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I rescued a cat from an Italian Cypress tree…

So the other day, Joy (my wife) and I were over at her parents’ house, washing her car. Joy is allergic to cats, so the day Joy moved in with me, Joy’s mother got a kitten. (We got married ~6 months ago…)

Okay, story… As soon as I heard that “meow”, I knew she was not coming down on her own. I know the sound, it’s the “Help! I want my mommy!” sound…

..Those of you who aren’t cat owners may just think it’s an old cliche, but yes, cats do get stuck in trees. Especially trees like this. If you’re a guy like me living in Orange County, you know that Italian Cypress trees are NOT the kind that are fun to climb. To imagine an Italian Cypress, think of a Christmas tree when it is all tied up for when you drive it home. Imagine that Christmas tree being so tied up, there’s hardly ANY air or empty space left between the branches. Then imagine that 30 seasons worth of pine leaves have grown and died and packed themselves into the folds of this tightly wrapped tree…

That is an Italian Cypress. Okay, how about some visual aid? I’d better get the embarrassing photo over with first…



Now do you see what I mean about the dead pine leaves? …After about one hour of climbing and digging through the tree, I found Lily. If you look carefully, you can just see the tip of her ear poking out. There was just one problem that I had overlooked- How do you get the cat down when you need both your hands to climb? Especially when the cat is REALLY not interested in you touching her? Minor details…  That, and the fact that my arms were getting tired.  (My right arm is still sore, 5 days later…)

…It just so happens that Joy’s parents have a pool, and I had a crazy idea. Hey, we used lots of tape!

…And after about 90 minutes, there’s Lily! Poor thing!

…And that’s what the tree ended up looking like. Oops.

…What else would a cat do after such an ordeal?

…And there’s Lily’s friend, Mr. Bun Bun…  She’s going to have to wait a little before they let her outside again though.

by Matthew Saville

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October 30, 2009 - 2:41 AM Matthew Saville - By the way, Joy took the photos of me! I only shot the last two pics... =Matt=

October 30, 2009 - 12:25 PM Kia Gregory - You were just like a superhero, saving poor kittens from disaster.

October 30, 2009 - 12:45 PM Mary Hurlbut - who knew you could actually climb a cypress! We always just leaned a ladder against it...good job Matt!

October 30, 2009 - 2:11 PM Matthew Saville - Yeah, Mary, I asked if they had an extension ladder, but alas, we had nothing more than 8 ft tall... So, up I went... =Matt=

October 30, 2009 - 12:52 PM Larry Reeves - Good story, Matt! Gotta love those trees...I attempted to climb one once and it wasn't pretty. I'm diggin' the look of your blog, too!

October 30, 2009 - 12:55 PM Tuan - Matthew, that is a brave thing you did! That cat sure is having a nice dream after that whole ordeal. Thanks for sharing! Tuan

October 30, 2009 - 8:15 PM Katie - I love the blog Matt!....and good for you for coming to the little kitty's rescue! We all love heros of the day ;) Joy did a great job taking the pics!

October 31, 2009 - 2:28 AM Anna - Love the blog, first of all! And that's a pretty funny story! :D I have some experience about rescuing cats from trees too, haha. That shot of what the tree looked like after is too funny, poor tree! And I love the kitty photos, cute!

October 31, 2009 - 4:44 PM Lauri - Awww!! Yay for rescuing the kitty! Good work. :-) Your writing cracks me up!

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