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When considering various options for what to memorize on your skin, pets often come first. We hold them close to our hearts and wouldn’t think twice if presented with the possibility of tattooing an image of a loved furry companion. Today, though, it’s all about cats and cat tattoo ideas.

Cute kittens commemorating your skin can be the best thing for a cat lover. Whether it’s a close pet or just a symbol of your chosen meaning, whatever the reason, that kind of tattoo will surely age well. Cats were loved by ancient Egyptians years ago and are still adored today. Do you see these fluffy friends going out of style any time soon? Neither do we.

Choosing your first tattoo can bring quite a headache. There are so many designs out there that you won’t be able to pick out one unless you already know what you want. As a start to your tattoo journey, a cute and simple cat tattoo can be a great choice. It is not too invading, can be placed out of sight, and can help you get comfortable around the idea of having something on your skin. Also so damn cute!

Besides, tattoos can be a great tool to express your thoughts and feelings. For example, a minimalist cat tattoo can symbolize values and virtues you hold dear. Throughout the ages, tattoos have also been the number one tool to express your culture, interests, and personal, intimate details. Not only that, but animal tattoos can also act as scar cover-ups to hide anything you wouldn’t like the world to see, especially if the cat is the culprit!

Without further ado, let’s dig into this list of fantastic cat tattoo ideas! Vote for your favorites and share them with your friends. Who knows, perhaps you’ll inspire their next ink? Or just take your friend to the tattoo salon and get matching ones!

What does a cat tattoo symbolize?

Just like our furry friends, a cute cat tattoo can embody many meanings and values. Usually, though, a cat represents:

  • Grace
  • Intelligence
  • Cunning
  • Independence
  • Stealth
  • Sensuality
  • Seduction

Nevertheless, what you want the tattoo to represent is entirely up to you. It can be something different from the most popular meanings. Maybe you relate to cats personally or have a cat you want to stay in your heart forever. Whatever it is, memorizing it on your skin is one of the best ways to hold on to the memory.

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Simple cats line arm tattoos

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Cat tattoos: Which tattoo style to go with?

Tattoos are versatile; you can visualize any image in numerous ways, each as unique as the ideas themselves. Of course, different tattoo styles can carry a different message, but that’s the beauty of it—you can create an aesthetic that will be your own. As to what styles are out there, you can go from realistic cat tattoos to abstract ones, and you’ll still have countless options left. 

Here are some tattoo styles that would work great to portray a cat:

No one’s holding you from mixing these styles, either! You can work with your tattoo artist to create a unique piece of art that would fit your personality and vision perfectly.

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Cat walking line chest tattoo

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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What kind of cat tattoo would last you the longest?

Like with any other tattoo, the quality, ink of choice, and artist’s capability will influence the longevity of your piece. More colorful ink types, like those in watercolor-style tattoos, can possess the risk of fading quickly. 

Usually, all black tattoos have the most extended lifespan, as proven by their popularity. However, if you crave a more colorful tattoo, don’t worry! You can always get it touched up, refreshed, and given a second life.

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Cat symbol arm tattoo

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Galaxy inside black cat arm tattoo

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Christine Packard Didier
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Cute half cat face arm tattoo

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Andreia Otirnica
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Cat with bones arm tattoo

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Amanda Pherson
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Colorful cat foot arm tattoo

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Simple small line leg tattoo

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Simple line cat with cup and tea leg tattoo

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Kahlo Smith
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Simple cat face arm tattoo

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Cat sitting back ear tattoo

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Cute black cat with watermelon stomach tattoo

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Cat face in triangle side tattoo

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Colorful cat above knee tattoo

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Yin and yang cat arm tattoo

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