A Cat’s Tale: Down From the Tree, But Still Lost in the City

By Carol Tannenhauser

There are conflicting reports about the conclusion of the tale of the cat that was caught in a tree since Wednesday on West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. We know the cat finally came down at about 5:46 p.m. on Sunday. We know the fire department was involved—Ladder Company 22 from the Upper East Side. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson read about the cat’s plight—it was stuck 40’ above the ground and apparently hadn’t eaten—and called the fire commissioner who had the company dispatched.

Richard Gross, a WSR reader, saw the action from a distance and reported this:

“I was walking up 89th from Columbus and saw the fire truck and a crowd of people around it. I must admit I didn’t see the actual rescue, I was about halfway up the block when the crowd erupted in cheers, and by the time I got to the truck, they were pruning a few branches and wrapping up. Someone said that they rescued a cat, but I can’t confirm this actually happened, unfortunately.”

Another commenter wrote this:

“The cat fell out of the tree and ran away. It wasn’t rescued.”

And another, this:

“I was there when the fire department finally rescued it. They used the cherry picker and shook it down from the tree, a group of firefighters below sort of caught it but fumbled, and the cat went sprinting off towards Amsterdam. Poor kitty was probably so traumatized. Many people were ready to adopt it, but now it’ll have a feral life. Hopefully it fares alright.”

The Post actually caught the cat’s descent in a video.

Nicknamed “Tarzan” by the neighborhood, the cat was allegedly chased up the tree by a pit bull. It is called a “tuxedo cat” because of its black-and-white markings. If you see it, please let us know in the comments.

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    1. Sam says:

      I’m waiting for someone to blame de Blasio, rent-stabilized tenants or upper west side change for this.

      • George CPW says:

        No, it was Trump’s fault. The cat is a Kiev kitty. Trump had asked it to investigate Hunter Biden, but the cat demurred.

    2. MB/UWSer says:

      Well that video shows a cat falling to the ground, someone trying to meet the cat at what looks like a fall, but kitty runs away. I hope the kitty was not injured by the fall, safely captured, and taken to the vet for a physical and safely returned to its home. Prayers for kitty and the person on the ground.

    3. Bronx Boy says:

      What would Mrs. Maisel do?

    4. Darwin says:

      I saw that cat sitting in front of Party City on Columbus Avenue last night & wondered who it belonged to! Poor thing . . .

    5. Mike says:

      I saw it under a car last week and tried calling it to see if it had tags..

    6. Zasha Medina says:

      Are there any other pictures of the cat? She sort of looks like my husband’s cat that went missing a long time ago on 109 broadway

    7. Anne says:

      hi all,
      Here is a link to a good picture of the cat. https://nypost.com/2019/09/22/this-fraidy-cat-wont-leave-its-upper-west-side-tree/

      If you have seen him, or do see him, please email info@citycritters.org. We are actively looking for him to get him to a vet to be seen and treated, and to place him in a home. Thank you!