Normally, talking about cats and dogs in reference to roofs means there’s a heavy rainstorm, and roofing contractors should be ready to help customers with leaks. In this case, however, the idiom is more literal.

Two separate news stories recently featured wily pets making their way to the roofs of homes. It’s not the first time pets have been found on roofs, nor will it be the last, but the coincidence of two stories making headlines a day within each other means roofers may want to keep an eye out for furry critters.

Case in point, NBC affiliate WNYT shared a story of S&G Roofing Company coming to the rescue of a cat that climbed onto a roof in Schenectady, N.Y., but couldn’t make its way back down. The poor feline was stuck on the roof for four days until the roofing crew stepped in to help.

"This afternoon we saw on Steve Caporizzo-Pet Connection that this poor cat had been stuck on the roof right down the street from us. What a great way to use our big ladders!" the company said in a Facebook post.

Not only did the roofers do a kind act by rescuing the stranded cat, S&G Roofing received praise and shout-outs in the comments section on WNYT’s Facebook page.

“S&G did my roof. Great guys. Awesome job. Thank you for going above and beyond for saving the kitty,” one commenter wrote.

Dog Loves the View from Neighbor’s Roof

The second story, as reported by Upworthy, tells the tale of a tiny dog named Splodge in Australia. Featured on the TV show “Bondi Vet,” Dr. Chris Brown is put on the case to determine how and why Splodge keeps escaping his owner’s yard and ending up on their neighbor’s roof.

As Stefan, Splodge’s owner, explains: “One of my neighbors gave me a call and says, ‘Stefan, are you home?’ I said, ‘No, I’m at work, why?’ And he goes, ‘Your dog is on my roof.’”

Brown sets up cameras around the backyard to capture Splodge’s escape act. It turns out, the small canine uses a branch to scale a brick wall in a rather impressive feat of strength. 

Brown says the canine isn’t having separation anxiety, but rather, “scenery anxiety,” driving his desire to escape. He builds an interesting solution to satisfy Splodge’s urge to see the world that doesn’t require climbing roofs.

“A happy dog is a dog with a view,” Brown says.