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Rescuers open the door to retiree’s home and discover a shocking creature

Persian cat with matted fur cat-sad
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Years of neglect (though probably unintentional), lead to a sight which could only be described by Anti-Cruelty Society rescuers as ‘nightmarish’.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 11/10/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:38

Around 3 years ago, the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago received several calls about a cat in terrible shape. At the time, this cat was living with his elderly owner. This man was, due to his condition, hardly capable of caring for himself, much less so for an animal.

A ‘creature’ in need of help

And, according to the reports that were coming into the Anti-Cruelty Society, the Persian cat, named Sinbad, was almost unrecognizable, and described as looking like he was ‘dragging a carpet behind him’.

When rescuers arrived at this man’s house, they were instantly shocked. They could not take their eyes off the poor ‘creature’ who was indeed covered in thick matted fur. The animal hardly looked like a cat at all.


Our Humane Investigators got a call about a cat living with an elderly gentleman that looked like it was "dragging a...

Posted by Elliott Serrano on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

He was immediately taken to the vet clinic, where it was discovered he had over 2 kilos (around 5 lbs) of extra fur on him. Due to this, the poor cat had been unable to move for a while. His muscles were atrophied, he was weak and skinny underneath all that fur.


Despite his condition, Sinbad was friendly and tolerant...

Posted by Elliott Serrano on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

5 lbs lighter and a happier future

But the vet team refused to give up on him. Although it took several hours, they were able to shave off the horrible masses of fur on his body, until he was a little kitty again.


...especially as shelter workers took on the monumental task of shaving what was several years of accumulated matted fur. 5 lbs worth!

Posted by Elliott Serrano on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It took hours, but the little guy was a champ. His back legs were atrophied from the lack of use, but he still soldiered on.

Posted by Elliott Serrano on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

They put a jumper on him so he could stay warm while he grew his coat back, and started immediately on a meal plan that would help him gain some weight.


Now he's getting lots of TLC and attention. His diet is being monitored and the goal is to help Sinbad gain weight and grow back his glorious coat!

Posted by Elliott Serrano on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Thankfully, it didn’t take long before Sinbad’s adorable face and brave personality was noticed by an adopter, who couldn’t help but take him home.

Now Sinbad is living the rest of his days as a spoiled member of a loving family.


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