These shocking photographs show a neglected calico cat named Hidey with matted fur forming ‘dreadlocks’ on her body.
The pictures of the overweight feline, who belonged to an elderly man with Alzheimer’s, were posted on Facebook by the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
They said the poor cat was brought to their clinic after her 82-year-old owner had to move to a nursing home due to his illness. Hidley suffered from severe matting (dreadlocks, really), the likes of which had been neglected for years.
After the man’s family found poor little Hidey, they took her to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, where she received some treatments and a much-needed haircut.
Shockingly, Hidey was carrying an incredible two pounds of matted fur on her body.
The vet staff had to put Hidey under a local anesthesia to ensure the safe removal of her overgrown locks.
After her haircut, the 14-year-old cat was nearly unrecognizable. Just look how cute she is!
Hidey and her kitty sibling, Siam, are now living together with relatives of the family.
Both cats are said to be warming up to their new home.
When it comes to my hair, I can’t go more than four weeks in between haircuts, so I can only imagine experiencing what this cat went through.
Talk about an extreme makeover! Be sure to share this story with the cat people in your life as a reminder to always keep their animals freshly groomed.