Based on recent research, I present a revised definition for felines as follows:
CAT /kat/ noun. An almost-destroyer of birds & debunker of childish trust in social service people
Perhaps American cats are wimpier than South African cats, but it appears the ever-popular scenario of Officer Friendly rescuing a frightened feline from the snares of dangerous tree branches is false, or maybe unnecessary.
This cat was trying to get to a pair of nearby bird’s nests, but climbed the wrong tree. Irrespective of the mishap, no saving was to be had. The cat climbed down.