When Ellison and Pierre were found, they were terrified and cuddling together for safety. Ellison was especially scared. They had been dumped on the doorstep of the shelter during off hours. They would have been in crates on our doorstep for 6 or 7 hours.
After some investigation we discovered that they had lived almost their entire lives in one small bedroom. Making it worse, they had not been out of there in the last year, as their owner who had dementia, usually forgotten about them. They'd been living in urine and feces according to the daughter and they had no where to get out of the mess which is why they dropped them off on the doorstep in the middle of the night.
We are grateful they were brought to us, but certainly hope they now know they can & should come to us during open hours.
Ellison had such severe matting that we had to have her shaved under sedation. Her bum was dirty because she wasn't able to bend to clean herself.
It took them a couple of weeks to come out of hiding, and it was when one of our senior cat cleaners was cleaning the room that they decided she was safe and familiar to them to finally start to come out of their shells.