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Pictures of hairless cat with no eyes surface online; Owner reveals tragic story

Monday, September 14, 2020 • Tamil Comments

A hairless cat with no eyeballs seems to be the latest sensation on the internet as pictures of the cat, named Jasper, have been going viral on social media. The feline also has personal accounts on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook with numerous followers. The profiles are handled by Jasper's owner. The pictures, however, seemed to have left a lot of people wondering what caused the cat to turn out the way he did.

Jasper, who used to be a healthy cat, was adopted by his owner Kelli when he was 2. According to reports, the cat was later diagnosed with FHV (feline herpes virus), and subsequently developed a corneal ulcer in his right eye - which became so bad that it had to be removed in 2013. Five years later, in 2018, he developed the ulcer in his left eye as well, leading to Jasper going completely blind. Kelli, in an interview with a news agency, stated, "I got him 11 years ago this December. He was a Christmas gift. Some friends of mine always knew I wanted a hairless cat and got him as a rescue for cheap. At the time, we thought he was healthy. I rushed him to the emergency vet. He was in pain, and we decided it was time to get him out of pain and remove an eye. Five years later, it happened all over again. The first day home from the vet, he was climbing on the couch and on my shoulder and all over the place trying to explore. It was amazing to watch him. In April 2019, he had a stroke. With him being blind, it was harder to recover from that. He didn't have his eyes to reorient himself to the world. He gets around really well, but sometimes he gets confused."

"A lot of people seem to have concerns I'm stretching this out and think he has no quality of life. Through every step of the way, I made sure I was keeping in touch with my vets and asking, 'Are we at a point where a quality of life discussion needs to happen?' As strange as it sounds, he has a good quality of life. He's a happy cat," Kelly concluded. Jasper has more than 72,900 followers on Instagram, over 50,000 on TikTok, and 12,000 on Facebook.


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