It wasn't quick and easy to climb up the main tree and get within reach of the cat. His stem was not large enough to support my weight, so I had to support it with a rope connected to the main tree and then break many vines out of the way to create a pathway to the cat. All that commotion I created made the cat a little nervous, but he overcame that when I was finally ready to greet him. He sniffed my hand and let me pet him right away. He actually wanted more petting than I was giving and kept pushing his head into my hand for more. When I held an open carrier in front of him, he would not go inside, but when I offered some food to him and then pushed it to the back of the carrier, he walked inside, and I closed the door and brought him down.
At CAA, it was discovered that the cat was originally adopted there at CAA two years earlier, and they had another phone number for the owner in their records. When CAA called that number, the owner answered but hung up as soon as he learned that it was CAA calling about his cat. She never had the chance to even mention that we had found the cat. In case the hang-up was accidental, she called a second time, but that call could not be completed since the owner had blocked CAA's number.