Blind Sphynx cat who lost both eyes becomes viral Instagram sensation

A scary eyeless Sphynx cat has become an internet hit with a 77,000-strong army of Instagram fans.

The 12-year-old blind hairless moggy is now more popular than many politicians, including Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Jazzypurrs's owners were forced to remove his eyes after he got cat-herpes and suffered from corneal ulcers.

They wrote: "For those who don't know Jazzy's story, he was adopted at two 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.

"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.

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"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."

Jazzypurrs, also known as Jasper, is said to be a "very happy kitty" and vets reckon he should live for another 10 years.

His Instagram profile gets updated with videos of him playing like a regular cat every few days.

It has more followers than Ms Patel's 39,500 but at the time of writing fewer than Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 1.2m and Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer's 141,000.

His antics have even inspired made-for-order face masks and someone made a little doll in his appearance.

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