For two nights recently, Nancy Bowker listened to the moanful cries of her cat, Curry. The year-old, gold-and-white female cat was stranded 70 feet up in a hard maple tree.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “I called the fire department and the sheriff’s department, and they said there was nothing they could do.”

A friend suggested calling a tree trimmer, and Kane Farmer of Alexander Tree Service rescued the traumatized cat.

The tree is in a thickly forested ravine in Greenbriar subdivision in Lafayette. The sun’s rays barely penetrate the canopy near Bowker’s home on Shenandoah Court.

Farmer strapped on his climbing spikes and used a safety line to quickly reach the cat. After securing the animal, he easily rappelled down the tree.

Kenny Alexander, owner of the tree service, said Bowker was in distress when she called. He decided not to charge her, although Bowker was willing to pay.

“When I found out about all the stuff she had been through, I decided to help her out,” he said.

“We probably do two or three cat rescues a year.”

He said cats can climb with no problems, but they have difficulty getting down.

“They need to go down like they are sliding on a pole, rear end first. Their tendency is to go head-first, and they lose their balance and fall.”

He said stranded cats have been known to die in tall trees.

Bowker said she heard her cat crying on a Saturday night. She grabbed a flashlight and saw light reflecting in the cat’s eyes.

“I tried to talk her down,” Bowker said. “My vet told me that if she hadn’t come down by now, she probably wasn’t coming down.

“Something must have really scared her.”

Bowker said she is going to redouble her efforts to keep the neutered cat inside. As she spoke, Curry was sitting in the window, scratching a screen.

“We see deer back here,” she said of the rugged ravine. “Raccoons have broken into my home to eat cat food.”

Bowker also has a 16-year-old Brittany spaniel, Bridget. As she opened the front door to show the pooch, the cat again tried to get out. This time, Bowker was able to grab her.

“I’ll do my darnedest to keep her inside,” she said. “Maybe I should give her tree-climbing lessons in my front yard.”