I did my best to approach him calmly and peacefully, but Kohi was afraid, and he did not begin to relax a bit until he got the courage to turn around and sniff my hand. Once I petted him a couple times, he felt much better and eventually appeared to be ready to get in my lap. That was what I wanted, so prepared the cat bag over my lap, but then I made a big mistake. This tree was riddled with vines, and I needed to break a few to make a clear path between us. The noise of breaking vines just reactivated Kohi's fears all over again, and, this time, I found I could not reassure him or calm him. He tolerated my petting and back scratches, but he was now growling and telling me to back off. When any cat tells me to back off, I back off.
Farzana took Kohi home across the street and released him from the carrier there. He had been stuck in the tree only one night, but it felt like an eternity to both of them, and they both felt great relief now that it was all over. Kohi had climbed a tree across the street just beyond a neighbor's backyard deck at the edge of a wooded area. It often happens, as it did in this case, that a cat gets stuck in a neighbor's tree, and I am always impressed with those neighbors who so graciously allow this strange man into their yard to climb their tree to rescue a cat they don't know, often for a neighbor they don't know. So, "Thank you!" to all you fine property owners who allow me to do this, because, otherwise, it could not be done.