Thirty-three purebred Persian cats are looking for new homes after being surrendered from a Massachusetts home that was “cluttered and crowded,” MSPCA-Angell said.
“The cats—which range in age from five to 12 years—were matted and dirty, owing to the cluttered and crowded conditions in the home, with the majority still undergoing treatment for upper respiratory infections, with many requiring major dental work,” MSPCA-Angell said in a statement.
The cats were surrendered on Aug. 23 and had to have all of their coats shaved off, which “grow back to the glossy long-haired coats for which Persians are famous,” MSPCA said. The cats are also undergoing treatment for health issues including upper respiratory infections and dental disease.
MSPCA’s law enforcement department assisted with the surrender and removal of the animals from the home. The cats’ owner, whose identity is not being released, will not face charges.
“This is a situation where the cats’ primary caregiver passed away, leaving this gentleman to provide for them on his own. He quickly realized he could not meet their needs and agreed to surrender the cats to our adoption center,” said Tom Grenham, director of the MSPCA’s law enforcement division.
Purebred Persians are considered a highly desirable breed and are typically very sociable and friendly. These cats are even more special as several of them were originally imported from Italy.
“These cats might be in need of a lot upfront and ongoing care, but they are stunning and we are hoping to identify adopters that are excited to bring one home and willing to aid them in their recovery journeys,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs.