A tomcat calmly looked down at me one day from a limb of the oak tree behind my condo. This is a mature oak tree and he was up a good 10 to 15 feet in the air. Mr. Cat did not display any alarm at being so high. He, obviously a male, felt no alarm at my approach either. He probably figured that the older human who was checking him out wasn't about to scamper up the tree trunk to where he was. He was absolutely correct but a younger me might have tried.
We looked at each other for a few minutes, checking each other out. Guess he got bored with the lack of action because he then did a full body stretch and lay down along the limb resting his head on his paws. So I turned around and went back into my house to look for my camera, which I found in a most unexpected place – where it was supposed to be. Imagine that!
So with camera in hand I once again approached the oak tree. Mr. Cat had not moved but his eyes opened as I approached and he kept himself focused on me as I got closer. When I was close he sat up, swishing his tail slowly from side to side. He still kept his focus mainly on me but also managed to take quick looks around from his perch to see what else was happening around the tree.
After I took the photo he stayed put. Since he was posing I snapped a couple more shots to make sure at least one was usable (focus, tree shade, brightness of day, etc.). He just sat there, still looking around but always returning to focus on me.
Well it seems that he liked it up there. He had an excellent view of all the area behind the condos, and knew that any stray dog that showed up couldn't possibly get to him. Finally, he must have got bored again because he laid his body down and put his head back on his paws. The cat on a limb didn't even look at me anymore.
Turns out that wasn't the first time the perching cat had chosen to be a cat on a limb. He's been there a few more times over the last couple of weeks. Seems he lives with someone in the neighborhood who keeps him fed and out of harm’s way at night but turns him loose early in the mornings.
Sometimes just before the sun comes up you'll hear a racket from the roof (my condo is an end unit attached to 4 other homes). If you hurry outside and look up to the roof you will see Mr. Cat scampering around having a good old time. He'll run across the roof from one end to the other a couple of times, and then finally come down.
He gets down by jumping from the condo roof to the top of the patio roof. From there he jumps down to the 6 foot divider fence between my unit and the neighbors, then scampers down its side to the ground. What an athletic cat!
Sometimes he'll roam around on the ground for a while but eventually he will use his claws to climb the oak tree. Right up the trunk he'll go until he reaches the limb he likes to lay on. He'll walk right out and sit down on the limb surveying the area before lying down to take a cat nap. Guess all the running around on the roof wears him out.
That cat is high in the tree and seems to want to keep it that way. Thankfully, his roof scampers are not a daily occurrence. Most times he just calmly walks around the roof before alighting on the ground and heading for the tree.
(This cat was in the area for a couple of months then disappeared. He was well fed and groomed so someone in the neighborhood was taking care of him. Hopefully he went with his humans when they left the area. I never saw him again.)