Poster from the film (© 1961 Paramount Pictures) published under fair use adopting the argument of Wikipedia ® authors.
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's had a cat. Oh yes..He looks like a male cat. He was a very well behaved cat. He was a moggie, mixed breed or random bred cat. You can tell. His coat was orange (red) tabby with a bit of white. He was a chunky looking cat (cobby in cat fancy parlance). I wonder whether he was neutered. In 1961 when the film was made neutering cats was not such an automatic choice.
Unneutered cats look more jowly and solid. She called him "cat" - horrible. In real life his name was "Orangey". He was a talented animal actor who was trained by animal handler Frank Inn. Orangey won some awards, winning two Patsy Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year).
Audrey Hepburn was loved by millions including me! In this famous film she plays a women, Holly Golightly, who is living a pretend life, unable to face reality. She flits hither and thither. She has this frenetic, fragile beauty that is about to crash at anytime - very attractive to a man.
Because of her beauty she is able to attract rich men and she decides at the end of the film to go to Brazil with a handsome and rich South American - Mr Smooth and Rich. She was going to have lots of children and live the exotic life. It appears that it was a form of desperate escapism.
At the time she was being courted by George Peppard who played an author, Paul Varjak. The pair were well matched and they had good times together. I think that Holly Golightly wanted something that was a fiction and so rejected Paul.
As it happens, the Brazilian terminated the relationship because in his circles he could not stand the embarrassment that Holly had innocently created by inadvertently passing information from a prisoner at Sing Sing prison to the outside.
That left the door open for Paul. They are in a taxi. Holly declares that she is going to South America anyway as she has never been there and she says she will try and meet another millionaire.
She chucks her cat out of the cab in the pouring rain telling him to make his own way, "there are plenty rats out there" (or words to that effect). This is a clear case of cat abandonment. I was distraught to see this.
Paul is sickened by her behavior and asks the taxi to let him out. He pays the cat driver and leaves to try and find the cat. Holly is shocked into seeing the light by Paul's words on his departure. She sees the error of her ways. She follows Paul wearing the ring that they had had engraved at Tiffany's that came from a cracker.
Holly catches up with Paul and looks for her cat. She eventually finds him soaking wet hiding in a wooden crate. She picks him up. She caresses him in the rain and protects him with her raincoat.
She walks over to Paul and they embrace. Her gorgeous tabby cat that she calls, "cat" is happily sandwiched between them, ready to become a member of a loving family.
See a gorgeous Orange Persian cat