Article – What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us
Like the time recently when my kitty cat Alex got stuck at the top of a tall tree and didn’t know how to get down. It was after about 20 minutes of my kitty pleading for The Mrs. & I to get him down, that the big hawk started circling above kitty that things got real serious. I quickly ran to the house and got my air riffle to chase the hawk away and by the time I got back The Mrs. had scared the bird away. That was a relief, now back to the kitty. What to do?
The Mrs. had assured me several times that after a while he would learn to back down the tree like cats are supposed to do. I was not comfortable with this information, though she knows a hundred times more about cats that I do. I’m an old guy who has always liked rabbits for pets and while over the decades The Mrs. has always had cats, only one or two of the many over the years had caught my attention and I willingly joined in with the spoiling of the animals process.
This was different. This cat had caught my attention and gained my affection in the first 20 minutes in our home. I like to say, Alex you’re a mess and you came that way. Such a fun cat and so smart and always entertaining if he is not napping, which seems to be a lot of the time, but now here he is, letting out that pitiful meow for help every half minute or so and The Mrs. keeps talking to him trying to coax him down from the tree top.
It was a weekend morning and we had been having rather warm weather for the fall of the year and poor kitty was getting hot up there in the sun and something needed to be done now. So off I go for the tall aluminum extension ladder and when I put it up against the skinny 6 or 8 inch trunk of the tree, the tree top leaned over quite a ways and swayed in the light breeze and kitty didn’t like that movement one bit. The Mrs. was talking to him and reassuring him it was going to be OK but kitty was real scared, even I could tell and I’m not normally a cat man.
Well, it’s a tall ladder but it was still short several feet from reaching up to kitty. And by the time this 190 lb. old guy crawled up there to reach kitty we both might be on the ground and not it a good way. What to do, what to do? Kitty’s pitiful meow was really starting to get to this old man and I needed to do something now.
Cut the tree down, that’s the answer! The Mrs. likes trees and this method of rescue did not meet with her immediate approval. Just give him some more time and he’ll figure out how to back down the tree she said. That’s my cat up the tree I said and I don’t have cats very often and I want him down from there now! I headed off for the chain saw and I knew it would be a tricky cut to gently let the tree bend over slowly and not slam my cat hard to the ground.
As I was quickly making my way to my chain saw I realized one of my cats many nick names is scared y-cat and the sound of chain saw motor might make him try to jump to a nearby tree and not make it. So what to use instead? My 16 inch bow saw would be quiet and work, but for an old man with a heart condition it might save my cat but do me in. The Mrs. would rather have me I’m pretty sure, so what to use? That’s it, my saws all! That will do the job with minimum noise.
So after setting up the 100 ft extension cord and about 3 or 4 minutes of carefully sawing on the tree trunk, the tree slowly bent over half way to the ground when it got caught in another tree. The Mrs. said, now wait and let me see if I can coax him down. Sure enough, cat person that she is, in a few minutes, with about a 45 degree angle now on the tree trunk kitty was willing to try to learn to back down and was soon in our arms for a shared cuddle with kitty. I like happy endings, don’t you.
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