We all know that cats are the cutest, the most mischevious and quirky animals ever, but did you know, that in ancient Egypt, they were associated with the goddesses Isis and Ba'at, often depicted in various drawings and even mummified? Or that later, in the Middle Ages, cats were killed en masse since people have associated them with witchcraft? Luckily, the feline genocide has ended with a medieval king of Wales Hyvel Dda who made killing or harming cats illegal.

With this much of ours and cats history overlapping, it is only natural, that our feline companions have gathered many symbolic meanings to them. While a black cat might be seen as an omen of bad luck, cats, in general, are seen as symbols for independence, rebellion, and intelligence. Now, if you are in the process of choosing a new body art design, a cat tattoo might seem like a great idea, as it embodies many desirable qualities.

Below, we have compiled various tattoo ideas regarding our beloved pets - from subtle small tattoos and simple cat tattoos to realistic drawing ideas, we've tried to include as many as we could find for every cat person out there.

#1

Minimalistic Tattoo

Minimalistic Tattoo

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AprilBailey 4 years ago

OMG - My Patches looks just like this one!!! Wonder if it's paws are like hers (one paw all white pads nut one black and the other paw is all black but one white)

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#2

Forever A Cat Lady

Forever A Cat Lady

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LeannaArcturus 4 years ago

I love this one <3

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#3

Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

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dar nelson 1 year ago

i have a crystal cat that looks like this. it's called a hand cooler by steuben.

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#4

Yin And Yang Cat Tattoo

Yin And Yang Cat Tattoo

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PaulDaVall 4 years ago

Yin* & Yang

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#5

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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BedaMeda 4 years ago

decent and beautiful ♥

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#6

My Cattoo Is Also A Semicolon

My Cattoo Is Also A Semicolon

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LiliRobinson 4 years ago

My gosh...!! I need this tattoo :D

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#7

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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KittiTanka 4 years ago

wow love it! amazing what a few lines can turn into

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#8

Minimalistic Cat Tattoo

Minimalistic Cat Tattoo

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Nishy 3 years ago

Cute lil tattoo

#9

New Tattoo Or Should I Say Cattoo?

New Tattoo Or Should I Say Cattoo?

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Baked_Potato 3 years ago

You SHOULD say CATOO!!

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#10

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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AlishaSmith 4 years ago

love!

#11

Geometric Cat Tattoo

Geometric Cat Tattoo

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KittiTanka 4 years ago

Wouldn't personally get it, but there's something about this that i just love

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#12

Minimalistic Cat Tattoo

Minimalistic Cat Tattoo

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ViktóriaKócosKöves 4 years ago

woonderful!

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#13

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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Denise Knue 2 years ago

Simple, feminine

#14

My First Tattoo

My First Tattoo

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SarahMoseley 4 years ago

Pusheen!!!!!

#15

Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

Sleeping Kitty Tattoo

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AndersMagrioteli 4 years ago

Cute, pure and typical cat. ZzZzZz

#16

Simon's Cat Tattoo

Simon's Cat Tattoo

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OscarZambotti 4 years ago

My wife's tattoo <3 :)

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#17

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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GrumpyCat7 4 years ago

Tail looks like something else altogether!

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#18

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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GrumpyCat7 4 years ago

Beautiful.

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#19

Different Kind Of Pet Portrait

Different Kind Of Pet Portrait

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dar nelson 1 year ago

wow! the resemblance is uncanny! great work!

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#20

High Five Cats Tattoo

High Five Cats Tattoo

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TrishaLusher 4 years ago

My best friend and I have this tattoo so when we high five, our cats high five as well!!!

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#21

Car Tattoo

Car Tattoo

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AmoinaKatsky 4 years ago

I dunno, man, I don't see no car, just a kitty.. >.<

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#22

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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SarahMoseley 4 years ago

Lovely!

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#23

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#24

Stretching Cat Tattoo

Stretching Cat Tattoo

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AllMonkeyBizz 4 years ago

Looks just like my cat. Always bearing and showing of her anus.

#25

Ying And Yang Cat Tattoo

Ying And Yang Cat Tattoo

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BeckyBaker 4 years ago

this is my arm! thank you for whoever uploaded this aha :P

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#26

My Cat And Tatoo :)

My Cat And Tatoo :)

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LeannaArcturus 4 years ago

love the design! It's different

#27

'watercolor Cat' ;-)

'watercolor Cat' ;-)

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SheilaMoir 4 years ago

That's a really nice tattoo. Love the colours.

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#28

Cat Tattoos

Cat Tattoos

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KittiTanka 4 years ago

love

#29

Tattoo To Honor The Cats I Have Lost

Tattoo To Honor The Cats I Have Lost

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#30

My Tattoo In Memory Of My Cat Snoopy

My Tattoo In Memory Of My Cat Snoopy

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KittiTanka 4 years ago

beautiful and elegant

#31

Meeeow

Meeeow

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AddieTamsyn-Hunter 4 years ago

It's Jiji!

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#32

Black Cat Tattoo

Black Cat Tattoo

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#33

Got Mine Last Week

Got Mine Last Week

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#34

Kitten ^.^

Kitten ^.^

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LindsayRopiak 3 years ago

I would go get this on me right now if I could guarantee it would be that perfect! Wow!

#35

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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MelissaNeese 4 years ago

I wouldn't say this is minimalistic, but it's rad!!

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#36

G-at!!

G-at!!

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AmoinaKatsky 4 years ago

OMG, I need this <3

#37

Kitty Tattoo

Kitty Tattoo

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#38

Is This A Good Idea?

Is This A Good Idea?

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SarahMoseley 4 years ago

Haha cute!

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#39

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#40

Tattoo For My Lost Cat

Tattoo For My Lost Cat

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#41

Cat Lover Tat :)

Cat Lover Tat :)

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dar nelson 1 year ago

I like this one!

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#42

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#43

Catella

Catella

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#45

My Girlfriends Simple Cat Tattoo And Her Cat

My Girlfriends Simple Cat Tattoo And Her Cat

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#46

In Loving Memory Of My Cat Dexter

In Loving Memory Of My Cat Dexter

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BedaMeda 4 years ago

R.I.P. Dexter

#47

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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MartitaSa-Ju 4 years ago

my kitty has my heart too <3

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#48

My Aristocats

My Aristocats

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SarahMoseley 4 years ago

Now that's cute!

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#49

Here's Mine Freshly Finished. My Husband Drew It For Me

Here's Mine Freshly Finished. My Husband Drew It For Me

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JuliaWolfe 4 years ago

Love it.

#50

Simple Cat

Simple Cat

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MartitaSa-Ju 4 years ago

cute!

#51

A Minimalist Cat

A Minimalist Cat

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#52

My Two Kitties, Alvin And Alice

My Two Kitties, Alvin And Alice

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#53

My Lovely Yellow Boy ;)

My Lovely Yellow Boy ;)

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#54

My Minimalist Cat Tattoo

My Minimalist Cat Tattoo

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#55

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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IreneRussak 4 years ago

What a great drawing! My fav!;)

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4 years ago

my cat <3 PEPA <3

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#57

Well I Got My First Tattoo Today

Well I Got My First Tattoo Today

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fantasycreature 4 years ago

cute penwork, yes :)

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#58

My Cat Tattoo

My Cat Tattoo

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BedaMeda 4 years ago

love it

#59

In Honor Of My Kitten Who Died

In Honor Of My Kitten Who Died

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#60

In Memory Of My Partner In Crime For 21 Years ...

In Memory Of My Partner In Crime For 21 Years ...

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#61

My Babies

My Babies

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#62

My Cat "porota" ^-^

My Cat "porota" ^-^

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#63

In Honor Of All The Cats I Have Ever Loved And All The Cats I Will Love

In Honor Of All The Cats I Have Ever Loved And All The Cats I Will Love

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#64

Simple Cat Tattoo

Simple Cat Tattoo

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#65

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#66

My Bff And I Got Matching Cat Tattoos

My Bff And I Got Matching Cat Tattoos

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BedaMeda 4 years ago

nice idea

#67

Cattoo On Ribs

Cattoo On Ribs

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ClaudiaBonaparte 4 years ago

this is cool!

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#68

Cat Tattoo From 1997!

Cat Tattoo From 1997!

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Lori-Ann Tonte Bauer 1 year ago

Like this one!

#69

My Cat Tattoo

My Cat Tattoo

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#70

Some More Simon's Cat Tattoos :-)

Some More Simon's Cat Tattoos :-)

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Lori-Ann Tonte Bauer 1 year ago

Simon's Cat is funny as hell!!

#71

#musickcat

#musickcat

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Maria Rohlen 9 months ago

Musicat

#72

My Friend Ivan Got This Beautiful Tattoo 3 Years Ago

My Friend Ivan Got This Beautiful Tattoo 3 Years Ago

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#73

Watercolour Cattoo

Watercolour Cattoo

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JanWierenga 4 years ago

this is one of the best in the whole series.

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#74

Thomas O'malley The Ally Cat

Thomas O'malley The Ally Cat

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#75

My Latest One Right After It Was Finished

My Latest One Right After It Was Finished

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Lori-Ann Tonte Bauer 1 year ago

Hahaha, unique... mid-meow!!

#76

Happy Kitty

Happy Kitty

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#77

The Tattoo Of My Baby Mowgli Who Was Put To Sleep And His Best Friend Maggy Missing Him

The Tattoo Of My Baby Mowgli Who Was Put To Sleep And His Best Friend Maggy Missing Him

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#78

My Minimalist Kitty Tattoo

My Minimalist Kitty Tattoo

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#79

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#80

My Favorite Tattoo

My Favorite Tattoo

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#81

Cat Tattoo

Cat Tattoo

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#82

Not That Minimalistic, But Still, A Cat Lover Tatoo! (by Taniacatclaw)

Not That Minimalistic, But Still, A Cat Lover Tatoo! (by Taniacatclaw)

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BedaMeda 4 years ago

which part of body is it?

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#83

Self-drawn Ankle Cat Tattoo =^..^=

Self-drawn Ankle Cat Tattoo =^..^=

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Wendy Rotteveel 3 years ago

Very niiice

#84

Sassy - Model & Wearer

Sassy - Model & Wearer

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#85

My Love

My Love

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#86

Last Tattoo...of My 40's? Last Tattoo...ever. ;p

Last Tattoo...of My 40's? Last Tattoo...ever. ;p

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#87

My First And Only Tattoo ^..^

My First And Only Tattoo ^..^

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