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Rescuers save a cat with matted coat, today he’s unrecognisable!

Matted elderly cat eats food from a can cat-happy
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A few years ago, the TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) team of the Lowell TNR Coalition stumbled upon a stray that desperately needed their help.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 03/06/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:46

The poor cat’s fur was completely matted and extremely dirty – sad proof of the difficulties he had endured living on the streets.

Complete metamorphosis

Once the cat, later named Frisbee, was caught, he was taken to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The vet on site estimated he was around 10 years old, but had no way of knowing how long the poor animal had been living alone in the streets.

Frisbee was then anaesthetised so that he could be shaved safely. It took several hours to remove the matted mass, but once the cat awakened, he immediately began to purr.

Uncertain future

Unfortunately, Frisbee had various other health problems. He had a stomatitis infection in his mouth which would require life-long medication, and was also tested FIV +.

Rescuers feared that because of these complications, it would be difficult for Frisbee to find a forever home.

But it seems Frisbee’s stroke of bad luck ended. A woman named Donna saw his endearing face when browsing adoptable pets online and fell head over heels in love on the spot. She drove an hour and a half to the shelter he was being kept at – just so she could meet him. And sure enough, it was a match made in heaven.

Frisbee, now re-named Buffy, is discovering the luxuries of being a pampered house cat, and we couldn’t be happier for him!


MRFRS is the most amazing shelter for kitties. The first photo is "Frisbee" when he was rescued. He was deemed to be...

Posted by Donna Atkins on Thursday, December 27, 2018