We, the cat lovers, have assembled the best cat tattoos EVER to honor our furry, cutey, wonderful feline friends. Enjoy these cat tattoos!
Sometimes, people make jokes regarding women who love cats. You must have heard those jokes about crazy cat ladies. I will not be mean and retell them because the human love affair with these furry felines goes back to the dawn of our civilization. For example, did you know that hundreds of thousands of years ago, back in the Stone Age, cats were buried next to their deceased owners.
You will probably not be surprised when I tell you that the word cat comes from the ancient Egyptian name “caute.” Egyptians were cat worshippers and they believed that this animal was an extension of the Moon goddess Bastet, who was the guardian of the pharaoh and a warrior goddess who provided for her beloved subjects.
But people do not get cat tattoos only because of their historical importance. Mainly, both men and women get cat tattoos because cats are free-spirited animals. They show a sense of independence and intellect that is rarely seen in the animal world. Also, cats are very lovable and sweet, but can be even deadly. A cat tattoo may be the perfect way for you to show your nature.
37. Simple Cat Tattoo
Women love to associate with cats probably because their free nature and also grace. Do you know about the Japanese legend regarding cats? The legend has it that a cat can shift the demeanor of a woman. This is why sometimes the fairer s*x is seen as unpredictable, mysterious and secretive. For women, this connection with these adorable furry creatures is usually considered as a compliment and a warning – you can’t control a free spirit.
36. Heel Cat Tattoo
Since I already mentioned myths, here is another one. We all know that cats do as they please. One moment, they will be all sweet with you and then they will go away and want to have nothing with you. Why? Nobody knows. Well, usually people refer to the myths when they talk about this phenomenon. There are legends that cats are shape-shifters. They shape shift and walk freely between physical and spiritual realms, carrying messages to the deceased loved ones. That must be why cats are the favorite pets of witches and wizards!
35. Semi-Colon Cat Tattoo
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You may have seen these semi-colon tattoos all over the Internet. Do you know their true meaning? The wearers of these tattoos are people who tried/wanted to end their life, but they didn’t. The semi-colon marks marks the new beginning in their life. It is used instead of the dot, which would mark the end of something. Why does this semi-colon resemble a cat? Well, maybe the person adopted a new furry friend who gave them a reason to love. Or, maybe a cat saved their life.
34. Incredibly Cute Cat Tattoo
This is one of the most adorable cat tattoos! A cat that also shapes a heart. A tattoo like this may be used to show your love and affection towards these adorable creatures!
33. Arm Cat Tattoos
Below the semi-colon cat tattoo I mentioned how a cat may have saved someone’s life. Did you know that cats were actually life savers? This may surprise you, but it is the truth. In World War I and World War II, cats have saved countless human lives. How, you may wonder, have these fragile animals saved lives in wars? Well, the cats have an extraordinary ability to sense dangerous poison gas and protect soldiers from it. There have also been attempts to train cats for military operations, but they were quite unsuccessful. You know, you can’t tame a wild spirit!
32. Elegant Cat Tattoo
Cats themselves are very graceful and elegant. You can just observe the way they move, and you will understand what am I talking about. However, this cat tattoo looks quite mysterious and intriguing. Einstein once said: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Yes, it is just a cat tattoo, but cats themselves are quite mysterious creatures. If you believe that your character is similar to the character of a cat, then this tattoo may be the right one for you.
31. Black Cat Tattoos
In many cultures, black cats are considered a bad omen. In Middle Ages, black cats were connected to witches. Black cats were called ‘familiars’, or companions of witches. If a woman had a black cat, it was a good enough reason for a woman to be accused of being a witch. In a period that has been called the ‘Dark Ages’ for good reason, black cats were seen as demons in disguise and creatures under the power of Satan. So, why would anyone get a black cat tattoo then? First of all, they are not demons. Black cat tattoos are symbols of a belief in feminism, independence from male domination, or they can simply be a symbol of admiration for Pagan or Wiccan spiritual beliefs. Also, black cats are connected to sensuality and sexuality.
30. Tattoo of Your Pet
If you have a cat for a pet, and you love it so much, then show your love to everyone! Tattoo artists are very skilled nowadays and they are able to draw pretty much everything on your skin. Your tattoo will be unique, just like your kitty is.
29. Cute Black Kitty Tattoo
When we think about negative meanings people ascribe to black cats, we should first think of the origin of those meanings. Black cats were considered demons, witches’ associates, and a bad omen back in the Middle Ages, which are also called the Dark Ages. Obviously, for a reason. Nowadays, many cultures believe that black cats actually bring good luck to people. They are considered peculiar, and even more mysterious than all other cats. A black cat may be aloof, but don’t think that she isn’t highly observant and full of surprises. Tattoo meanings of black cats are as unpredictable and lovely just like these creatures are.
Just like no two cats’ noses are alike, every black cat is unique in its own way. There’s really no black magic in them, but their symbolic meaning is, indeed, full of magic! You can choose your black cat tattoo to be secretive, astute, clever, unorthodox, intuitive, intelligent, supernatural, independent, playful, and define your own personality by having it on your body.
28. Galaxy Cat Tattoo
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Hmm, can we call this cat a galaxy cat? Or should we say that this cat has the entire galaxy within it? I even confused myself… It does not matter. But, what matters is the uniqueness and beauty of this tattoo. What message did the tattoo wearer want to send? Well, that only he/she knows. He/she may have wanted to indicate how intriguing cats are, and we can never know what is hiding “inside” them. Just like we can’t know what is hiding inside the woods and the endless universe above them.
27. Elegant Neck Cat Tattoo
Cats are elegant, graceful, and small creatures that literally fit in everywhere. The same goes for your cat tattoo. You can choose any cat tattoo design, big or small, and place it wherever you want on your body. The neck is a great place for getting a cat tattoo. Neck tattoos are very interesting, but also sensuous, just like the cats themselves.
26. Adorable, Realistic Cat Tattoos
Many people decide to get cats not only because they are so adorable, but also because they are very useful. The cats are also considered as the guardian of homes. Your cat can help you get rid of all the nasty pests. Also, there were so many cases where cats attacked home intruders. Can you believe that these tiny creatures managed to hurt burglars, and hurt them badly? If you don’t believe me, google it! And, in return, the least what you can do for your adorable furry friend is get its picture on your body.
25. Cat and the Moon
In many cultures, cats are associated with night, since they are as mysterious as the night itself. For example, in Egyptian and Roman cultures, cats were associated with the goddesses of the moon. If you believe in the “planetary energies,” then you probably already know that cats are great partners to moon energies. If you wish to demonstrate the connection between the cat and the moon, which may reflect your character (for example, you are a night person), then a cat glancing at the moon, and the moon smiling back is one of the greatest examples.
But, also, cat and the moon tattoo may have the aura of mystery and power, including the power to do harm, that the black cat of witchcraft conjures. If you wish to represent this, then you should have your cat be seated beneath a full moon, its eyes aglow.
24. Colorful Cat Tattoo
There are so many ways in which you can get the picture of your lovely pet inked on your skin. For example, this is one of the most interesting examples. The colors perfectly blend with the figure of the cat. Even though the tattoo is colorful, you can still see the ‘warmness’ in the kitty’s eyes, and how lovable she is!
23. Colorful Black Cat Tattoo
A colorful black cat? What I’m saying makes no sense, until you take a look at this tattoo. Every cat is unique in its own way. Even though your kitty is black (and there are so many black kitties), you can make it (and your tattoo) unique by adding certain elements. For example, you can add color or a certain symbol. Maybe a butterfly, if your furry feline friend likes chasing butterflies?
22. Kitty’s Nose
We have seen so many examples of kitties inked on bodies, but you haven’t seen this kind of a tattoo. What do you think about tattooing a cat’s nose and its whiskers? I think it is very creative, funny and simple. It shows your affection and love to these adorable animals but remains unique. This tattoo is a great idea for a cat owner who has more than one cat. If you feel that getting a tattoo of only one of your cat is unfair, then a tattoo like this is the right choice for you.
21. Funny Black Cat Tattoo
After seeing this tattoo, I am not sure how can people still be ‘afraid’ of black cats. Even though cats are always alert, skillful, flexible, and always able to land on their feet, they can be real clumsies sometimes. If your kitty is sometimes clumsy, mischevious, and black, this tattoo is the perfect choice for you.
20. Elegant Cat Tattoo
We have had a similar example of a cat filled with certain colors. But this tattoo of a cat is filled with roses. Is your kitty just like you? Graceful, elegant, and important to herself (but, not in a bad way)? If so, then you can get it tattooed like this. But, it is more likely that the wearer of this tattoo represents herself through the tattoo of a cat. Once again, tattoos prove how they can represent character of their wearer in a creative way.
19. Realistic Black Cat Tattoo
Realistic cat tattoos are truly amazing. And not only realistic cat tattoos but every other tattoo that portrays something conveniently, in a realistic way. If you love your cat so much and want to show your connection to everyone, then a tattoo like this is the right choice for you. And, don’t worry! Your cat does not have to be black. Good tattoo artists can conveniently draw pictures of every kitty out there.
18. Incredibly Simple Cat Tattoo
This is one of the most simple, yet creative cat tattoos you are going to come across. It consists out of only a couple of curved lines, but yet it perfectly shows the figure of a cat.
17. Tribal Cat Tattoo
Usually, tribal tattoos are connected to men because they are big and look tough and manly. But, tribal tattoos can also look feminine. By using certain elements that are used in tribal tattoos, cat tattoos can be done in such a way that they resemble tribal tattoos and look feminine.
16. Minimalist Cat Tattoo
Cats are relatively small and therefore considered vulnerable. But, a person should never underestimate anyone, not even a tiny cat. These creatures can be very kind and lovable, but when they are in danger, they become mettlesome, brave, and sometimes deadly. If you are like this – kind, but dangerous when needed, a cat tattoo like this is the perfect way for you to show your character.
15. Black Cat on Your Back
We have had already a couple of black cat tattoo designs, and I believe you do understand the true meaning behind the symbol of the black cat. This tattoo is meant to show that tattoos of black cats can be placed anywhere on your body. Also, there are various positions in which your cat may be – sitting, lying or even walking.
14. Back Cat Tattoos
Remember when I said cat tattoos can range from huge to tiny and still look good? You probably didn’t believe me. A huge tattoo of a cat’s face may not be appealing. But, what I had in mind is something like this. A big cat tattoo, all over your back that is very attractive, elegant, and mysterious.
13. Watercolor Cat Tattoos
A simple cat tattoo can be adorned to look amazing with a few drops of color. Watercolor tattoos are usually very simple, yet very creatively done.
12. Cute Kitties Heel Tattoo
You may also go for a tattoo of two kitties – black and white. These kitties may represent two persons in your life; for example your siblings or your kids. But this tattoo can also represent the two sides of the human being – the black one and the white one, embracing each other and living together peacefully.
11. Adorable Heart Cat Tattoo
Sometimes, people get tattoos that are meant to be adorable and have no deep, hidden meanings. I believe this tattoo is a great example of that. Two adorable kitties are joined together and create a heart. This tattoo may also represent two persons, who are very different from each other, but yet inseparable and can’t live without each other.
10. Cat & Dog
Well, if you can’t decide whether you are a cat person or a dog person, and have both of them for pets, this tattoo is a good choice for you. It can also be a very meaningful symbol. If two animals, who usually hate each other, are able to live together in a harmonious way, why people are not?
9. Playful Cat Tattoos
If you are proud of your cheerful, playful side then do not hesitate to display it with your playful cat tattoo. This tattoo can show people, who do not even know you, what kind of a person you are. Maybe your tattoo will help make you more approachable, and create new friendships easily.
8. Marie – The Disney Cat
If you have watched the Disney cartoon The Aristocrats, then you probably know who this kitty is. It is Marie! People often get tattoos of characters from movies, comics, or cartoons. You may also get one. If you feel like Marie does not describe your character, there are many more famous funny cat cartoon characters like Tom, Snagglepuss, Sylvester, Garfield and many others. These cat tattoos, like all the other cat tattoos, are available in various shapes, colors, and forms.
7. Black Cat With Butterflies
You may remember that I’ve said how you can adorn the tattoo of your cat with many other symbols – such as butterflies. But, when mixing symbols you should make sure to check the meanings of them, because of the message you want your tattoo to send. After reading this article, you can say that you know what does a cat tattoo mean. But what about butterflies? To find out, click here.
6. Matching Cat Tattoos
A tattoo like this is a great way to present you and a person very dear to you, who is similar to you and whom you get along with well. That person may be your best friend, your family member, or even your boyfriend.
5. Egyptian Cat Tattoo
This tattoo reminds me of the cats in ancient Egyptian culture. In ancient Egypt, cats were highly revered and they were usually painted in a way that they look powerful and meaningful.
4. Cute Cat Tattoos
Another great example of a cat tattoo that is based on a certain cartoon character. You can ink the cartoon character in many different ways. For example, you may get its head only, its entire body, or like in one of the previous examples, the tattoo of the cat from the back.
3. Kitty Face Finger Tattoo
We haven’t had a single finger tattoo! And, when it comes to cute tattoos, such as cat tattoos, we can’t miss out this particular tattoo placement. Finger tattoos are usually absolutely adorable because they are tiny. And, usually, everything that is tiny is adorable!
2. Leg Watercolor Cat Tattoo
One of the amazing examples of cat tattoos would be this one – a simple outline of a cat, that is filled with various colors.
1. Mystical Cat Tattoo
This is the most ‘complex’ cat tattoo on our list. It has so many different symbols matched together – the moon, a cat, and flowers. Each symbol has its characteristic meaning. Altogether, this tattoo is meant to represent the beautiful, yet very intriguing, mystical, and magical side of a person.
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