Over 1,400 cat videos were submitted to the Friskies awards. A panel of judges and online voters then narrowed the selection down to 12 finalists in four different categories.
The winner of the first-ever “Best Cat Video” award? Mick Szydlowski for his video, “Oskar’s First Toys.”
You see, Oskar is a cat who was born without eyes. You can check him out on Facebook here. Mick and his girlfriend Bethany filmed the newborn kitten playing with a toy ball.
Szydlowski took home a full year’s supply of cat food and a check for $15,000.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Szydlowski said. “Cats deserve a show like this – and Oskar deserves some of the winnings, maybe all of the winnings.
“Oskar is completely blind, but he doesn’t let that slow him down one bit,” Szydlowski said. “He’s healthy, he’s happy, he does everything a regular cat would do.”
Check out “Oskar’s First Toys” below.
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