Jasper was a seemingly healthy sphynx cat when he was adopted by Kelli at two years old a decade ago. After two healthy, happy years together, Jasper was diagnosed with FHV (also known as Feline Herpes Virus,) but at the time all that really changed was, in Kelli's words, he was "a sniffy boy."
Then in November of 2013, things took a shocking urn when Jasper got a corneal ulcer in his right eye. The only treatment option was to remove his right eye entirely, so that's what his family decided to do. On Instagram, Kelli says, "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."
It was scary for his family to realize Jasper would be completely blind, but Kelli says he adapted really, really well!
"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."
In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Kelli said:
"I get art of him all the time, and at least five people have gotten him tattooed on them, and that's not including me! It's wild, but so, so appreciated!"
"A blind cat can still live a very fulfilling, happy life. If you're thinking of adopting a pet, maybe take a look at the less loved: the elderly, the disabled. They may just be the best companion you'll ever have."
She regularly donates proceeds to organizations she supports, you can check out their pawsitively awesome shop here.
They also have a Threadless account!