Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrating a kitty Easter (and advocating an adoption)

Jasper the cat with Easter props

Jasper the cat was, at one point, really hard to photograph with props. Whenever I got the shot all set up, he'd throw himself at the camera with the hopes of getting a few more pets and head bumps in. But now that he's well on his way to 17 years old, he's mellowed out quite a bit. Now, he's more than happy to just chill out with any props I might throw his way.

And as I photographed him for entry in the Sunday Cat Selfie series as hosted by The Cat On My Head, I started thinking.

Last week, I wrote up a post about a sweet kitty waiting for a home at Willamette Humane Society. This cat and Jasper have a lot in common. Both of them were swinging singles in big cat colonies. Both have a tendency to fight with other cats (see Jasper's ear?). And both of them have a history of poor litter box habits.

But they have two key differences.

The cat waiting for a home has FIV. Jasper does not.

And Jasper has a home. The other does not.

Jasper the cat sings about Easter

I know it's often hard to think about taking in a cat with a semi-rough past. Sometimes, when I talk about this, people seem to think cats with a tough past will never find a home or contribute to a home, so euthanasia is a kinder option.

I think Jasper would disagree. And my husband, who has lived with Jasper on Jasper's terms for more than a decade, would also disagree.

Cats with tough pasts can--and many of them do--acclimate to a different life with enough kindness, love and attention. Cats that can't 100 percent acclimate can--and many of them do--acclimate to a life partially in the house and partially in a catio, where they can be protected and still a little wild (this would be best for my FIV guy). And some healthy cats with a rough past can--and many of them do--acclimate to a sort of barn existence where they love people and have a protected space to sleep at night, but have the ability to roam during the day (this is what Jasper has).

They key is to remember that these lives have value. Jasper would be so happy if people remembered that on Easter.

Jasper the cat with his bunny

Doesn't he look handsome in his selfie? I think so. Do leave him a note in the comments. He loves compliments.

And remember to join in the fun with the blog hop!

You'll see so many awesome cats and make great friends.


  1. That's a lovely egg, Jasper. I am a less adoptable kitteh in that I will always be part feral. I was returned once to the shelter. I love living indoors but will never be an affectionate lap cat or ever one who can be held.

  2. That is a handsome selfie, Jasper.
    Happy Easter to all of you!

  3. Jasper is very handsome. I'm so glad he has a loving, safe home with you living in a way that makes him happy. He sure takes some good selfies!

  4. Jasper is definitely a handsome fellow and so lucky to have a family. We are happy you shared him with us today. We pray that all cats regardless of their circumstances find a happy and loving home whatever form that takes. Mom and all of us are wishing everyone at your house a blessed and joyous Easter. Thanks for always hopping. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  5. I love this post SO much. Every furry life has value, and we never believe euthanasia is the best option. We pray for a day that every kitty is loved and cherished in their very own home.

  6. Jasper is very handsome. Many of my cats have had rough starts, but they are all happy now. Happy Easter!

  7. What a lovely post. Thank you for telling the story of Jasper, and of all kitties who just need a chance.

  8. Great post! and yes Jasper looks VERY handsome!

  9. Wishing your family a wonderful Easter and may the cat in the shelter find a loving home soon.

  10. If peeps could get over what they see, and what they hear, the mistaken and incorrect truths, then there would be very few if any cats in shelters. I was rejected by everyone for my ears! There loss, and my peeps gain. Easter is a time of new beginnings so here is a hope that Pacman, and all shelter cats get that same chance at life and living... Wishing Jasper, Pacman, you and your family, a Very Happy Easter
    Purrs, Erin

  11. Jasper is a gorgeous boy - totally welcome here any time!

    Sorry we are late, happy Easter and we hope your week is a good one

  12. Jasper, you look very handsome in your selfie. We hope your Easter was purrrrrfect!

  13. Aww, such a cute picture! Hope you had an amazing easter! :)

  14. So glad to learn your story, Jasper ! You are a handsome mancat.

  15. I cannot think of any words to express my heartfelt thanks for the condolence and sympathy you have extended. I am thankful to you and appreciate your love at this time of the loss of Nellie.
    Love Barb

  16. Jasper look very good for his age, my Pookie is already 19 ! She prefers to be alone and chases away her siblings she is old and wants her peace !