I'm writing a description of my cat and I want to say that she's a rescue cat, a female, and that she has a tabby patern, all in one sentence that would look like this: Leia is a tabby female rescue cat. But I'm not sure if that's the correct order of the words. Thank you for your help.
My instinct is to say 'female, tabby rescue cat'. There is an instinctive and natural order to adjectives as has been documented in various places. The mind 'approaches' the noun conceptually and 'sees' the most important aspects in descending order of importance. Sex, then colour, then origin seems natural to me.
The highly up-voted answer to this highly up-voted question (What is the rule for adjeective order ?) is well worth a look.
As commented above by @Edwin Ashworth, 'rescue' might be considered a contributory compound noun (rather than an adjective) and would therefore deserve a place close to the principal noun 'cat'. But whichever way it is viewed, I think that is where it belongs.