# Readers ask: How high can a cat jump from without getting hurt?

## How high can cats jump down safely?

Cats can survive falls up to 32 stories high.

## Can a cat survive a 15 foot fall?

Specifically, according to a study done by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 132 cats falling from an average of 5.5 stories and as high as 32 stories, the latter of which is more than enough for them to reach their terminal velocity, have a survival rate of about 90%, assuming they are

## Can a cat survive a 10 story fall?

According to Knowledge of Living, humans that fall over 10 stories have a 5% chance of living to tell the story, but cats have a 95% chance of surviving the same fall.

## How far can a cat fall before it dies?

For example, cats have been known to survive falls of up to 32 stories. By contrast, dogs rarely survive falls of more than six stories. Humans usually die when they fall from such heights.

## Do cats know not to jump off balconies?

Cats don’t usually jump off of balconies, but are attempting to jump to something when they lose their balance or miss their landing and fall. Cats‘ reflexes do allow them to turn right-side-up as they fall and they often do land on their feet if they fall from a height greater than 1-2 feet.

## Can a cat survive a 2 story fall?

Studies done of cats that have fallen from 2 to 32 stories, and are still alive when brought to a veterinarian clinic, show that the overall survival rate is 90 percent of those treated.

## What animals can survive a fall from any height?

Mice can survive any fall: their terminal velocity is slow enough. Mice, and also rats, survive falls down mine shafts.

## How high can a human fall without death?

The median lethal distance for falls is four stories or 48 feet, according to the reference book Trauma Anesthesia. This means that 50% of patients who fall four stories will die. The chance of death increases to 90% when the fall is seven stories, the book said.

## What is high rise syndrome in cats?

Highrise syndrome refers to the injuries that cats can sustain when they fall from a steep height, such as an interior second-floor landing or balcony, out a window, down a fire escape, or when they miss a jump from a landing to a higher architectural feature like a ledge or window.

## How do cats survive falls that would kill humans?

The fact that cats‘ legs are angled away from the body, unlike human legs which extend straight down, also helps spread around the force of collision and minimizes the risk of death or even just injury.

## Can cats die from falling?

With their righting reflex, cats often land uninjured. However, this is not always the case, since cats can still break bones or die from extreme falls. The study authors speculated that after falling five stories the cats reached terminal velocity and thereafter relaxed and spread their bodies to increase drag.

## Can cats fart?

Although not necessarily the best topic for the dinner table, cat farts are an important topic for pet parents to learn about. Like other gastrointestinal functions, flatulence is a natural occurrence in animals. Though not as often (or as loudly) as dogs and humans, the dignified cat does, indeed, pass gas.