Butterfly the senior cat found himself in quite a predicament.
The 15-year-old kitty was recently chased up a tree by a dog, where he became very stuck for three days.
This last winter, the orange tabby managed to somehow slip out of his Georgia home and into the great outdoors.
During his unsupervised trip, Butterfly ended up crossing paths with a dog, who scared him up a three-story tree. Not used to this kind of climbing, and frightened of the dog, Butterfly simply refused to budge from his towering spot.
To make things even worse, the tree Butterfly ended up in was completely surrounded by poison ivy. The cat’s family believed Butterfly might hopefully figure out his own way down, but after he endured two cold nights still stuck in the same tree, they became worried.
Butterfly’s family decided to reach out to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for some help since they were not able to find a way to safely get Butterfly down themselves. PETA sent out a professional with all the ropes, saws, skills and true kindness needed to safely move the terrified, dehydrated cat off the tree and back to ground level.
The contractor who ended up rescuing the senior kitty also filmed the encounter on a GoPro so that others could learn from Butterfly’s situation.
While cats may seem wild at heart, they should never be let outside unsupervised. House cats simply aren’t prepared to deal with the big, bad world outdoors, which includes predators, cars, poisonous plants and feisty dogs.