A cat has turned into a beautiful little lion after removing more than 2 pounds of fur.

Mattie, an orange cat admitted to the York County SPCA needs a lot of help. He was so severely debilitated that he had to be transported in a dog kennel.

Tabby was discovered outside by a community member while lost in Hanover, Pennsylvania. “Mattie is the most severely injured animal I’ve ever seen in my career. The rug is so big and heavy that it’s hard to see where his real body is,  Dr. Weekes, Chief Medical Officer SPCA Shelter economists said. Mattie could barely move and could understand his fear and anxiety.


The medical team immediately began working with him. Mattie was found lost, covered in shaggy fur, and they were able to safely shave off his faded padlock, which weighed about 2 1/2 pounds. Staff continue to care for Mattie after the procedure and provide medical treatment and multiple TLCs to ensure he deserves a smooth recovery.

They show affection when he shows interest giving him space when he needs to provide the possibility of socialization and enrichment

With a heavy burden on his back, Mattie begins to adjust to his comfortable kitten apartment, warms up to his human friends, and learns to trust again.

“Even at times when Mattie appeared scared and worried, the loving presence of his care team ensured that he was safe.” He feels so much better and happier after they removed all the rugs from him.

Mattie’s beautiful fluffy coat regrows over time and gives him a gorgeous lion mane. His personality emerges and he starts looking for affection and headaches. He is estimated to be around 10 years old and has several health problems, including diabetes. After several months of recuperation at York County SPCA, Mattie has transformed from a heartbroken wanderer into a handsome, kind man, ready for many happy years ahead.

Mattie blooms into a beautiful little lion cat

A few months before meeting Mattie, Chandler lost her beloved cat Tulip to diabetes and it left a void in her heart. Chandler said: “I’ve never seen such rugs on a cat. After seeing his pictures, I was forced to read his story, something drew me to him. him, and I know in my heart that he’s my cat.”

She reached out to the shelter to ask about Mattie, and it turned out to be a perfect match. About a week later, Chandler and her boyfriend, Dan, brought Mattie home.

For the first few days, Mattie’s health problems made the transition to his new home a bit difficult. Chandler, who has experience in managing feline diabetes, was able to help her stabilize with supportive care, fluids, and syringe feeding. After a few days and lots of TLC, Mattie is making progress.

Mattie is ready to go back and enjoy life like a king. “We hope that this sweet, stubborn man will live through his golden years of quality.”

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