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How to get a cat out of a tree.
Cats are an incredibly common problem. In some countries they are by far the most common problem people call us about, second only to dogs. There is good news though! If you take a few minutes to research the problem and make sure you take the necessary steps to help your cat, you will more than likely get your cat to come down the tree.
How it starts...
In most instances cats are stuck in trees due to a number of different reasons, the most common being a tree that is too tall, that is on a slope and/or is surrounded by other tall trees and/or a cat flap that has become blocked.
Most cats will get stuck between the tree and the ground and simply use their claws to try to make their way out, sometimes they are in good condition and the only way to rescue them is to get a large ladder and climb the tree to get them out, or you need to cut the tree down or have it cut down.
If you have noticed the cat has become stuck and you are in no danger of falling from your ladder or getting hurt climbing the tree, one option is to climb the tree until you can get a hold of the cat, or if you can get to a position that you can jump to grab the cat that will be the safest option.
If you are getting close to the cat you will need to make sure your safety is in place before you make your move to catch the cat, you could use a safety harness to stop you from falling, the other option is to climb with some kind of climbing/climbing aid such as a climbing shoe, gutter system or a tree stand, but remember not all climbers are created equal and you can make your own harness using a couple of straps and some rope.
How to get a cat out of a tree.
If you don’t mind getting some help and climbing or jumping into your tree to rescue the cat it may just be a case of having to work it out. Cats are not usually good climbers, so if you did manage to get them out of your tree you may need to work out how you get them back down and into the tree, it’s important to work out how you get the cat back down safely in a position where it can stand in the tree, where it can be kept safe.
You need to make sure that the cat is not injured, that you are not injured, and you have a reliable source of food and water for the cat. The cat should be checked for injuries before you try and put it back in your tree.
How to climb trees
If you want to make a tree climb for the first time it can seem easy enough, if you’re a lot older you may want to get some professional climbing instruction but for the rest of us just having a good look at your surroundings will be more than enough. The key thing to remember is what is safe to climb.
Trees can be dangerous to climb because they are strong and the weight of the branches close to the ground is heavier than they are higher up. This weight makes them unstable so if you are not careful you can fall from the tree or worse have something fall on top of you. So when looking at climbing a tree always keep a safe distance away from the tree.
Don’t climb without checking with a friend, they can point out hazards that you might not see or even advise you about ways to improve your climbing. Another option is to use a climbing tree stand like the one we use. This helps to make you more stable when you are climbing, this will make it safer for you, and when you are finished you can easily walk back down the tree.
Getting up trees can be great fun but climbing with some safety in mind is important if you don’t want to spend some time in hospital afterwards!
Branch out, take risks
As you become a bit more experienced at climbing you may want to increase the risks you take. One great way to do this is to look for places where a branch has broken off and make a new branch with it. You can even make a branch by breaking a single branch off your tree, this will give you a new start at getting up the tree, or as a bonus you will now have a tree branch you can use.
It’s easy to get up to the first branches on a tree but once you are higher up it gets harder, when trying to climb higher you are often put off by a branch sticking out towards you. What you need to do is ignore this branch and keep climbing, if it were just you and the branch you would keep the branch from your climbing but there are several other branches in the way that you can’t ignore.
The branches do get higher and higher up the tree, eventually you reach the highest branches, and from here you are starting to have to focus more on balance than strength. From the highest branch of your tree it will take you several attempts to get to the first branch above. After you have climbed the tree for a while it will be a lot easier for you to get up the tree, your balance will have improved and your skill will have increased.
It is important that you do not just stick to the branches you have climbed so far, climb a little further along the tree and then climb back down to where you started. This will keep you safe from branches that look like they will take you further away from the tree and prevent you from losing your balance and falling down.
The best and most fun way to get up a tree
Getting up the tree is best done when you are alone, if someone else is up there with you you are likely to get injured. When you get up the tree the first thing you should do is take in as much of your surroundings as possible. This is a good time to stop and look up at the sky or see if any clouds are coming and will affect the weather for the next day, also notice the wind direction and direction that you will be going.
The best way to get to the first branch of your tree is to climb down, and if your tree is a small tree you can always climb the same way up the next time. If you have a large tree it may be best to try and climb down the tree by hanging onto the roots, this may be possible in some cases but in some it is not. You can always climb up a different tree on the same day, but always make sure you have chosen the tree before you start climbing. If you have the time you can go on holiday and climb up a different tree, but make sure you take your climbing equipment with you and don’t climb in any remote locations. When you first start climbing a tree make sure you are close to the trunk, this will give you the best balance and grip to climb safely.
When you climb up a tree your weight is distributed onto different parts of the tree and the branches in between, the weight will start to pull the branches apart as you climb. You can move your weight more than one way by climbing higher on the tree, but this will reduce the height of the tree that you are climbing. To climb high on the tree you need to have grip and use your hands on different parts of the tree to balance the weight, so make sure you do not have any loose objects in your pockets, and make sure you keep them secure. Climbing is a fun activity to do in the outdoors and will add a great deal of excitement to your day.