This is the obese “rasta” cat abandoned by its owners with over a kilogramme of dreadlocks on its back and animal rescuers say they have never seen anything like it.
The incident took place in at the ‘Radeau des Animaux’ animal rescue centre in Ferel in the western French department of Morbihan in the Brittany region.
When contacted for comment by Central European News, the head of the animal centre, Dominique Bacot, said that these images show the cat, called Chamade, with the long tufts of fur he had “when he arrived at the refuge.” The last image shows a much happier Chamade after volunteers “cut off the dreadlocks.”
She said that the poor animal “could not even clean itself anymore, to the point that it created impressive tufts.”
She added: “We have cut about 1 kilogramme (2.2 lbs) of hair off after it clumped together into dreadlocks. Everything was on its back, where the cat could not lick itself.”
The other volunteers said they had never seen such an incredible “rasta” haircut on a short-hair cat, with one saying: “This generally happens to animals with long hair that have not been looked after for a long time.”
Chamade, who is 9 years old, was promptly taken in by a loving family after losing his dreadlocks. The family adopted him and his pal Chad, also 9, and who also needed to have some beginnings of dreadlocks removed by the volunteers.
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