From intrepid moggies and fearless felines the RSPCA is on hand to rescue cats who have got themselves into a tight spot!
It is a well known fact that cats can get themselves stuck… a lot!
Whether scaling a 50ft tree with no escape route, squeezing themselves into tiny gaps, or falling down a hole they can’t get out of, some cats can get themselves into some very tight squeezes.
They are naturally curious and inquisitive animals but some cats are better than others at navigating the hazards that may pop up along the way.
On average the RSPCA receives a call to its National Control Centre about a cat every three minutes and receives more calls about cats than any other animal.
New figures reveal that since the start of this year the RSPCA has been called to 2,819 trapped cats.
May and June had the most rescues with 606 and 611 respectively.
These figures include cats that have become entangled, ‘trapped up’, ‘trapped down’ or stuck in water.
The largest amount of rescues were cats ‘trapped up’ something with 1,488 in total from January to June.
Rescues can be a tricky business and requires specialist equipment to be able to safely free an animal from a tight spot without injury as well as avoiding a nasty nip or bite in the process.
RSPCA superintendent Tim Minty said: “There is a range of equipment needed for these particular rescues. The animal in itself will be frightened and its behaviour is most likely to be unpredictable because of the situation it’s in and the fact they don’t know the person trying to rescue them.
“Some standard equipment such as bitemaster gloves, eye protection and a grasper and restraining basket can all help with a cat rescue.
“Cats like height and so it’s very possible that our officers will need to reach heights themselves.
“Some of our officers have extendable ladders and nets which can reach to a first floor window and really helps in these situations – but sometimes we do need to ask the fire brigade for help