Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspires Cat Rescue

Read how one New Jersey man living with Multiple Sclerosis overcame all obstacles to save the life of a homeless catáwading througháthe snow. He was smitten with this elusive creature and named her in honor of the cat who appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Enjoy this heartwarming story of determination and respect for an animal who would come to know the meaning of love ….

Written by Anthony Ross of New Jersey

I live in a rural community with all sorts of wildlife. In my house I have my two dogs and on the deck I have a bird feeding station. I have multiple sclerosis and last fall, on a walk during physical therapy, I saw a cat off in the distance. She stayed away. Since I had therapy three days a week, I began to bring dry dog food out to the edge of the woods to leave for the cat.

The weather started getting cold but even on the days when therapy was cancelledáI found a way to get food to the cat. Eventually I moved her feeding point to just across the street under a car port. All winter, on a daily basis, I navigated ice and snow to get to feed ‘Cat.’á She was leery about coming close to the house. One day after a light snowáI noticed paw prints on my front deck so I knew thatáCat was feeling more comfortable.

Cat is an expert climber, but her favorite spot is now Anthony's lap

Spring arrived and I sat on the ground and Cat started to get close.áTreats did the trick. She would now paw my hand open, sit on my lap and walk between my feet (bad idea). Iáwalk slow enough that she works with me. I got an unused dog crate fitted with screen (for the biting flies) put a pet bed in there and placed it on the gazebo on the front deck. Cat moved right in and on therapy walks she follows me all the way out and back.

Cat went to the vet to be spayed and only after theyábegan did they notice she had already been spayed. I felt badly about thisáand watched her for days asáshe healed. One day, the dog got out and ran her off. I put the dog in and went to the woods and stood in a clearing and whistled for her.á Sure enough within seconds she was between my feet. I asked her “ready to go home?” She followed me home and has been here ever since. She now has a buddy living across the street but he’s not allowed to even come on the lawn.á (And yes, he gets fed, too)

I named her Cat after the cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the film, the character Holly explained that Cat could never belong to anyone so a name was pointless. So for that reason and her coloring I gave her that profound name.

Cat accompanies Anthony on a walk through the yard.

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120 comments

Robin Pasholk
Robin Pasholk2 years ago

The original Cat was Orangey, a feline actor who also played the title role in "Rhubarb" and Scott Carey's cat in "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (info courtesy IMDb).

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Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Michelle P2 years ago

thanks

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lynne kennedy
Lynne kennedy2 years ago

There are some beautiful people in this world, thank you.

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Lorene Farnsworth

So sweet.

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Amanda S.
Amanda S3 years ago

Aww! Save the kitties!

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Cindy L.
Cindy L4 years ago

Thank you Anthony for caring and loving Cat - you'll get so much more in return! God bless!!

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Kati Patelaki
Kati P4 years ago

Thank you Anthony! yes, there are still some people around who care-so heart-warming!

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Sheri D.
Sheri D4 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful story.

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janet s.
janet stothers4 years ago

these stories warm my heart there are still some who care

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Rin S.
Rin S4 years ago

Beautiful story, thanks!

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