Cats are known for their independent nature, often venturing outdoors on their own for the day and only returning home for meals and bathroom breaks. This low-maintenance quality makes them popular pets. However, if their fur is not regularly groomed, it can quickly become a problem.
Imagine the surprise of animal rescuers when they encountered a cat named Hidey, whose neglect had caused her fur to become so thick and matted that she resembled an octopus! Hidey’s owner, who sadly suffers from Alzheimer’s, was no longer able to provide proper care for her beloved pet. Thankfully, Hidey was eventually brought to the attention of the Pittsburgh Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center.
It was discovered that poor Hidey had gone without grooming for up to two years. Some sections of her fur were a staggering 6 to 8 inches long. Dr. Jenn Levitzki, a compassionate veterinarian, took on the task of helping Hidey. She even documented the incredible transformation in a video shared on Facebook. In the video, she described Hidey’s fur as the worst matting she had ever seen, resembling dreadlocks.
Before the grooming procedure, Hidey was gently put to sleep to ensure her comfort. The shelter’s Facebook page mentioned that she had suffered from severe matting for years. The dedicated medical team carefully shaved off the pounds of tangled fur from her body, revitalizing this brave feline. Needless to say, Hidey felt so much better afterward!
Following her miraculous transformation, Hidey found a new home with a distant relative of her previous owner. The story of Hidey’s rescue reminds us all of the importance of caring for our elderly friends and their cherished animal companions. It serves as a poignant reminder to check in on and support our elderly relatives and neighbors.
Visiting our former neighbors from time to time and saying hello not only brings joy to everyone involved, but it also allows us to ensure their well-being and the well-being of their pets. Without asking, we may never know if they are struggling or in need of assistance.
Let us all share this heartwarming tale of rescue with our family and friends to inspire kindness and promote the welfare of animals and the elderly. Together, we can make a difference!