Rescue Story: A Lucky Tabby

This copper-eyed beauty is safe and warm today thanks to the Homeless Cat Management Team and Pittsburgh C.A.T.! This sweet and petite fluffy tabby was trying to make it outdoors being fed by a kind person who had no idea she was a mom cat. But her kittens didn’t live to be rescued with her—one morning mom cat set a kitten, sadly deceased, next to her food bowl, and it was clear she wanted no parts of this outdoor life anymore.

Here’s where she was living and presumably had the kittens, underneath the trailer next door on that gray blanket sort of thing in the corner.

Thank goodness her caretaker asked for help and searched for other kittens. She found none, I went out to meet her last night and also searched in likely places, but found nothing. It’s easy to imagine scenarios about what happened to her kittens, if she had more than one, but none of them are good.

Many, many other cats are living outdoors in that area too, some of whom may be her kittens from prior litters, so little mom and her caretaker also brought help to many other cats and kittens as HCMT will be working with TNR in that area before winter.

We tucked mom into a carrier and she is now warm indoors with a full belly and lots of love with Tanya, and she’ll be thoroughly checked for medical issues, be spayed and have all her vaccines, have her extreme flea infestation cleared up so she can grow back that fluffy tail, and then have the chance to charm some human and find her forever home.

This cat was clearly abandoned by people because she is friendly and socialized and is obviously accustomed to living with humans. It’s possible many of the other cats in that area were too. Their many kittens, those who survived, have had to scrounge a living from the occasional kind people who feed them, or digging through garbage, with no healthcare when they need it, and no warm, safe bed to sleep in. This is not how domestic cats are supposed to live.



If you see cats outdoors, find out if they have an owner. Find a way to provide for their needs, often by finding a local organization that can assess and help. Find a low-cost or free clinic near you where they can be spayed or neutered or get necessary veterinary care. Domestic animals, even when living outdoors whether stray or feral, are all humans’ responsibility.

Help HCMT and Pittsburgh C.A.T.!

I’d love it if you had the chance to donate even $5.00 to HCMT to help with this mom cat and the others I’m working with, and the many more HMCT and Pittsburgh CAT have rescued right off the streets and are providing care for. Here are a few opportunities!

Bid on this quilt by October 1!

It’s Raffle Time!! Check out this amazing quilt made by our friend, Norma! From now until October 1, for every donation of $5 you make, you will be entered to win this beautiful handmade quilt and help our rescue efforts (donate $25 and you’ll be entered 3 times, donate $50 and you’ll be entered 10 times). The winner will be determined by using a random number generator and announced here on Facebook October 1 (on this post! Donate via PayPal or by using Venmo @hcmt_207. Please include “Quilt” in the notes! MEOW!!!

Here is a detailed description of the quilt: Hand-made whimsical wall quilt. 37”x37”. 100% cotton. Has sleeve on back for hanging.

Norma’s Quilt

You know that Pittsburgh C.A.T. is the rescue I volunteer with, but even when I’m rescuing cats and kittens for others they still provide support to me in the form of traps and transport, fostering, food, kitten formula, and low-cost clinic and surgery appointments. I couldn’t help anyone without their support. Rescuing adult cats to foster and adopt to a forever home can be expensive depending on their condition, but rescuing kittens is always expensive because they need complete vetting, often they are orphaned and need formula and bottle feeding for weeks, they often develop illnesses or conditions specific to young kittens and they eat A LOT. We don’t adopt kitten out until they are spayed and neutered and have all age-appropriate vaccines, so we make a substantial investment in their future.

Right now, Pittsburgh C.A.T. is in need of a few baby scales for fosters. Weighing kittens is an important part of their care. Check the Amazon Wishlist

Here’s what you can do:

  • Visit to find a list of donation possibilities. HCMT is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible, Pittsburgh C.A.T. is our “sister organization” formed to foster and rehome the socialized or socializable cats we rescue, same people, different activities. You can make a donation to HCMT and designate it for care through Pittsburgh C.A.T.
  • Donate Amazon gift cards to Because our cats are fostered in homes all around the Pittsburgh area, gift cards enable us to send supplies directly to fosters!
  • You can also buy supplies through our Amazon wishlist
  • Or donate cash through Paypal ( or Venmo (Pittsburghcat).

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