Wednesday, December 6, 2023
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Cats for Adoption: Felines in Difficult Places

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Puddin’s person died unexpectedly and he’s looking for a new person as soon as possible.

BREAKING NEWS! UPDATE ON PUDDIN! HE HAS A FOREVER HOME! “He will be the only furry baby in a great big huge house that is full of love. He does however have 3 feathered brothers!” Congratulations Puddin!

I’d say Butterscotch Puddin, how about you?

Puddin’s human died suddenly and he was in the home when it happened, poor guy. No one could take him and typically these cats are taken to the nearest shelter, and because of their trauma at the loss and sudden change in their life they are frightened and act out. This can be a death sentence if it determines him as “unadoptable”, but Puddin was lucky—a long-time animal rescuer was involved and scooped him up to take him home.

Now Sweet Puddin is in foster, but he has to remain in a small bathroom. He’s calmed down but wary and after all he’s been through he’d love a “real” home again where he can grieve his person and start to feel safe again; confined to a bathroom all by himself isn’t quite the place to heal from all that.

Puddin’s not a kitten but he still seems like a young guy and in apparent good health, easy to handle and affectionate; his official vet appointment is set for May 1. If you can help Puddin please contact me or call his rescuer at 412-537-9702.

Tiger’s in a Tight Spot

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Tiger feels safe here, and is moving to becoming a wonderful pet.

Tiger has had a long journey. His rescuer discovered a colony of stray and feral cats upon moving into her grandmother’s house over a year ago, trapped and spayed and neutered them all and found homes (except her one remaining foster, Bali). The house was to be prepared for sale and she moved out but continued to check on it.

Tiger managed to make his way into the house after she’d moved out, but he kept eluding his rescuer for nearly a year. She eventually managed to find the approximate spot he was entering and leaving.

Thinking he was female, this spring she found it absolutely necessary to trap and “spay her” before “she” had kittens in the empty house, but when in the trap his rescuer saw he was clearly not in need of being spayed. He was neutered, however, and she discovered him to simply be frightened and wary of her, but not a classic feral cat. She can pet him, he blinks his eyes at her, he doesn’t hide when she enters the room.

His rescuer has a one-bedroom apartment with one rescue from this house already living in her bathroom, and her miracle kitty, Blackie, who is blind and struggling with a number of health issues, needing most of her attention; she has photos and videos of Blackie after the surgery last July and recently at at

She could put Tiger back outside and care for him there, but he’s really been living indoors for a year, he’s had his veterinary care and he’s moving toward being friendly, it’s a shame to put him back out.

If anyone can help Kim with Tiger or Bali—or both, they can contact Kim at 412-889-6094 or [email protected]. They all live in South Park, in the suburbs south of Pittsburgh.

Cuddle Bugs Ready to Go Home With You

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Barney’s a real cuddler.
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Freddie’s quite relaxed.

Fred and Barney are spokescats for successful fostering—and you can take them seriously when they say they need to find another home before this frightened mama and her babies can come inside.

Fred and Barney were picked up by animal control and were about to be euthanized for their “feral behavior”—they were hostile and could not be handled, so unless someone would take them to socialize them, they were simply unadoptable and the shelter had to spend its limited resources on cats who were immediately adoptable.

Click here to read a message from Fred and Barney!

Mama Kitty is Ready For a Home of Her Own

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“Mama Kitty”, a very pretty long-haired torbie with white paws, is looking for a home.

If a kitty ever needed a kind and understanding home, it’s Mama Kitty. This kitty lived outside for most of her life, giving birth to, at best guess, four litters of kittens on someone’s porch. She is also mama to Angel Donna and her brothers who you’ve already met.

Mama Kitty was rescued by someone who regularly goes into some pretty grim circumstances to pick up cats in need, and on a freezing night he went to pick up Mama Kitty and her tiny kittens with the agreement to foster and rehome the kittens and have Mama Kitty spayed and vetted, and return her when the time was right for her and her kittens. But that person isn’t interested in taking her back.

She’s not the most affectionate cat at the moment, but she’s come a long, long way from the mama who wouldn’t nurse her kittens when a human was in the room, and she stands a chance of going even farther to being a sweet, quiet companion cat. She is spayed and has all her vaccinations and is FIV/FeLV negative, and just needs a quiet place to learn to trust humans.

All photos courtesy the cats’ foster homes.

And read about other kittens and adult cats who are looking for homes.

Cats on craigslist…

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Calico cat who suddenly needs a good home.

I am not sponsoring or assisting with the adoption of these two pregnant calico cats, but rescuers regularly look through craigslist for any cats listed for any reason and a good bit of feline rescue happens through what is found in craigslist posts.

Earlier this year a woman who’d been rescuing cats was offered assistance with spay and neuter, preventing the births of dozens of kittens this spring. Cats and kittens have also been saved from abuse, from being dumped out somewhere to “fend for themselves” and even from imminent death by skimming through craigslist ads and contacting the posters. Here are two; the details included help to fill in the details left out—two cats who’ve likely had multiple litters and are currently expecting another. “Slightly pregnant” doesn’t really mitigate the situation.

“I have a pregnant calico cat. She about 4 years old. Very good car with dogs and other cats. Talks a lot when you talk to her. Just don’t got time for her or space! Please email me or text me for pictures!!! A small rehoming fee would be appreciated but if not its ok!!!”

“Loving calico cat who is slightly pregnant. expecting beautiful kittens. Free to good home.”

Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.

There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.

  • Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
  • Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
  • Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
  • Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
  • Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.

If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.

Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives

The cats I’ve featured recently are from or were assisted by these rescues, shelters and organizations, though these are by no means the only organizations who are out there helping cats and other animals:

Frankie’s Friends

FosterCat, Inc.

The Homeless Cat Management Team

The Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center of Western Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

In Care of Cats

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!

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