His cat had somehow got inside a neighbouring apartment. The man had knocked on his neighbour’s door without success so he decided to retrieve his cat by walking along a ledge on the outside of the building to his neighbour’s balcony where his cat was stranded.
He feared for his cat’s safety so decided to have a go. And he looks so nonchalant. The ledge is quite wide but one slip and he’d have been a gonna.
The block is Liberty Village. I believe it is in Toronto, Canada.
The cat looks like a Somali at a distance. This is a longhaired Abyssinian. Fortunately his cat was very compliant and passive.
You can imagine what might have happened if his cat panicked and jumped out of his grasp.
I think I would have used a gentle scruff of neck hold with one hand to ensure that he kept calm. It always works.