You've seen it in movies and TV shows, but it could happen in real life. Your cat could be chasing a bird or a squirrel, or he could simply be trying to escape the neighbor's dog, and before you know it your cat has scaled a tree.
His heart-breaking crying alerts you to his predicament.
Your poor little kitty ... scared and stuck in a tree.
What can you do?
Try hard to resist your first impulse to contact the fire department. Not only will most fire departments not be able to spare life-saving equipment to get your cat out of the tree, the noise and commotion of a fire engine and ladder will likely drive your cat even further up the tree.
But relax. Though you may not believe it, what goes up can usually come down ... without help. Most cats just need a little peace and quiet and some time to analyze the situation. When he's ready, he'll come down all by himself.
If your cat is stuck in a tree, the first thing you need to do is to watch him for a little while to make sure that he is not injured. If your cat appears to be hurt, he may need medical attention right away. In these situations, contact your local animal control agency or your veterinarian's office for assistance.
If your cat is not injured, the best thing to do is to control the situation. Keep other people and animals away from the tree. You don't want to create a lot of commotion that will increase your cat's fear. Get a can of his favorite cat food or a tasty treat - tuna is quite popular. Place the opened can or container on the ground at the base of the tree where your cat can see it.
Now comes the hard part ... go inside and wait.
You may have to wait several hours, but eventually your cat will realize that it is up to him to get himself out of the tree. Before you know it, he will gracefully climb down to freedom, a special treat and your waiting arms.
Just wait until he goes back into the house to give him lots of love and kisses.