You’ve likely heard the old adage, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day — teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
For a kitten who was stuck high up in a tree, learning how to fish — in this case, rescue herself from the tree — was one of the most important survival skills the kitten could learn.
As parents, watching a child struggle can be really tough. Our first inclination, especially when they are young, can be to do whatever we can to save them from a problematic situation.
The mother cat in this video must have been feeling the same way, troubled at the sight of her kitten stuck in a tree.
From the ground, the mother cat watched as her baby clung to the tree branch, paralyzed with fear and yowling for help.
Mama cat decided to try and rescue her baby, climbing the tree and grabbing her kitten by the scruff of her neck.
But the kitten was a bit large for scruff-carrying, and her claws stayed stubbornly gripped to the branch.
Mama cat soon realized that this was a situation her baby would have to figure out herself.
So the mama cat climbed down the tree, modeling for her baby an effective way to get down and teaching a lesson in self-reliance.
The kitten was watching the entire time, realizing that if she wanted to get down, she was going to have to climb down independently.
The kitten maneuvered her way around the tree while mama cat nervously looked on from the ground.
It took some courage, but the kitten eventually decided to give it a go, climbing her way down the tree.
There was nothing graceful about it, but inexperience rarely comes with proper form.
In the end, the kitten made it down safely, having learned a new skill that she can carry with her for the rest of her tree-climbing, prey-hunting, happy cat days.
The mother cat learned something, too — her kitten was capable of helping herself. She just needed a little encouragement and time to figure things out on her own.
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