Do cats always land on their feet? |

Do cats always land on their feet?

Depending on the circumstance, cats don’t always land on their feet. But they do have an incredible sense of balance. Generally, as a cat starts to fall, the head rotates until it is upright. The front legs are brought up to the face toprotect it from impact, the front part of the body is brought in line with the head.

As it falls, the cat stretches all four legs and arches its back, reducing the force on impact.

There is a limit to this ability, of course. In falls of two stories or more, a cat’s legs cannot absorb the shock of falling.

Cats have the ability to right themselves in midair thanks to their vestibular apparatus, a tiny fluid-filled organ housed deep in the inner ear that is responsible for their remarkable balance. It is composed of tiny chambers and canals lined with millions of sensitive hairs and fluid. When a cat falls, the vestibular apparatus becomes active and helps the cat figure out which way is up, allowing the cat to right itself in midair.


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