• Question: The saying "a cat always falls on its four legs" is this true or false ?

    Asked by fynnbar12330 to Angela, Gabriele, Karen, Maria, Shane on 12 Nov 2013.
    • Photo: Shane Mc Guinness

      Shane Mc Guinness answered on 12 Nov 2013:

      Hey, great question.
      Actually this is almost true! Cats are incredibly quick and agile, meaning they can move very fast when dropped and can even turn in mid air without touching anything! Also, their sense of balance is amazing; it uses its inner ear to sense this! So ears, eyes and limbs.
      There are some pretty cool videos on Youtube showing super-slow motion cats falling. As well as being very cool to see, they’re also quite funny!

    • Photo: Angela Stevenson

      Angela Stevenson answered on 12 Nov 2013:

      haha! Great video Shane 🙂 I don’t have much to add since Shane did such a great job at explaining this fact. But here’s something interesting: My cat wasn’t too quick or agile so it sometimes fell without landing on it’s feet… how come this happened to my poor cat? Well, the height of a cat’s fall determines how well, or how poorly, his legs can absorb the shock of landing. I actually read that veterinarians treating the broken legs and other injuries of cats that survived falls from high-rise apartments noticed that the cats who fell from greater heights (for example, greater than five story buildings), often suffered less severe injuries than those falling from just a few floors! That’s because the longer drop gave the cats’ bodies more time to right themselves. Cats are pretty cool 😀

    • Photo: Gabriele De Chiara

      Gabriele De Chiara answered on 14 Nov 2013:

      Yeah! Definitely cats always fall on their fall on their 4 legs! My super cat fell from the 5th floor and she survived! Anyway do you know that a toast falls always on the jam side? This is some sort of Murphy’s law!