Cat stuck in a tree?

Randall Kolb
225-573-7715

It happens all the time.  All cats are natural tree climbers, but when it is time to come down, some cats know how and some don’t.  Those that don’t know how to come down are truly stuck.

Don’t let your cat suffer any longer.  If you are in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, give me a call or e-mail.  I will rescue your cat, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Cost
I rescue cats for free because I love cats, I hate suffering, and I don’t want the cat to suffer just because someone can’t pay.  Besides, I am retired, so I have the time, and this does not take me away from a paying job.  This is one way in which I am uniquely suited to reduce suffering, and it gives me great joy to do so.

It is very important to me that people know that I will rescue their cat even if they can't afford it.  For this reason, I refuse any offer of payment even though I am very grateful for the gesture.  If you want to give something, I encourage you instead to make a donation to Cat Haven or any other animal welfare organization of your choice.


Not in My Area?
If you are not in the Baton Rouge area, then be sure to check this Directory of cat rescuers all over the world.  Chances are good that you will find someone there.  If no one is listed for your immediate area, do not be afraid to call the ones closest to you.  You may be surprised to learn how far some of the rescuers will go.  Otherwise, they still might be able to help you find someone in your area.  Failing that, call your local tree service companies.  Many do not want to be bothered with cat rescues, but they still might be able to direct you to someone.

Rescue Philosophy
There are many ways to rescue a cat, and my goal is to do so in the least stressful manner possible.  Every cat is different, and every tree is different.  All rescue options will not be suitable in every case, but I will escalate to the next stress level only when the lower ones have failed or been deemed unsuitable.  In the end, however, even a stressful rescue is much better than none at all.

I like to enlist the cat’s cooperation as much as possible.  Not only is that easier on the cat, it makes my job easier as well.  I will use food to entice the cat to come closer to me or inside a carrier.  Most cats that have been stuck in a tree for a day or more are very food-motivated, and many will readily walk into a carrier to get it.  Some cats are so tired of being in the tree that they readily come to me begging for rescue without my enticing them with anything at all.  But not every cat is so cooperative.  Some will cooperate if I give them enough time to get used to me and see that I am not a threat.  However, some cats, especially feral ones, may not cooperate at all and instead climb higher in the tree.  Even so, I still have ways to rescue them.

I love cats, and I love trees too.  I climb trees using ropes and professional climbing methods that do no harm to the tree.  I never use spikes; I don’t even own them.

Why Do I Do This?
Randall descending cedar treeFirst, there is a need for it.  Cats continually get stuck in trees, and there are very few people who are willing and able to help.  In some areas, there is no one who will rescue the cat, and people and their cats suffer needlessly as a result.  I do it to help fill that void and reduce that suffering.  Also, remember that when I rescue a cat, I am also rescuing at least one person as well.  Sometimes, I rescue a whole family, including the children.  The people who love the cat are often suffering more than the cat is, and it feels very rewarding to me to return that cat to their arms and relieve their suffering.

Consider watching one of these slideshows of my favorite images from my rescues, and I think you will understand just how meaningful and important this is both to the people and their cats.



Images

Rescues 301 - 400

Rescues 201 - 300

Rescues 101 - 200

Rescues 1 - 100


Rescue Stories
Below this section is the story of my most recent rescue.  For this and all the other individual rescue stories, see the Rescue Stories page.  For a general overview, consider these yearly compilations of the best moments from all my rescues.

2016

Luna

One of the questions about cat rescue that I am most frequently asked is, "What is the highest you have had to climb to rescue a cat?" I now have a new answer to that question. Thanks to Luna, the answer to that question now is 100 feet.

Rescues above 100 feet are fairly common in the Pacific Northwest where they have many super-tall conifers, but down here in south Louisiana, most of my rescues are between 20 and 40 feet. We have some very tall Pines here, but one-year-old Luna is the first of my rescue kitties actually to climb one and go all the way to the top. Luna's owner, Mary, was not pleased, and I could hear the distress and frustration in her voice when she called that evening. Mary actually told me on the phone that her cat was 100 feet high in the tree, but I just brushed that off because it is rare that anyone estimates even close to the actual height. She was right on the money.

Except for the extra exercise I got, the rescue was pretty easy. Luna waited for me to climb up to him and started purring as soon as I got close. After our introductions, I spread the cat bag on my lap, lifted him off his limb, placed him on my lap, and pulled the bag up around him. Luna purred the whole time. After three nights in the tree, he desperately wanted to get back down on the ground, and he seemed to understand that I would get him there.

I don't do this for money; I do it for the good feeling I get. It feels great to be able to bring an end to the suffering for both the cat and its owner. The better they feel, the better I feel, and, after seeing the immense relief they showed, and feeling the appreciation and gratitude expressed, I came away from this rescue feeling very good indeed.