Last weekend my 14 lb. very muscular cat Bagheera got himself stuck up the cedar tree in my back yard (I think he was chasing his squirrel nemesis). He wailed to me for several hours in an attempt to get me to help him.
I did try, but lacked the necessary equipment and agility to be able to climb the necessary 20 feet to get him. He was so upset that any attempt to get him to follow my instructions fell on deaf ears. I did send Reiki to the situation since he kept climbing up and out, causing the branches to bend alarmingly and showering me with cedar.
I even asked Cedar to help keep him safe, and she offered the opinion that cats were not meant to dance in trees – an opinion that I wholeheartedly agreed with.
Since I could not rescue him myself, I did what I could, placing dog beds as soft landing mats over any rocks that might hurt him if he fell, and went to seek assistance.
It was Saturday, but I found someone in West Seattle willing to help. Dixon Farmer of Cat in a Tree Rescue (a service that is offered across the U.S. and internationally) thankfully told me that he could come out after the conclusion of his son’s birthday party.
In the meantime, apparently worn out from his exertions, Bagheera had snuggled himself into several tree forks and was taking a nap. As the hours wore on I realized it was the longest consecutive time he had ever spent in the yard.
Dinnertime arrived and I decided to see if the lure of food could overcome his fear of descending. As I prepared food for all my cats, I cracked the back door a bit so that Bagheera could hear the proceedings including Cougar’s very piercing “I want my food, now” yowl. It worked. I did not see the descent, but Bagheera arrived on the ground, safe and sound, something we were both grateful for. And Dixon did not have to leave his son’s party. A happy ending for everyone.
Since his big adventure Bagheera spends more time in the yard. I guess there’s no place like home especially when you can enjoy it from the ground!
Got a cat stuck in a tree? Cat in a Tree Rescue Directory may have someone near you.
P.S. Bagheera still has not found his forever home in case you know anyone who is looking for a solo cat.
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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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