Oskar & Klaus and the National Federation of the Blind
Welcome, NFB friends!
We're thrilled to be partnering with the National Federation of the Blind to share Oskar's story with the world.
Since 2011, the real-life Oskar has shown millions of fans online that a blind cat can have a tremendous capacity for well-being, and a high quality of life. He has done this by sharing daily photos, videos and stories about his life with fans in every corner of the world. And now, he leads his best pal Klaus on daring adventures in the critically acclaimed, Oskar & Klaus book series! Thanks to a generous grant from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, the Oskar & Klaus books are now available in Print-Braille format! CHECK THEM OUT>>
ABOUT THE REAL OSKAR & KLAUS:
OSKAR was born on May 5th, 2011, and was adopted by Mick & Bethany Szydlowski on July 11th of that year. He was an outdoor cat living on a small farm in the Loess Hills of western Iowa. Oskar's condition is a severe form of micropthalmia, which simply means that his eyes never fully developed due to certain genetic factors. Despite missing his sense of sight, Oskar is a very healthy and very happy cat. He functions perfectly well in his home using his other senses, and many visitors don't even realize that he's fully blind!
Oskar's sidekick and best friend is KLAUS. He is a very sweet former stray, and was adopted as an adult in December of 2006 from The Cat House in Lincoln, Nebraska. We suspect that he was four or five years old at the time of his adoption. His right ear lays flat due to possible damage from excessive scratching caused by ear mites, or perhaps a nasty fight. Klaus also has other scars on his body, including a massive one on his back, as well as a few missing teeth. Life on the street is tough on a kitty, but he's spoiled rotten now!
Oskar Adventure Plush - Coming Soon!
In partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, we have been developing a cute and cuddly Oskar plush doll. Our hope is that the Oskar Adventure Plush will bring attention to the awesome ways that the National Federation of the Blind is impacting lives while serving as a powerful tool to engage blind children and educate sighted children.