Cat Stranded for 10 Days Unstrands Itself — And Runs Away From Its Rescuers


Texas Township, Mich., resident Pam Cameron had been hearing the wails of a cat trapped in a tree for more than a week now.

But recently the feline finally decided to come down from its perch, to the great relief of Cameron and her husband, John.

The cat, which appears to be a Siamese, had been sitting 50 to 60 feet up in an oak tree in the Camerons’ back yard

The Camerons made several attempts to get the cat down.

They called Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement, who assured them that the cat would come down from the tree limb … eventually.

They called the Texas Township Fire Department but the agency didnt have a ladder long enough to reach the feline.

John Cameron used a bow and arrow to shoot a string over a limb of one of the trees so the couple could raise a laundry basket with food and water where the cat could get to it. They had even hoped the cat might jump in the basket and then simply be able to be lowered to the ground.

But the cat got within a foot of the basket after the couple placed it in the tree and then backed away from it, stubbornly remaining in its lofty perch.

We can hear it, said Marcy Hartel, one of the Camerons next-door neighbors. Its not as loud (as it was) and I think its because hes weak … Its really hard listening to it.

Its got to be hurting, its got to be hungry, Hartel added. Pam and John have been wonderful. Theyve tried everything.

Pam Cameron said the cat moved to the different tree Tuesday night when strong thunderstorms blew through the area.

Cameron said the couple has seen the cat eating leaves from the tree and she thinks it has been drinking rain water to survive.

Mary Ullmer, a correspondent with the Grand Rapids Press, saw the story on Thursday and called Carol’s Ferals, a nonprofit dedicated to helping outdoor cat caretakers with trap-neuter-return (TNR) services. The call sparked the organization’s Carol Manos into action: she called on her connections in the Kalamazoo area, who called a tree trimming company.

All were set to spring into action to rescue the cat, when the cat decided to come down on its own. While another neighbor ran to get a cat carrier, a reporter from WWMT-TV Channel 3 held the cat.

The feisty feline managed to escape his clutches before the neighbor returned, and now the cat, which is wearing a dark-colored collar, is roaming free.

“I don’t know why anyone would let their cat run wild,” Pam Cameron said after the ordeal. “I have elderly neighbors and it was keeping them awake all night. People don’t let their dogs run wild. Unless it got out of the house accidentally.

“I just hope it goes back home.”

Now Cameron and her neighbors hope the cat finds its way home … and stays out of trees.

[Sources: Kalamazoo Gazette and USA Today]

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