Cats are known for their independence, often spending their days exploring the great outdoors and only coming inside for meals and bathroom breaks. This self-sufficiency is what makes them such low-maintenance pets. However, when cats aren’t regularly groomed, their fur can quickly become a problem.

Hidey, a cat owned by someone suffering from Alzheimer’s, unfortunately fell victim to neglect. Unable to care for her, her owner left her without grooming for years. Eventually, animal rescuers discovered Hidey and were shocked by her appearance. Her fur was so matted and tangled that she resembled an octopus.

The Pittsburgh Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, where Hidey was taken, reported that she may have gone without any grooming for up to two years. Some strands of her fur were an astonishing 6 to 8 inches long.

Thankfully, veterinarian Jenn Levitzki came to Hidey’s rescue. She shared a video of the grooming procedure on Facebook, exclaiming, “Hidey has the worst matting I have ever seen; she has dreadlocks.” Before the procedure, Hidey was gently put to sleep to ensure her comfort.

“Our Medical team shaved off pounds of intertwined fur from her body, and needless to say, this cat is feeling so much better now!” shared the shelter on their Facebook page, as reported by People magazine.

After her incredible transformation, Hidey found a new home with a distant relative of her previous owner. However, this heartwarming story serves as a reminder of the importance of checking on our elderly friends and their pets.

We should make an effort to visit our elderly relatives and neighbors from time to time, as it can make a world of difference in their lives. By doing so, we can ensure that both they and their pets are well and thriving. If we don’t ask, we may never know if they’re struggling.

Let’s all take a moment to share this incredible rescue story with our family and friends. Together, we can spread the message of compassion and remind everyone to take care of our elderly loved ones and their furry companions.