Update: the cat is still there, but he was coaxed to come down a little (about 15-20 feet) by the owner of the tree. He went up a ladder and talked to the cat, and the cat came down to a point about 20 feet from the ground, but then something scared him and he went back up the tree a way. I am hoping that now he realizes how to come down; maybe he will do it tonight when there is no one around. The owner of the property is very private and would not draw attention to himself by calling a TV station.
There is a poor Persian cat stuck up a tree in my neighbor's yard. He has been there for three days now, and refuses to budge. We don't know who he belongs to, but he is so pretty and well-cared for that we know he is not a stray. It appears that neighborhood dogs chased him up there, and he is sitting on the crotch of three branches about 45-50 feet up!
About 4 pm , I grabbed the camera to go out and photograph him before the storm hit. The weathermen had forecast a big storm, and it was getting darker. Just as I was headed outside, the heavens opened up and rain poured down in sheets. We all decided that a bad storm would drive him down the tree at last - but no such luck. He is still sitting there, looking a little bit like a drowned rat. I tried to take photos of him, but either my camera is not good enough or I didn't have it on the right setting.
We have called the fire department, a veterinarian, the SPCA, and pet rescue agencies. None of them will do anything. Do any of you have any good ideas for coaxing him out of the tree?
Note: I found this image on Google, but it looks so much like the cat in our tree it is eerie! P.S. We have already tried tuna and it didn't work.