Cat Survives Five Story Jump for Life


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Fire in a Chicago apartment, and this cat apparently felt there way no other option other than to jump from five stories up. This video is incredible for so many reasons. As you watch, periodically stop and you can see in stop-action how cats are innately able to right themselves. Also, it’s quite incredible how this cat was able to avoid the concrete wall.

While this cat was able to walk away, and appears to have survived the fall without injury, it’s impossible to tell for sure if the cat didn’t suffer an internal injury. The Chicago Fire Department reports no humans were injured in this fire; however, there’s (to date) no official word on whether or not this cat was reunited with his/her humans.

A few words about what’s sometimes referred to as high rise syndrome in cats.To be clear, not all cats survive similar falls.

It is  possible for a cat to survive at terminal velocity of 60 miles per hour, as demonstrated by a study done on 132 cats falling an average of 5.5 stories, published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Of the cats studied, 90 percent survived, albeit many requiring sometimes significant medical attention. That’s from 5.5 stories, but from 20 floors up, cats are unlikely to survive.

And even when cats do land on all fours, legs are often broken in the process. Commonly, the force pushes their neck and head to keep going until the jaw hits the ground, and broken jaws are not infrequent.

What’s more, elderly cats are not likely to survive falls, at least not without serious injury. And half of all indoor cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and these cats are typically not as able to right themselves.

In short, some cats are able to survive falls, even without injury, bt others may not. Absolutely, there may be life and death situations like this. However, be responsible, and insure cats seeing a butterfly or bird go by don’t jump by insuring secure screen windows and other protections.