Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cat in the Tree Top

My son casually walked in from a run and said "Mom, the cat is in the tree".  So I thought oh well she can't be in harm because he didn't sound alarmed when he said it.  When I walked outside to check on her I was shocked to see what she had managed to do.

This is our cat Clarice.  Excuse the blurry picture she is still in a kitten stage and doesn't want to be still.  She is solid black and cute as a button.

Miss Clarice had managed to climb to the top of one of the tallest trees in our yard.   She was steadily crying for help.  I walked to the base of the tree and called her name and she tried to walk down the tree but instead she became disoriented and would walk down and then up another limb.  She was stuck!  We put food at the bottom hoping that would lead her down but she was scared to death.  She cried and cried.  I called the local fire department and they said they would not help us due to insurance purposes.  Our only option was to get her down ourselves or to pray she came down on her own.

There was no way she was coming down because she was so high she didn't know which way down was.  My cousin called the vet and he suggested we string up a basket to assist her down but as you can see she was WAY up too high for that.  Finally, my husband got a long ladder and stretched it as far as he could and climbed up as high as possible.  When Clarice saw him she started to climb down towards him.  He stood on the ladder and waited for her to climb down to him and then grabbed her and carried her the rest of the way down the ladder.  I honestly do not know if she could have figured it out on her own.  With her being a kitten and not a grown cat and the wind blowing so cold and strong, I think she was too confused and scared.  I hope she learned a lesson and doesn't go up that high again!