Young cats sometimes haven’t learned the trick of coming down backwards and seem to be stuck up a tree, but RSPCA warn against being in a rush to do anything too soon. Cats come down when hungry! Wait for an hour or two then ring the RSPCA who can usually advise on suitable people (like tree surgeons) to rescue the cat. They add: “Don’t throw anything at the cat. It will only frighten it and climb higher up the tree.” There is a device to stop cats climbing trees – useful for protecting birds nests. A 70-meter cat deterrent spiked belt from Jacobi Jayne at www.livingwithbirds.com This will work for most, if not all, cats as long as there isn’t something nearby which allows them to launch themselves above it.