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So How DO Cats Always Land on Their Feet, Anyway?

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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In less than a second, your cat does seven things to turn right side up. It's all about physics.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:24 am
Cats are also amazingly flexible, able to bend and rotate parts of their bodies independently. But the truth of the matter is that they DON'T always land on their feet.

Barb K (1687)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 10:09 am
I understood the video better than just reading how/why cats almost always land on their feet. It was very interesting. Thnx Cher-Tiger!!

Christeen A (370)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 12:15 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Tim L (86)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 1:49 pm
The idea that cats always land on their feet is a myth that is only believed by those who do not have cats. Another myth is that cats are quiet. There is a poem, Fog by Carl Sandburg, that goes --"The fog comes on little cat feet." Mr. Sandberg obviously didn't have cats. I have cats, or I should say there are a number of cats who demand I care for them, and they often sound more like a herd of horses racing through the house.

. (0)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:31 pm
I've known this in general, but , this article made it much more clear. It has always amazed me when you read about a cat surviving a fall from 2 stories.

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 4:01 pm
Cats don't always land on their feet and they aren't always quite. My cats follow me from room to room and are certainly not aloof at all. Independent yes but never aloof. I can't imagine my life without my furry family.

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 4:12 pm
I think all cat people are familiar with some rousing games of THOE ("Thundering Herd of Elephants"), especially in the middle of the night. But they CAN be quiet if they want to be!

The landing on the feet is a genuine phenomonon, it's when people start saying "always" it becomes a myth. Also, if they land on their feet from a high enough drop, they will break those little legs. They are not always going to be safe from a fall.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 5:30 pm
Each cat is unique just like us, but they do not always land on their feet.

Wednesday May 8, 2013, 5:37 pm
Noted & thanks for sharing Cher

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:23 pm
They don't land on their feet all the time.

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:52 pm
The record for a cat falling to an undamaged landing, from a National Geographic article, was 43 storeys. The article also did a good job of describing their manúuver to right themselves in a fall. As far as silence, it's the difference between a stalking or walking cat and a running cat, and also should take into account the floor surface: carpets are quiet while hard floors are noisy. The predation of vermin including rodents, city pigeons, and insect pests should make cats welcome in virtually any non-allergic household.

Connie O (44)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:06 pm
interesting reading...thanks.

Katrina & Willi D (90)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 9:42 pm
Good Article! We had a Vetrenarian tell us this story he had seen a cat that was thrown out of a 14 story building, cats do fly like squirrels do, open up legs and soar, this one had survived! He adopted it!
Thank You

ewoud k (68)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:47 am
Sometimes the landing speed is too high...., and sometimes they just don't land on their feet at all.

But interesting stuff, thanks for posting.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 8:22 pm
Purrfectly fascinating and intriguing and one needs to always know the facts and the myths. Cats are also welcomed in some allergic homes, as well Fred Krohn. Interesting comment.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 1:14 pm
noted, thanks Cher. very interesting

Sara P (57)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:55 am
A very interesting issue, thanks for sharing Cher.
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