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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.

Cat righting reflex - Wikipedia

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The cat righting reflex is a cat's innate ability to orient itself as it falls in order to land on its feet. The righting reflex begins to appear at 3–4 weeks of age, and is perfected at 6...

Why do cats land on their feet? | Animal Planet

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May 15, 2012 ... Whether myth, miracle or marvel of physics, the idea of a cat always landing on his feet is firmly embedded in feline lore. It's as if cats possess ...

How Do Cats Always Land on All Four Feet? | Wonderopolis

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Cats do not always land on all four feet, unfortunately. Studies have shown that falls of 12 inches or less will not necessarily give cats enough time to right ...

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BBC - Earth - How do cats always land on their feet?

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Apr 2, 2016 ... The exact mechanism by which cats always land on their feet kept scientists arguing for over a century. A cat needs to turn around, but to do ...

Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet? - PetEducation.com

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Cats usually, but not always land on their feet for several reasons.

Why Do Cats Land on Their Feet? - Live Science

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Sep 17, 2012 ... In fact, the science behind how cats land on their feet is very complex. ... When a cat jumps or falls from a high place, it uses either its sight or its ...

How Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet? | Popular Science

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Apr 4, 2016 ... There are few certainties in this world. Death, sure. Taxes, ugh. Cats landing on their feet? Sure.

Do cats always land on their feet? | MNN - Mother Nature Network

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Jul 24, 2013 ... You've likely heard that cats always land on their feet, but while felines have extraordinary gravity-defying abilities, they don't always safely nail ...