HomeCat Behaviorcat personalityA Special Danger When A Cat Jumps


A Special Danger When A Cat Jumps — 10 Comments

  1. Another danger is patio doors. At our old home we had them and one day Bryan saw the window cleaner approaching to clean the outside and he ran full pelt into the glass! Thankfully he wasn’t badly injured but after that we put patterned stuff on the glass so our cats could see the doors were closed.
    It doesn’t matter how very careful we are and we really are ultra careful, unexpected accidents CAN happen.

    • I always think of cats as so agile and athletic with such finely tuned senses that they can’t make mistakes. They make far fewer mistakes of this kind than people but they do make mistakes (rarely). Thanks for that example, Ruth.

  2. You could be right Marc, maybe Red did fall from the tree.
    Years ago here a neighbour’s cat was found dead under a tree, without a mark on her, there is no traffic out the back of our houses, there hadn’t been a sound of any sort, her death was a complete mystery, now I’m wondering if that happened to her too?

    • Thats exactly how Red looked. Not a mark on him – just a trickle of blood from his mouth. I felt his body and didn’t notice any broken bones or anything. Somebody had put a tea towel over him – I doubt they moved him. He was over a 3 foot wall and 10 meters from the road. All he had a bit of plant matter on him like he rubbed his face on some plants. Maybe the car hit him and they felt bad and put him by the nearest house thinking he was from that house. If it were me in the car that’s what I would have done if I saw a dead cat on the road or if I killed it in the middle of the night and didn’t know where it lived.

      One thing I cannot bear is the thought that he was alive and unable to move and I wasn’t there for him. I get the feeling he was killed instantly. It’s a hard hit to cause blood to come out of his mouth. Thats what I hope. If he was lying there unable to get home that would be the most awful thing in the world. If he was thinking of me just dying there alone… I can’t bear the thought.

      • He may have jumped the wall. Cats injured by a car run and jump on by instinct. It the bones are OK and functioning and it is just the internal organs that are damaged they can keep going for a while. I don’t know. I am guessing but cats can get away after trauma. You could be correct, though. My cat was quite a way from the road under a bush. She got there by herself.

        Somebody had put a tea towel over him

        This is very tender and respectful.

  3. What a relief that the cat survived – thats scary. I have slippery wooden floors and I am always careful that there is nothing sharp that they can slide into when running full ahead around the place. It’s hard not to worry. I sometimes wonder if Red fell out the tree I found him under rather than being hit by a car 20 meters away from where he was. He loved to run up trees and this is a huge tree that if he fell from it I’d be suprised if he wasn’t seriously hurt.

    • Wow, that is a painful but interesting thought. I hope you don’t mind if I briefly make a comment about it.

      I’d be surprised if he was killed by falling from a tree. It is possible but I am sure it is rare because cats are superb climbers and self-right when falling, as you know, so they land on their feet. Although, that may have gone wrong for some reason but it is unlikely. Also cats find shelter of some sort when hurt. The tree may have been the nearest thing. The momentum after the hit carries them to a den where they are safer.

      I have always wondered if my cat, who I believe was killed on the road, was killed by a fox because she had gone into a field but I don’t really believe it. God, it still kills me to think about it. The vision I have when I found her is seared into my brain. I wish it wasn’t.

      • Me too – worst moment ever. I will always have that image in my head in full detail. Just yesterday I was lying in bed thinking about it in sequence and I was literally shaking and I noticed afterward Gigi just staring at me clearly noticing my state. That’s the only time in my life I cried hysterically – I know what that means now.

  4. Another brilliant article Michael.
    If we started thinking of all the dangers to cats indoors and outdoors we would go insane with worry and wonder how any kitten survives to adulthood.
    Some cats seem more accident prone than others, we’ve had cats who could walk along a mantelpiece of ornaments without disturbing even the dust lol but also one who knocked everything flying wherever she jumped.
    I’d worry more about declawed cats jumping too as they have no grip and they must slide along and often fall.
    I’m so glad that cat on the spike was rescued and survived!

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