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Cat stuck in a tree?

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It happens all the time. All cats are natural tree climbers, but when it is time to come down, some cats know how to climb down and some don’t. Those that don’t know how to come down are truly stuck. When the cat is stuck, the cat and its owner are both suffering, and that suffering is needlessly prolonged when numerous people convince the owner that all cats come down on their own. That is not true. Some cats will come down, but some won't. If the cat has had enough time to figure out how to come down on its own and is still stuck, then it's time for a rescue. All About Cats in Trees The subject of cats in trees is poorly understood by the general public, and I hope that the  Cats in Trees section will bring some much-needed clarity to the topic. I invite you to use the navigation links in the sidebar to explore this section where I share all that I have learned about cats in trees, such as why cats get stuck , what to do if you find a cat in a tree , how to coax a cat do

Buttercream

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This cat is a bit of a mystery. Two people independently noticed this unknown cat crying loudly in distress from the tip top of a tree, and both called me for help. The cat was in a tree on the grounds of a hotel next to the interstate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and neither caller knew or recognized the cat. I could not go out there right away, and it didn't sound like an emergency, so I asked for an update later in the afternoon. When I heard back, the cat was found much lower in the tree but crying in even more distress. The caller, Marsha, was very concerned about the cat and feared it might be injured. It was only twelve feet from the ground now, but was not making any effort to move at all. A few minutes later as I was preparing to go out there, Marsha told me that the cat died. Suddenly, this rescue had turned into a tragic body recovery. At that time, I was not there to see the site and didn't have any pictures, but I could only guess that the cat fell from its earlier p

Helios

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Let me introduce you to Helios, the suave, ultra-sophisticated, highly-socialized, and supremely confident two-year-old who gets and deserves the best of everything and whose inherent superiority is the envy of every creature in his vast social network. Helios was on one of his frequent family outings at the local park when, during a moment when he was untethered -- now seriously, it is so embarrassing and demeaning for one of his stature to be seen in public wearing a leash or harness as if he were a common pet -- several crows decided to attack him. Some would interpret his running up into the nearest tree as a sign of panic and fear, but in reality, he was just leading the crows into the tree where he could gain a height advantage as well as threaten any nests they might have there. Helios was not intimidated, and he was not stuck in the tree either. He was simply remaining long enough for the crows to regret their actions and learn their lesson even if it meant staying overnight wh

Two Unknowns

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It was already dark when Richard called me to report a small kitten stuck in a tree between the Walmart parking lot and a very busy four-lane highway in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Nothing was known about this kitten, but this typically happens when a kitten hides inside a car with the engine and then jumps out when the car comes to a stop. The driver usually doesn't even know the kitten is there. Once the kitten finds himself in a strange territory, he seeks safety by hiding or climbing something. I don't know if that is what happened in this case, but, regardless, here we are in the dark with a scared, unknown kitten high in a tree in a dangerous environment. Scared kittens won't hesitate to jump out of the tree if they are frightened by my presence in the tree with them, and that would be a disaster if this kitten did that with heavy traffic on three sides of the tree and no other hiding places. Unfortunately, this kitten was afraid of me as I climbed closer to her. She w

Callie and Coka

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Sometimes, I get to rescue some of the cutest cats, like these next two, Callie and Coka. Callie was stuck in an old Tallow tree in Baton Rouge for five hot nights, and, even though this two-year-old normally does not like strangers, she was perfectly calm and receptive with me approaching her in the tree. She was interested in the food I was holding, but she would not step all the way on my lap to reach it. Each time she placed her front feet on my lap to reach the food, she kept looking at my other hand suspiciously. Since I could not get her to trust me enough to step all the way on my lap, I had to grab her by the scruff and pull the bag over her instead. I apologized and reassured her in the bag and took this sweet cutie home where she is now perfectly comfortable and happy. Coka is a one-year-old Siamese mix who escaped his home in Albany, Louisiana and got stuck high in a big tree in the woods behind his house. It took his family some time to find him, and Coka had spent three n