Showing posts from November, 2016


When Tina called me that evening, I could immediately hear in her voice how distressed she was about her cat, Colt.  Colt had been missing for three days, and Tina had just found her in a tree more than 100 yards away in a wooded area behind the house.  It is remarkable that Tina found her at all, because Colt had perched in a nest between two large stems 30 feet high in a tree (circled in red in the picture) and was not visible from the ground.  It was only by hearing Colt cry that Tina knew where to look, and then the most she could see was the top of Colt's head only when she looked over the edge of her nest. Tina has several cats and is very devoted to them.  She even built a very large, deluxe "catio" on the back of her house with a large open area, a large covered area, and an enclosed area, each furnished with stimulating features to keep her cats very happy.  Unfortunately, Tina's house was inundated with four feet of water in the great flood three months


Paul is a sweet flame point boy who Marie adopted by default when her roommate moved out and left Paul behind.  Marie has lovingly adopted Paul as her own, but the cats outside didn't feel so inclined.  When Paul slipped outside one day, a rather unfriendly cat chased him up a tree.  Paul escaped the cat's wrath, but now he was stuck 30 feet high and did not know how to come down.  By the time Marie found me, Paul had been in the tree two nights. Paul is normally a friendly boy, and he appeared relaxed when I arrived.  But seeing a stranger come up to you in a tree is not a normal situation, so I never know quite what to expect.  The commotion I created when setting my rope in the tree did not appear to stress him, and as I climbed up to him, he stayed in place and appeared calm.  When I reached level with him, however, he got concerned and started to climb farther out on his branch. Paul went only a few feet out his branch and settled there.  He was not terrified, but he