Why Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?


Cats don’t always land on their feet. This is a myth that is common but it has been proven that cats sometimes land on their chin and they can also give themselves pelvic injuries falling from windows, even when they land on their feet. However, it is true that cats mostly land on their feet.
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A cat's anatomy of their body allow it to always land feet first. The National Geographic did an entire study on this and have the story available on their website if one is interested
Cats do not have a collarbone, and the bones in their backbone have...
Usually cats land on their feet and survive a long fall. The unofficial record in NY is 18 stories!
Imagine you're a cat falling on your back with all four legs pointing upwards. If you twist about your middle, the back legs will swing anticlockwise and the front will swing clockwise
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Cats can usually right themselves and land on their feet when they fall short distances.
The uniqueness of the cat's skeleton is one of the reasons they can right themselves so quickly. Cats do not have a collarbone, and the bones in their backbone have more mobility than in many other animals.
It's not a myth; cats will always land on their feet. They have a great sense of balance such that whenever falling, their body will always follow their head making them land on their feet. A cat has 30 vertebra while human has 25 which explain somehow for their agility.
A cat will usually right themselves when falling, but not always. It is because of their unique bone structure, or even lack thereof (they have no collarbone and their backbones are more flexible), that aids in their ability to right themselves as they fall. But they can fall backside first on occasion.
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