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This morning.. Dang..

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  • This morning.. Dang..

    Background: Hedwig, my cat is young, not quite a year. Generally, I don't lock her inside, but allow her out when things are cold and damp etc. to give her the notion that outside isn't that great.

    Last night, she slipped out, and didn't want to come in for the night, although the dogs were bouncing around my legs before I could say "IN". So I figured she would spend a cold, damp night and be happy to see me in the morning, perhaps having learned a lesson.

    Silly me.

    5:30 this morning came. In my drowsy state, I wondered where she was, because usually she's walking all over me around then. Alertness crept up and I remembered that she wouldn't come in last night. Dogs were jumping around eager to go out for their morning duties.

    I let them out, and heard a meowing. I called her. No cat, but more doleful meows. I stepped out to see if I could see her and coax her into the house, breakfast time after all... Looked around and saw the outline against the creeping morning light – a cat up in the very tip top of the Chinese Date tree.

    OH SH!T!!!!

    The Chinese Date tree is very, very thorny, but occasionally I’ll snatch a date and munch on it, and most of all, and why I still have it, is it’s very deciduous, losing its leaves earlier than most. Around here, some trees never do lose all of their leaves, so this makes it nice in winter and summer both. And it’s not very old, so still somewhat “swingy” when you plop a ladder against it as I found just this morning!

    The ladder didn’t reach all the way up to her, and she managed to come to me a branch or two, where after a bit of a tuffle with the tree and its thorns, I managed to grab her by the scruff of her neck, and again, fighting the Da##ed tree, I managed to lift her away with my left hand, away from its grasping clutches. We made it down the ladder while I trembled from the adrenalin.

    My right arm is currently in vetwrap from my wrist to my elbow. I was still picking out thorns half an hour later. One of them got one of the larger veins on the top of my wrist on the hand side of the wrist and bled quite a bit. Like dripping all over… Sheesh..

    She doesn’t seem to have a scratch on her.

    So how was your morning?
    “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”

  • #2
    All I can say is I was holding my breath, hoping that the cat wasn't wounded and desperate. I was totally relieved that it was nothing worse than the top of a tree and rescue, resulting in some thorn pricks.
    Mystic Owl Sporthorses


    • #3
      OMG, been there, done that! Well, without the Chinese Date Tree!

      A couple of weeks ago I came home late, after dark, to find one of the cats on the garage roof. Had to go get the ladder, climb up (I HATE HEIGHTS AND LADDERS) and fetch her down. I still don't know how she got up there, and she wouldn't come to me until one of the other cats climbed the ladder with me and got up there with her (thank you, Nigel!). Got her down. Then had to go back for Nigel, who couldn't figure out how to get back down the ladder.

      Glad everything turned out good for you and kitty!!! (And BTW, when your boss comes into your office, quietly shuts the door, and asks if everything is okay and if you need to talk to anyone because people have noticed that your wrist is wrapped, assure them that no, you are not cutting yourself, and it's just a cat event. Also been there, done that.)


      • #4
        Originally posted by clint View Post
        All I can say is I was holding my breath, hoping that the cat wasn't wounded and desperate. I was totally relieved that it was nothing worse than the top of a tree and rescue, resulting in some thorn pricks.
        Lol! That's exactly what I was thinking!


        • #5
          Glad everything worked out and you're none the worse for the wear.

          When I had my last small hobby farm I let my cats outside during the day and brought them in every night. Bucky Kat had a habit of climbing trees and then not knowing how to get back down so there were many times I had to either climb the tree or get a ladder to get him down. He was the first cat I've ever seen to fall out of a tree.
          Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


          • Original Poster

            Just for the record:

            Parts of me still need a bandage.
            “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”


            • #7
              Originally posted by Sparrowette View Post

              Parts of me still need a bandage.
              Those nasty, hooky thorns really hurt and are so sharp they can cause a lot of damage. Hope you feel better for infection.

              I took a fall from one of the horses right into a bramble thicket when I was a kid, I've blocked most of it out of my memories.

              When it happened I remembered this quote...

              "Oh please Brer Fox, whatever you do, please don't throw me into the briar patch."
              Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women