Cat rescued after 36 hours up tree in Beech Avenue, Holgate

IT was a case of “second time lucky” for firefighters who rescued this cat from a tree in Holgate.

The fire brigade were called out to rescue the tabby cat at Beech Avenue in Holgate where resident David Williams took this photo.

Mr Williams said the cat had been up the tree for more than 36 hours and had survived the previous nights stormy weather. A previous rescue attempt on Thursday evening had to be called off due to bad weather. The cat was brought down yesterday and taken to the RSPCA to be chipped.

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7:08pm Sat 24 Nov 12

redbluelion says...

should have just left it up the tree..when a cat gets hungry enough it will find its own way down..cats can climb thats how it got up the tree..people calling out the fire brigade for a cat stuck up a tree is just plain stupid.they have better things to do like rescue people from fires..dont people realize there putting peoples lives at risk by calling out the poor firemen..
should have just left it up the tree..when a cat gets hungry enough it will find its own way down..cats can climb thats how it got up the tree..people calling out the fire brigade for a cat stuck up a tree is just plain stupid.they have better things to do like rescue people from fires..dont people realize there putting peoples lives at risk by calling out the poor firemen.. redbluelion

10:54am Sun 25 Nov 12

the bambergirl says...

It was actually the RSPCA who called the fire brigade not a member of the public. One of the fireman who came out said that they only come out for such things if it is the RSPCA that call. The cat was over 3 storeys up (higher than chimney height) and had been there for days, people had been trying to entice it down with food to no avail.

The fireman who attended were lovely and they made it clear that (obviously) they were only there to help as there were no other emergencies at that time; they would have left immediately if an emergency call had been received!

He also said that in his 19 years as a fireman this was the first 'cat up a tree' call that he had seen.

Cat was also reunited with its owners due to the fact that it had been chipped so the RSPCA were able to quickly trace them....shows the importance of getting your pets id chips.
It was actually the RSPCA who called the fire brigade not a member of the public. One of the fireman who came out said that they only come out for such things if it is the RSPCA that call. The cat was over 3 storeys up (higher than chimney height) and had been there for days, people had been trying to entice it down with food to no avail. The fireman who attended were lovely and they made it clear that (obviously) they were only there to help as there were no other emergencies at that time; they would have left immediately if an emergency call had been received! He also said that in his 19 years as a fireman this was the first 'cat up a tree' call that he had seen. Cat was also reunited with its owners due to the fact that it had been chipped so the RSPCA were able to quickly trace them....shows the importance of getting your pets id chips. the bambergirl

11:43am Sun 25 Nov 12

Guy Fawkes says...

...cats can climb thats how it got up the tree..


Their front legs are stronger and a lot more versatile than their hind legs, meaning that they can go up a lot more easily (or at any rate, under a lot more control) than they can go down: hence the 'Spider Cat' videos on YouTube showing them climbing up the side of tower blocks and so on. If you look at them carefully, you'll see that their front legs are doing 90% of the work (just as a human's arms do 90% of the work when climbing up a mountain), and their hind legs are really only there for balance. You won't find any videos of them going in the other direction!

Most cats are sensible and cautious enough to work this out and not climb up anywhere that is likely to be a one-way trip (unless the fire brigade help out). But occasionally you get a stupid one who isn't. Over the summer I had to get mine down from the garage roof (within range of an A-frame ladder so no fire brigade needed) after the neighbour's dog barked at him through the fence, and I guess he panicked. How he hell he made it up there I'll never know, but if I'd had a video camera handy at the time, the resulting YT footage would probably have got tens of thousands of hits by now!
[quote]...cats can climb thats how it got up the tree..[/quote] Their front legs are stronger and a lot more versatile than their hind legs, meaning that they can go up a lot more easily (or at any rate, under a lot more control) than they can go down: hence the 'Spider Cat' videos on YouTube showing them climbing up the side of tower blocks and so on. If you look at them carefully, you'll see that their front legs are doing 90% of the work (just as a human's arms do 90% of the work when climbing up a mountain), and their hind legs are really only there for balance. You won't find any videos of them going in the other direction! Most cats are sensible and cautious enough to work this out and not climb up anywhere that is likely to be a one-way trip (unless the fire brigade help out). But occasionally you get a stupid one who isn't. Over the summer I had to get mine down from the garage roof (within range of an A-frame ladder so no fire brigade needed) after the neighbour's dog barked at him through the fence, and I guess he panicked. How he hell he made it up there I'll never know, but if I'd had a video camera handy at the time, the resulting YT footage would probably have got tens of thousands of hits by now! Guy Fawkes

11:38pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

Major news story unfolding .... Leeman Road mouse eaten by neighbours cat. The police are appealing for witnesses and are asking mice to lock their cages at night.
Major news story unfolding .... Leeman Road mouse eaten by neighbours cat. The police are appealing for witnesses and are asking mice to lock their cages at night. Davy Crocket

3:53am Mon 26 Nov 12

Magicman! says...

I would tend to agree with the climbing comments. I had a cat for a while, who adopted me because she was undernourished and showed signs of being abused and I gave her some attention and let her build up trust with me over the course of several weeks.... we had trees in the garden and she never climbed those - the highest she went was onto the brick shed roof as she could get to it by jumping onto the fence and then the roof of my timber shed before getting onto the brick shed roof.


Also, it would seem that readers of the Press website have to use their imagination to dream up what the cat looks like!!
I would tend to agree with the climbing comments. I had a cat for a while, who adopted me because she was undernourished and showed signs of being abused and I gave her some attention and let her build up trust with me over the course of several weeks.... we had trees in the garden and she never climbed those - the highest she went was onto the brick shed roof as she could get to it by jumping onto the fence and then the roof of my timber shed before getting onto the brick shed roof. Also, it would seem that readers of the Press website have to use their imagination to dream up what the cat looks like!! Magicman!

8:40am Mon 26 Nov 12

MrsHoney says...

It was more than likely chased up the tree by a dog. You can't blame it for seeking out the highest area if it's scared.

I agree Magicman, it says 'this cat' as if referring to a photo. It may seem a non story but some people find it interesting enough to read, such as myself. ;-P
It was more than likely chased up the tree by a dog. You can't blame it for seeking out the highest area if it's scared. I agree Magicman, it says 'this cat' as if referring to a photo. It may seem a non story but some people find it interesting enough to read, such as myself. ;-P MrsHoney

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