As the elderly get older, it gets harder and harder for them to care for themselves, nevermind another living thing.
Last month, a 9-year-old cat was discovered in the basement of an elderly Illinois man’s house. The man could barely look after himself and it had been a long time since he could provide proper care to the cat named Sinbad, who was barely recognizable because of the mounds of matted, dirty fur covering his body.
Thankfully, the elderly man surrendered Sinbad to rescuers from the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, who quickly got to work freeing him from the matted fur. “It took two sittings. The first took several hours and the second sitting took about 2 hours,” Anti-Cruelty Society public relations manager Colette Bradley said. “He got tired after a while, but throughout the whole process came up to the people in the room looking for pets.”
By the end of his haircut, Sinbad had lost a shocking five pounds of matted fur. “He was a bit unsteady on his feet at first,” Bradley said. “He had very limited mobility prior to the hair being removed, so he had to relearn to walk on his back legs. He was very sensitive to touch but still sought out attention from people.”
The staff at the Anti-Cruelty Society then placed Sinbad with Elliott Serrano, who would foster him until they found a permanent home, however, Serrano soon fell in love with the cat and officially adopted him. “He’s doing very well!” Serrano said. “His personality really has blossomed! At first, he was very quiet and reserved. Now he runs around the house, chases his toys, and asks for affection more readily.”
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[Featured image: Josie Niebling]