Your Cat’s Ability to Land on Her Feet

Your cat has a righting reflex that allows her to turn around quickly and land on her feet during a fall. Her flexible spine helps her perform this maneuver 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 after a fall doesn’t mean she won’t be injured in the process. If the fall is from a lower height she may not have the time to turn around and she could crash to the ground. High falls can cause severe injuries or even death. She could suffer internal injuries when she lands or orthopedic injuries in her legs or feet as they act as shock absorbers. She could die if her head strikes the ground. Thus it is important to prevent falls in the first place. Learn more from your Des Moines, IA veterinary clinic.


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