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!