A cat isn't just a pet. Since ancient times it has been a symbol of grace and poise. In ancient Egypt, they had cat goddesses and even mummified some of them just like humans. Egyptians held felines in the highest esteem, and killing one, even by accident, often resulted in death penalties.

To honor our feline friends, Bored Panda made a list of the best cat tattoo ideas ever. Upvote the ones you'd love to ink on your skin and submit your own cat tattoos if you already have one!

#1

Cat Tattoo

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

These eyes look WAY to real! Wow!

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#2

Sketchy Half-cat Tattoo

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

Peek-a-boo!

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#3

Cat Tattoo

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Arty
Community Member
3 years ago

luckily the moustache is not symmetric :D

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#4

Cat Tattoo

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

Those eyes look like marbles!

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#5

Cat Tattoo

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Kathleen Hanson
Community Member
3 years ago

Different

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#6

Cat Tattoo

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

This one made me smile :)

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#7

Cat Tattoo

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Katelin Hall
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so cute!

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#8

Cat Tattoo

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Jahnabi Silponia
Community Member
3 years ago

the cat is from wonderland :)

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#9

Cat Tattoo

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Adrian Jenkin (MarauderDeuce)
Community Member
3 years ago

That is really very cool, could be a good tattoo for someone fighting depression, "Will always land on my feet."

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#10

Cat Tattoo

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Vervelende Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm so sorry, but I really see a farting cat.

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#11

Cat Tattoo

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Quant
Community Member
3 years ago

around the world in a jiffy... ekhem.. kitty

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#12

Cat Tattoo

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Barbara Berg
Community Member
3 years ago

That detail!! Love it

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#13

Cat Tattoo

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Joanne Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

I was just thinking that!! Great movie <3

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#14

Cat Tattoo

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Quant
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a neat idea, it's really well executed, but it's disturbing me emotionally that it's across the whole width of the chest ;) My mind is rebelling against this, it feels like it should be a small tattoo :)

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#15

Cat Tattoo

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Rinske van Mensvoort
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful!

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#16

Cat Tattoo

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Jolene Elizabeth Moss
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh I love this. Cat is always there giving you a hug!

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#17

Cat Tattoo

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Ariadne.bat
Community Member
3 years ago

Ameowzing!

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#18

Cat Tattoo

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Mimi Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

This one is really pretty

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#19

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

They are so pretty the colors are so nice!

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#20

Cat Tattoo

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Sofia Bellavista
Community Member
3 years ago

What a brilliant and poetic concept... never seen before

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#21

Cat Tattoo

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Joanne Palmer
Community Member
3 years ago

Geometric Cat!

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#22

Cat Tattoo

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Lezah Lohman
Community Member
3 years ago

adorable

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#23

Cat Tattoo

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Little Menace
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not in the middle...[shake, shiver, biting my nails thanks to OCD]

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#24

Cat Tattoo

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Rebecca Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

Nice

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#25

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Like it!

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#26

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

That is stunning!

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#27

Cat Tattoo

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Lezah Lohman
Community Member
3 years ago

love the simplicity

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#28

Cat Tattoo

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Victoria Bennett
Community Member
3 years ago

I love the simplicity of this. Beautiful.

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#29

Framed Cat Tattoo

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Lia-Makesha Joannie
Community Member
3 years ago

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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#30

Cat Mandala

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Cathleen Morris
Community Member
3 years ago

Whoa!

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#31

Cat Tattoo

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Pamela Mitchell
Community Member
3 years ago

I may have to borrow this idea - I had been trying to figure something different for a semi-colon tattoo. I've been drawing mine with a sharpie until I found the right one....

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#32

Cat Tattoo

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Melissa Mills
Community Member
3 years ago

Artemis and Luna from Sailor Moon! :D

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#33

Cat Tattoo

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Christine Packard Didier
Community Member
3 years ago

I like this because I think my cats feel the world revolves around them, that they rule the universe.

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#34

Cat Tattoo

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Lezah Lohman
Community Member
3 years ago

adorable

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#35

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Interesting

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#36

Cat Tattoo

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Andreia Otirnica
Community Member
3 years ago

This is me trying to draw a face but I can only do a perfect eye so the rest doesn't matter. Very cute tat though

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#37

Cat Tattoo

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Adrian Jenkin (MarauderDeuce)
Community Member
3 years ago

A single line - very cool!

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#38

High Five Cats Tattoo

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PoorMan
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a prison tat.

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#39

Cat Tattoo

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Mimi Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

So pretty 😍

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#40

Cat Tattoo

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Rinske van Mensvoort
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahahahahaha fantastic! Simon's cat πŸ˜πŸ˜‚.

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#41

Three Cats

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Cathleen Morris
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!!

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#42

Cat Tattoo

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Natasha Forchione
Community Member
3 years ago

The black is so black, wow, is this really a tattoo??

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#43

Cat Tattoo

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CuriousGeorge
Community Member
3 years ago

Ouch!

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#44

Cat Tattoo

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Dorothy Iyulores Reyes
Community Member
3 years ago

A red laser dot would be a nice idea with it.

#45

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Rub my tummy!

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#46

Cat Tattoo

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Stephanie Sorensen
Community Member
3 years ago

McGonagall and the Deathly Hallows! Love it!

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#47

Cat Tattoo

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Rebecca Brown
Community Member
3 years ago

Nice

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#48

Cat Tattoo

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HappyPanda
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow. Such detail. Well done.

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#49

Cat Tattoo

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Riina Toonela
Community Member
3 years ago

Luna

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#50

Cat Tattoo

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Jennifer Villanueva
Community Member
3 years ago

Love

#51

Cat Tattoo

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Dee Heuer
Community Member
3 years ago

Pusheen!!! πŸ˜™

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#52

Cat Tattoo

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Amanda Pherson
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this tattoo! The concept is so unique and different from any other cat tattoo I've seen <3

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#53

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μ™„λ‹€ 홍
Community Member
3 years ago

This is fantastic.

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#54

Cat Tattoo

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the little owl clip in her hair!

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#55

Cat Tattoo

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Mane Pea
Community Member
3 years ago

Needs whiskers

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#56

Cat Tattoo

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Cathleen Morris
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, man! What a great design!!

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#57

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Great for a wrist, and nicely shaped!

#58

Cat Tattoo

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Nicholle Young
Community Member
3 years ago

This is gorgeous

#59

Cat Tattoo

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Kathrin Earthbindress
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe for all those who she has Lost...

#60

Cat Lying On The Moon

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Heini Ozor
Community Member
3 years ago

The idea is better than reality...

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#61

Cat Tattoo

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Speranta Regasire
Community Member
3 years ago

Really cool idea for a tatoo for a man!

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#62

Cat Tattoo

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T Gwen Plaza
Community Member
3 years ago

This tat is purrfect! I love both cats and pizza!

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#63

Cat Tattoo

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Karin Roberts
Community Member
3 years ago

I had one of these tattooed from my cats paw print after she died

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#64

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Cool lines!

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#65

Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Cat and roses both nicely done!

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#66

Cat Tattoo

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Rinske van Mensvoort
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this 😍

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Cat Tattoo

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#68

Cat Tattoo

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Lia-Makesha Joannie
Community Member
3 years ago

Sherlock kitty

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#69

Cat Tattoo

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Kahlo Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

This reminds me of Alice in Wonderland! What would that make the Cheshire Cat?

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#70

Chasing Bubbles (c) Weeping Hyena

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Pamela Mitchell
Community Member
3 years ago

WOW!!

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#71

Cat Tattoo

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Cat Tattoo

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Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute!

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#73

Cat Tattoo

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Kahlo Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Girls will squeal at cats if they are furry <3

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#74

Cat Tattoo

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Cathleen Morris
Community Member
3 years ago

Hah!

#75

Cat Tattoo

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