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Old 03-24-2016, 10:15 AM
DrCube DrCube is offline
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Location: Caseyville, IL
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My wife disagrees with me that cats are better at climbing up than climbing down. As evidence, I present the many cats who get stuck in trees (including one my cousin had in her back yard recently for a week, stuck 200 feet up in a tree growing out of a swamp, until she found the owner, who called a tree trimming place to help get it down).

As her evidence, she showed us our cat in our (much smaller) back yard tree, and he made it down. Our backs were turned though, so I'm not sure if he climbed down or just jumped.

Are cats especially poor at climbing downwards? Do they prefer to jump and just stay where they're at if they can't? What accounts for the trope of cats stuck in trees and firefighters saving them?