Cat Mama Reunited with Her Kittens Separated by House Fire


A house fire separated a cat mama and her six kittens. Five kittens survived the fire and were saved by the Red Paw, a rescue group that responds to house fires and other disasters providing temporary shelter and vet care for animals involved. They went on a search for the mother. The building burned to the ground, but they didn’t stop searching. Three days later, miraculously the cat mama was found and it was an emotional reunion.

 Cat mama reunited with her kittens

rescue cat mama reunites with her kittens

Story by Red Paw (follow them on Facebook):

Monday morning around 1:00am Red Paw was called by the Red Cross to respond to a house fire in “South Philly” for six kittens! When we got there we were told the momma cat ran off and was unable to be caught. Sadly, one of the kittens died in the fire and we searched for the mom for three days with no luck.

[On June 28] we were called by the Red Cross again. They had gotten a call for a cat who was in a house fire in “Southwest Philly “and abandoned in the burnt out building by the owner. A good Samaritan named AJ, rescued her from the home and had her in his car with the air running for 3 hours while he was at work! After speaking with him and hearing his concerns for her health, he drove the cat to Red Paw where the kittens are staying.

This cat had obviously just given birth. Not putting two and two together right away, or ever thinking it would be possible, we joked about how we had a mom with no kittens and kittens with no mom.

As we talked out all the details further we realized that the area where the kittens were rescued is sometimes refereed to as “Southwest Philly” and that the new cat fit the description of the missing momma. We quickly called the owner to see if her missing cat had been wearing a flea collar, she was! And it was green! After confirming white paws and a white strip on her nose we knew it had to be true!!

Watch as this displaced feline family is reunited after three days apart!

Now they are all up for adoption. Paw Red is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Feeding time

cute rescue cat mama nursing her kittens

Sweet mama

cute rescue cat mama nursing her kittens

Hungry babies

cute rescue kittens nursing

Photos by Red Paw (follow them on Facebook).

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52 Responses to “Cat Mama Reunited with Her Kittens Separated by House Fire”

  1. Audrey says:

    Beautiful, touching story. Bless all you wonderful people at Red Paw.

  2. Deb says:

    How wonderful that they were reunited. It sure brought tears to my eyes. Hopefully they will all find wonderful furever homes.

  3. Marilyn says:

    How adorable. I’m so glad they were reunited.
    Poor little #6 is at Rainbow Bridge, smiling down on this family!

  4. Kimmypage says:

    …tears …..~!!!!!

  5. lindal says:

    happy tears! wish i could get them, but i live in Texas. God Bless all involved!

  6. lex says:

    this brought tears to my eyes :’(
    so beautiful!!!

  7. Marti says:

    Good Swet Cat Mom :)

  8. Marti says:

    Good Sweet Cat Mom :) <3

  9. C says:

    What a sweet, precious family. I can’t help but be sad that the one baby didn’t make it. :( But I’m glad everyone else was reunited.

  10. natasha says:

    That is one touching story, ty to all the wonderful people at Red Paws and Red Cross for taking care of this blessed kitty family :)

  11. carmela says:

    god bless you all for reuniting mama with her baby’s!!!! what a great ending :)

  12. katie k says:

    Truly remarkable people for saving and reuniting the whole family together. God bless all of you!!Family is beautiful!!

  13. anita says:

    God bless the good Samaritan for finding mom. What a great story.

  14. Julee says:

    What a great result. How fortunate for the cat and her kittens that they were reunited. Lovely story.

  15. Jazzpjd says:

    thank you- I have often worried if anyone wuld ever help y cats in such an emergency. You give me hope.

  16. Karen says:

    Kudos for the gentleman taking care of MaMa Kitty. There aren’t many who would do that. Beautiful family!

  17. Lashantina says:

    6 is a large litter. that 5 out of 6 survived is great, in the grand scheme of things!!

  18. Angela says:

    I can’t stop crying! Happy tears though. xx

  19. Janet says:

    Happy that this little family was reunited, very sad that one of the little babies perished in the fire. A beautiful little family.

  20. indee says:

    tears of joy. what a beautiful ending.

  21. pumbie says:

    Oh, Justice “divine” has succeeded!:)

  22. Enchntress says:

    Made me cry like a baby!! I can only imagine how that kitty mum felt upon seeing her kittens – you can feel and see it.

    Blessed are those that care for our animals, in good times and bad!!<3

  23. Shadow says:

    While it’s sad that one of the babies didn’t make it, it’s absolutely wonderful that the other five did. Not only that, but they were reunited with their mama! That’s awesome! :)

  24. christellar says:

    happy tears of joy!

  25. Laurie says:

    What an awesome story! I do hope Mama cat gets spayed!!

  26. Neogami says:

    Such a sweet story! Too bad the video is so narrow and zoomed in, it makes it hard to watch.

  27. vix says:

    Beautiful story!

  28. Val says:

    God Bless RedPaw and the volunteers!!! I wish there had been such a group in Knoxville, TN when I had my apartment fire in Sept. 2004. I lost all six of my beloved fur babies to smoke inhalation. The EMT’s/firemen saved me, but could not save my babies… I miss them everyday and know I will see them someday at The Rainbow Bridge!!! Such a lovely end to this tragedy…

  29. caturday says:

    very2 touching story… you all are hero! \’_’/

  30. Ann says:

    What a wonderful story! Yay, AJ and the Red Paw!

  31. This is a wonderful story and I’m so glad they were reunited. God bless Red Paw!

  32. Kristoffer says:

    So sweet. You gotta love how she just jumps right in at being a caring mom without missing a beat.

  33. Mary says:

    Tears of joy for Princess and her babies. XXOO!!!

  34. Ingrid says:

    What an amazing story!

  35. Mary says:

    I love to see stories like this. It is just amazing how animals are so loving.

  36. Great story and yet another awesome organization out there doin what they do for the animals!

  37. Hanne says:

    this is the best news I have had for a very long time and it warmed my heart to watch the video where mommy reunites with her 5 babies

  38. Georgia says:

    I loved the video! Thank you for taking care of the family.

  39. Sonya says:

    What a happy reunion for this mama cat and her kittens.. I had tears rolling down my face when I watch this video…. So sad that someone would just give up on this poor mama cat and her 5 babies.. Thanks for sharing that really warmed and touched my heart.. Thank you for really caring for this awesome family :)

  40. Claudia says:

    Cat mom was and abandoned in the house on fire? How cruel was that, but i´m glad that almost the family is alive & happy now!!!!! Red Paw, my congrats (& the samaritan too)

  41. carmela says:

    so thankful to who ever found them and the mom!!! red cat are awesome!!!!and so are all cats!!:)3♥

  42. Monica says:

    Oh My, I cried buckets and buckets!! So thankful for a happy ending!

  43. delrvich says:

    awww sooo sweet!

  44. Shelly Lyon says:

    I want them all. Thanks to all involved for saving this family. Prayers for the wee angel that was lost.

  45. Becky says:

    awww… It’a wonderful when every now and then a story has a happy ending.

  46. Potato says:

    I feel sad for that one poor baby that didn’t make it.

  47. Maremma says:

    What a heartwarming story!

  48. millieJo says:

    Tears of joy. The mama kitty is amazing. She didn’t miss a beat. God Bless those of you involved in the rescue of mama and her babies.

  49. Iffat says:

    Wow,tears of joy watching this for sure.
    What a joyful reunion. Princess is truly overwhelmed to be with her babies again.
    A miracle. Thank you Red Paw. I will show my gratitude by making a donation soon. I never knew you existed & am so glad that you do.
    Hooray, Princess!

  50. Lauren says:

    What a wonderful and touching story! This brought tears to my eyes! Oh, how Princess must have been overjoyed to see her kittens! You could definitely see her ears perk up and a realization go off in her head when the little ones began to mew and cry for their mom!
    “Hmm, what’s this?” *Peeks in cautiously and curiously*
    “Mew! Mommy!”
    “GASP! My babies!” *Looks up at camera* “Where did you find them? Thank you!”

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