I believe that, on occasions, people can make things worse. Not always. It can be better to leave a cat to her own devices and to let her make her way down a tree, in her own time. I have never read about a cat being killed or injured from falling out of a tree when trying to get down of her own accord. Have you? Please leave a comment if you have.
If you were a cat 25 feet up a tree, having fun but a little uncertain about how to get down, would you begin a descent if on the ground there was a melee of people and lots of noise?
I wonder sometimes if kind-hearted and good-natured people with the best will in the world make matters worse when they try and coax and cajole a cat from a tree.
Look at this picture of cops with a blanket:
If you were a cat would you jump into it! LOL. I am being facetious but making a point.
In this instance, Jimbo was high up a tree in Harlem, NY. His owner, Lincoln Francis was scared for her safety (she’s female despite the name). He could see her being hurt in a fall. Neighbors helped out.
Marie Branch reported it to ASPCA and animal control she said, but they weren’t interested.
The cops stepped up to the mark and turned up rapidly. That was nice of them. It must have been a public relations exercise for the police or they were bored. Am I being cynical?
A police officer brought along a cherry picker. I am not sure if this means a mobile, powered platform or a long pole (probably the latter) but Jimbo fell 30 feet into a sheet held by the cops.
Okay, she was forced down. Good work. Entertainment for all! I wonder, though, if she’d have come down of her own accord if left alone and given the time.
Domestic cats are great survivors (nine lives remember) and super-athletic. She’d have shimmied back down in reverse using her claws to hang on and jumped the last ten feet.
Just a thought.
One last point and I am not being critical. What was a cat doing wandering around this paved and concreted urban area? It looks unsuitable for an outdoor cat.