Anonymous asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

Why do cats always land on thier feet?

25 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Scientifically speaking, they have a sense of gravity and begin flipping their bodies over by using their tail (notice the tail moves first, followed by the backend, then front end). They do need enough space to do this in, however (I think I read somewhere @ two feet)

  • 1 decade ago

    Cats are very agile, have flexible spines and an excellent sense of balance. These attributes were inherited from their wild ancestors and help all cats to be ferocious hunters. However, they do not always land on their feet. Cats can and do get injured from falling down or being thrown. Even if they do land on their feet their is no guarantee they won't break a bone or get a sprain.

    Source(s): I am just a cat lover. I volunteer for the Humane Society and see injured cats too frequently.
  • 1 decade ago

    Cats need more room to land on their feet, for instance a cat jumps or falls from the second floor window it may not land on it's feet, but from a third or fourth floor window it would do better because it has a better chance of seeing where it's going to land.

  • 1 decade ago

    When a cat is falling, it twists and turns its body legs down in the normal position. The position is kinda like when you jump down from, say, a rock; your feet are down and you land upright. Of course its a shorter landing than a pole or tree, though. Their paws seem to be able to take the force and landing from such a distance. If the distance between the thing they are on and the ground is short, like a bed or a chair, the cat might not have time to twist enough for it to fall upright. So cats don't really have nine lives.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Cats have these sensors in thier ears that allow them to know which way is up and which way is down (they could tell that even in a white room with nothing to show them where they are). That sends a signal to their brain which sends a nerve reflux to their legs and body (all that takes place in about 1 second) so they land upright.

    Source(s): I've researched alot on the subject.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They don't. Cats do often get injured from falls, namely shorter falls which is rather ironic. The longer the fall the move time the cat has to adjust its body so the impact will be taken lightly. On shorter falls they have less time and sometimes end up recieving injuries. So its just a myth.

  • 4 years ago

    the answer to the 1st question is "commonly." apparently adequate, in long island city, veterinarians have coined the time era "severe upward push Syndrome" to describe the injuries cats get carry of from falling out domicile windows in severe upward push residences. even with the certainty that cats can proceed to exist a protracted fall (the unofficial record in long island is eighteen thoughts), it behooves us to computer screen out for open domicile windows, as cats can incur severe injuries by technique of landing on their ft. strangely adequate, numerous the main severe injuries ensue in a fall from 10 to twelve ft. How do they do it? Cats, even very youthful kittens, have an excellent experience of stability. whilst falling, the fluid interior the interior ear shifts and the cat rotates its head until it equalizes and the fluid is point. The physique straight away shifts to persist with the pinnacle, and the cat lands on its ft. It additionally facilitates that the cat is extremely agile and his supple muscle mass and backbone respond straight away. A cat has 30 vertebrae - 5 better than people, which money owed partly for this astounding agility. besides the undeniable fact that throughout a fall from 10 to twelve ft, there regularly purely isn't adequate time for even an agile cat to end the finished swap to "ft-area down." Older, much less-agile cats might desire to be heavily injured, extraordinarily whilst landing on a confusing floor.

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, they don't always, but they do pretty well. It's long experience jumping out of trees onto the prey below that did it. They learned to turn in the air so they can land feet first. They have very springy legs, so they can cushion their fall that way. If you tried it, you would just break your legs.

  • 1 decade ago

    by landing on their feet, it gives them the space and flexibility to adjust their very flex spinal cord in accordance to their position. plus, as they land, they bend on their joints along their legs- just like we do (our knees) when we jump and land on our feet. this is to protect their body. their paws are also specially designed so that they do not slip when they land. do take a look and get a feel of the paws if you have the opportunity to next time-- but do it on a friendly cat or these fussy pets would slash you with her/his claws! :) hope this helps.

  • A cat is a very agile animal. When thrown in the air, the first instinct it has is to position itself in such a way that they land with their 4 feet on the ground. I have never seen a cat land on its back or side. If it's already dead, then probably it can land on its back or head.

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