Persian cat Sinbad could barely walk when he was found carrying around his filthy matted coat weighing more than half his body weight.
But now the feline has found internet stardom after his five pound fur carpet was shaved off.
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Sinbad was discovered in the basement of an elderly man's home in Chicago, starving and carrying a coat full of dirt and rubbish.
Volunteers from the Anti-Cruelty Society cleaned Sinbad up and gave him a much-needed haircut and some food.
"He was so tolerant and sweet during the grooming which was grueling. It took hours," said the animal charity's Elliott Serrano - who has since adopted the feline.
"We had to force feed him for a bit to make sure his digestive system would keep working and not hurt his kidneys."
PR manager Colette Bradley told People.com: "As soon as that hair started coming off and he could walk, he started rubbing up against the people in the room
"He was so affectionate and was looking for love in return. We were all shocked by how friendly he was considering he had such limited human interaction in his life prior to being rescued."
Sinbad's owner had mental health problems, leaving him unable to care for his pet, Bradley said.
Sinbad weighed in at 6.63 lbs after his haircut, but is now a healthy 7.25 lbs, after living with Elliott for a month.
"They both decided pretty quickly that he was there to stay," says Bradley.
His hair is growing in really well now and is so soft! He loves to lay on Elliott's chest and purr. He's very happy in his new home and is really thriving."