The cat neglected so badly her fur had formed into dreadlocks

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    Heartbreaking photos have emerged of a badly neglected calico cat called Hidey, whose fur was so matted it had formed huge dreadlocks.

    The cat, which was also badly overweight, used to belong to an elderly man, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. The pet was taken into the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after her owner had to move to a nursing home because of his deteriorating condition.

    Vets said she must have been neglected for years judging by the severity of the dreadlocks. The medical team at the centre had to shave off all of the fur, which weighed several pounds. In a Facebook post, the centre said: “Needless to say, this cat is feeling so much better now! She will be cared for by a distant relative of her previous owner & finally have a chance at a happy & healthy life.”

    Huge creature

    Paul Russel, who is a distant relative of the 82 year old with Alzheimer’s said that when he was taken into the home, they realised he had two cats. Mr Russel said he suddenly saw a “huge creature” which dashed out from under a bed and ran into the cellar.

     

    At first, he thought the cat had a blanket draped over it, until he realised that it was fur. Because she was over weight, she would have found it much harder to groom herself, which would have led to her fur becoming matted. As it got worse and worse, it would have been impossible for her to help herself, and it is thought her owner was not able to groom her.

    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.

     

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    Emily Guarda was born in Berlin and grew up there. Her parents are both artists who always taught her how important art is to the world. Emily has 2 younger brothers and 1 older brother. She recently began studying design at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Even though it still is new for her, she seems to love what she is doing at the moment. So far, Emily is still living with her parents but she is currently looking to find a flatshare so she can become grow up to be independant and responsible. She spends most of her weekends dancing in nightclubs with some of her friends. Most of them are promising electronic music DJs she has been supporting since the beginning.