Five of the best “cat in tree pictures”. Cats belong up a tree (as long as they come down in a timely manner). It is in their blood despite 10,000 years of domestication. The urge is still there because all cats are excellent climbers. Some are amazing. A good number of the wild cat species live in trees. These are arboreal cats (i.e. margay). The ancestor to the domestic cat, the African/Asian wildcat is not known for outstanding feats of tree climbing. That doesn’t matter because if needs must, the African wildcat can climb a tree with beautiful grace and ease as good as any animal and better than almost all others.
“..the African wildcat does most of its hunting on the ground, though it can climb well if pursued” – Wild Cats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist page 94
The world’s best cat tree climber is the margay followed by perhaps the clouded leopard. The best rock climber is the snow leopard. The best general climber is the leopard and the best jumper is the magnificent mountain lion.
People who declaw cats meekly say, “my cat can still climb a tree”. A feeble attempt at self-justification for doing the unforgivable, removing a vital part of the anatomy of the beautiful domestic cat. Cats use their claws extensively for climbing trees. That, and their strength and agility. Please just stop doing it and respect the cat.
You have to admit that these cuties look totally at home up a tree. They can look down on us. When a cat gets stuck up a tree it is surprising. I think you’ll find that they will eventually come down of their own accord so don’t get too anxious. Patience is the key and perhaps some tempting favorite food. Occasionally they fall!