Sunday, August 21, 2005

Climbing High

I think my boys may have answered my question about how high they can fall from without getting hurt. The other day, Beowulf was standing on top of the refrigerator and he saw me coming and leaped off, landing on the kitchen floor. I've seen him do it twice now, and while it makes a ton of noise, he seems none the worse for wear.

Of course, I'm not sure how bad it would be if he was thrown off after wrestling with his brother, rather than jumping off of his own volition. Would he still land on his feet? Also, I have to wonder if jumping from that height has long-term effects on a cats' joints. If I had to jump and land on my feet from that height every day, I'd get sore knees and ankles. Are cat joints that different? I hope so.

6 comments:

David Shirley said...

One of our cats almost certainly has some flea DNA in her. She is always found on top of the highest wardrobe or nestled in the top of the highest bookcase, fearlessly jumping up there in a single bound.

As soon as she sees one of us (and is feeling the need for a little human contact), she launches herself from her vantage point and lands with a most unfeline thump. All of this, on a regular basis from heights above 1.5m without any sign of injury or even stress. Mind you... It could be that flea DNA.

DEBRA said...

My cats jump all over from many different heights. The only down side I see is when they miss their landing. I have seen some bad spills. Every time I go to comfort them, they shake me off, and go off and groom. Makes me think, that some higher power gave cats a special tolerance for pain!

baileyshelby said...

My cats jump from different heights also, but I am concerned the older they get, the less flexible they are. I have noticed if they can get from that high spot to the low spot by using something in between they do it. I let my cats on the counters, so I have a step stool to help them. As they get older, I plan to have a 'stepping system' as they get older. I have a 7' high lounger and plan to have it recovered and put a smaller one next to it so they can 'step' down as opposed to 'jump' down. My oldest will be 8 in Feb if you don't count Niki who will be 9 or 10 in Dec. but he doesn't use the lounger. Take a look at this: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=11667&N=2002+2010 and these http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+113633

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Great picture. What a busy kitty cat!

Chris said...

Will you just get those two a cat tree already! They are going to love it. If one does get thrown off by 'rasslin' and doesn't land on his feet,(very unlikely) then they will not 'rassl' up there anymore.

Karalyn13 said...

I would not worry too much about them getting hurt. We have a cat who has absolutely no common sense, and who has actually punched holes in screen windows and jumped out. We live on the 6th floor, and she'll fallen AT LEAST 50 ft. We now have bars on our windows to prevent this from happening again. I'm sure it's not GOOD for them to fall very far, but our cat was a little shaken up from her "accident," that's all.