Rescuers Find Cat ‘Dragging A Carpet,’ Then Shave Off 5 Pounds Of Fur And He Totally Transforms

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Caring for a pet takes a lot of love and patience, but for elderly pet owners, it’s not always possible to provide that care.

As a person ages, they may find it less and less feasible to feed and groom their cat or dog, and getting around themselves can become difficult too. This isn’t their fault, and that’s why an elder’s family must look after him or her as closely as needed!

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for the elderly gentleman who owned Sinbad, a cat. Sinbad grew out five pounds of fur before rescuers from the Anti-Cruelty Society saved him from his situation.

The individuals who called the rescuers said that it looked like the cat was “dragging a carpet.”

Sinbad was given the shave he needed, and afterwards, he looked like a totally different cat! His legs had atrophied from lack of use, but thanks to his rescuers, he’s now able to live a more comfortable life.

Warning: Some of the images below may be difficult to view.

“Our Humane Investigators got a call about a cat living with an elderly gentleman that looked like it was ‘dragging a carpet,'” Sinbad’s foster dad Elliott Serrano wrote on Facebook. “The gentleman wasn’t able to care for himself, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Sinbad would look like this. Still…it was tragic on many levels.”

“Despite his condition, Sinbad was friendly and tolerant…”

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

“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.”

“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!”

‘”I’m not grumpy. Honest!”‘

Update: Sinbad has now been adopted by his foster dad, Elliott!

He’s now living a comfortable and happy life, and is recovering quite well after such an ordeal.

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