Your Cat’s Ability to Land on Her Feet

Your cat has a righting reflex so she can turn around quickly during a fall and land on her feet. Her flexible spine helps her make this turn quickly and she uses the fluid in her inner ear to keep track of which way is up. However, just because your cat can land on her feet doesn’t mean she won’t be injured in a fall. She could crash to the ground in a low fall since she won’t have time to turn around. She could land on her feet after a high fall but she could suffer internal injuries if her belly hits the ground when she bottoms out. She could experience orthopedic injuries to her feet and legs as they act as shock absorbers. And it could be disastrous if your cat bangs her head on the ground. Thus it is important to avoid falls. Learn more from your Fort Myers, FL veterinary clinic.


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