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Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet?

Cats seem to have a knack for landing upright. Why is that?

Dr. Mel offers a few reasons why cats are such expert landers...


“Hang on Buzz, come back here where you’re safe and sound. This bench isn’t very high and chances are that being a young cat without arthritis, that if he did land he’d land on his feet. But we’ve all heard stories of cats falling out of apartment buildings and landing safely on their feet and walking away without any injury. If a dog did the same thing they wouldn’t be coming off so well. So why does that happen? Well they’ve done a lot of research on this and they’ve found that there is a few reasons.

First of all cat have got a ratio of body weight to surface area which is different to human beings. The surface area is greater so there is a lot more drag when they are falling so the speed at which they fall is a little bit slower which gives them a little bit more time to right themselves. Their relatives, like tigers and leopards are what we call arboreal animals that live in trees like monkeys and so forth and apparently all of those animals have what’s called an aerial righting reflex which means that when they fall, they sort of know where they are in space so they can twist their body so that their feet are able to land on the ground when they hit the ground.

The other last thing that cats have to their advantage is that they have very long, muscular legs. Hang on Buzz show off your legs. When they land on the ground like that they take a lot of the concussive force so they don’t break their legs so they’re nice and springy. So you’re made to land, pretty lucky hey?”

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.