A leaping cat is a sight to behold. Why is it that a cat can jump so high and land so gracefully? A dog can jump – but only about one of his body lengths. A cat on the other hand can leap about five or six times his own length. The kitty cat below has perfected the ‘POGO STICK’ straight-up-in-the-air-like-a-bedspring jump style!! The look on his face!
Can Cats Jump Higher Than Dogs?
Cats definitely rule in jumping exercises when compared with dogs — or humans.
The average dog can only jump about one body length high, with breed and size (and personal skill) determining exactly how high he can jump. Humans aren’t even that good at jumping — we can only jump straight up in the air a little over one and a half feet on average.
So how high can a cat jump on average? A young, healthy cat is capable of jumping five or six times his body length in one huge leap.
How Do They Do It?
According to Animal Planet, cats owe their unique jumping talents to their strong leg and back muscles. Also contributing to their acrobatic finesse is their good calculating skills.
First, a cat will push off with great strength, testing the sturdiness of the take-off point with his hind legs. Next, he sizes up the distance from point A to point B and figures out how much hind leg force is needed to make a successful plunge.
Cats usually land on their front paws and pull their hind legs in. Their flexible shoulders, along with their solid feet, ankles, and wrists absorb the brunt of the landing. Their padded paws serve as mini shock absorbers.