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Cat still stuck in Comstock Park tree: Day 3

5:39 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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Cat stuck in tree

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lot of you have been asking us, "Hey, is that cat still stuck in that tree?"

Mia is still up there. She's been up in a tree at the York Creek Apartments in Comstock Park for about three days now.  We've decided to try everything we could think of to get her down.

It all began Tuesday evening, when we first brought you this story.  A woman who couldn't find anyone to help her catch her cat, Mia, contacted our Information Center.  We called out the fire department and animal control, but neither could reach her.

Mia has been meowing and meowing on her tall perch.  Her owner, Kathy Aprill, worries Mia could fall the wrong way onto the cement slab below the tree, or possibly be attacked by a bird of prey.

WZZM 13's Hannah Saunders and Steve Zaagman spent the day trying to lure her back down with food, calling her, and moving the branches on the end of the limb to get her closer to the base.  Zaagman even tried to climb the tree.

That's when they came up with an idea so wacky they thought it just might work.  Saunders and Zaagman went to a local pool supply shop and borrowed a 25-foot pole with a large net at the end, thinking they could scoop her up.  When they got the net back to the tree to try, Mia ran further up the tree to a height of about 50 feet.

That's when they invited our veterinary expert, Dr. Karyl Ropko, to the scene.

"We rarely see this happening where a cat will die because they're trapped," says Ropko.  "Most of the time they're either rescued or they get down, but I know it's concerning.  Mia has been up there a couple of days and people are wondering, 'Does she have enough to eat?'  And, 'Does she have something to drink?'  Well, the good news is, we're still getting condensation at night, so there are going to be water droplets up there that she can drink."

Ropko continued to explain that with that bit of water, Mia could be up there for weeks -- until she gets brave enough to try to climb or jump down on her own.

She also says cats usually climb trees because they enjoy being up high and, in this case, something must have scared Mia into running up somewhere where she knew she would be safe.

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