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Neighbors fear for cat stuck in Harnett County tree

Posted November 23, 2011

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— Residents in a housing development in Harnett County spent the day before Thanksgiving concerned for an animal in need.

Neighbor Amy Wolcott said a cat has been in a tree in the Persimmon Hills area on Wellstone Drive since Sunday.

“It is scared. It is hungry. It is cold. It just wants someone to help it,” Wolcott said Wednesday.

No one is sure why the cat went up the tree, but it isn’t coming down.

Every day, Amy Wolcott’s 11-year-old son, Austin, said he goes to the bus stop expecting it to have come down, especially after a recent storm.

“The rain was unbearable,” Austin said.

The tallest ladder the neighbors could find was about 32 feet, but it wasn’t high enough to rescue the cat.

“It is just too high in the tree to get it down,” Amy Wolcott said.

Wolcott said she called Harnett County Animal Control and the sheriff's and fire departments. She said authorities told her the cat would make it own way down when it gets hungry.

Neighbors placed food at the bottom of the tree.

“It has got to be hungry at this point,” Wolcott said.

Neighbors think the cat is too afraid of other animals in the area to come down.

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  • kannr Nov 28, 2011

    What they failed to tell everyone is that there was a Rotweiler on the ground beneath the tree. If I was that cute little kitty, I wouldn't have come down either. And, although the fire departments do not provide these services (maybe in NYC but not here) due to liability reasons, there are no ladder trucks that tall in the area...one would have had to have been brought in from Cumberland County. And, if a County employee had been hurt, it would have been tax dollars that paid for any injury, etc.

    I'm glad the kitty was rescued, the girl is tickled...but, if the dog(s) would have been moved and it could have calmed itself, it probably would have come down.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Nov 24, 2011

    pdbrandt - Bless you for what you do. Drop the reporter your info. Maybe the reporter will pass it on to the family.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Nov 24, 2011

    For those that are saying, "When it's ready, it will come down." Not necessarily. Sometimes they get up there and get too scared to come down, and you might not find cat skeletons up a tree, but there might be some on the ground around the tree that we never notice.
    ***Sometimes they just get too scared to come down. ***

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Nov 24, 2011

    Seriously, call the Humane Society. A long time ago, our cat got stuck up a tree. The vet said to leave him there, that he'd come down eventually. A week later, he was still there, and we called the vet back. He said at that point, the cat might be too weak to get himself down so to call the Humane Society. They have a database of people that will help all kinds of animals in all kinds of predicaments. They gave us the number of a guy who came with a pal, a ladder, a duffle bag and some rope, and they got our furbaby down for just a donation. I made my husband then give them $25 cause he's the one who was too lazy and stupid to remember to close the door when he went out or came in, that let the cat out in the first place.

  • pdlove2fish Nov 24, 2011

    "Never seen a cat skeleton in a tree'? How often do you walk looking up in trees,you must do it a lot since you must have tripped and bumped your head to be able to make such a nasty comment. Have you ever heard of predators that feed on dead animals,maybe that is why you haven't seen a skeleton in a tree before.Cats do not always come down and I have gotten a cat out that was in a tree over a week,the cat was too weak to come out and it's back leg was caught in a fork of the tree! Think before you speak!!!!

  • pdbrandt Nov 24, 2011

    I can help if the family contacts me. http://www.catinatreerescue.com/view/Directory_view.cfm?directory_id=423

  • heelsgirl05 Nov 24, 2011

    2 things crossed my mind- 1)slow news day and 2)its called "survival of the fittest." either the cat finds a way to survive or it dies.

  • sckinton60 Nov 24, 2011

    You can always mount a dish up in the tree, the cat will eventually work his way down.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 24, 2011

    Don't know the record for a cat being up a tree, I've seen close to three days many years ago.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 24, 2011

    Neighbors placed food at the bottom of the tree.

    This was the wrong thing to do. The food attracts the "other animals" that most likely is keeping the cat from coming down. But I can see the concern, since that is a long time, and yes the storms were bad. Either it will climb down, or get so weak it'll fall out of the tree.

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