Simon's Second Rescue
My favorite way to bring a cat down from a tree is on my lap. That is the simplest, most natural and most pleasant way to bring a cat down, but it's rare that I get to do it. Most of the time, it's simply not feasible or suitable, usually because it would not be safe, so to determine when it is appropriate, I have a checklist of requirements that must be met before I will consider it.
When I arrived to rescue Simon near Bunkie, it was clear that this would be one time when a lap rescue might be appropriate. He was only 20 feet high in a tree that is easy to climb, and as I walked around the tree, he followed me and walked out long limbs to get as close to me as he could. Knowing this seven-month-old, part Maine coon is fond of sitting on the laps of his family, I was pretty sure he would want to step on my lap as well. Even as I was installing my rope in the tree, I was already going through my checklist: