Cat rescue

Matthew McNutt with Nuttby Tree Care rescues a cat from a tree last week in Solomon.

SOLOMON — It was a classic dilemma of a cat stuck in a tree.

Michelle Murphy of Solomon said her cat Kevin get out of the house last week.

She said it was around 8 p.m. Thursday when she realized Kevin was gone.

After a thorough search, she found her cat in the neighbor’s tree.

“I tried coaxing him down with no luck and he spent the night in the tree in the rain,” Murphy said.

She hoped the 8-month-old cat would climb down on its own through the night.

She said she even had bad dreams all night long.

“But when it rained and he was still there in the morning, I was extremely worried,” she said the next day.

Instead of contacting the fire department which is usually Hollywood’s version of a cat rescue but seldom done in reality, she called a tree service.

The next morning with the cat still in the tree, she called Matthew McNutt, owner of Nuttby Tree Care. Murphy said that McNutt had cut two trees of hers the last fall.

“It’s all I could think of who climbed trees,” Murphy said.

“That is something I never thought I would be doing, but I did,” McNutt said.

McNutt responded to the text message early Friday morning. He said he was encouraged by his fiancé Brandi Greening and was in Solomon in less than an hour.

Rescuing a cat from a tree isn’t all that easy.

McNutt came armed with a ladder, duffle bag and a cat carrier.

“I did my research, as well,” he said. “No. 1 is to try my best to coax the cat down. I’m talking to it as I climbed up. It helps to have the homeowner there.”

He said Kevin was young enough he didn’t feel threatened.

“My concern was if it would jump, it would get hurt worse,” he said.

The rescue went off fairly easily.

“Once I got ahold of him, we just came down” McNutt said. “He was so happy to see me, he clenched on and we came down.”

McNutt didn’t charge Murphy.

“The smile on her face was payment enough,” he said.

Murphy did give her cat rescuer a donation for his service.

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