Thursday, February 23, 2012

Missy's First Tree

A beautiful day, a park, a tree, and a cat.

The weather was nice

We saw some doggies in a fenced off yard across the park.

Missy was reluctant to leave our laps

She feels safer with us.

I should make a blog post about all the reasons cats are better than babies. haha. JK!!

Okay, so now it's time for the story.

We decided to introduce Missy to a good climbing tree.
At first she didn't really grasp the point of it, so Steven demonstrated by clawing the tree. Missy soon followed his example, sniffing around the base of the tree and reaching up to scratch the trunk.

All of a sudden she leapt onto the trunk and had climbed up to the first branch within about 5 steps.
Fortunately we had her on a leash, so we prevented her from taking off to the clouds!
Missy was SO excited to be up in that tree. She kept pulling on the leash wanting to climb higher.


After a few minutes of standing there trying to pull our cat down, we were starting to feel really awkward. It seemed Missy had no intention of ever leaving this tree and I was starting to wonder whether we would be calling Mr. Incredible to come uproot the tree for us.

After about 5 minutes we decided that she needed to come down. Enough joggers had stared at us that we were getting pretty anxious. We tried coaxing her and calling her, but nothing worked. We couldn't very well just pull her out of the tree. For one, she has claws and was hanging on up there, and secondly we didn't want her to get hurt if she fell. Also, what if she landed on our faces and scratched our eyes out??

Our brilliant solution was to send Steven up the tree to get her.
While still hanging on to the leash, I gave Steven a boost so he could reach the lowest branch, which was still easily a few feet above our heads. He had to pull himself up onto the branch, get a leg up over it, and scramble onto the tree. It looked really difficult, mostly because the height of the tree branch. Finally, after a bit of a struggle, Steven managed to perch himself in the tree next to Missy.

She took a look at him sitting there...
and promptly climbed down the tree on her own.

So maybe I should have named this post..."Missy and Steven both climb a tree".

After that everyone was tired. haha.

Here is a picture of how good Missy is getting at being on a leash.

And here are her cute little paw prints!

That sneaky little cat. ;) 

1 comment:

  1. The picture at the end with Missy on the leash cracks me up every time I see it.


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