DOWN, COME DOWN FROM YOUR IVORY TOWER, KITTY!
you've ever had an outdoor cat, then you know that one
the feline's favorite activities is climbing trees.
it is true that "what goes up must come down," when
comes to a cat, the coming down part is not always that
are naturally great climbers, but they aren't always
great at getting down. Sometimes they refuse to budge
they're afraid of falling. Or is it that he may be
about all the commotion down below? Maybe it's you
half the neighborhood waving your arms and calling
kitty!" that's making him stay in his high-altitude
what some experts recommend about getting your cat
down to earth:
rally around the tree. He may be out on a limb, but
may not necessarily need your help to get down. Maybe he
even prefer it if you left him alone and quit begging
to come down. This may be a good time just to "give him
wait awhile. Give him some time. It is possible
he may not even be truly stuck; maybe he just hasn't
around to coming down yet. (In fact, most cats are
quite capable of coming down by themselves.)
your cat an entire day to come down on his own. BUT
he's injured or is wearing a leash that could cause him
choke, you may have to go after him sooner. The same
true if it's getting dark. Cats that stay in trees
could be attacked by wild animals like raccoons.
his taste buds. Even cats in trees get hungry,
thirsty. Try putting some of his favorite food and
fresh water where he can see (and smell) it. This
just him to come down in a hurry.
a rescue mission. If your cat is simply too scared
injured) to get down on his own, then the best thing to
is to climb up the tree and get him. If the tree doesn't
the right kind of branches for easy climbing, you'll
a ladder. An extension ladder generally works better
on some protective gear before making the rescue. A
cat is a scared cat, and may bite or scratch you while
trying to rescue him. Put on some heavy work gloves
a thick jacket for protection.
for the neck. When grabbing a scared cat, it's best
catch the skin on the back of his neck. This is the same
mother cats use when carrying kittens, and most cats
go limp once you've taken hold and lifted them up.
the first effort count. When grabbing for a treed
make sure you don't miss. If you miss him on the first
attempt, he may climb even higher if he's able, making
rescue even more difficult.
in the cavalry. If your cat has been in the tree for
than a day and all your efforts to get him have failed,
it's time to call in the pros. Contact your local
for help. You may have to call an animal rescue
that knows what to do and can rescue any cat from
in just a few minutes.
in the Yellow Pages for a rescue service or call your