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Published: Apr 20, 2011

Buster, a cat living in Anderson, South Carolina, may have used up one of his nine lives recently after spending more than a week trapped in a tree. However, he was rescued alive, despite the fact that he withstood two massive storms while in the pine's branches, according to All Pet News.

The cat became frightened after he encountered a barking dog and ran up the tree. He climbed nearly 50 feet up, putting him just within reach of his owner's husband, who lured him down using a 40-foot ladder.

"I expected to find him dead on the ground Monday morning, it was his ninth day, and I figure he'd gone through his ninth life," Buster's guardian, Linda Megretto, told the news source.

Emergency services were not able to respond to the situation, but did advise Magretto to put an open can of food at the base of the tree to lure the cat down. Still, it seemed that Buster was too frightened to come down on his own.

When animals suffer a traumatic experience such as this, it's important to take them to a veterinary health expert for an exam. Animal emergencies should not be taken lightly, and pet parents should be sure to get assistance for their companions as soon as possible.