I spent a long time studying the tree to find a way to reach this crying kitty so far away from the trunk. Dense foliage blocked my view upward, and it was a while before I found a small opening where I could see a suitable limb very high in the tree that would put me in a good position. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to shoot my weighted bag through that tiny opening in the foliage at precisely the correct angle to reach that target limb, but, after eight tries, I finally got it. I don't know how long it took me to get my rope installed, but it was a long time, and, when I finally finished, I looked over at the kitty, and my heart sank when I saw that he had quietly walked even farther out toward the end of the limb. After studying the matter a bit, I realized that I no longer needed the rope I had just installed with so much time and trouble. Now, it appeared that it would be easier to climb the adjacent tree, because now the kitty is hovering over the center of the top of that tree.
Kaycie was anxiously awaiting on the ground to see the cat up close to see if it was her missing cat. Unfortunately, it was not her cat, but it certainly did look very much like him. I scanned him for a microchip and did not find one. Since no one else had reported any knowledge of the cat, I was forced to take him to the local shelter, Companion Animal Alliance, where they will have him neutered and, hopefully, available for adoption. He was certainly tame and sweet with me, so I know he is very well suited for adoption. If anyone needs to claim him, his impound number is 108192, and I very much hope this sweet boy finds a good home soon.