image of the winged Egyptian God, Anubis, was tattooed on the cat’s chest. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
“This cat’s life is better then yours. Maybe it is hell for you, but he feels just fine. He has not been castrated and he never will be, this would be real cruelty,” she said.
“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.”
Elena Ivanickaya is a wannabe Instagram star. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
She 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 one to two millimetres, he did not feel any pain. Right after the procedure he behaved normally and started to go on with his normal routine.”
But the blonde, who describes herself as a “fitness athlete”, could now face charges of animal cruelty.
Elena Ivanickaya said her cat has a cushy life. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.
Originally published as Cat tattooed to look ‘glam’ like owner