Rock Out With Cats Flexing Metal Battle Vests

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on February 18, 2020

When a cat is ready to rock, you’d better be ready to roll with it.

Cat lovers, its time to tamp down your sunshine and let your darkness flow. If you’re not sure how, your cat can show you how to tap the side of you that dwells in the shadows and swims in melancholy. For all their cuddly cuteness, we know cats have a shadowy side that revels in destruction and savageness.

Simply put, cats can rage like the heaviest of metal bands.

And cat parents who understand this need to rock have helped their cats channel their inner metalhead by making them their very own metal staple, the battle vest.


And like cats, battle vests are unique pieces of artwork and “are undoubtedly a recognisable symbol of the heavy metal subculture,” according to Home of Metal. The jackets didn’t begin with the metal culture though, the idea of sigils and heraldry on clothing beginning centuries ago, but certainly, “the patched cut-off jacket became a representation of rebelliousness that was later appropriated by the heavy metal and punk subcultures.”

And who better than cats to rock rebellion?

Hardcore Kitties

Metal cats can be seen rocking their custom kuttes all over the internet. Instagram account @cats_are_metal is one source for finding badass cats for your viewing pleasure. Let’s check out some of these “brutal felines” and where better to start than a tuxedo cat sporting leather and a purple mohawk…


This tabby angel is dressed and “all ready for his first metal show!” The stripey boy looks good in patches and denim…


This hardcore ginger cat wants to know if you’re down for “Metal, catnip and chill?”


With that tipped ear and battle jacket, this house panther says “Rock on, humans”…


Even the most angelic of kitties can have a doom metal side…


This “brutal feline” asks, “You wanna mess with me!?”

Yes cool kitty, we do…to give you hugs and kisses…


Studs look good on this golden-eyed metalhead…


Maybe he won’t be shredding an ax, but he’ll sure tear up that scratching post…


Have a look at this savage beast of destruction. Nah, Wembley is a sweetie without an ounce of rage…except when the chords start rippin’…


Looks like Norman the tuxedo cat has the metal growl down…


And for a little more fun, turn your sound on. But beware, your speakers are about to get blasted with metal while your eyes take in hardcore kitties rocking out.

Feature Image: @cats_are_metal/Instagram