CAT STUCK IN TREE OR ON ROOF

Cats climb trees for a number of reasons, but mainly either because they are chasing prey or being chased. They climb head first and while their claws are great for going up, unlike squirrels they cannot easily make the descent in the same way. Cats must climb down a tree backwards due to their physiology. 

It's often better to leave them alone, as an early rescue attempt could chase them higher or cause them to panic and fall.

However, while some cats will be able to work out how to get down from a tree or roof, occasionally one may require assistance, if it becomes too frightened or is injured, exhausted and/or if the tree's diameter is too large. 

IS THE CAT?

• A kitten?  
YES  - Call the RSPCA Emergency Line 0300 1234 999 

• Visibly injured or sick? 
YES  - Call the RSPCA Emergency Line 0300 1234 999 

• Stuck for more than 24 hours?
YES  - Call the RSPCA Emergency Line 0300 1234 999 

• Has the temperature dropped to minus figures? Or is it extreme weather (hot/cold) conditions? 
YES  - Call the RSPCA Emergency Line 0300 1234 999 

Please note the Fire Brigade will only come out if officially instructed by the RSPCA. Do not use 999 to call for help with a cat in a tree.

NONE OF THE ABOVE:

Consider ringing round local tree surgeons or roofing firms to see if someone with an extendable ladder can help.

Be cautious, as using a long ladder to reach the cat may cause it to climb further out of reach.

DO:

  • Stay calm
  • Place strong smelling food at the base of the tree - hunger can usually conquer an animal's fear.