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Ed_golick
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 11:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Help! The neighbor's cat is stuck in a tree. The Michigan Humane Society can't help because they don't have a cherry picker. The DFD won't come out either. The cat is on a branch near the top of the tree, which is higher than a two story house, and she's been up there since Monday. Any suggestions (be kind)?
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Digitalvision
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 11:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What neighborhood? I bet we could get a news truck on how the firefighters won't come out before the truck - and the truck will magically come.

This is such a stereotypical job that a firefighter would do in any other municipality in the region.
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Lilpup
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 11:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Try calling a news channel and a tree service - free good publicity.
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Bobl
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 11:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has anyone tried leaving containers of fresh water and cat food at the bottom of the tree, then backing off?
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 12:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We put an open can of tuna at the base of the tree. No dice. This is near City Airport.
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Eastsideal
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I'd start with going where the cherry pickers are, which means calling around to local tree services and sounding both real nice and real sad and worried. Maybe you can get someone to do it for a smile, a handshake and a tip. Also the utilities, although they probably have liability concerns. Still, if you can find a sympathetic crew somewhere around your area...

I assume if the cat's been up there for several days that Bobl's suggestion has already been tried. If the cat's been up there since Monday though it's probably pretty weak by now, and it may no longer have the strength or balance to get down. I would worry more about it falling at this point.

The TV/media suggestion is a really good one though, as it would probably prod someone into action. But I'd also strongly suggest trying anyone who may have a cherry-picker asap.
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Crystal
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 12:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tree trimmers had always been very helpful when I worked as a bird rehabber. When we needed to put birds back in nests, or needed to rescue birds that were tangled in twine or other man-made materials, tree trimmers often helped out with their cherry pickers.
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Bibs
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 12:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have you ever seen a dead cat stuck in a tree?

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-C at-out-of-a-Tree
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 1:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not my cat and not my tree, but I've given all of your suggestions to my neighbor and I'll let her pick the best option. I'll keep you posted.
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Crumbled_pavement
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 2:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any adventurous kids in the neighborhood?

Once when I was a kid the neighbor's dog chased my cat up a tree. I had to climb up the tree to retrieve my cat. Poor thing was so frightened that I had to pry her from a tree branch. Then she started clawing my shoulder as I climbed down.
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Gnome
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 2:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ed, had the same problem a few years back. I climbed up as far as a could, got some supremely aged Stilton Cheese, and put a chunk of the cheese on a stick.

With cheese of stick, I stuck the cheese in the cat's face. I wasn't very gentle, but not by design.

I then left the wedge of cheese in the tree.

Sure 'nuff the cat went to the cheese. I did have to go back up and grab the cat, put it in a sack and climb down. It was not pretty

There is truth behind those old sayings, like, "Don't let the cat out of the bag."
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Jtw
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 2:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

dogs don't get stuck in trees.
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Blessyouboys
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nor do they make song birds extinct
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Ocean2026
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Dogs think trees are bathrooms.

What kind of tuna did you put next to the tree? Was it in vegetable oil or natural in water?
Has the economy hit you so hard that you can't afford a real fish? Put one in a small aquarium so the cat can see him swimming. Its the excitement of the chase! that's how he got into the tree in the first place.
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 2:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

dogs don't get stuck in trees.



Dogs can't even climb up trees.
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Bobl
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 2:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dogs have owners.
Cats have staff.

Hope this cat in tree episode has a happy ending.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 3:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gnome,
I can't climb the tree. The branches start at about 30 feet. Your cheese idea sounds good, but I thought the cat chased the rat, the rat ate the cheese and the cheese stands alone. Hi ho the dairy o, the farmer in the dell.
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Dtowncitylover
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Hang in there!
Ed_golick, I can't help you but good luck.
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Sludgedaddy
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 3:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Try shaking the tree.
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Gazhekwe
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 4:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My dog climbed a liveoak tree last month. I had the other end of the leash so she couldn't get up too high. She was chasing a squirrel and the branches were just right for her to get about six feet up into the tree. I bet that squirrel was dumbfounded.
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Hauntedbeat
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What is going on with this cat? Has anyone who know the location called the news or anything? I feel terrible for the poor thing.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fox 2 isn't interested. Kitty is still stuck in the tree.
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Dtowncitylover
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Wow you actually called a media outlet! I thought it was joking suggestion! But if Fox 2 won't do it, no one else will.
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Alley
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My neighbor's cat climbed down from the roof onto a gutter of a 3 story apartment. We sent someone up a ladder, and as soon as they got to the cat, if freaked and jumped all the way down. It landed on it's side, but was fine after. I bet the cat will come down when it's hungry enough. Good luck
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Bigb23
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm with Bibs, I can't remember the last cat skeleton I've seen in a tree.



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Rjk
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =QWGJb7qNEgc
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Alley
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My cat just ate some burning incense. I'm hoping this isn't going to be a problem.
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Chitaku
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my cat walks up to me, stretches and then rips the nastiest fart, every stinkin' day!
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Alley
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my dog does that when he stands up to look out the window
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Chitaku
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she also comes up and meows whenever i play guitar.
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Alley
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oh yeah? well my cat smokes joints!
j/k
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Ed_golick
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To give you an idea of how high up the cat is, those are electric wires near the bottom of the photo.


cat
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Jcole
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 7:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anyone know a cable repair guy? They usually have those bucket trucks.
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Retroit
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 8:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sweet little pussy at the top of my tree,
won't you please come down to me?
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Hamtragedy
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 3:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The fire department stopped getting cats out of trees years ago. The person on the phone will try to reassure you that eventually kitty will come down.

I didn't believe them, but on day-three that sonofabitch was at the door when I came over, ate for two hours, and then slept for the rest of the week. My customer is none the wiser.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 7:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Day sevem and counting.
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Rjk
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I sent an email (This link included) to the Animal Welfare Society of SE Michigan which is located in Madison Heights. Maybe they could help or at least come up with some ideas.
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Ed_golick
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GOOD NEWS! A neighbor shimmied up the tree like they climb the cocoanut trees in Hawaii and rescued the cat. Tiny is now enjoying a can of tuna fish. Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts and suggestions.
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Maof2
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 11:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

yeah!!!!!
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Alfie1a
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:-) i'm glad
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Roq
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Awww...that's great news! Glad the kitty is safe.
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Bobl
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Neighbor deserves a gas card or lunch for the effort...
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Dissolvedgirl3
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Glad kitty is ok! Hope s/he recovers from his/her adventure soon. One thing though for cat lovers out there. Be careful about feeding cats too much tuna. It his hard for them to digest and process some of the chemicals in it and there is a danger of mercury poisoning. Pretty slim chances but still, better safe than sorry.
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Crystal
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Yay!
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Dannyv
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Yeah, we wouldn't want to poison our precious cats with the food we eat.
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Dan
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Detroit YES!!!!!!!

Good news.
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Bigb23
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 6:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Post a picture of that cat, so we can be forewarned.





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Dissolvedgirl3
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Dannyv, cats only have one kidney and because of the way their system is set up, they can't digest things even benign to humans. But a lot of high food chain fish ISN'T good for humans.
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Glad to hear the kitty is safe. The rescuer should be commended and rewarded in some way. I hope he didn't get scratched or bitten. Giving the cat a whole can of tuna might not be the wisest thing to do after a week without food or water, but I'd probably have done the same thing. And someone should have the cat neutered so it will be content as an indoor kitty and there won't be a repeat episode. Again...somehow...someone ought to reward the rescuer, even if only with a plate of cookies.
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Rjk
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Any pics of this guy climbing the tree?

That looks like it would be one hell of a climb.
Then he descended the tree with cat in hand? Amazing.
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Sludgedaddy
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The rescuer deserves a tuna sub.
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Dannyv
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Dgirl3, I've heard that about tuna fish. Didn't know that about cats tho. Thanks.
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Hauntedbeat
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Great news. I was seriously bummed about this.
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Zrx_doug
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And here, I was all ready to come to the rescue with my trusty Wrist Rocket..
:-)
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Leannam1989
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I'm glad the cat is okay.
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Bigb23
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 11:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Zrx_doug - funny, I still own one of those. And I have a Crabapple tree. Sweet.
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Mtm
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VERY glad about the cat!

I once had to climb in to a diesel engine to rescue one of our cats. We were camping Up North and we had gotten harnesses for our skinny male and trailer-trash-fat female (her tummy wobbles when she runs). Our male, Lex, enjoyed a nice little walk around. The minute our female, Onyx, hit the ground she was out of the harness even thugh we had tightened it as much as possible. We were parked next to a huge diesel RV whose owners were gone for the day and evening was coming on. I could hear her mewing softly from inside the engine and we did not want to desert a black cat in the dark and cold. Luckily, I'm small and could squeeze in because she clung on for dear life and as I'd loosen one paw, another would grab on. Took us FOREVER to get her out and we were all filthy. Onyx doesn't go outside any more thugh Lex likes looking at fireflies in summer.
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Bobby08
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 9:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"dogs don't get stuck in trees."


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