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There Was A Scared Cat Underneath All That Matted Fur

A Persian cat named Shrek, whose fur had become dangerously overgrown, has been freed from the matted mass of dirty hair - though his life-threatening ordeal is not yet over.

Megan Moss discovered the kitty pleading for relief from his saddening predicament outside her Auckland, New Zealand, home on Saturday. Although it's not clear where he came from, or how he'd survived so long beneath all that hardened hair, there was no doubt Shrek was in dire need of help.

"He was just a live ball of dreadlocks with big eyes," Moss told Auckland Now. "He was just crying and it made me cry."

Moss collected Shrek and contacted the local animal rescue group, Gutter Kitties, for assistance. The cat was then transferred to the Orewa Veterinary Centre, where vet Brett Finlayson carefully set about trimming his matted hair, which had likely built up over months of living in the wild. The whole process took around three hours, Auckland Now reports.

Shrek, though looking much better, still has an uphill battle ahead of him.

Sadly, Finlayson discovered that Shrek's face and body had become infested with maggots, the toxins from which are putting a tremendous strain on his body. Though the cat's rescuers are hoping he'll be able to pull through, it all might be too much for him to bear.

"He has maggots still crawling out of places they have no right to be. His poor life is struggling to hang on, and Brett and his team are doing everything, and anything to help him hold on," Danielle from Gutter Kitties wrote on Facebook, urging the public to be vigilant when it comes to animals in need.

"If someone had taken notice of this boy even a few days earlier, it would have made all the difference. I am not a religious person, yet I am praying for anything that can help him pull through this."

A fundraising page has been set up to help cover the cost of Shrek's care. Click here to learn more.