Cat Covered In Two Pounds Of Matted Fur Looks Like An Octopus Until Rescuers Shave It All Off

by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

If you own a cat, then you know they are pretty great about grooming themselves.

In fact, it feels like sometimes our animals groom themselves a little too much, as they’re constantly licking and cleaning their fur.

When it comes to animal neglect, we don’t often see cases of a cat’s grooming being neglected. Usually, that is saved for dogs, like Lazarus, who was found with an extra 35 pounds of fur on his body.

However, a cat wound up with the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pennsylvania in a very neglected state. The group shared this post on their Facebook page, serving as a reminder to not just check on elderly people but their pets as well.

The cat, named Hidey – because she often hid, was covered in matted fur that was so long it had formed dreadlocks slightly resembling the tentacles of an octopus. The organization had to shave off all the fur in order to treat this feline!

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Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center shared the cat’s story on its Facebook page.

Hidey had been facing years of neglect before her owner passed away. She was brought in with hopes that they could help.

Many folks who have cats in their households might not be used to seeing a case of matting so severe. Cats shed a lot of fur, but I did not realize they could also grow it like this.

While it is an uncommon sight to see, the group quickly took care of the cat and helped get rid of the uncomfortable fur. The strands were about 6 to 8 inches, with feces embedded in them.

When they were done, they’d shaved over 2 pounds of fur off her body, leaving the kitty much happier!

Animal Rescue League / Western PA Humane

The comments on the Facebook post were mixed, thanking the organization for helping this cat, as well as many people commenting that they didn’t realize that this could happen to felines!


Also, many people were in the spirit of not wishing ill against an elderly pet owner and defended this cat’s late owner.

If you’d like to see more animals rescued by Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, you can donate here!

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