Meet the hairless cat with NO EYES that has won thousands of fans online
A CAT with no hair and no eyes has quickly become a social media sensation.
Jasper, a 12-year-old feline who looks like he pranced straight out of a Halloween movie, has more than 82,000 followers on Instagram.
Jasper's owner, Kelli, who regularly shares updates with his many fans, told TODAY that Jasper lost his eyes due to the feline herpes virus.
She's had Jasper for 11 years, and for the first few, the flare-ups were not a big deal, however, in 2013, poor Jasper developed a corneal ulcer in one eye.
"I rushed him to the emergency vet," Kelli said. "He was in pain and we decided it was time to get hime out of pain and remove an eye."
Five years after Jasper lost his first eye, he developed a corneal ulcer in the other, and that eye has to be removed as well.
After losing both eyes, Kelli shared that Jasper ran into some bumps in the road as he adjusted to having absolutely no vision – but in the past two years, he's adjusted well.
More health problems struck poor little Jasper in April 2019, when he suffered a stroke. However, his vet was able to identify the signs and administer the proper treatment.
"Since then he's recovered almost 100%," his cat mom wrote on Instagram. "He walks a bit more cautiously and occasionally is unsure of where he 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," she added.
That's news his thousands of fans are likely ecstatic to hear.
Jasper's owners regularly dress him up in adorable outfits. His sweater collection is truly the cat's meow.
They even sell Jasper merchandise, including face masks that feature the cat's famous face.
Jasper is also quite the TikTok sensation. He's amassed more than 50,000 followers on that platform as well.
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