A neglected cat with severely matted fur named Hidey was brought to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center after the animal’s owner was taken to a nursing home in Pennsylvania.
The feline suffered severe matting of its fur after 14 years’ worth of fur growth and not being groomed by its 82-year-old owner. The matting was so bad the cat developed what could only be described as dreadlocks.
The medical team of the Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center shaved 2 pounds of hair off the cat.
Hidey is now being cared for by a distant relative named Paul Russell, according to People Magazine. Russell and his wife Jill were the ones who found the cat after its owner was taken away and they took the pet to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center.
When he first saw the animal, Russell said he thought the cat was running around with a blanket on top of it until he got a better look at it.
“The next day, I went into the creepy old cellar and it was hunkered in a corner. I thought, ‘My god this is a cat,’” Russell told People.
When the couple brought the cat home for the first time after its fur was cut, it hid under the bed. Russell said its now starting to open up more and even purrs when its held instead of being nervous.
After the rescue, the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center reminded people that it’s important to check on both the elderly and their animals so something like this doesn’t happen.