Dear Tabby, My cat keeps getting stuck in high places!
My cat Whiskers loves to climb on things, the higher the better. He climbs telephone poles, trees and even the rain gutter. Unfortunately, he can’t always climb down safely. Short of keeping him in the house, what should I do?
Having an outdoor cat does present lots of challenges, One of the biggest is keeping them safe, not only from predators, but from themselves! Cats do love to climb, it’s a natural instinct, but their claws hook backwards, so it is much easier for them to climb up then it is to get down. If your cat is not showing distress by being up in the tree, then leave them there, they will come down on their own eventually.
If you don’t want to want for Whiskers to get tired, the simplest way to get them down is to entice them with their favorite foods and just let them make their way down by themselves. Short of that, a sturdy ladder may be your best bet, or there is always the Fire Department.