Wednesday, August 17, 2005

How Far Can They Fall?

I recently got a nice comment from Josh, the founder of the Refined Feline, whose cat trees I have been procrastinating about getting for a couple of months now. I really have to order one of their trees, especially since the boys have been doing more countersurfing of late, even climbing on top of the fridge. They need some place to go. But which one should I get?

If I get the Lotus, it's 70" tall which is a nice height, but my boys tend to throw each other off of things when they wrestle. What happens if they fall from that height and land on the hardwood floor or on top of the metal cage? Would the Little Lotus or cat the Watchtower, at 48 and 44", be safer, given my boys' propensity to throw each other down? How far can a cat safely fall?

16 comments:

Max said...

We have 2 towers, one is over 6 foot and the other over 5. Max throws Buddah off on a daily basis, but he lands on his feet. And then jumps back up for more.

Get them as tall a one as you can accomodate. They'll enjoy it a whole lot more, and will learn their limits quickly.

DEBRA said...

We have a condo that is 70 inches tall, and occassionally one of the cats has pushed the other one off, but normally the one being pushed will catch themselves on a lower tier. With such good balance, they rarely fall, and if they do, like Max said, they land on their feet.

Mine also enjoy the height of the condo. I would recommend the tallest one you can accomodate in your apartment also.

Doll said...

Cats can safely fall a very long ways. At least one story high. They're just built that way. My boys jump from our eight foot tall bookcase onto the hardwood floors every day. You should only concern yourself when they're older (9+years) and they're joints can't take the impact.
Your boys are tougher than you give them credit for.

Anonymous said...

My friends just adopted 2 Egyptian mau-maus, who have been exploring their house. They have a 6-foot tall, over 1-ton cabinet. Suffice to say there is no way to move this object. Naturally enough, one of the new cats has to climb on top of it and fall down behind it in the middle of the night. Although uninjured, he proceeds to howl and howl. How to get the cat out from behind this object? I would just have anchored a rug or blanket and let the cat climb out when he was ready to rescue himself. But it was 2 am and the uninjured cat was not going to stop howling, and might even lure the second cat into the same spot! So, the new cat owner had to himself climb behind and act as the cat climbing pole to get the cat out.

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Carpeted cat trees are great...I am embarrased to say I have 4 trees. The tallest is 7 feet high..see the picture on my blog post: Kitties new blog, Whippy Curly Tails.

My boys, Blackie and Tanner have never fallen off. But the first time Blackie tried to get off, he literally jumped frpm the top to the ground...almost crashing into a glass coffee table. It was scary..be there for the first climbing event.

NOTE: remove furniture from around the tree...they will jump on it too/shred leather chairs--I know from experience or like the coffee table maybe hurt themselves.

Today, all 3 of my kitties are very agile and use their claws to scale the tree like rock climbers. They sometime tussel on top, but always manage to scamper down safely!

Make sure you get a well made tree. Enjoy!

=^,,^=

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Avram...go see this site...wow, great cat tree pictures!

http://acatinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

Best of luck...=^,,^=

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Miz said...

We have 3 condos, one 5 foot in one room and the 7 foot and the 3 foot homemade one side by side in another. One cat sleeps on the 7 foot perch, he has never fallen off.

socidoc said...

Hi Avram,
I guess you decided not to heed the comments from the posters on your other thread about getting a 'tower' which is carpeted? Personally, and speaking for my cats (lol) I'd say the more carpet there is on the tower, the better. They need lots of places to sharpen claws, scratch, and leave their scent! These towers you are considering don't have much carpet on them. I know you've had problems with staples, etc... but surely there is somewhere (or some friend of yours) which makes safe towers which are carpeted!!! Please consider!!
Keep those great pix coming too! Thanks Avram

Avram said...

Lack of carpeting is a selling point to me. My boys have never seen a carpet that they didn't want to eat. Our house is all hardwood floors; we've had to throw out every door mat or chair mat that had carpeting.

Roy said...

My female cat who is one year old and weighs about ten pounds fell (jumped) out of a 6th story window onto some soft wood chips, and she has no signs of any breaks, sprains, or internal damage whatsoever. We haven't told our vet because we don't want them to think our apartment is unsafe. I was convinced she had to have gone to kitty heaven when I realized she went out the window. I was shocked and elated to find her unscathed after her fall.

cocowood said...

We have a two-year old, 15-pound cat. We live in a condo on the third floor. Our cat loves to go out on our terrace and has recently taken to walking and sitting on the terrace railing which is about 7" wide and 15 feet long. We do not allow him to roam outside the condo but we have a pet door so he is free to go out on the terrace whenever he wants. We tried to teach him not to jump on the railing, but that obviously didn't work. We allow him the freedom to go out on the terrace because he loves to be outside and loves to patrol the area. My husband and some of my cat-lover friends tell me he will be fine on the railing as he is very sure-footed and has excellent balance. But it makes me nervous! What do others think about this? Do you think he would fall off and if so, would he mostly likely not be hurt if he did?

Kevin Barbieux said...

My friend's cat just fell from the the window of her 3rd floor apartment, and survived it just fine. Them crazy cats!m

Anonymous said...

I had a window that my cats love to sit in that is about a 30 foot drop from to the solid ground. Last night my cat who never goes out fell to the ground. I heard her scratching on the siding as she went down. . . I went out to look for her becuase I knew she would be hurt and very scared because she was outside in the middle of night night. Turns up she's just fine. No broken legs or anything visible to me. I'm still thinking about taking her to the vet just to see if anything is going on inside of her. So I guess they can fall a very long ways and still manage.

Anonymous said...

Today I left my cat on the balcony for a while and she was sleeping most of the time. I kept checking on her every so often until I looked out the window and saw her on the other side of the railing. She was trying to jump over to the breezeway. I bolted for the door but was too late and she fell to the grass 3 stories down. To my amazement she was alive. She has been acting VERY lethargic ever since. She is eating and drinking, but she has not meowed at me either and usually she has no problem vocalizing her displeasure. I should mention she is at least 20 years old (she was a stray when she showed up one day) I am really worried. In the morning I am taking her to the vet unless she starts talking to me.