Cat Escapes a Life of Neglect, Gets an Amazing Transformation

At death’s door, a cat reclaimed life with the help of caring individuals who have given him the chance to live it as it should be lived.

An "after" photo of Matt the cat shows his remarkable transformation. By: Well Animal Clinic
An “after” photo of Matt the Cat shows his remarkable transformation. By: Well Animal Clinic

Dr. Christian Le Van, a veterinarian who lives above the Well Animal Clinic in London, where he works, has a playful pet who came from a life of extreme neglect.

Matt the Cat’s saga of rebirth began in July, when the RSPCA found him in a box beside the road. His sickly appearance and heavily matted fur were sure signs that he was a victim of negligence.

He was taken to the clinic and given immediate attention. Staff members were shocked that he was even alive.

Aside from his knotted mass of fur:

  • He had a fractured jaw, the result of rotting teeth.
  • He was badly dehydrated.
  • And he had a serious infection.

How he had been managing to eat at all was anyone’s guess. “He could have died,” says Dr. Le Van.

After the cat was sedated, his transformation began. Most of his teeth were removed, his jaw was repaired, and he was rehydrated. All of his fur was shaved off, except his head.

This is what Matt looked like when he arrived at the clinic. What a mess.
This is what Matt looked like when he arrived at the clinic. What a mess.
We're halfway there! This photo was taken as he was being shaved.
We’re halfway there! This photo was taken as he was being shaved.
C'mon now, doesn't he look stylish in his new sweater?
C’mon now, doesn’t he look stylish in his new sweater?

He remained in the hospital, where he was fed by syringe and monitored for several weeks.

By the time he was ready to leave, Dr. Le Van’s family had made a decision — Matt would be going home with them.

The cat’s transformation has been an enlightening experience for everyone involved, as they watch a rejuvenated cat adjust to a home filled with love.

Source: Daily Mail

Gayle Hickman

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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