A tattoo artist has caused an outrage after filming himself tattooing the leg of a cat.
He uploaded the video of the process to his social media account on July 13.
The man, from China, has apologised for his behaviour, and the cat has been sent to a rescue centre.
A tattoo artist from China has apparently tattooed his kitten's leg. The man also shared a video of the process (left) online. The feline is at a rescue centre now (right)
The cat is four months old and is the man's pet.
The man, nicknamed 'Qiangzi', has run a tattoo parlour in Jining, China's Shandong Province, for seven years, reported People's Daily Online.
People's Daily also shared a screenshot of the video, which shows the cat having patterns and the Chinese character 'endurance' tattooed to its right foreleg.
'Qiangzi' apparently told a reporter that 'tattoo is a form of art' and he wanted to give it to his pet.
The man gave the cat anaesthetics after shaving the fur off its leg.
'Qiangzi' explained to MailOnline that he inserted semi-permanent ink into the kitten using an eyebrow tattoo pen.
'The ink contains plant extract and will cause no harm to the animal. The tattoo will fade out as skin changes over time,' he said.
He said the anaesthetics dosage had been used according to the veterinarian standard.
He said that he had used the anaesthetics very carefully: 'I bought the anaesthetics from an animal hospital and an excessive dosage of it could kill my cat.'
The kitten is being looked after by an animal rescue centre (left). The tattoo can be seen fading as the feline's carer, Ms Zhu, washed the wound everyday (right)
'Qiangzi' first posted the video to a closed messaging group on social media. He has deleted the footage since.
However, a screenshot of the video has been widely shared by the public last week as people criticised the man for his