Friday, December 8, 2023
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Cats for Adoption: Two Dilute Torties


I have a soft spot for both torties and dilute torties and calicos, and shy kitties too. Shadow and Elli are both shy kitties who were rescued, but both are loving and affectionate in their quiet way, and trying hard every day to find out where they belong in this human world and how to be part of everyday life. In the right home they’ll continue to grow more comfortable as time goes on. Both are sweet and affectionate in the right circumstances, never mean, just uncertain what this life expects of them. They deserve a try at a loving forever home too.


I’m Shadow, and I’m a “dilute tortoiseshell kitty,” which means I am a lovely gray and peach instead of black and orange. I have had enough of living without a family, and am looking for my forever home. I was abandoned with my three babies in Uniontown. I worked hard to take care of them but it was rough. Then a miracle happened, and we were rescued by some wonderful ladies! I came to live with my foster mama, who helped me take care of my babies, and we were all safe and happy and comfortable.

I am only about 2-3 years old. Since I have been through so much, I am finding a little hard to trust, but I am trying really hard and getting better at it. I like to be petted, but I am still not sure about being held. I never hiss or scratch — I’m very gentle! — but I am shy and timid. I am getting better every day; I just need a little patience as I figure out I am safe and loved! I do love catnip, so feel free to bribe me with it!

I need a special patient adopter, preferably one with a quieter home who will give me the love and support I need to continue growing They tell me I’m something called “Aged to Purrfection,” which means my adoption fee is discounted! Like all Pittsburgh CAT cats, I’m spayed, microchipped, dewormed, flea-treated, and up-to-date on my vaccinations. All I need now is that loving forever home! You can see more photos on Petfinder.



Hi, my name is Elli. I am a 1 and 1/2 year old dilute tortoiseshell, and I’m looking for my forever home. I am not a playful lap cat like some other kitties, but I am special and unique in my own way! If you are looking for a beautiful living gargoyle, I will be happy to adorn the tops of your bookshelves and scare away insects, ghosts and other undesirables… maybe even your mother-in-law!

Foster mama says I can be a scaredy cat, but I am learning that furniture is sometimes nice to sit on instead of hide under, and people can be wonderful providers of food and sometimes affection. I think I would really like a home of my own and maybe a spot on the couch to claim. I don’t take up much space; honestly, you’ll hardly even know I’m there unless you shake the treat bag or open a can of wet food. I love my treats! It seems like I get overlooked a lot because everyone wants these rambunctious kittens, but I am a classy cat who doesn’t have time for all that hullabaloo. I am just a pretty girl who needs love too.

Underneath my shy exterior, I am a sweetie pie who just needs (probably a lot of) time to learn to relax and get comfortable with my hoomans, and I would do so best in a stable forever home. I do get along well with other kitties, and if you manage to wake me up from a nap, I will purr and roll over for belly rubs. If you’re lucky enough to catch me, I might even let you hold me for a bit, give you happy head-boops, and purr. If you have a soft spot in your heart and room in your home, and some time and patience for a sweet pretty girl like me, apply today and I could be yours to keep!

Like all of our cats, Elli is spayed, microchipped, flea treated and dewormed and up to date on all age appropriate vaccines. You can see more photos on Petfinder.

Adopting from Pittsburgh C.A.T.

All Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoptions begin with our application. After it’s reviewed you’ll be contacted about meeting your cat or kitten. All cats have been fostered in homes and are healthy, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines.

Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.

Other ways you can help

Amazon Wish Lists

amazon wish list for kittens

The Amazon Wish List for our group’s foster kittens.

Many rescuers pay out of pocket for veterinary care and food but the costs of raising even the average litter of four healthy kittens is more than many people have, and many rescues have greater needs. Pittsburgh CAT has a number of wish lists that include foods for feeding neo-natal kittens like KMR, and other lists that include the best kitten foods, adult cat foods, food and materials for feral cats, and preferred toys and litter.

HCMT 2017 Wish List:

2017 Feral Cat Wish List:

2017 Foster Wish List:

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.

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6 thoughts on “Cats for Adoption: Two Dilute Torties

  • Oh they are such pretty kitties. Love the dilute torties. That is such a great color. Our inn is full or we would offer to take them. We sure have our paws crossed that someone takes them soon.

    • Hi Marg! At least they aren’t out on the street or in a home with hoarders anymore so their lives are 95% better already.

    • We might need an extension, Tabbies, but we hope it’s not much longer!

  • 15andmeowing

    Such beauties, I hope they both get forever homes. I have a soft spot for torties and dilute calicos too. My Joanie is a dilute calico and my angel, Lucy was too.

    • I have a few who own my heart too, Ellen. Someone else will see that soft beauty!


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