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March 30, 2012 at 3:11 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

4 Quick Reasons Why Cats Almost Always Land Feet First

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the The Scratchpad Blog Series

Last week we featured an inspirational story about a cat surviving from a 19 story fall. Today we explore research behind why cats land on their feet.

And remember, almost always.

#1 Large Surface Area: Cats weigh very little for how long their body is. They can stretch up to their paws out and become very wide. They sort of look like a parachute when they do this. (cute? I think so!) This creates less velocity during a fall and reduces the impact they will feel when touching the ground.

#2 The Thrill of the Climb: Cats absolutely love climbing, anything anywhere. If they are an outdoor cat, you can see them climbing in the trees. Indoor cats love tables, counters, etc. Honestly, cats love any place that’s high. This way they can look around and see everything.

#3 Natural Selection: Overtime, cats developed the ability to know which was way was up and which way was down. They are able to sense it during a fall. That way they can flip themselves in mid-air to be feet first. Good old evolution!

#4 Scientific  Proof: If there weren’t already enough reasons, scientists further back up this argument with an actually study. And who doesn't love a scientific study? In 1987, 132 cats were observed at an emergency veterinary clinic. They all had fallen from high-rise building. Out of the group, 90% of these cats survived. While 37% of them needed extra treatment. And just one of them only lost a tooth and collapsed their lung.

Now are you convinced?
Have you seen proof?
Does your cat always land on their feet?

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17492802

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