Playful Blind Cat Wins $15,000 for Viral Video

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Life is what you make it! Meet Oskar, a beautiful tabby barn cat born blind from a rare disorder that caused his eyes not to develop. His family, the Szdlowskis, decided to take a chance and adopt him when he was 8 weeks old. They weren't sure how he would fare and wondered if he could find the cat box and if their other cat would like him.

Differently-Abled Doesn't Slow Oskar Down!

Oskar showed them that their fears were unfounded, quickly finding his way around the house in under a week.

The day after his adoption, Oskar was offered his first toys... little balls with bells in them so he could hear them. Mick Szydlowski caught the inspiring moment on video, and the adorable footage was entered into the Friskie's Cat Food video contest and garnered over 4 million views. Ultimately, Oskar won the award for 2012's Best Cat Video, a Friskie's gold statue, and $15,000!

A Pawsitive Message

Oskar's family hopes the award will encourage people to adopt animals with special needs. "With the right environment, special needs animals can thrive," said Szydlowski. Obviously Oskar is thriving on his journey to being a star!

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Vivian on November 23 at 12:28 PM said:

So sad yet cute!
Mary on November 23 at 12:34 PM said:

It is bittersweet. He doesn't seem to know anything different and looks content and even happy. I love his spirit!
Teagan on November 23 at 1:05 PM said:

That is so incredibly sweet! I want to adopt a special-need animal now......except for my mom isn't an animal sort of person so that won't happen so she wouldn't want that responsability. We already have a dog and 3 cats (and soon rats).
Brenda on November 23 at 1:32 PM said:

I worked with children who were blind and they also showed the natural playfulness and curiosity about the world around them as sighted children did. Given half a chance and unconditional love they thrived. Love conquers all.
KGM on November 23 at 5:12 PM said:

Alice Ali-gator is my servive dog. I brought her home from the vet's at 4 wks old after her first eye was removed. She lost the second eye at ~12wks, and became a failed foster soon afterward. I have not treated her much differently than any of our other furries, except to give her a little more verbal direction. She navigates the house without difficulty, holds her own (11lbs worth) with the big dogs, wrestles with her cat, and enjoys many activities. She does tricks, jumps through a hoop, chases a lure, and retrieves....often I have to take off her Doggles to prove to people she REALLY can't see...LOL If you want to read Alice's story, you can find her at www.facebook.com/alice.aligator Adopting a special needs pet will be a blessing...for you. They are not handicapped, but handi-capable.
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