At first glance he looks like a genetically modified creature. With his wrinkly pink skin, bat ears and empty eye sockets, he certainly comes across as creepy, yet Jasper the cat is winning fans all over the world as the internet’s newest sensation.
His appearance isn’t unusual for his breed, Sphynx, but what makes Jasper truly unique is he’s both hairless and eyeless. His owner, Kelli, can’t believe her kitty now has over 85 000 followers on Instagram alone. “At least five people have gotten him tattooed on them,” she says. "It's wild, but so, so appreciated!"
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Mama says I am living proof that cats have nine lives. I’m feeling much better now though! Happy to be home and getting lots of extra love and cuddles, plus some yummy goo stuff that’s supposed to help me gain weight. Mama also told me all about the nice messages from all of you! It’s nice to be so loved ???? ————————————————————————Shop link in the bio! For those who don’t know Jazzy’s story, he was adopted at 2 years old seemingly healthy. After a couple of years he was diagnosed with FHV (feline herpes virus), but at the time all that meant was he was a sniffly boy. Then in November 2013 he got a corneal ulcer in his right eye. It was so bad that removal was the only option. He went on being a happy, healthy, now one eyed kitty. Until September 2018 when he ended up with a corneal ulcer in his remaining eye. Again so bad that removal was the only option. As scary as the news was that Jasper would now be totally blind, he adapted super well. Finally in April 2019 he had a mild stroke. It was a terrifying experience trying to figure out what was going on, why he woke me up spinning in circles, but the diagnoses was a relief. The cause is unknown, which is unfortunately common, but it means it wasn’t caused by any of the awful things that we know can cause one. Since then he’s recovered almost 100%, he walks a bit more cautiously and occasionally is unsure of where is is and will meow for help, but otherwise he’s perfect. He’s a very happy kitty, who is otherwise extremely healthy. He’s 12 years old, but the vet says there’s no reason to think he won’t live another 10 years. #jazzypurr #blindcat #sphynx #sphynxcat #nakedkitty #sphynxlair #catsofinstagram #catstagram #instacat #cat #kitty #animals #sphynxofinstagram #sphynxstagram #thedailynude #sphynxoftheday #hairlesscat #catsdaily #oddkitty #thedodo
Kelli, who also has two other rescue cats, set up social media accounts for Jasper to encourage people to adopt, not shop. Ten years ago, she rescued the Sphynx cat from a local shelter in Maine, in the US.
At the time Jasper seemed like a healthy two-year-old but within a few years he was diagnosed with feline herpes virus. Later, he developed a corneal ulcer in his right eye, which became so bad vets had to remove it.
In 2018 he was struck with the same condition and his remaining eye was removed.
Just when Kelli thought Jasper was on the mend, he suffered a stroke last year. But she wouldn’t give up on him. “I made sure I was keeping in touch with my vets.
”She’s been criticised on social media for “prolonging Jasper’s suffering”, but according to her vet, Kelli says Jasper could live another 10 years. “As strange as it sounds, he has a good quality of life. He's a happy cat,” she says.
“A blind cat can still live a very fulfilling life.”