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Oskar the Blind Kitten Is a YouTube Star: Adorable or Overhyped?

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Move over, Rebecca Black. The latest YouTube star is a lot cuter than you are. Oskar the blind kitten has more than 1.8 million views and his own Facebook page. Here's how it all came to be. Mick Szydlowski and his wife, Bethany, discovered Oskar by accident, when they were trying to buy an autoharp.

Oskar, the last of the litter, was born without fully-formed eyeballs -- and he literally landed in their arms, the "Today" show reports. Oskar's owner was considering taking him to an animal shelter, so the Szydlowskis decided to adopt him.



"My wife was holding him, kind of like a baby, and rocking him back and forth. He was completely relaxed; his little arms were just flopping by his side, and honestly, he looked like he was smiling," Mick told TODAY.com. Within five days, the Szydlowskis' other cat, Klaus, had accepted and begun caring for Oskar. And Oskar quickly made himself at home.

"What really blew us away is that from day one, his other senses really took over, which you can see in the video of him with his toys," Mick said. "Within a matter of a week or so, he knew the layout of our entire house. We could pour his food on one side of the house when he was sound asleep at the other end, and he could wake up, jump off the bed, and perfectly navigate his way to the bowl." Do you think Oskar is a cutie -- or overhyped YouTube fodder?

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  • DeborahLakeHelen 2011/11/30 02:29:34
    Adorable
    DeborahLakeHelen
    +20
    He's exceptionally adorable. I would have adopted him too.I was at my Vet's office several years ago with one of my dogs when I noticed an adorable kitten who had been born with only 3 legs, I took "Jonah" home with me that same day. He also had some other congenital defects and he only lived to be 7. I loved him fiercely his entire life and screamed and cried like a baby when he died in my arms.

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  • The Third Reich 2011/12/15 23:52:47
    Overhyped
    The Third Reich
    yeah it's cute, I don't care much for cat-related videos, or cats in general, but yeah sure both i guess cute but overhyped
  • redneck 2011/12/10 01:03:23
    Adorable
    redneck
    Nice kittie.
  • Mike 2011/12/02 08:30:37
    Adorable
    Mike
    Yeah of course,. kittens are always lovely but puppies are overhyped.
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2011/12/02 06:57:02
    Overhyped
    jerry.alan.carroll
    my cat is cuter, and has functional eyes that shine!
  • Pale Horse jerry.a... 2011/12/03 16:13:44
    Pale Horse
    Wow! I'm Speechless.
  • jerry.a... Pale Horse 2011/12/05 14:00:30
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +1
    of course, I am biased.
  • Ian 2011/12/02 04:18:42
    Adorable
    Ian
    +1
    Cute kitten!
  • Edie 2011/12/02 02:08:02
    Adorable
    Edie
    +1
    What a wonderful act of kindness. Yes, this kitten is so special and sent here for some reason.
  • martalucialovesmj82958 2011/12/02 00:53:43
    Adorable
    martalucialovesmj82958
    +1
    I think he is just so adorable :)
  • beck 2011/12/02 00:19:14
    Adorable
    beck
    +1
    it made me smile ;)
    i dont care if its overhyped and how dare you compare this amazing/adorable video to rebecca black?!!?!?!?!
  • smartgirl 2011/12/02 00:17:27
    Adorable
    smartgirl
    +1
    Adorable.
  • MsTiff26 2011/12/02 00:16:03
    Adorable
    MsTiff26
    +1
    Awww...
  • Kaitlyn.Alex 2011/12/02 00:07:16 (edited)
    Adorable
    Kaitlyn.Alex
    +2
    Made me cry out of sadness/cuteness. I was saying "AWWW!" the entire video. :) That cat is amazing. Definitaly not overhyped. At all. He deserves more "hype" if anything.



    oskar the blind kitten
  • Changeling 2011/12/01 23:35:08
    Adorable
    Changeling
    +2
    It breaks my heart the little one is blind
  • raschell97 2011/12/01 23:27:46
    Adorable
    raschell97
    +1
    poor little kitty I have bottle fed a stray blind kitten before a while back I found a blind kitten while I was walking around on my family's ranch my mother named him after Stevie Wonder he now lives with the local radio announcer hes gotten huge and he's still just as cute
  • Dolly 2011/12/01 23:19:12
    Overhyped
    Dolly
    I am not a big cat fan.
  • Sabrena Heimes 2011/12/01 23:18:53
    Adorable
    Sabrena Heimes
    +1
    I don't like cats but even I think that's cute!
  • Jenna Smith 2011/12/01 22:07:08
    Adorable
    Jenna Smith
    +1
    i feel so sorry for that little cat
  • Pocahontas 2011/12/01 22:03:31
    Adorable
    Pocahontas
    I like cats!
  • DDevlin780 2011/12/01 21:31:22
    Adorable
    DDevlin780
    +1
    Nice people to take in this kitten. Oskar is just like any other kitten, and will bring a rewarding relationship to him home.
  • SmithBandit 2011/12/01 21:12:47
    Overhyped
    SmithBandit
    +2
    It's just another instance where some human interrupted the force of natural selection by protecting a disabled animal. Disabled animals≠disabled humans
  • Jessie Yin SmithBa... 2011/12/01 22:56:14
    Jessie Yin
    +1
    He's probably already spayed and if that isn't the case they probably wouldn't let him mate. Don't worry your "natural selection" will continue.
  • Sabrena... SmithBa... 2011/12/01 23:23:26
    Sabrena Heimes
    +4
    Natural selection is in the wild. When you have the ability to take care of an animal like that, most people do. Its heartless not to unless you absolutely can't. When animals are born mutated or undeveloped in captivity, you do something about it. What if your child was born without fully formed eyes? Or born premature and had to stay in ICU to live? Would you leave that to natural selection?
  • jmitch126 Sabrena... 2011/12/02 00:29:26
    jmitch126
    +1
    Is that really your response? I mean, wow! Let me ask you something - do you believe in creationism (of any kind)?
  • SmithBa... Sabrena... 2011/12/02 21:32:51
    SmithBandit
    I will repeat: Disabled animals≠disabled humans. If my child was born without fully formed eyes, or born premature, I would most certainly not leave that to natural selection. Human life has great value, and I think it's a bit silly to spend thousands of dollars on disabled animals when less fortunate people are starving to death or dying because they don't have the simplest of vaccines or enough money for medical procedures.
  • Pale Horse SmithBa... 2011/12/03 16:17:41
    Pale Horse
    Then let me say Wow again.
  • SmithBa... Pale Horse 2011/12/03 18:32:53
    SmithBandit
    I will certainly grant you that
  • jerry.a... SmithBa... 2011/12/05 13:58:00
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +1
    while i agree that animal life is not of the same value as human life I will say that once you love an animal...the only thing you could love more is your own children.
  • Pale Horse SmithBa... 2011/12/03 16:17:05
    Pale Horse
    Wow, I won't post my thoughts about your comment. You would whine, soda head would slap my hand and remove my comment so I'll just cut out the middleman and say "wow".
  • Marcy 2011/12/01 20:57:16
    Adorable
    Marcy
    +2
    This is just heartwarming.

    I had a cat named Jaya. She was not born blind, but she was struck blind after being hit by a car. Quite frankly, it was a miracle she made it with only lost of sight and smell (and therefore taste; she liked eating grapefruit after that).

    It really is quite amazing... She didn't stop climbing to the highest points of every shelf and jumping off...

    She really used all nine of her lives... She died of old age, and I miss her dearly...
  • ClOoLeSs_MoMo_94 2011/12/01 20:56:24
    Adorable
    ClOoLeSs_MoMo_94
    +1
    THAT is one of the cutest things ive ever SEEN!! XD
  • keebs 2011/12/01 20:36:20
    Adorable
    keebs
    +1
    I had a blind kitty who turned blind when he was 14, he lived to a ripe old age of 17. He was amazing the way he adapted. Good for them to adopt this kitty, I hope they have many years together.
  • Dawn Jacquelyn 2011/12/01 20:35:57
    Adorable
    Dawn Jacquelyn
    +1
    I would take that cat into my house and give it tons of love!
  • Mary Schraufnagel 2011/12/01 20:33:27
    Adorable
    Mary Schraufnagel
    +1
    God bless the people who adopted him. It just goes to show that with a little love, miracles can occur.
  • Debpgh 2011/12/01 20:33:09
    Adorable
    Debpgh
    +1
    He is precious. Thank goodness this couple came to his rescue. It's amazing how well he does for being blind. Good news for a change.
  • Jesus Freak and proud of it 2011/12/01 19:53:06
    Adorable
    Jesus Freak and proud of it
    +2
    ohhhhhhh he's such a cutie!!!!!!!!
  • BoomLover 2011/12/01 18:46:46
    Adorable
    BoomLover
    +2
    Always have liked puppies and kittens.....
  • rosebud 2011/12/01 18:42:45
    Overhyped
    rosebud
    +1
    I guess people are just wanting to find out how a disabled animal can function is why they view the YouTube videos. Don't most simply want to know ?
  • Kaitlyn... rosebud 2011/12/02 00:10:11
  • lurx: the soda jerk 2011/12/01 18:38:38 (edited)
    Adorable
    lurx: the soda jerk
    +4


    Here's Simba, our blind cat. He was able to run up and down the stairs, down the hall and climb up bookshelfs and on top of the refrigerator. He played with his toys as well.

    He'd be on the porch and "look" out at the yard, side by side with his brother. When a bird flew across the hard from a distance, both heads would immediately fixate on it. At that time, we would allow both of them outside, but we would put harnesses on them so they wouldn't be able to run out of our yard, Simba for his safety and Mitty because he sometimes would run off for days at a time. One day as I was supervising them, Simba leaped up in the air and caught a bird in his mouth (I dislodged it, and let it go).

    ...it would appear that blind cats have a kind of sonar, their ears can rotate around in order to fixate on an object and a three-dimensional image can be created for the cat to track or navigate.
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