Friskies cat food held a competition for the best cat videos on the internet. Over 1400 videos were submitted, and the grand prize was awarded in a ceremony Wednesday night in Los Angeles, featuring cat music and a ballet dancer portraying Nyan Cat. But you won't be surprised by who won.
And the winner of the first-ever Friskies award was Mick Szydlowski for his video, "Oskar's First Toys." Oskar is a cat born without eyes, and Mick and his girlfriend, Bethany, captured video of the newborn cat playing with a toy ball.
Szydlowski received a year's supply of cat food and a check for $15,000, which he says will be used to buy toys for Oskar and to help pay for their upcoming move from Omaha, Neb., to Seattle.
"It's an incredible feeling," Szydlowski told Yahoo News. "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."
Szydlowski says he hopes all the attention his Oskar videos have received will help convince people that cats with disabilities can still make great pets. "A lot of people assume it's a death sentence, which is not the case," he said.
Friskies also donated 250,000 cans of cat food to shelters in conjunction with the award. Read more about the competition and the ceremony at Yahoo News. Link
See the videos that made it to the final round. Link
See Oskar's First Toys. Link