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samedi 28 décembre 2019

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Whether myth, miracle or marvel of physics, the thought of a cat always landing on his feet is firmly embedded in feline lore. It's as if cats possess invisible undercarriage, and regardless of their size, they will turn a tumble into a right-side-up touchdown. Cats throwing themselves over windowsills in quest of passing birds or missing the fences as they run from dogs, look-alike regaining balance perfectly, an action that long baffled observers -- until frame-by-frame photos, and video in movie, unveiled the small print of this uncanny feline habit.

That's to not say cats land without harm. They do sometimes suffer injuries, and not all of them survive falls particularly older, less agile ones. because of science and technology, here's what else we now realize cats' aerodynamic abilities.


Fact or Fiction?

Almost every time, the cats will land on their feet when they fall. His body reflexively corrects its course in order that by the time he arrives on the bottom, his feet are in a position to hit first. the peak of a cat's fall determines how well, or how poorly, his legs can absorb the shock of landing.

The Veterinarians noticed that most of the cats who have broken their legs or suffered other severe injuries have fallen from a couple of floors and low hights, on the other hand, those who have fallen from higher places often suffered less severe injuries, because they have the time to right themselves while falling.

Feline Body Mechanics

Seen in the movie, a falling cat begins to shift his balance from the second his flight begins. His body locate which side should be up like he has GPS, and he begins moving his head in the right direction, by his eyes and ears until he is facing that way. Next to his spine follows as he arches his back; then his front feet, followed by his hind legs, get positioned under him, together with his front paws placed on the brink of his face to spare it from the ground's impact.  As he lands, the cat's leg can handle the impact of his weight. A falling cat is a smaller amount sort of an airplane and more like a parachute. During the falling motion, his body orients itself and it relaxes and spreads out for the landing.

Cats also are gifted in other ways for landing on their feet. they're born with flexible backbones that enable that course correction while falling. Cats even have 30 vertebrae, which contributes to their suppleness (humans have just 24). however, their tails oftentimes act as rudders in daily activities, they are insignificant in their fall -- so even a cat born without a tail, like the Manx, or the unfortunate feline who's lost his to an injury can still navigate a fall.

The cat's internal ear houses his vestibular apparatus, which tells the cat's body where it's in reference to the bottom, whether the wrong way up, in motion or walking around. The cat's body has a system, orient correctly itself and regains balance after a fall.

Inborn Or Learned Behavior?

A cat's ability to land on his feet isn't a trick taught by his mother or life experience, but maybe a gift of nature. By the time kittens are about 6 weeks old and ready to run and jump during a coordinated way, their bodies can successfully correct their balance during a fall.

However, your cat still must be shielded from the danger of falling. If you've got some open windows in your high-rise apartment or upstairs in your house, make certain they're properly screened. And need to teach your children how to be gentle with their pets. Some of them are naturally curious and should be tempted to toss the cat from the second floor to ascertain if cats really land on their feet. Talk to them about the potential of injuring their cats, particularly when the drop from low highs, and let them watch a video online if they actually need to see themselves the method in action.

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