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Cat Tats

Love them or hate them, there is no doubt tattoos are as popular as ever.

As you might imagine there are a lot of feline fans at Cats Protection, and some of them have immortalised their pets or their favourite feline images in ink. Cats and figurative style tattoos have more in common than my fellow cat lovers, both originate from Ancient Egypt around 3500 to 4000 BCE.

While refinements in equipment and techniques along with the creative skills of the artists have seen amazing modern pieces of body art being created, we know that body art is not new. Preserved tattoos on ancient mummified human remains reveal that tattooing has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. In 2018, the oldest figurative tattoos in the world were discovered on two mummies from Egypt which are dated between 3351 and 3017 BCE. At the same time, the Egyptians were developing strong bonds with the wild cats that form the basis of our modern domestic cats. Who knows, maybe the first figurative tattoo was of one other their new found feline companions?

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