Artemis has been up in the neighbor's attic since yesterday evening and we're starting to think she's stuck. Wheee. She's been up there before and come down but she is just Not Budging; she keeps on mewling sadly. And won't come all the way out of that window, which would theoretically be the way back down (by going around the roof to some sheds behind the house).
So Artie poked her nose out again and we assembled the Cat Lift Deluxe out of some junk lying outside next door. We were able to get this milk crate up next to the window; with Crystal’s help (she’s in the other side of this shotgun double and also Doesn’t Own Artie) we coaxed her into the box on the second try but abandoned ship when it started swaying as we tried to take it down.
She is still safe and now we know she can get through the window. We were worried she was unable to get through. Now we know she can.
I have plans to improve this and make it more stable by using two uprights instead of one. But first I need to chill a bit.
Me and @zebratron2084 have gotten fuck-all done today due to worrying about this situation.
Ooooh... yeah, now I see why a ladder is not the safest option... that is really up there from solid ground support...
YEP. Good for flood plains. Not good for cat rescue.
@anthracite Is there any chance to make a ramp of any sort that Artie can walk across when she feels comfortable doing so? I realize it's very high up, but maybe a bridge to a tree or fence or something else?
Just trying to think of options that are minimally invasive, and something that Artie can use at leisure, rather than under pressure.
There USED to be a tree close to the house high enough but that fell down in Ida. And the last time she was up there was well before it. I’ve thought about ramps but it’d have to be SUPER long.
I’ve made the box contraption a lot more stable but it’s too dark to try again. Hopefully she can hang on without water until tomorrow morning.
Can I assume you've shaken a treat bag at her? I hear it brings all the cats to the yard.
So many times. She just does not seem to see a safe way down.
@anthracite a cat ladder doesn’t have to be as sturdy as a person ladder. Just attach some planks to that ladder leg. You could also try the box thing again. Cats don’t get hurt by falls. And if all else fails, have you considered…. A cat-apult?
@anthracite bad jokes aside, due to how cat vision works, she probably literally can’t see the ledge under the window hole. You could hold a little platform up under that hole, then use another long pole to dangle a fish or something and lead her along that ledge with it once she’s out.
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