Cats have a reputation for always landing on their feet, but is it true?
Yes, as any cat-owner can tell you, this is mostly true.
Cats have a natural balancing system called the “righting reflex”. This system allows cats to orient themselves and land on their feet, not always, but most of the time…
Of course the height of the fall can affect the cats’ ability to land safely.
In 1984 there was an interesting study in New York where many cats fall from open windows of multi-storey buildings every year. The average height of the falls was 5.5 storeys. Most of the cats landed on concrete and most of them survived!
And the study had an even more surprising result: