Your Cat’s Ability to Land on Her Feet

Your Cat’s Ability to Land on Her Feet

Your cat has a righting reflex that allows her to turn around in midair so she can land on her feet after a fall. Her flexible spine helps your cat turn around quickly and the fluid in her inner ear helps her determine which way is up. However, just because your cat can land on her feet doesn’t mean she won’t get hurt when she lands. If the fall is too short, your cat may not have enough time to turn around so she could crash to the ground. If the fall is too high, she could suffer orthopedic injuries in her legs and feet as they act as shock absorbers. If her belly hits the ground as she bottoms out, your cat may suffer from internal injuries. She could even bang her head on the ground to disastrous effect. Thus it is best to prevent falls. Contact your Lafayette, LA vet to learn more.


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