Man Who Had Plastic Surgery to Look Like a Cat Found Dead in Possible Suicide (VIDEO)


Anyone who knows me knows I like cats. But not as much as this dude. No one could like cats as much as Denis Avner, who was known as "Cat Man" for the rather obvious reason that he had numerous plastic surgeries to make himself look, well, like a cat. Specifically, a tiger. In fact, his tattoos, piercings, and cosmetic surgeries were so plentiful that he earned a world record for body modifications. But if reports are true, no amount of changing his exterior could save his interior -- he reportedly may have committed suicide.

Avner also went by his Native American name, "Stalking Cat." If you look at pictures of him, you will be truly startled. In his face is little left of a human being as we recognize it. His eyes are slanted like a cat's and he wears colored contacts. His cheeks bulge out. His teeth are sawed and carved to feline perfection. He had piercings put in for whiskers. He's tattooed with the stripes of a tiger. I can only imagine that wherever he went, he was greeted with stares, gasps, and finger pointing. Which must be what he wanted, considering his physical appearance took a lot of effort.

According to Wikipedia, Avner's "totem" was a tiger and he began his face modifications in an effort to "follow the ways of the tiger." He also reportedly dedicated himself to "exploring the species line as much as possible," said a friend. And apparently in Native American tradition, it's not that unusual to try to look like your spiritual inspiration. But I'd guess that even Native Americans would say that Avner went pretty damn far in his spiritual quest. In fact, if becoming one with your totem is any guarantee of emotional fulfillment, then Avner should have been the happiest man on the planet -- clearly not the case if he took his own life.

There may be a story here that I'm not aware of. Perhaps Avner was sick. Perhaps taking his life was just another way of showing devotion to his "cat ways." (Don't they have nine lives?) I don't know. But I tend to believe that anyone who alters their outside to a huge extent is really trying to alter their inside -- and it doesn't work. It must be a sad shock for people who get a physical "ideal" in their minds and work very hard to achieve it -- only to find that they still feel like the same person.

Rest in peace, Cat Man.

What do you think of this man's surgeries? Here he talks about them in this video.


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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

This man has been featured in many films about piercings and taboo body rituals... I was rather fond of him by listening to his passion for what he chose to do with his life. Do I find it odd? Yes, but who am I to judge... not my place- just as it isn't yours.

We may not agree with what he chose to do... but we can respect him for trying. The nine lives joke was in poor taste, imo.

Heath... HeatherMazzone

^ I thought the same thing.

RIP Denis.

tuffy... tuffymama

I think I remember reading long ago that he was a bit reclusive before he even had the surgeries...? Also, IMO, the desire to so completely distort one's human visage exhibits some pathology to begin with. I can't imagine he was at peace in life. I hope he has it now. Poor guy.

bills... billsfan1104

What the hell is with you and making fun of people who have committed suicide?

nonmember avatar Sarah

This poor man! Obviously he was in a lot of pain and all you can do is crack bad jokes. I think his story is amazing and very interesting.

Rest in peace Stalking Cat.

kelti... kelticmom

I just pray that he has found the peace he was desperately looking for. Shame on you for making light of this man's death!


Really low blow.I think there could have been mental health issues all the more reason for asshole aside was so fucked.

Rhys Branman

I have to agree with the above comments. This man was obviously mentally ill. Fortunately no one has ever come to me for such extreme surgeries. I would refuse to perform them.

Dr Rhys Branman

Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center

nonmember avatar Future Leopard

He was mentally ill? Bah. He may have been depressed and took his life, but SO many more not extremely tattooed do the same. Can u say with absolute faith that there was a 100 percent correlation with his tattoos and suicide? No. You cannot. I say avoid this pre-judging 'doc' he is narrow minded. RIP DENNIS. Hope you are happy man.

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