A cat left to fend for itself when its owner went into a nursing home was so neglected its fur looked like dreadlocks.
The overweight feline, called Hidey, was found with hair so matted she could hardly walk.
Shocking images of Hidey were posted on Facebook by the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pennsylvania, who rescued her.
A spokesman for the rescue centre said: "This poor cat was brought into our clinic after her elderly owner had to move to a nursing home.
"She suffered from severe matting (dreadlocks, really), the likes of which have been neglected for years.
"Our medical team shaved off the pounds of intertwined fur from her body & needless to say, this cat is feeling so much better now!"
Hidey will now be cared for by a distant relative of her owner's, who is suffering from Alzheimer's.
The rescue centre urged people to be on the look out for neglected pets in their community, saying: "Please remember to not only check on the elderly, but also check on their animals to prevent instances like this from happening in the future."