DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's a lot easier for a cat to get up a tree than a person, but it's usually a person who has to get the cat down.
That's why Animal Rescue League of Boston workers were climbing trees Thursday, practicing techniques for rescuing cats from high places.
Trainer Mike Brammer said the problem is, sometimes a cat can be hostile or scared.
"You're kind of hoping for that middle ground where they're kind of just sitting there and they're maybe not the friendliest cat but they're not the meanest cat," he said. "Those are the ones we hope we get, but it always doesn't work that way, unfortunately."
Sometimes, the frightened felines don't want to be rescued.
"They're either gonna run away from you, which makes it more difficult because you're at a fixed point, or they'll come at you in a not-friendly manner, which could be another issue," Brammer said.
Why do cats get stuck in trees in the first place?
"Cats are predators, so everything is predicated on looking forward," he said.
So, they keep looking forward until they realize they're stuck up there.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports