An old song, ‘Misty’, has the line “as helpless as a kitten up a tree” and even as a child, I’ve wondered about that. And in movies, when there are cats rescued by firemen. Aren’t cats naturally adept at climbing up and down trees? Mine are. For all the cats that have lived with us, we never had to rescue any of them. They climb, play and sleep on trees and come home when they are called, or when they need to. This article, ‘Don’t call us for cats stuck in trees’, Fire Brigade warns, made me think again. Are kitties stuck on trees really incapable of clumbing down? Or are their humans just overreacting?