Cat runs like an ostrich. Screenshot.

Yes, cats can walk on two legs but the quality of their walking (gait) must depend on which legs have been lost. On this page, there’s a video of a cat walking on two hind legs. Notably, the question refers to two legs but which two? This is an important factor to take into account. That said, based on observation, any combination of two remaining legs can be dealt with successfully to varying degrees by a domestic cat.

I have seen a cat walking on two side legs, two forelegs and as mentioned two hind legs. The hardest is to walk on two side legs. The cat’s amazing balance and innate strength makes it work but the cat’s stamina is substantially reduced because of the extra effort demanded. If cats had four legs but human muscles and balance they couldn’t do it in my view.

Note: videos on this site are typically made by people other than me and held on YouTube servers or the servers of other businesses (not the server storing this website). Sometimes the videos are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. It that has happened I apologise but I have no control over it.

Three legged cats are not unusual but two legged cats are very rare. I suspect that a lot of the leg injuries requiring amputation are due to traffic accidents.

Domestic cats are amazingly adaptable. When a leg is lost the cat has to use their back muscles to keep their body up, off the ground. They achieve this by what I’d describe as ‘informal exercise’. They modify their gait and in doing so the back muscles are exercised to an extreme level. You can feel the stone hard muscles in their backs after years of informal exercise (more like hard training).

When not walking on two or three legs these cats rest their body on the ground rather than standing. My three legged cat (he had lost his right foreleg) would rest his stump on the ground and lean forward when resting during a walk. Also he’d take up the meerkat position very often. It came naturally to him as his back was so strong (see below).

Three-legged black cat Charlie. Photo: Michael Broad

I have a lot of admiration for the strength, tenacity, determination and acceptance of domestic cats who’ve suffered a traumatic injury to one or more legs. There is nothing more to say as far as I can tell.

Cat walking on two hind legs. Screenshot from video on this page (in case the video has failed).

SOME PAGES ON ‘DISABLED’ CATS – I don’t like using the word ‘disabled’. Let’s say challenged:

Sweet kitten born with deformed hind legs has plenty of pluck

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Cat runs like an ostrich

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Woman’s ‘disability’ sparked an empathy for disabled cats

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Two legged cat is very special

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I hated cats. I detested them. Then I got a cat.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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