Not to be confused with the famous play created by Tennessee Williams. No, this is a tale into my lucky life with all of my cats. If it wasn’t for bad luck, I might not have any at all, but I guess it’s only fair since I haven’t’ been keeping up with this blog over the summer.
You can imagine my surprise to login after a few months only to realize that I haven’t been on this site since May. Whoa.
Well as I was preparing my thoughts as to how I was going express my frustration that I had with my cat today, I started reading over my last post. It just seems that the irony of the situation would be that the last post that I submitted to the site had to do with my cat getting stuck up a tree. In that post, I talked about how I was lucky enough to be at the mercy of a professional tree care company to help me get my cat down. Well it happened again, and I feel embarrassed to tell you guys but I felt the need to share my experience with everyone who follows along.
My cat got stuck on the roof.
My cat went missing in action for a couple of days and that’s pretty strange because he usually comes home to eat or at least he checks in from time to time to show me that he’s in good shape. But I started get worried after the second night without seeing him and started to look around and call his name in my backyard. No response, and he never showed. I woke up the next morning, very worried, and started calling his name and looking around the bushes in my yard. I did this for a few hours before I finally glanced at the top of my house and realize that my cat was stuck on the roof.
I could see the fear in his eyes.
I felt helpless because there’s nothing I can do because I don’t own a ladder and my neighbors are out of town and I didn’t have access to use the ladder that’s in their garage. I felt too embarrassed to call the fire department because it didn’t make sense to waste the resources on my cat. And the last thing I wanted to do was waste the time of a tree company by calling them to have my cat removed from my roof.
So I quickly ran to call a friend who breeds cats and raises them to maturity from the time they are born. And she told me to do a couple of things that I decided to share with you at and actually worked. She said that the best way to lure any cat from down from the roof would be to use food as a bait. Any cat will always think with their stomachs before the risk of injury. It’s the lion ancestry in them.
The first thing I did was I grab a can of tuna and some birdseed.
Birdseed was really just made up of sunflower seeds, Chia seeds, almond seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a few other grains and oats.
- I sprinkle these along the floor and threw them up in the air so that landed on the roof and close enough to where the cat could smell food in the air.
- Next, I made sure to pour a lot more of the seed mixture on the floor where the cat could make eye contact with me and I noticed immediately that bird started flocking toward the area. This attracted the cats attention and I could immediately see the desire for him to get down.
- Next I opened up the can of tuna, and threw chunks of it closer to the cat. I walked around towards the side of the fence where I could climb up and grab the side of the roof. It was at that point if the cat realized that he was not as high as he thought and started to ease his way down closer to me. Carefully, and literally pussyfooting each step, my cat finally got in position for me to reach him bring him down.
It may sound easy, but be patient. This process took about an hour of work and considering that it was almost 100° outside today, it felt like an eternity. But the moral of the story is, buy a latter keep one handy if you have a cat and be ready to appeal to your cats animals instincts. Using food or any type of bait to trap is the number one way to get your cat back down to the floor so you can get them in the house and keep them indoors for the night.