It's not unusual for kind-hearted people to take care of stray cats by leaving out food and providing shelter. However, the story of one Wisconsin man's adopted kitty is a little more unusual. The cat, Almond, never comes out of his tree!
The 7-month-old cat was born in a maple tree in Ron Venden's back yard, but when the mother cat moved her kittens from their perch, she left little Almond behind, Venden tells the Wisconsin State Journal. Since then, the cat has remained in his treetop home — Venden has never seen paw prints in the snow.
And why should he leave? Venden climbs a ladder to check on and feed Almond twice a day, spoiling him with fresh food like meatloaf, salami and milk. The 66-year-old retired carpenter also created a protected straw bed for him in a hollow in the tree and set up a dry food feeder.
It's not that Venden hasn't tried to show the kitty the joys of ground-floor living, but Almond scratches Venden whenever he tries to move the kitty. According to the county's lead animal services officer, living among the leaves shouldn't be a problem for Almond since he is grown and has adequate food and shelter.
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