If you’ve ever seen a Sphynx cat, you know that they don’t leave much to the imagination. These kitties are mostly hairless, making it easy to see their bone structure and skin wrinkles that are usually hidden by fur on their fuzzier cousins.
They may not look like most cats you see on a regular basis, but these unique felines are still super cute, and it’s no wonder why so many people have fallen in love with them! One special sphynx cat in particular, though, is capturing the internet’s heart with his unique — and yes, slightly unsettling — appearance.
Jasper (or as he’s known on Instagram, @jazzy.purrs) used to look like any other Sphynx cat. But about seven years ago, he developed a corneal ulcer on each eye a few years apart, resulting in one, then both of his eyes needing to be removed for his comfort.
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Is throwback Thursday still a thing? This is back when I had eyeballs. ————————————————————————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
Now, it’s not completely unusual to see a cat missing an eye or two. But Jasper’s missing eyes make his skull a lot more prominent, and he wouldn’t be out of place guarding the front doorstep on a chilly Halloween night. Once you get past the initial surprise, though, it’s easy to see that Jasper is just like any other cute cat — he’s just blind! His fans have fallen in love with him, and after you see these pictures, you will too: