Thanks to evolution and the way felines have adapted to their environment over the years, both jungle cats and house cats have extremely strong back legs and a great deal of flexibility. This is because their ancestors mostly lived in trees and had to leap out to catch their prey before climbing back up the tree with their meal. Imagine a leopard carrying an antelope carcass up a tree; he’d need to have really strong hindquarters.
I feel like this is one of the most common questions cat owners have about their little ones
How high really can cats jump?
The average cats can actually jump five to six times their length, and up to 6 times their own height. That's means sometimes it’s 6 up to 8 feet! Also, this is depended on ages of your cats, you can always calculate your cat ages right here
When my cat takes giant leaps, it looks like he is levitating. It’s so graceful and sure the way he soars upwards. Watching a cat jump high is remarkable, but when you think about all the factors involved it is even more fascinating to consider the physics. Thanks to a flexible spine and strong leg and back muscles
Cats are natural hunters, This leaping ability also enabled the big cats to travel through the trees, jumping from branch to branch without touching the ground. Of course, domestic house cats don’t have to hunt for their meals. Even so, they still enjoy leaping and hunting, just like their big-cat relatives.
Can I jump really high like that?
For a normal person, then the answer is no. But if you train hard like Javier Sotomayor of Cuba who archived men's high jump world record 2.45 meters (8 ft 0.46 in) on the 27th of July 1993 in Salamanca, then the answer yes, nothing is impossible.
Because the cat pushes off of the surface he is on with a large amount of force, he must first test the surface for stability with his back legs. Then he crouches and bends his limbs, tightening his body like a coiled spring. When he uncoils and pushes off, he can spring onto whatever surface he has chosen safely. Cats can land on small narrow surfaces, high fences and of course tree branches with minimal effort, utilizing all those intricate muscles and even the tail for balance. The anatomy of a cat is amazing and makes it possible for them to do all the things they do to survive in the wild, as well as entertain their humans
Are there any differences in jump high of indoor cats and outdoor cats?
Like I said above, cats are natural hunters, for an indoor cat, keep in mind that indoor domestic cats need to hone their natural skills. Don’t be surprised when your cat leaps from one piece of furniture to another or stalks your dog from his kitty condo. The call of the wild is in there, and your cat is capable of much more than eating, sleeping and playing with a catnip mouse. They are natural hunters and their bodies are built for speed and agility. Challenge your cat with agility games to keep them healthy and happy, as well as to help burn off energy and stimulate his mind
So, I'm just a little curious, do cats really jump higher than dogs?
Yes, and they for sure do, mostly dogs jump about one body's length, although this highly depends on the breed and skill level
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