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Your Cat's Ability to Land on Her Feet

Your cat has a righting reflex so she can turn around in midair during a fall and land on her feet. Her flexible spine helps her make the turn quickly. And the fluid in her inner ear helps her keep track of which way is up. However, just because your cat can land on her feet doesn’t mean she won’t be hurt in a fall. If the fall is low enough, she might not have time to make the turn and she could crash to the ground. If the fall is high, she could land on her feet but suffer internal injuries as she bottoms out and her belly hits the ground. She could experience orthopedic injuries as her feet and legs act as shock absorbers. And it would be disastrous if her head bangs against the ground. Thus it is important to avoid falls. For more information, click this Homepage, or contact your Washington DC veterinarian.

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