The call came from Laurie near Greensburg, and her sweet, one-year-old, indoor cat, Elsa, had been stuck in a tree one night already. Her plea for help on Facebook resulted in a referral to me, and she contacted me right away. Laurie told me that Elsa was very sweet with her but runs and hides from other people.
When I arrived, Elsa was perched near the end of a very long, horizontal limb where indicated by the red circle in the picture. That limb comes from the large tree just to the right of center in the picture, but it passes through a fork near the top of the smaller tree (yellow circle) to the left. I did not see a good way to get out to the end of the limb where Elsa was, so I was very concerned that I would not be able to get close enough to her unless I got some cooperation from her. If I installed my rope up high above her in the large tree, that process would probably scare her, and if I used that rope to walk out her limb, my body towering above her could also be intimidating to her. Instead, I decided to quietly install my rope well below her on the lowest limb of the small tree and gently climb up to her limb from there while keeping my body below her height. I would not be able to go out to the end of her limb from there, but she would be more likely to come to me since I was not nearly as threatening and frightening.
Again, I stretched my hand out toward her and patted the limb, and, again, Elsa came to me. She sniffed my hand, let me touch the top of her head, and then she walked away again as before. The next time I put my hand out, I kept it closer to me so she would have to come a little closer to sniff it, and she did just that. But, again, she turned around and walked away. We played this game five times before she finally came close enough to me where I could grab her by the scruff. I pulled her off the limb and put her in the bag, and she did not fight it. Once inside the bag, she complained a bit, but I held her and reassured her before bringing her down.