Cats climb a lot by nature, so it's essential for them not to get hurt if they fall off from something. They are very skilled in controlling their body, and can turn their body in mid air in order to have the legs pointing downward before they hit the ground. Because they are not very heavy and have strong flexible muscles they can absorb the impact - up to some point. If a human would do the same, it would mean to jump down from a height of 60ft or so. I'd rather not try that.
hers a link to why because its hard to type and it would take a long time but i bet someone will anyway heres the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtWbpyjJqrU jest copy and past into the top bar thing what ever its called
they have a very flexible spine that they can twist and turn. they twist the lower spine, and use it to turn the rest of the body. i have only read about this, but im sure you can find timelapse videos about it on youtube :)
They have actual reflexes that trigger there brain and tell it to activate flaps of skin called.... I forgot what they were called but the cat actually rotates in mid air and survives by landing on his or her feet. I really hope that helps(:
I heard of such a thing as something like a special kind of hair in their ears telling them they are upside down and that they need to turn around in order to land on their feet. And it could just be in some instinct of them being born with which or course that is what it would be, but just can't really think of a answer to this....
Yes they do and if they have tails its their tail that balances them. Not always. Some cats have no tails, and they flip over and land on their back A LOT! They usually do because they are extremely flexible and land on their feet because they are able to twist in the air when falling and manage to land on their feet. But this does not happen all the time.
Cats are created to be "pouncers", to hunt from above their prey and jump swiftly. That's why their back legs have such large muscles.Their sense of proprioception (where my body is in space) is excellent and they have the best rotary righting reflex of any creature. So they can tell if their head is not in the correct position as they fall or jump (equilibrium in the inner ear) and they flip around to compensate. They also spread their legs to make their bodies form a kind of parachute to slow their fall. All works together to make for a perfect hunter.