When it comes to animals, cats are very exceptional.
And I am not talking about your domestic cat only but all the animals from the feline family.
From the leopard itself to your little buddy you keep at home for a pet.
These animals are naturally very athletic. They are strong, flexible, and stealthy.
Their ability to make their bodies go through unbelievably tiny spaces and the way they land softly on their fours after an incredibly high jump leaves a lot to be asked.
How in the world? According to a study, cats are endowed with the ability to jump six times the length of their bodies.
What Makes A Cat Jump So High?
The ability to jump high depends on the structure of the hind leg, the spinal column, and the tail of an animal.
It is impressive that even overweight cats can jump high.
This means that the agility of a cat is not only dependent on weight; it has a lot to do with various muscles in their bodies.
1. Muscles In The Rear Legs
Cats generally have strong hind legs muscles that allow them to jump high.
These muscles are designed to give more force to the cat that results in a sprightly jump.
Compared to humans, the way cats jump is more proportional and higher.
During a jump, there are two phases to it.
First, the cat must go into a preparatory mode where its muscles are coiled, ready for release.
It is just the way a spring works. After a tight recoil of the muscles, the cat goes into an engaged mode to release the muscles in an agile move that propels it to the air.
2. Flexible Spinal Column
For an excellent high jump to happen in cats, it is not solely dependent on the leg muscles alone.
The spinal column has a huge role to play too in this athletic activity.
The spinal column has the central nervous system. When the cat is about to jump, the spinal cord relays the information to the brain.
Besides producing nerve impulses, the spinal column in a cat is designed so flexibly to give it the appropriate agility to jump.
This explains why if something small alters the spinal cord be it of a cat, human, or any other animal, the mobility is ceased, and they go into a paralyzed mode.
3. The Tail
If there is anything that gives the cat great balance when jumping high, it is its little twitch, the tail.
The tail also works as a counterbalance in a cat, especially when they are walking or jumping to very unlikely places like a very high thin branch of a tree.
Did you know that your cat is the only one from the cat family that can hold its tail vertically? Despite all that, the cat can leave perfectly normal if its tail must be amputated.
It is precisely how life has to go on if a man has his leg or hand amputated for one reason or the other.
4. General Physique
The general body structure of a cat plays a significant role when it comes to jumping high.
Its flexibility, agility, and strength all come from the entire body of a cat.
Cat can squeeze its form through places like tiny spaces and holes. This means it can contract and relax its body to suit a situation.
As earlier mentioned, a cat can jump six times the length of its body. If a cat is taller than average, it will jump on higher places, unlike cats of normal heights.
5. Motor Skills
Young cats will not jump as high as their superiors. Their muscles and body are still underdeveloped for huge leaps.
Their legs need to grow long and muscle stronger for jumping.
However, as they grow older, their skills, balance, and muscles develop. It is just the way a two-year-old baby cannot run like a 15-year-old boy.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
Her family, her entire universe revolves around her two cats, who give her endless support and inspiration to move ahead with her objectives in life. Amanda is a live example of a balanced approach to all parenthood questions we all face in life.