“Jasper, formerly Rascal (we wanted a name with a similar sound), is the most recent in a long line of kitties in our lives,” Mary says. “My kitty soul mate, Kisa, passed away a few years ago. She was a beautiful Russian Blue, and my husband, Eric, also had gray cats he’d loved in the past. So when we saw Jasper at PetSmart and he immediately started purring and rubbing on the glass, we knew that he was the one.

“He acclimated to his surroundings immediately, and he is such a lover that he enjoys the attention of everyone he meets. He’s just a big lap cat! He continues to make an effort to be friends with our tortoiseshell female, Honey West, but she’s a little bit of a hard nut to crack. I still hold out hope for their eventual friendship, but at least most of the time they tolerate their cohabitation.

“Jasper loves to play, especially with our multi-tiered ball tray toy. He’s a ‘licker’ and he’ll literally lick anything and anyone. When we were gone one day recently, he managed to get his claws stuck in something and pulled one of them out completely. It was really difficult for him to be in a cone for two weeks. He couldn’t lick anything except the inside of the cone, poor little guy.

“Thankfully, he’s fully healed and back in action. We’re both crazy about him and so happy that we brought him into our lives!”


Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.

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