Fire crews came to the rescue of a cat trapped behind a built-in wardrobe in Brighton yesterday (October 8).
Roedean firefighters were called to Clarendon Terrace at 9.26am.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it would not rescue a cat stuck up a tree, unless requested by the RSPCA, as it is not classified as being ‘physically trapped’.
But in a circumstances like the one in Clarendon Terrace, when the animal is clearly in distress and unable to escape, firefighters will attend.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “When cats get stuck up trees, in a vast majority of cases, they can get themselves down and trying to rescue them can actually put them at risk as they may fall or jump trying to escape.
“That’s why we would normally ask owners to try and tempt their cat down with smelly treats or fish in the first instance and keep a close eye on them.
“If after 24-hours the cat still appears to be stuck, or if something changes in the meantime, we’d ask owners to call back and we will do what we can to help.
“We receive more than a million calls for help each year so we may ask owners to contact a tree surgeon if we are unable to get someone to them to help or if the cat is stuck in a position where our officers would not be able to help.
“There are always exceptions to the rule, for example if weather conditions are particularly bad, or if the cat is injured or very young.
“Worried owners can call the RSPCA in the first instance, and we can contact the fire service to ask for help, if necessary.”