A close-shaven Chinchilla Persian cat after being rescued from the streets

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Penelope the cat was clean shaven after being rescued from the streets and turned over to an animal charity.

The rare Chinchilla Persian breed has been found in Wandsworth, southwest London, roaming around with long, matted fur.

She was underweight and dirty when found by a member of the public, the charity said, adding that they had no choice but to give her a special haircut.

Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Battersea Cattery Manager Lindsey Quinlan said:

Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Of the 3,000 cats that the house welcomed last year, only 14 of them were Persian.

Now, the association is enlisting a cat lover – ready to stay in control of the grooming – to take Penelope, who doesn’t have a microchip, into her house.


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