How do I get a cat down from a tree?

Depending on the height of the tree, this can be a serious problem. The claws of a cat are made so that it is much easier to climb up a tree than down one. What you should do depends on how high up the tree the cat is.


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For smaller trees (15-20 feet) it is easiest to go get an extension ladder and just get the cat down yourself. If you've got gloves, it's a good idea to put them on - your cat will be terrified and may scratch you out of fear or may try to grab onto you so that it doesn't fall. At that height, your cat is not likely to be injured that much if it falls, and it won't have anywhere else to climb.

For larger trees than that, the first thing you should do is spend a little time under the tree calling to your cat. If your cat has a food it likes, open up a can and put down a bowl. If it calms down, it will usually come down on its own. Going up after it with a ladder can cause it to decide to climb even higher, but once the cat has calmed down a little it can work.

You may have to get a professional, however. Many tree trimming services will get cats down for you - look in the yellow pages and call around. Many will even have it in their ads. You could also try an animal shelter, humane society, or the fire department. It is not a good idea to leave the cat up there overnight - there are many predators such as owls that could get at it even up there.

One other good idea is that if you've got some people around, when you're sending someone up there have some of them hold up a blanket to try to catch the cat if it falls. It can cushion the cat and keep it from getting injured. Sometimes cats will try to wriggle away from their rescuers and will fall to the ground.

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