As much as we love our four legged friends, we must acknowledge that they may be more of a responsibility than some people, especially the elderly, can handle. They require all kinds of care to remain healthy and happy.
We found a story about a cat that had been living with an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. Discovered when a relative dropped by to check on the woman, the kitty had been so neglected that it’s fur had become matted in unbelievable tangles, almost like dreadlocks. You are not going to believe this story until you see the picture, but you will love the happy ending.
Meet Hidey: she is an amazing calico kitty with a very special story.
Hidey gets her name from the fact that she is extremely shy and would always hide. And no wonder. She had spent the last few years in the diminished care of an elderly person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Little Hidey had been so neglected that her fur had become a tangled mass of dreaded locks.
She was presented to the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center in western Pennsylvania last week after being rescued from her former home. Her owner was taken to a nursing home.
A staff member says “[Hidey the cat] suffered from severe matting, the likes of which had been neglected for years.”
According to their report, the mats were six to eight inches long and were a tangle of hair and feces.
Dan Rossi, the CEO of the shelter issued a cautionary statement based on Hidey’s story, saying:
“If a family member, friend or neighbor owns a pet, please help them to make sure there is a support system in place if/when mental faculties begin diminishing.”
A certified veterinary technician who is working with Hidey described how the cat got into such a state saying “The end of the mat contains fur [that] has been shed a long time ago. That’s how they can get to that length.”
Another CVT said it took hours to shave all off all the mats, although “All the mats were pretty much individual so it was easy to get underneath them. Our Medical team shaved off the pounds of intertwined fur from her body and, needless to say, this cat is feeling so much better now!”
They did have to sedate Hidey before they could begin, so that the cute little calico would not be too traumatized
Caitlin Lasky of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society reported that “Hidey is getting acclimated at her new home. There are hopes she will warm up to her new owners now that she is feeling better.”
Hidey’s story demonstrates the plight of rescue animals, but there is plenty that each of can do today to help save our furry little friends. From adopting out of a shelter to donating our time and money to support them as they save the lives of animals
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