Oscar is a beautiful, Oriental shorthair mix. He is all white with striking green eyes. Oscar is deaf, but that doesn’t stop him from talking to you. Orientals are known for being your very best buddy. Oscar is an incredibly friendly boy who loves to be with you!
He also loves chasing a laser dot or playing with ribbon. Since he can’t hear your praise, he likes a pat on his head to know he’s a “good boy”. He keeps a watchful eye out the window for birds and he tries “talking” to the neighborhood dogs. This little guy just wants to be with his human and loves napping next to his foster mom while she reads. He’s had his own room at the fosters’ but he’d love to have access to his forever human all the time! Oscar loves attention. He will purr and hold your hand to show how much he appreciates your affection. Usually when petted, he’ll flop on his side and squirm with excitement!
Since Oscar can’t hear, he uses other senses more. To get his attention, you can blink the lights on and off or knock on the floor. Oscar can startle easily so he would most love a home with older kids and adults who can accommodate his needs. He may be okay with other pets who are gentle and won’t sneak up on him. When viewing his foster family’s cats through a door, Oscar showed little interest and ignored them. He should be kept indoors since he can't hear cars or wild animals.
Oscar has some kidney insufficiency so it’s important that he eat only quality wet food. Luckily he loves drinking water too. He takes medication to balance his thyroid, but sprinkled onto his food, he doesn't even know!
He’s shy at first, but give him some space and time and you will see how sweet Oscar is. When he first arrived at his foster home, Oscar preferred to spend most of his time sleeping in his bed. To get him comfortable, his foster parents would sit on the floor across the room and ignore him. Each day he crossed the room to smell/meet them and after a couple weeks he was greeting them as soon as they entered his room. Since he relies heavily on his sight, Oscar likes to be pet on his head where he can keep an eye on you. After a few weeks he also loved scratches on his shoulders and chest. (His fur under his neck is so soft!) When pet on his lower back he gets irritated, but he will let you pet his head and neck for a very long time. Seriously, you will get tired before he does!
Some toys he’s loved at his foster house:
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