For people, it is really normal to worry about relatives who are not living with you – for example, your relative who worked overseas. The same way goes for this story. It was about Paul Russell who had a beloved family relative who lived thousands of miles away from him. What made him more anxious was his relative’s condition. He was having a minor problem and Paul badly wanted to give his relative a helping hand. Find out how this story ends, just keep on reading!
Making A Decision
The relative we would be talking about was an old man. He was in the 82nd year of his life when he moved into a home. The old man was used to living alone until something unfortunate happened – he got ill with a very bizarre disease. With that condition, he could not take care of himself alone anymore.
We are sure you are now wondering about this 82-year-old’s family. Yes, he still had his family at that time. They were the ones who decided to transfer him into a home for the aged. They made sure to choose a home close to their house so that they could still visit him if there would be free time. Surely, moving the old man into a home was a great decision because there, he would receive better treatment, especially that he had a disease.
Entering The House
We’re afraid to correct some information about the old man living all alone – he had someone to grow with him. It was his pet Siam, a Siamese cat. That time, his adorable pet was already 17 years old. He badly wanted to take Siam with him as he moved into a home, but it was very unfortunate that there were no pets allowed in the home he was moving into. He needed someone to take care of Siam and this was the moment Paul Russell got into the scene. He had two reasons why he was glad to take care of Siam. First was because he had always wanted to help his relative and the other reason was that he was an animal lover.
Siam was left all alone in the old house of the 82-year-old. As Paul approached and eventually opened the front door of the house, he was not faced by a cat – he was faced with nothing. The lights were not working. That was why he felt the need to find the house’s breaker and in order to do that, he had to get himself a flashlight first.
A Creeping Feeling
His emergency flashlight was inside his car. He went outside to get in his car and get himself a flashlight. As he returned inside the house and walked down the corridor, what he faced was shocking. His view was full of different types of garbage. He could say that the junks were there for quite a long time because of their unpleasant smell.
The house projected a very creepy vibe. The walls contained various strange marks as the windows were all dirty and dark. Paul felt as if he was in a horror film. Seeing all the garbage, creepy walls and windows, and other dirty stuff, he envisioned lots of pests coming out of those junks.
Hiding In The Dark
After walking down the dirty hallways, there was still no sign of the old man’s beloved Siamese cat. As he was walking, he was also slowly approaching the walls – he tried to determine how these strange marks were made, but he just became more curious.
Fear was getting in his way as he continued to look for Siam. He was trying to summon the cat by calling it names. He already spent multiple minutes looking for the cat, but there was still no sign of Siam. As he kept on walking down the hallway, everything got creepier and he really felt scared. But he did not stop until he had the cat in his hands.
Paul thought of a trick in order to summon the cat. He immediately started to find the kitchen and looked for Siam’s food bowl as he found the kitchen. He also looked for cat food in the cabinets then put some on the food bowl. He was convinced that this would be an effective bait to capture Siam and go to him, but he was wrong. He did not even see a single sign of the cat going towards him.
The problem with the light switch was a big inconvenience for Paul. He needed light in order to look for Siam in different rooms. Who could know if the cat was hiding under a bed, table, or any other furniture? He realized that his emergency flashlight would not really be a huge help so he needed to go down the basement and look for the breaker to turn the lights on. He was on his way to the basement until he heard something.
A Huge Creature
Paul knew that he was the only person in the house that time with Siam, so hearing a disturbing and loud cry really scared him out. He tracked the sound and checked the place where it was coming from. Eventually, he found out that the crying sound was coming from the bathroom at the end of the hall. He was shaking as he walked towards the bathroom.
Going Back In
As he reached the bathroom, he was really scared, but he had to take that fear off his system in order to find Siam and finally get out of the creepy old house. He kicked the bathroom door wide open and quickly opened the shower curtains. It was Siam! He found the cat crying, famished, and terrified. He immediately got the cat until he heard something again.
For a short moment, he was relieved that he finally found Siam, but he went shaking again when he heard a groaning sound coming from the hallway. He was already with the cat, that moment, which meant there was another being in the house making that creepy sound.
At The Vet
For Paul, the most important thing, that time, was to get out of the house with Siam, so he gathered all his courage and just settled his mind that it was just the raccoon who was continuously making that groaning sound. Of course, he was very curious about the sound so he slowly approached the bathroom door and had a peek on the hallway.
He went to the room where he assumed the frightened was coming from. There was a bed, so it gave him the idea that maybe, the being was hiding under it. He knelt down and looked under the bed and he was right! He did not have a close look at the creature because it quickly went out of the room and stormed its way into the basement.
While carrying Siam, Paul immediately looked for the front door and quickly went out of the house. He was so terrified of what he saw. He badly wanted to go to the basement and look for the creature, but he was so scared. He was grateful to have his wife, Jill. She agreed to accompany her husband in looking for the creature in the basement. They came back the next day.
The couple went inside with everything prepared – their flashlights and their courage. They slowly walked into the basement, side by side. Everything was creepy, but they had to satisfy their curiosity and find out what that creature was. They were roaming around the basement until Paul saw the creature sitting still in the corner.
They slowly walked towards the creature with Paul leading the way. They captured it in a dent. Jill had a few steps back and let her husband describe what the creature looked like. Her husband responded and described the creature to have plenty of legs. At first, she did not believe her husband’s description until she had the chance to have a closer look.
They went out of the house with the unusual creature they had found. They went to the nearest veterinary clinic to find out what kind of creature it was. They were both confused because it was their first time to see such a creature.
Monster Under The Bed
At first look, the veterinarians were also confused about what the creature was. They were out of words for a second until it was turned around revealing its cat-like head. This revelation helped the veterinarians to investigate more about the mysterious creature. Their observations were right – the creature had plenty of legs.
The next step the animal experts took was to inject anesthesia to the creature that kind of looked like a cat, but with many legs. They started to shave the thick fur that the creature had grown. After all the weight caused by some of the thick furs was cut off, the creature surely felt a lot better.
The couple was so confused and so were the other employees working in that veterinary clinic. They were all wondering what kind of creature was in front of them – even the veterinarians did not know, but they had to continue working and making the condition of the creature better which was basically their job. They decided to get rid of all the thick fur the creature had grown for years, probably.
Looking Out For Each Other
The veterinarian had to pick a name for the creature so that when someone would be referring to it, it would be a lot easier. He came up with Hidey because it kept on hiding for a very long time – that was a good one, doc! It seemed like Hidey kept on hiding and as the old man aged, he did not manage to remember his pet aside from Siam.
Caitlin Lasky was the manager of Western PA Humane Society Senior Marketing Communications. She explained the idea of matting – a fur would identify as “matted” when it was tangled and knotted. Matted furs can be caused by numerous reasons. In Hidey’s case, Lasky explained that the animal was overweight which made it very difficult for it to groom itself and keep its fur under control. Also, with Caitlin Lasky’s explanation, it was confirmed that Hidey was a cat.
A Happy Ending
As of the Western PA Humane Society Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Hidey was the first animal she and the veterinarians had seen with such matted fur. The problem was how the animal experts would fix and get rid of such thick, tangled, and dirty fur Hidey had.
A Unique Case
Manager Caitlin Lasky also said that even if you search for animals with matted fur, you would not be able to find a fur close to what Hidey had. The animal experts came into one agreement and that was to shave all of the fur left. They would need the help of anesthesia in order to make Hidey calm as they cut tons of its thick and dirty fur.
After shaving all of Hidey’s fur, they collected them and gathered them on top of a weighing scale revealing that all of the furs weighed 2 lbs. Hidey was carrying an amount of 2 lbs aside from her heavy mass. The animal experts were more amazed because Caitlin Lasky explained that growing this amount of fur could take years. Imagine the hardships Hidey went through – carrying lots of weight while not having a permanent and comfortable home.
Originally, Paul and Jill Russell had a couple of dogs and a couple of cats in their home. Being the animal lover they had always been, the couple decided to take Hidey with them, too. Now, their pets would be accompanied by two adorable cats Siam and Hidey.
After hiding and being left alone in the old man’s house, Hidey experienced a lot of difficulties as a special cat. The couple knew that with the cat finally having a safe place called home, everything would be new to her. They just hoped that Hidey would be able to adapt to its new and better environment.
Paul also gave Hidey a lot of time to adjust to her new environment. He shared his experience of caressing the cat and then letting out a purr later on. He understood that because he, himself, was able to see how down Hidey was before they discovered it. Imagine the feeling of hiding under a piece of furniture – it is sad, isn’t it?
Little By Little
Dan Rossi was the Chief Executive Officer of Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society. He explained that with all the comfort an animal as a pet could benefit humans, came lots of responsibilities as a pet owner. The first statement was proven because Paul sounded so happy as he shared that Hidey was able to climb up its own cat bed.
The CEO of Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society also added that if you happen to be close to someone who owned pets, remind them to find a coping mechanism once in case they would suffer a mental breakdown because of the stress brought by owning a pet. What he said was not supposed to scare people, it was just a plain reminder. Do not be scared to take care of animals, they will always be by your side – just be a good owner.
Open Door Shelters
Lastly, Dan Rossi reminded that animal shelters such as Animal Rescue League Shelter and the Western PA Humane Society would never turn their backs on animals – it would always be their job to make them feel safe. With Hidey’s case, the cat was already starting to adapt in her newfound home. It just needed time after all the harsh experiences it had suffered from.
Run The House
Paul shared that for the past few days after taking her, Hidey had been purring a lot. He understood everything the cat was doing, though. He just shared what he observed. His wife said that Hidey just needed time to adapt. It would soon be comfortable as well as the other animals, too.
A Little Trimmer
Let Hidey’s story be a lesson to all animal owners. Do not ever let your animal’s fur be matted because it would be difficult for them to move, to groom themselves, and to do other activities – imagine walking with the additional weight coming from those thick and tangled furs. For sure, Hidey felt a lot better after its fur was shaved off its body.
Here goes another story of a cat who suffered from the same thing Hidey experienced. From Chicago was the adorable cat named Sinbad. Too bad its owner was not able to take good care of it. Nonetheless, the people in the animal shelter where Sinbad stayed, promised to do a makeover and take better care of it from that time forward.
Neglected For A While
The old owner failed to take good care of its pet, Sinbad. It suffered from its severely matted fur. Once the people saw the cat’s sufferings, they had the animal rescued from the irresponsible owner. The owner easily gave Sinbad away to the animal experts knowing that the cat would be given better care in an animal shelter.
Just by looking at the matted fur Sinbad had grown, the veterinarians worried about how they would be able to shave its fur while also being able to keep him down. They were very lucky because, throughout the shaving process, Sinbad behaved in a very good manner making it very easy for them to cut all of its thick and matted furs off his body.
After the veterinarians successfully shaved its thick and tangled fur, Sinbad licked its own body, adding more cleanse to itself after being shaved. It seemed like the cat was able to process what the animal experts had been doing to it at that time. Cats are just really witty and wonderful, aren’t they?
With Sinbad’s great cooperation, the animal experts were able to finish shaving all of its fur with just two rounds. They were amazed by how Sinbad behaved, though they still had to put some effort into taking the cat down. Just like what they did to Hidey, they gathered all of Sinbad’s fur on top of a weighing scale. They learned that Sinbad’s matted fur weighed 5 lbs.
After cutting all of its furs from its body, they had to make Sinbad wear cat clothing because they learned that the cat was really sensitive to temperature. There was a high possibility that the owner would not be able to recognize his old pet after losing all those matted fur.
Such A Relief
Because of the depletion of all of its fur that weighed five pounds, Sinbad was finally able to experience a walk. The animal experts noticed that the cat had a difficult time in moving its set of legs at the back because it was not able to use its leg before it got rescued. Poor cat.
Getting A Lot Of Attention
Seeing the cat interacting well with other people despite the lack of care it got from its former owner was so amazing. This should be a lesson to people who currently have pets and to those who are still planning on getting a pet – never neglect your pet. You will surely feel love, comfort, and other benefits from owning a pet, but always remember that all of these benefits come with great responsibility as a pet owner.
Elliott Serrano worked as the education manager of the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. He explained that Sinbad felt depressed with its situation before being rescued – it was not depressed because of the people surrounding him. Also, people adored him after losing its matted fur – maybe, Sinbad had already moved on from all of the hardships it had faced.
Robyn Barbiers worked as the president of the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. He shared the dilemma they were facing about Sinbad – its weight. After having all of its furs off its body, animal experts learned that the cat was severely underweight. The good news was someone volunteered to help them feed Sinbad. Eventually, the cat learned how to eat just by itself.
After a few weeks, Sinbad’s health and condition were both stable. It was the go signal for it to be open for adoption. Sinbad was taken care of by an employee in the animal shelter – his foster parent. They made an exceptional bond and it was evident that the cat was attached to him. He shared that he once took the cat home – Sinbad was very affectionate to him. Clearly, the cat did not want to go and be adopted by another person.
Sinbad’s foster parent reminded people that whenever they would catch the cat receiving bad treatment from the new owner, never hesitate to report it to them and they promised to rescue it without a doubt. Well, this reminder was surely not only for Sinbad it was for every animal that could have a bad experience.
Then Vs. Now
Currently, people can see Sinbad with its new owner. They are surely having fun with each other. The new owner even said that Sinbad is a cat with a great attitude. It is evident that the owner is feeling lucky to have the cat as he shared their cute picture together to the world through Instagram.
Sinbad successfully recovered from all of the difficulties he had experienced before, with his former owner. All thanks to the utility worker who immediately reported the incident. Because of him, the animal experts were able to rescue the very poor cat. Take this as a lesson to do something whenever you witness a disturbing incident. Whether it is an animal, a person, or anything involved, never hesitate to call the authorities to get help.