My cat is up a tree, what do I do?



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We don’t usually attend cats up trees. Most of the time they aren’t stuck, they could be scared or just enjoying the view!

If you are concerned about a cat up a tree, here are some simple tips to try first.

  • Try and coax it down – try gently calling or showing them treats, they might be tempted!
  • If coaxing doesn’t work, we’d recommend putting down some food or treats and leaving the area for a short time, so the cat can come down by itself
  • Use toys or a laser pointer – cats are known to love chasing things, try using some of their favourite toys or a laser pointer to tease the cat down
  • If none of the above works, put down the treats or food and then leave the cat for a minimum of 24 hours, if it wants to, it’ll come down by itself in this time.

If after 24 hours nothing has worked, call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. They will be able to give you further advice and if necessary, can send an officer to help you. The fire service will NOT attend cats up trees unless the RSPCA officer is there and they request our assistance formally through our control room.