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.
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.
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.