Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Curious Otis Escapade!

You really have to look at this picture to tell what kind of weekend I had...

Here's a close up.

Just above the larger tree branch is a white and grey striped blob - That would be my cat Otis 55 feet up a tree. He is wedged in the split of a smaller branch, hanging on for dear life! The wind is whipping him around like an amusement park ride. And the worst part of it all - he was up there over 24 hours.
It all started Sunday morning when he was a bit too curious and a bit too far from home. He wandered to the neighbors yard and was trapped by their 3 dogs with the only place to go but UP. Of course I didn't know that and proceeded to look for him for hours. Finally, the neighbor came over to tell me his demise. We all tried everything to get him down. An extension ladder didn't even come close. We tried water but the hose pressure wouldn't even go halfway. We tried using a professional slingshot with acorns to nudge him out of his limb and back down. Still nothing worked. The Fire Department came after another neighbor called. They couldn't help because of the surrounding trees. Everyone suggested leaving a can of tuna at the bottom and he would come down. Soooo we tried that too. Nothing worked.
Fast forward to Monday, Labor Day, you know the National Holiday that most people get off for?
I had to break down and call this guy - Dave's Tree Service. Yep on a holiday!

Here's Dave not quite up to where Otis is. Dave would be the dark spot in the center of the tree in the photo below - that will give you an idea just how high we're talking here.

Once he got up above Otis he secured himself to branches above Otis and repelled down to him. Otis was more than happy to get in the cat carrier and be hoistered down in the photo above.

He was fine, just dehydrated and terrified. But once he was home he had a drink of fresh water and not one but two bowls of food. Afterall, he put up quite a struggle to stay stranded so high!


  1. I can't believe that Otis climbed up that high! I'm so glad he's home safe & sound.

  2. OMG, what a hoot!! Poor Otis... Many many years ago, I had a kitten who wandered too far up a tree. Not quite so far as Otis, but still too far for him to figure out how to get down. He was up there over night, too. When we finally discovered his whereabouts and rescued him, the first thing he did was jump out of our arms and flee to our back yard to pee.... which he did for about five minutes.

    I remember now - it was another cat that treed him... LOL

  3. Wow! What an adventure you all had! That darn cat!!!

  4. Poor baby..sure hoped he learned a lesson

  5. So glad you got him down safely. I posted about a neighbor's cat in our tree but he wasn't high up and had no trouble getting down.