Despite his good intentions, there was a huge surprise that fate had in store for Paul Russell. This man from Pennsylvania was concerned about his older distant relative. The kind man felt the need to help out, but it led to the shock of his life!
Making A Decision
The distant relative in question was 82 years old and just moved out of his home in Pennsylvania. The old man had originally been living on his own, but the family decided that this had to change now that he was sick.
The family made the call to move him to a nursing home that was closer to where they lived. This way, they would be able to look after him some more. It was clearly the best option for him, but the family did not really know him very well. This was the reason that none of them saw what was coming!
Entering The House
It goes without saying that his nursing home did not let people bring pets over there. There was no choice but for him to leave his pet behind. Siam is the name of his 17-year-old Siamese cat. When Paul heard about the fate of the poor cat, he knew that he could do something about it. This makes even more sense when you hear that he and his wife were animal lovers and pet owners!
However, Paul would eventually discover that there was something else waiting for him in the house. At any rate, he went up to the house, let himself in through the front door, and turned the light on. When the room did not light up, he knew that he would need to go down the cellar to look for the breaker.
A Creeping Feeling
Paul went back to the car to fetch the emergency flashlight that he kept there. He left it in the hallway but nearly dropped it as he did so. It lit up the room, but the smell was the first thing that he noticed. Paul stumbled back and saw where it was coming from. He was shocked when he saw that the house was full of garbage!
The windows had been darkened, and there were weird marks on the walls. Paul could not help but feel like someone was watching him as he walked through the house. Could there be mice and snakes here? Paul shuddered at the thought of it. The house was already creepy enough without their presence!
Hiding In The Dark
He got goosebumps when he flashed the light against the walls. What were these things, and how did they get there? And where could Siam possibly be? Paul looked at the walls but felt even more creeped out after noticing that part of the wallpaper was gouged out. What could have happened in this house?
His heart was beating very fast as he walked through the hallway. Quietly, he called out to the cat, “Kitty, kitty.” All of a sudden, he got the feeling that he needed to get out of the house as soon as possible. However, he was not going to leave that place if he did not have Siam with him. As you can see, he was a man on a mission.
Paul went to the kitchen in the hopes of finding the food bowl for Siam. He did not forget to bring cat food with him before he went over to rescue the pet. Even though he poured it into the bowl, the cat did not appear. He spent several minutes shouting out for Siam to no avail. Where else could he look?
It would have been impossible to look for Siam in the dark since there were just too many hiding spots. Paul knew that the only way to achieve his goal is to head to the basement and look for the switch. He had just stepped into the dark stairway when he heard something that shook him to his core.
A Huge Creature
There was a loud and piercing sound that filled the house. It made Paul stop in his tracks. There was a thump after that, but this noise did not seem to come from the same room. This time, it came from the bathroom at the end of the hall. He went up to the door but made sure to do so with caution. What a brave man!
Going Back In
He opened the door using his foot and parted the curtain shower with his hand. Imagine his relief when he found Siam there! The cat had been hiding out in the bathroom the whole time. Sadly, the poor thing was not just scared but also starving. Paul could tell that it had been a while since he had a good meal.
As Paul contemplated the situation some more, another sound brought him out of his thoughts. What on earth was making that sound in the dark? It was a faint grumbling sound that could be heard from the bathroom. Siam was already here, so what else was inside the house aside from the two of them?!
At The Vet
Paul tried to regain his cool by telling himself that it was likely just a raccoon that slipped into this abandoned house. He even felt relieved by this thought since it would also explain why the cat was hiding in the bath. After gathering all of his courage, he opened the door to find out what it was.
We do not know about you, but we would have simply gotten Siam and ran out of the house. However, he wanted to get to the bottom of things. He said, “I started searching around, and suddenly this huge creature darts out from under the bed and runs down to the cellar, and I thought, ‘What was that?’”
Scared, he decided that it was time to leave for now. Before retreating down the cellar, he had to muster all the bravery that he had in his body. However, it might not be a good idea to venture down there again on his own. He decided that he needed to have someone there with him the next time he returned. With his wife Jill at his side, Paul felt ready to face whatever that was.
The pair went down the cellar stairs with flashlights and a trap in hand. It was time to face this thing. They just hoped that they would be able to escape unscathed… Paul narrated, “The next day, I went into the creepy old cellar… I’m down there with a flashlight looking— it was almost like a horror movie. Then I found it hunkering in the corner…”
They found the creature in one of the corners of the room. Jill was shocked by what she saw. When her husband told her that the animal in the cellar had several legs and was dusty, she felt doubtful. However, it was a different story now that she got to see this thing for herself!
But what could it be? The thing looked like an alien creature from a sci-fi movie! They brought it to the vet, hoping that this will help them get the answers that they were looking for. Jill and Paul were both scared. He thought that it could be some wild animal that he had yet to hear of. If it was not that, it might be a common animal that had a blanket on top of it.
Monster Under The Bed
Even the vets could not believe what they were looking at. It was the first time they saw anything like this! However, everything changed when the animal turned around. This was when they saw that it had a head that protruded from all the “tentacles” covering its body.
In the end, they agreed to cut off the mass. They first gave the animal some general anesthesia, of course. “Our Medical team shaved off the pounds of intertwined fur from her body, and, needless to say, she’s feeling so much better now!” said the post on the Facebook of the shelter. But what was it?
In the end, they figured out what this animal was. But how could it have turned into something this unrecognizable? The vets came around and agreed that the only way to find out what it was would be to remove the matted fur after putting the animal on general anesthesia.
Looking Out For Each Other
This animal liked to hide, so it is appropriate that they called the poor animal Hidey! For many years, he had been living underneath all that matted fur. The truth was that Hidey had been completely forgotten by the 82-year-old man.
“Hidey was overweight, so that makes it harder for [cats] to groom themselves, and that’s when you see matting happen,” explained Caitlin Lasky. She works as the Senior Marketing Communications Manager of Western PA Humane Society. Who would have thought that it was actually a cat?!
A Happy Ending
How were they able to extract the dreadlocks on the cat? The very existence of Hidey shocked the entire team. Caitlin Lasky said, “They hadn’t seen anything like that.” We could not imagine that such a thing could happen either.
A Unique Case
“Even looking online, I had a hard time finding anything similar, so it’s a unique case,” she said. The only way to ensure that the cat was safe was to shave off all the hair. This also meant that the team needed to be very careful to avoid making errors and hurting Hidey in the process.
They were shocked to find out that the fur weighed two pounds. “Even looking online, I had a hard time finding anything similar, so it’s a unique case.” Not only was Hidey fat, but she was also very hairy. On top of that, there was another thing that they had to figure out. Where were they going to put her?
We are glad to report that Paul and Jill did not only take in Siam but also Hidey when she got out of the vet hospital. At long last, these two cats were now living their best lives with the Russells. On top of that, they gained four more siblings: two dogs and two cats!
Hidey would need more time to grow into her new self. However, she has been transitioning to life now that the matted fur is gone. She might not know it yet, but her life is going to be happy and healthy from now on. However, would she be able to trust people again after what she went through?
She went through a lot of neglect, so it is unfair to expect her to adjust right away. “She’s been hiding under the bed for the last few days,” Paul said. “I’ve been dragging her out and holding her, and she’s starting to purr a lot.”
Little By Little
Dan Rossi said, “For the last couple of days, she’s climbed from under the bed on her own, and I’ve got a cat’s bed. So she’s starting to work her way to see more people.” He also said, “The companionship of a pet will offer many positive benefits to the elderly, but it is a great responsibility to own a pet.” He is serving as the CEO of the Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society.
What are you supposed to do if you ever have a similar situation? He said, “If a family member, friend, or neighbor owns a pet, please help them ensure that there is a support system in place if / when mental faculties begin to decline.” We hope that you will keep this in mind from now on.
Open Door Shelters
“Also, open door shelters such as the Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society do not turn any animal away unless there are other choices for the pet,” he said. It might take some time before Hidey shows us who she really is, but she has started to come out of her shell at last. We are glad to hear this great piece of news!
Run The House
“Other than being standoff, in which you are keeping her, and she’s going to purr,” Paul said. Jill, on the other hand, thinks that it is not going to take a very long time for Hidey to adjust. She said, “She’s going to run the house in six months.”
A Little Trimmer
“And now she’s going to be a little trimmer,” Jill added. We are just glad that they were able to rescue Hidey after all the years of neglect that she had suffered. Let us keep our fingers crossed that there will be fewer cases of animal abuse from now on. Even if it is not done on purpose, it is still terrible.
It turned out that Hidey is not the only one who had to go through this. Sinbad is another cat who had to go through the same thing! He was rescued from his owner, who could no longer look after him.
Neglected For A While
Sinbad looked like he had been neglected for a while already. His fur was severely matted. It was a good thing his owner did not mind giving him up when the rescuers got there. In fact, the elderly men knew that his pet would have a better life with someone else. What did the society members plan to do?
The workers were concerned about keeping Sinbad calm as they shaved the matted fur off of him. Was the poor cat going to panic? Luckily for them, he simply cooperated with them as they went on with it!
It looked like Sinbad figured out what was going on and simply let them do it. While it took them some time, they were able to get rid of the tangled fur. In the end, they found a sweet little cat underneath!
It took two sittings for the rescuers to get rid of all the excess fur! Sinbad was sedated before they got to work. Every sitting took about two hours! Once they were done with the task at hand, the rescuers shaved off five pounds of fur. Whoa.
They could not believe just how different Sinbad looked without all the matted fur! On top of that, he probably felt relieved not to carry five pounds of extra weight. His body, however, felt sensitive to the cold. They had him wear a t-shirt to ensure that he would stay warm.
Such A Relief
It was not exactly easy for Sinbad, however. Among other things, he needed to learn how to walk on his hind legs once again. They had atrophied because he had not used them in a long time!
Getting A Lot Of Attention
“Now he’s getting lots of TLC and attention… I’m just astounded at how he just loves people…” said his new owner. “Even though people haven’t always treated him very well… It’s a lesson we could all learn”
“He didn’t get a lot of attention because of all the matting on his body and carrying five pounds worth of mats so he was not just in a neglective environment but a neglective condition as well,” said Elliott Serrano. He is an education manager at the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society.
They also had to ensure that Sinbad would gain weight. The poor cat was malnourished when they rescued him. “We had a volunteer step up who is very good at getting cats to eat, started making a grool, putting it in his mouth and after six days of that he started eating on his own,” explained Dr. Robyn Barbiers. She is the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society president.
When he was in good health again, it was time to put Sinbad up for adoption. He was staying with a foster parent when a lovely thing happened. His foster parent developed a special bond with this cute cat! “That first weekend when I took him home when he just wanted to lay on my chest and purr and chirp and be with me,” the foster parent explained, “That convinced me that he wanted to stay.”
He also said, “We would never have known if somebody hadn’t cared enough to see an animal in need, take a photo, get it to us so that our investigators could go out and rescue this cat.”
Then Vs. Now
You will be glad to hear that Sinbad is now living his best life. He also weighs more than eight pounds, which is a great weight for a cat of that size. His new owner said that he is one feisty cat armed with a great attuite. He also posted a photo on Instagram to show how Sinbad jumped on his shoulders!
We are sure that you are also glad that the story came with a happy ending. However, this would not have been possible if it were not for the utility worker. He saw the condition of the poor cat and decided to do something about it!