A cat named Fat Boy rescued after 8 days atop a telephone pole

To end the holiday, at least on this site, we have two posts. The first is a heartwarmer (sort of): a tuxedo cat named Fat Boy was marooned on top of a high-voltage power pole in Fresno, California for six to eight days!  As this video shows, Pacific Gas and Electric finally sent reinforcements, first de-activating the electric lines (cutting power to 250 homes) before sending a pro up to the top.

What I wonder about is why Fat Boy didn’t fall. Did he not sleep up there? If he did, how did he do it without falling.?

Well, he was saved, and that’s the important thing. Fat Boy used up about 7 of his nine lives!

And here’s a video of cats screaming at each other as only cats can:


h/t: Matthew Cobb, Michael F.


  1. geckzilla
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    One of the early shots of the cat in the video is him sleeping. You can see how he is just draped over the pole with his legs hanging off. I observed my old cat, Tucker, sleeping similarly on a large bough 15 feet up a tree once. He did it to escape our flea infestation, which caused him terrible discomfort beyond just the normal itch. A desperate cat can sleep in desperate places.

  2. Merilee
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm | Permalink


  3. Ann German
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that! My office kitteh was fascinated by the speakers on my computer . .. she never make the connection to what was uninterestingly on the screen!!

    • Merilee
      Posted November 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      Booker T. was scared to death by the caterwauling, but then he is scared of his own shadow (but verrrry brave around moths.)

    • Posted November 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      My cat, who passed away earlier this year at age 18, used to run to the around the apartment looking out all the windows when I watched fighting cats videos. She never tried to locate the source of the sound.

      Makes sense, other cats are outside the apartment, so if she hears them she should look out the windows.

  4. alexandra Moffat
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    FatBoy was the Nagasaki bomb. We like cats much better. Wonder who named him that…

    • Posted November 24, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      The bombs were Fat Man and Little Boy. Fat Boy is a brand of ice cream from a company with a questionable marketing strategy.

  5. rickflick
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    The yowling cats remind me of some of my relatives. Fortunately, I see them rarely.

  6. Posted November 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ll bet Fat Boy isn’t as fat as he used to be.

  7. Billy Bl.
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    My cat developed PTSD after spending four nights 20 m up a pole carrying high-voltaage lines. The vultures and ravens sitting beside her didn’t help. She was afraid to go to sleep after she was rescued – kept dosing off and then jerking awake. She now flinches at the slightest unexpected sound or movement. I hope Fat Boy recovers better.

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Oh, that’s sad! I hope she gets better over time.

      • Billy Bl.
        Posted November 24, 2016 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, me too. She is now an indoor cat, which neither of us are happy about, so I got her a new playmate (and built an outdoor enclosure). It has been six months, and she and her adopted sister, who has ADHD – quite a pair – I call them A and P, get along well. I cannot deny her anything, and she is learning a few things from her sister about being happy.

        • Diane G.
          Posted November 25, 2016 at 1:18 am | Permalink

          Awww. 🙂

          Yes, one of my cats has reluctantly become an indoor cat. (The other was that way from the get go.) I’d love to build them an outdoor enclosure someday.

  8. Diane G.
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh, hard to watch the first part of the Fat Boy story, but then heartwarming when the humans come together and save him.

    I’d have thought he might have died of thirst if he were truly up there 8 or 9 days.

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