Unconcerned domestic cat leaps off balcony 12 feet up onto sidewalk to chase a cat

Nugget, a domestic cat, was on a balcony attached to what looks like a first-floor apartment in a condo. I am guessing the height. Anyway, it looks too high for a cat to safely jump from especially as it is onto a pavement (sidewalk) and therefore a hard surface. But he is compelled to jump as he sees another cat on his territory and wants to drive him off. In order to achieve that he has to jump off the balcony. Nugget’s owner shouts in disbelief and I’d feel the same way. It looks dangerous. It’s the kind of jump that could lead to a forelimb injury but Nugget is unconcerned about the hard surface. There was a choice of sorts and to the right where the other cat was positioned where the ground was soft but he avoids it. Nugget dives off as you can see in the video. He jumps down from this great height without a care in the world.

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Cats have shock absorber forelimbs which take the sting out of the contact from this sort of height. However, domestic cats (like foxes) can acquire foot and leg injuries when allowed outside to roam freely. They often jump down from good heights. If the contact area on the ground is uneven and contains some stones, they can harm themselves. My cat had a sore left foreleg for a while. It has resolved itself thankfully but I was about to take him to the vet. He probably hurt his toes.

1 thought on “Unconcerned domestic cat leaps off balcony 12 feet up onto sidewalk to chase a cat”

  1. HaaHaaa I’ve seen this video before. It’s all about the territory for the jumping cat. As you can see the other cat makes a run for it before the cat jumps cuz he knows he’s in the wrong place.


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