If you’re thinking of getting a cat tattoo but not sure what kind of ink is right for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Putting a piece of art on your body that’s going to be with you for a long time is worth more than a few minutes of serious thought, so to help you decide what type of tattoo design you’d like to get, we made a list of some of the cutest cat tattoos from around the Internet, which range from traditional to contemporary, minimalist to elaborate, and cartoony to hyperrealist. Click through the slideshow below to see all 40 of them.
#1 Cat in a cup tattoo
If you love tattoos that tell a little story, then this adorable cat tattoo would be a great option for you. Featuring a black kitty hiding inside a cup, this neatly drawn ink will definitely catch the attention of your fellow feline lovers ― especially those who are convinced that cats are liquid.
#2 Cats as moon phases tattoo
Featuring a squishy-looking kitty transforming into different phases of the moon, this tattoo is just too cute to handle. Making the body art more charming are the tiny little stars in the background, which, according to the artist, are actually rainbow-colored.
#3 Realistic kitty tattoo
This beautiful cat tattoo looks so real. From the kitty’s expressive round eyes to its seemingly soft and fuzzy fur, everything about it appears lifelike. The tattoo artist even colored the cat’s nose pink and made sure to draw a couple of bent whiskers to make the body art as true to life as possible.
#4 Cat and the night sky tattoo
One of the most unique cat tattoos in this list, this body art features an outline of a side-facing cat filled with an illustration of a forest skyline. The picturesque view includes silhouettes of pine trees and mountains, as well as twinkling stars and a crescent moon, which creatively stands in for the feline’s eyes.
#5 Jiji tattoo
If you’re a fan of the 1989 Japanese animated film Kiki’s Delivery Service, then you’d quickly notice that this adorable tattoo has an uncanny resemblance to the titular character’s magical pet cat, Jiji. Though simple in appearance, the ink is pretty striking and would easily win the hearts of every Studio Ghibli fans.
#6 Main Coon line art
The woman in the photo has a tattoo based on her pet Main Coon cat, and the likeness between the body art and her real furry friend is uncanny. Though the ink is simply a line drawing without any gradations in shade or color, it’s surprisingly as eye-catching as some realistic cat tattoos out there.
#7 Shark kitty tattoo
Love cats and sharks? If you do, then this tattoo of a cat wearing a shark costume is perfect for you. Featuring a cartoon-style appearance with blue color accent, this adorable shark kitty ink will blend seamlessly with your other cute animal tattoos.
#8 Peek-a-kitty tattoo
Cats are probably one of the most observant pets, and if you feel like your kitty is always watching you whatever you do, then this tattoo would make you remember your furry friend in more ways than one. Featuring a black cat with glowing eyes peeking through a hole, this ink is perfect for those who are looking for a small yet striking piece of body art.
#9 Pizza cat tattoo
Seemingly inspired by a popular cat meme, this pizza kitty tattoo is simply adorable. If you equally love cat and pizza, and doesn’t mind getting a rather silly ink, then this body art is perfect for you.
#10 Clingy cat tattoo
While cats prefer to be left alone most of the time, they can also be clingy every so often. That desire for companionship is captured in a fun way in this multi-colored tattoo featuring two cats getting carried away by a heart-shaped balloon.
#11 Witch kitty tattoo
Cats have often been linked to the supernatural world, and if you’re one of those who believe that kitties are kind of otherworldly, then having this tattoo is a fun way of advocating that supposition. Featuring a big black cat and two smaller kitties riding a broomstick, this body art is giving off some major Hayao Miyazaki vibes.
#12 Dreamy cat tattoo
Featuring a woman cradling a flabby cat, this dreamy tattoo is reminiscent of a typical mother-and-son artwork. So, if you treat your kitty like your own child, then this ink is perfect for you.
#13 The creation of a tabby cat tattoo
This cat tattoo is a parody of Sistine Chapel ceiling’s most famous panel called The Creation of Adam. The original fresco painting by Michelangelo features the iconic near touching of hands between God and Adam, but in this tattoo, Adam is holding a snobbish tabby kitty, whose nose is about to be booped by God.
#14 Paw high five tattoo
Do you and your pet cat high-five a lot? If you do, then you would love this simple yet sentimental tattoo. Depicting a cute kitty paw high-fiving a human hand, this body art can easily make onlookers go “aww”.
#15 Photorealistic cat tattoo
This tattoo of a bicolor cat and an orange tabby kitty looks like a photograph. While the ink’s level of detail is undeniably insane, this frame-worthy body art must have taken multiple sessions and several hours to finish.
#16 Minimalist cat tattoo
The artist behind this tattoo did a great job at capturing the likeness of the two cats shown in the photo. Minimalist in style, the body art highlights just the right features of the kitties to make them recognizable.
#17 Modern kitty tattoo
This tattoo has a pretty unique style. While the ink is giving off some serious Japanese vibe, the body art is actually made by a South Korean tattoo artist who goes by the name Hen. Aside from the three adorable cats featured in the tattoo, the artwork is also filled with geometric shapes and lines that make it stand out from other kitty tattoos out there.
#18 Cat silhouette tattoo
If you prefer multicolored tattoos over monochromatic inks, then you would definitely fall in love with this body art that combines a number of warm and cool colors. Featuring a cat outline with a cat silhouette inside, this unique tattoo looks a little gloomy but beautiful in the eyes.
#19 Sleeping cat tattoo
This realistic tattoo depicts a sleeping striped cat and a wide-awake black kitty. While the dark-colored feline is seemingly guarding the other cat against anything that may wake it up, people with two or more kitties know that the former is likely thinking of wicked ways to disrupt the latter’s sleep.
#20 Cat paws tattoo
This twin tattoo features two adorable paws: a black cat paw and a striped kitty paw. These minimalist inks were placed just above the Achilles tendons, making them look extra adorable if the tattoo owner is wearing a pair of low-cut socks.
#21 Celestial cat tattoo
This pair of tattoos features a sleeping black cat and a stretching white kitty with crescent moons and twinkling stars as the background. If you’re looking to expand your collection of celestial-themed inks, then this twin body art definitely makes a great addition.
#22 Space kitty tattoo
This tattoo is literally out of this world. Featuring a cat in full astronaut suit floating in the outer space, this cute manga-style body art is perfect for kitty and anime lovers.
#23 Winking cat tattoo
Wondering what the popular winking cat emoji would look like in real life? Well, wonder no more, as the artist behind this tattoo seemingly created a realistic version of that emoticon. Featuring fine lines and ultra-tiny specks, this kitty ink looks amazingly lifelike.
#24 Ghost cat tattoo
Though funny tattoos are usually frowned upon, there are still a lot of people who prefer them over any other kinds of ink. If you’re one of those who don’t mind getting laughed at over of a silly-looking tat, then this ghost cat body art is something that you’d be proud to show off.
#25 Colored space kitty tattoo
If you find cats and astronauts cool, then there’s no way you won’t like this space kitty tattoo. Featuring a cat in a full astronaut suit, this body art is made more striking by its yellow, orange, pink, and purple accents.
#26 Cat band tattoo
Featuring a band of kitties, this colorful arm tattoo looks so lively you can almost hear the instruments being played. Though minimalist in style, the ink has the same energy as the Everybody Wants to be a Cat scene from the 1970 Disney animated film, The Aristocats.
#27 Cat lady tattoo
If you’re living with at least six cats, then the lady in this tattoo is basically you. While taking care of multiple kitties at the same time is not a walk in the park, the woman in the body art seems pretty pleased with all her furry housemates.
#28 The Simpsons’ Crazy Cat Lady tattoo
If you relate to The Simpsons’ Eleanor Abernathy, aka the Crazy Cat Lady, then you would find this colorful cartoon tattoo cool. But if you’re currently in a relationship or actively looking for a lover, then the tattoo’s “Who needs a boyfriend when you have cats” text doesn’t apply to you.
#29 Cat-loving babushka tattoo
If you’re an overprotective cat parent, then you would find this tattoo totally relatable. The ink features a babushka that seemingly saved her kitty from someone who tried to harm it. While we’re not sure what exactly happened, the cat lady looks so angry that she didn’t even think twice about flipping the finger.
#30 Thread-like cat tattoo
At first glance, this minimalist tattoo looks like a heavy thread caught on the arm. But looking at it closely will make you realize that it’s actually a line art depicting a cat. The ink is only made up of one single line, making it perfect for people who prefer minimalist body art over highly elaborate ones.
#31 How cats make music tattoo
If your cat has a habit of pushing everything off the edge, then this tattoo would remind you of all the times your furry friend put your patience to the test. And if you’re one of the many cat parents that are wondering why kitties love to knock things over, the G clef image in this body art suggests that the sound of things falling to the ground is probably music to their ears.
#32 Cat patronus tattoo
If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan who happens to have a cat patronus, then this tattoo idea is especially conceived for you. Featuring Professor Minerva McGonagall’s wand and a sparkly blue image of a cat, this magical-looking ink will surely inspire other Potterheads to get a tattoo of their own patronus.
#33 Halloween cat and dog tattoo
The cat and dog featured in this elaborate tattoo are all set for Halloween. Dressed in a wizard costume complete with a magical wand, the kitty rides on the back of its canine friend as they excitedly start trick-or-treating. Though majority of the tat is in the shade of black, the pops of orange, green, and purple make it a vibrant piece of art.
#34 Cat-abducting UFO tattoo
If you think cats are superior to humans, then you would 100 percent agree with what this tattoo is trying to imply. Featuring a cat being taken in by a UFO, this body art is probably most suitable for feline lovers who happen to be huge sci-fi fans.
#35 Naked woman with black cats tattoo
If sultry mysterious tattoos are your thing, then this body art is right up your alley. Featuring a naked woman surrounded by a clowder of black cats, this ink is also giving off some serious supernatural vibes.
#36 Cat walking the line tattoo
This chest tattoo features an outline of a cat walking in a straight thread with a knot on the other end. While this body art may mean something profound to the owner, its minimalist style is more than enough to appreciate its beauty.
#37 Demon cat tattoo
If you’re into dark supernatural-themed tattoos, then you would find this demon cat body art interesting. Featuring a fiendish pair of horns and an inverted pentagram on its forehead, the kitty in the tat looks adorably diabolical.
#38 Scaredy-cat tattoo
While this cat tattoo isn’t as cute as most of the inks in this list, people who love dark and unsettling body art would definitely appreciate it. And even though it’s depicted in a cartoony way, the ink is so amazingly drawn that you can actually hear the cat’s screech.
#39 Sphynx tattoo
Because of their lack of fur, Sphynx kitties are probably one of the least favorite breeds of cat. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re less cute than the others. For instance, this huge tattoo shows a curled-up, teary-eyed Sphynx cat seemingly looking for some love.
#40 Octopussy tattoo
This cat tattoo isn’t really cute, but this body art is too unique not to be shared with everyone. A mashup between a Sphynx cat and an octopus, this ink is the stuff of nightmares. But if scary tattoos are your thing, then you can never go wrong with this Octopussy body art.