After the rescue, the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center reminded people that it's important to check on both the elderly and their animals so something like this doesn't happen. And she has been staying with a relative of her elderly owner since leaving the hospital.

"Our Medical team shaved off the pounds of intertwined fur from her body and, needless to say, this cat is feeling so much better now!" the center proudly shared on their Facebook page. Russell originally thought that his relative had just one cat, but what he found at the home was an additional feline with two pounds of matted fur.

Years of neglect has left a pet cat named Hidey with a severe case of matted fur, which eerily resembled a human's braided hair also known as "dreadlocks".

Hidey - who got her name because she spends most of her time hiding - had to undergo the emergency operation when her elderly owner went into care suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Below the tentacles of fur, they found she was a cute calico cat with tortoiseshell and white patches.

The man's family left Hidey and another cat behind and it wasn't until Paul Russell, a distant relative of the cat's owner, realised that the animals were not being cared for that they were paid a visit.

"When they put him in the nursing home, I thought, 'Hey, he has a cat, '" Russell was quoted as saying in the report. "But no - it turned out to be Hidey".

We hope the cat has a long and happy life. I'm down there with a flashlight looking - it was nearly like a horror movie. She hid down in the corner of the cellar.

"The cat came in with years and years of mats and grime all over its body". The next day I went into the creepy old cellar and it was hunkered in a corner.

The last couple of days, she's climbed out from under the bed on her own and into a cat bed I have. "When you hold her, she's clearly shivering and nervous".

Hidey's new owners said she's starting to feel more comfortable in new home.