Kim Kardashian tweeted the pic above from a photo shoot in Australia and it has ruffled the feathers of some of her Twitter fans and the folks at PETA.
Kim responded on her blog saying, "Hey guys! So yesterday I was doing a photo shoot with an adorable black kitty cat and I Twitpic'd this picture... I have been getting negative comments regarding the way I was holding the kitty, but rest assured, the owner and vet were on set and showed me how to pick him up. The cat was not harmed in any way and is perfectly fine! I love animals and would never do anything to harm any animals."
TMZ spoke to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who said "It is permissible to hold a kitten by his or her scruff for a brief amount of time" ... but warns, "the manner in which Ms. Kardashian is holding the kitten could lead others to mishandle animals."
Regarding Kim's handling of the kitten PETA says, "Kim Kardashian isn't the only person who mistakenly thinks that because a mother cat picks up her kittens by the scruff of the neck that a supportive hand under the rump isn't needed."
For less controversial pics, check out Kim's sizzling no-kittens-harmed bikini photos HERE: