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Old July 20th, 2011, 09:28 AM
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kitten in tree :(

I came home from work last night to find a kitten in one of my trees. I have no idea who's it is, all of my fosters are accounted for. It looks to be around 6 to 8 weeks old, and must have been chased up the tree by one of my stray cats. ( i trap, neuter and release some). I have tried calling it down , with food, etc. It will not move far from the branch its on. The fired department will not come out. And the kitten is up about 40 ft, so i cant get anyone to climb up a ladder to get it. I dont even have a ladder big enough to reach. My boyfriend climbed up about 10 ft. and tried to get it to come down, but it wont. And this tree is not climbable any further up, its to big and dangerous. Any suggestions other than trying to get it down with waiving food at it ? I dont even know if it knows what canned food is, it could be a wild kitten. ?????
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Old July 20th, 2011, 09:54 AM
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I would put one of your traps out with food in it at the base of the tree....most likely the kitten will be able to get down on it's own, but if feral, will probably wait until dark.

Try calling tree trimmers in your area too, they may be nice and come to help. After all saving a kitten from a tree would be great advertising if the paper picked up the story.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 09:56 AM
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I know it is a big worry especially since it's only a kitten. Don't know if your humane society would do rescues or if you even have one in your area.

Another thought would be to try to leave a container of nice smelly food as high up in the tree (close to the trunk if you can find a way to make it secure) as your boyfriend can reach (even if only 10 feet up). Then just leave him alone and see what happens. Cats have great noses so hopefully it will entice him to come down lower and eventually all the way down.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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I would put one of your traps out with food in it at the base of the tree....most likely the kitten will be able to get down on it's own, but if feral, will probably wait until dark.

Try calling tree trimmers in your area too, they may be nice and come to help. After all saving a kitten from a tree would be great advertising if the paper picked up the story.
She has been up there since last night, i tried getting her to come down last night, and i was hoping she would come down over night, she didnt. She still wont come down. I have water at the base of the tree, i will try the food thing in the crotch of the tree, but she wont budge from the limb she is on, even though there are alot of small branches all the way down she could climb down on. There is spca's in the area, but not close enough to do anything. The fire department gave me a number for the local animal protection agency, but they do wild animals not kittens in trees.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 12:43 PM
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You could try a local exterminator, they would have the tools to get it down. Just tell them there's some critter in the tree and you're not sure what it is. Maybe once they get there even though it's a kitten they'll help get it down..a bit sneaky but it might work!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 08:53 PM
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Well kitten is out of tree. It finally decided tonight to try and come down, and it walked out on a small limb and fell. Luckily it was in a weeping willow tree, so it had a bazillion hanging limbs to catch on the way down. It took off for the woods, but i got it some water and canned food, and it finally came to the dish. But i cant get near it and it was getting dark, so if it is here tomorrow , i will try and catch it. At least it is out of the tree.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 08:58 PM
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Well that's great news Edwina.

Hopefully it will find the food and be in safe arms such as yours.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 09:20 PM
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Yay!! Silly Kitteh!! If it's smart it will realize how good it can have it with you!!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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Oh, whew! Glad it made it down!
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Glad to hear the kitten came down safely on catching the little bugger


Another option in situations like this is to call the local hydro company, they have the cherry-picker trucks & may come to help.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 04:28 PM
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Edwina I was worried about what your last post would be,soo happy he made it down,even if you could not catch him this time.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 09:34 AM
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I put some pics of the kitten up in the photo section.
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