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How to get a cat out of a tree

StriderToday was one of those farm days where an emergency crops up and you have to spend all day treading water just to catch back up.  Overnight, Strider had climbed 30 feet up a box elder to escape the dogs, and he refused to come down. 

I tried coaxing him from our seven foot ladder, to no avail.  Next try was throwing a rope over the branch and hoisting up a bucket with tuna in the bottom in the vain hope that he might be tempted to jump in and be gently lowered to the ground.  Hah!

We figured that if we made him a ramp, he might be willing to walk down a gentler incline.  But by this time (after lunch), he had hunkered down and wasn't willing to try to walk down our carefully rigged up ramp.  Read more....

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