While she needed a general anaesthetic to enable the veterinary team to take off the fur, she has now fully recovered from her ordeal and the 14 year old is living along with the second cat with Mr Russel and hsi family.
The forgotten feline was delivered to a Pittsburgh, P.A., animal shelter last week after its elderly owner with Alzheimer's neglected it. I thought, 'My god this is a cat.'"The cat, named Hidey, was taken to the shelter after her elderly owner moved to a nursing home".
Years of neglect has left a pet cat named Hidey with a severe case of matted fur, which eerily resembled a human's braided hair also known as "dreadlocks".
'She will be cared for by a distant relative of her previous owner & finally have a chance at a happy & healthy life.'
When he first saw the animal, he thought the cat was running around with a blanket on top of it until he got a better look at it. "The house was still open, so I went down and left some food for the cat until we figured out what we're going to do".
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"'So I started searching around, and suddenly this huge creature darts out from under the bed and runs down to the cellar, and I thought, 'What was that?". "But no - it turned out to be Hidey".
"The cat came in with years and years of mats and grime all over its body", the Western P.A. Humane Society posted to Facebook. "I've been dragging her out, and holding her, and she purrs a lot". I'm down there with a flashlight looking - it was nearly like a horror movie. The next day I went into the creepy old cellar and it was hunkered in a corner. Hidey is also overweight, which can make grooming hard.
Meanwhile, Paul Rusell, the relative who discovered Hidey and brought her to the facility, shared how he stumbled upon the freakish-looking cat.
Her new owners say she used to hide under the bed at first, but now she's enjoying her fur-less freedom. So she's starting to work her way to see people more.