Jasper is a 14 year old, Domestic Shorthair, orange and white tabby mancat. Jasper used to live outside until he met his mom and dad. Now he lives in the comfort of a nice home in Phoenix, Arizona with his human parents and his two kitty brothers, Trouble and Squirt.
Jasper is the proud owner of a very long tail - the longest tail his mom has ever seen! He also enjoys eating tuna, which is his favorite snack. According to Jasper, whenever his mom makes salad he knows there will be tuna too. Jasper doesn't get straight tuna very often (he doesn't want to upset his tummy) but he does get the extra tuna juice - yum!
So, what makes Jasper so pawsome other than his long tail and love for tuna? I asked him, and he says it is his "outgoing personality".
"I would have to say it’s my special outgoing personality. Every day when Mom and Dad get home from work, I run to the door and greet them with lots of rubs, purrs, and kisses. I also talk to them a lot, and they tell me I’m very smart because I understand a lot of the words they use and know exactly what they mean. So now sometimes they have to spell things (like “TUNA”) so I won’t get too excited.
I love people and am a social butterfly. I’m laid back and well-behaved, but I have a mischievous streak and a good sense of humor too! I’m also an excellent big brother to 2 adopted kitties who used to be feral that joined our family several years ago. Although I wasn’t too happy when I first met them, eventually I warmed up and started teaching them all the stuff they needed to know about trusting people and being an indoor kitty. I was a pretty good teacher! Now we all get along great."
Perhaps this is why I think he makes such a great nurse. Or as his mom likes to call him, an "angel kitty". After asking Jasper if he had any special abilities, he told me about how he cares for his humans and fursiblings when they are feeling under the weather.
"Mom calls me her “angel kitty” because I take such good care of people and other animals when they’re sad or not feeling well. Whenever my Mom or Dad is sick or upset, I sit on their chest, touch their cheek with my paw, and give them kisses on their face.
Years ago, when my doggy brother Spencer got sick with heart disease, I never left his side. I kept a close eye on him everywhere he went to make sure he was okay, and slept next to him with my paw on top of his.
I also make sure any visitors to our house feel welcome by rubbing my hair all over them and sitting right on top of them. It’s my job, and I take it very seriously!"
Jasper is a fighter too. When he was a young mancat, he fell ill to something called Valley Fever, but because of his strong will he was able to make it through. Here's Jasper's story about his battle with Valley Fever.
"When I was 3 years old, I got very sick and was diagnosed with something called “Valley Fever.” I was in the intensive care unit for 6 days and the doctors said I might not ever get to go home. But I fought very hard to get better, and I did!The doctors said Valley Fever often doesn’t get diagnosed in kitties because it’s such a tricky disease. My story was written up in veterinary journals, and one of my doctors traveled all around the country giving speeches to other doctors about me and how best to treat Valley Fever in cats. So I was kind of famous for a little while! But I never let it go to my head."
When Jasper isn't busy working and taking care of his family members, he enjoys a couple of different activities.
"When I was younger I used to love to race around the house meowing, play with all my toys, and steal Mom’s stuff and hide it in places she would never think to look. I still like to play sometimes, but now I prefer sleeping in warm sunspots, watching the birds and bunnies outside, and snuggling with Mom and Dad while we watch Animal Planet on TV."
Jasper is definitely a Pawsome Pet and I am grateful to have been able to interview him. Thanks Jasper for taking time out your busy mancat schedule to answer a few questions.
You can see more of Jasper and his brothers (along with other pet-related stuff) at his Mom's blog, Good Pet Parent. You'll also find Good Pet Parent on Twitter and Facebook. Stop by, say hello, and make some new friends!
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