Cat videos are now the third-most-searched item on YouTube. So it is not surprising that the first-ever cat video awards, sponsored by Friskies, were held in Los Angeles this month. A panel of judges and online voters viewed more than 14,000 cat videos in four categories:
With the selection narrowed to 12 finalists, the winner of the first-ever cat video award was announced - and the award went to 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 kitten playing with a toy ball the day after they adopted him in 2011.
Oskar's owners received a year's supply of cat food and a check for $15,000.
"Oskar is completely blind, but he doesn't let that slow him down one bit," Mick smiled. "He's healthy, he's happy, he does everything a regular cat would do."
Mick hopes all the attention his Oskar videos have received will help convince people that cats with disabilities can still make great pets.
Other "catuette" winners each received a year's supply of Friskies and $2,500:
- Catness: " Black Cat Stick 'em Up " starring Cole; Tampa, Fla.
- Catcom: " Cat Alarm Clock " starring Boo; Elkhart, Ind.
- Catventure: " Cardboard Dreams " starring Milo, Otis, Barrett and Bates; Plano, Texas
- Catchall: " Kitty Plays Fetch " starring Nylah; Cherry Hill, N.J.
In addition, Friskies announced it had donated 250,000 cans of cat food to 25 animal shelters across the country to help celebrate the awards show.
Now... get your video camera out and point it at your kitties for next year's contest!