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Friday, February 22, 2013

Daredevil Cat ignores cat-flap and climbs two-storey wall to get home

Spider-cat: Daredevil Charlie ignores cat-flap and climbs two-storey wall to get home
By SOPHIE BORLAND


Any old cat can shin up a tree. But this brave moggy regularly takes his nine lives in his paws and climbs 13ft up the wall of a block of flats to his owner's home on the first floor.

Seven-year-old Charlie hit on the idea after growing tired of having to wait outside the shared front door to the block for someone to let him back in after he has been allowed out for some air.

Instead, he heads for the rear of the building where only a roughcast wall stands between him and the balcony of his owner's flat.

Scroll down to see video of Charlie's daredevil climb


Cat-like cunning: Charlie scales the high walls

Sequence photos of Charlie the cat nicknamed Spidercat as he climbs a wall to gain entry

Using his front claws to grip and his hind legs for leverage, Charlie climbs up to the balcony then walks to the door of the flat and miaows until it is opened.


The feat has earned him the nickname Spider-cat.


Hannah Smith is the proud owner of Spider-Cat

Charlie belongs to Hannah Smith, of Denny, Falkirk, who is pictured with him. Although she has two other cats, neither shares Charlie's sense of adventure and are content to peer down at him as he scales the wall.


'I got Charlie as a wee kitten and out of the litter he was the one that looked most mischievous and I liked that about him,' she said. 'He's certainly lived up to his reputation. I think it is totally incredible how Charlie is able to climb up a roughcast wall.'


Beth Skillings, clinical veterinary officer for the charity Cats Protection, said: 'Charlie seems to have an impressive ability to climb.


'Whilst most cats are able to shimmy up trees, to escape danger or find a safe resting place, it's unusual to see a cat scaling such a high wall. He must have very strong claws.'


Nearly there


First contact

Up and over

One small step for cat: Charlie keeps his eye on the prize but must scale the massive 13ft wall first





Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1184189/Spider-cat-Daredevil-Charlie-ignores-cat-flap-climbs-storey-wall-home.html


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, he's very adventurous, but while I do not intend to be a killjoy, he is at extremely high, high-risk. Cats who are allowed to roam outside are frequently killed by cars, other vehicles, dogs and other animals in the area, bad-intentioned people, and may even be taken by another person who thinks the cats is not "owned" already. He is adorable, and clearly loved by you and the other cats, still, although you do mean well, you are placing him in a potentially life and death situation. PLEASE...THINK ABOUT THIS, will you? Thank you.

Amber Craig said...

What a sweet baby. They can do some of the craziest things that just jerk your heart and make you love them more...

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