ROXBURY, NJ — Roxbury Animal Control Officer Sue Blanchard is thanking township firefighters for rescuing a Succasunna cat that scrambled up a tree Monday and refused to budge even after a windy night aloft.

A cat that climbs a tree will usually find its way back down. But Blanchard said she and the cat’s owners were concerned about how long that would take, given high winds that buffeted Roxbury while “Kit” clung for life for 24 hours.

She said the ordeal began when she received a call Monday afternoon from the Wyckoff family on Rivendell Road. “Their indoor cat was spooked and booked out the door and up a pine tree,” Blanchard said.

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She said the feline ascended to about 35 feet in the swaying evergreen and froze.

“We tell people that most cats make their way down, the majority of them,” Blanchard said. “This cat was very, very timid. After talking with the owners, and checking in on it throughout Monday, they wanted to wait overnight.”

Blanchard said she “reached out to Roxbury Fire Chief Bob Hackett to assist and had them on standby, waiting to see if Kit the cat would come down on his own.” But the cat remained in the tree throughout Monday night and into Tuesday afternoon, Blanchard said.

“When nothing happened on Tuesday — he was in the same exact spot — the family called me at around 3 o’clock, and we finally got the fire department out there at about 5:30 and took the cat down.”

Kit didn’t put up a fight when a firefighter, elevated by Roxbury Fire Co. 1’s ladder truck, approached him. “He was so petrified, he didn’t move,” Blanchard said. “The fireman carried him down the ladder and right into the house. The cat, which belongs to the two little girls that live there, didn’t move, didn’t flinch.”

Blanchard gave thanks to Hackett as well as Fire Co. 1 Cpt. Tommy Bilancia, Fire Co. 1 Firefighter Mike Blewett, Fire Co. 1 Lt. David Ward, Fire Co. 2 Lt. Ted Rovatsos and Fire Co. 2 Engineer John Romeo.

“Thank you guys for always being there when I ask for help to rescue someone's pet and wildlife,” Blanchard said. “You guys are the best.”

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