This winter, my cat Dex, who is an indoor cat due to having only one good eye, got loose outside. She was feeling the call of the wild, if you know what I mean. Apparently, she got more wild than she was expecting, because when we finally found her, she was about 12 feet up the big oak tree in our front yard. We got the 12′ ladder to get her, but she spooked from the metallic noise and climbed up to the next branch up, about 18 feet high. It was cold but dry so we figured she would find her way down by morning.
Next morning we checked the tree to find Dex shivering on the same branch. We called some friends who had an extension ladder.They came by, placed the ladder, climbed up and grabbed Dex, who did not care at all for the attention. While climbing down the ladder with Dex hanging by the nape, she starting struggling, snagged the ladder and shot back up the ladder onto the tree. This time she kept going until she was sitting fifty feet up on a 3 inch wide branch.
Again we figured that the best course was to let her come down by herself so we left her alone. That night however, it was cold and started to rain, and kept raining all night and all through the next day. We were very concerned now for her safety so upon the advise of a friend called Mike’s Tree Service.
They came out promptly that morning, appraised the situation, set up and raised the boom to get the cat. Dex spooked again at the sound and sight of the boom and moved higher, onto a 2 inch branch about 10 feet higher up. The tree climber hooked up his safety lines and left the boom onto the tree. The cat, who apparently does not have a lick of sense, moved up into the finger branches out of reach of the climber.
Finally we caught a break. Dex’s position was so tenuous that she had to move down the branch where she was captured by the climber.He tied a line around her and lowered her down to the ground, where we caught her and hustled her inside the house. I cannot commend the crew of Mike’s enough, for their compassion for animals in trouble, their gutsiness up in the treetops, and their skill.
Two conclusions from this experience: first, if your cat gets up a tree, leave it alone. It will find its way down. Second, hire Mike’s tree Service!