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Uh..Trout didn't land on her feet..

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I thought cats always land on their feet

We were just playing with her toy on a stick, and she jumped up to catch it, and then landed on her side...

Should I be worried? Thats unlike her
post #2 of 25
Thats a myth that cats always land on their feet. Keep an eye on her. She should be OK, but just watch her for anything unusual just in case.
post #3 of 25
Harley has done that before too, we were bouncing his ball around and he jumped up to get it and he landed on his side, got up and went for it again - I didn't think anything of it, its never happened since!
post #4 of 25
I agree that Trout should be fine. Phantom runs head first and hard into walls and stuff a lot and she is fine. She also falls out of her cat tree regularly and hasn't had any issues as of yet. Just watch her.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well I noticed the toilet lid was open and I just cleaned it today with chemicals..she loves drinking from it, so I'm worried she did, now I keep thinking she might get sick. So when she landed on her side, I was thinking thats not normal..
post #6 of 25
As long as you flushed after you cleaned, she should be fine. If it smelled really funny, she wouldn't drink from it.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
As long as you flushed after you cleaned, she should be fine. If it smelled really funny, she wouldn't drink from it.
K good, whew. She is acting normal anyway...that was just weird seeing her splat on her side
post #8 of 25
How old is Trout now? Abby went through a growing phase where she was very awkward for a bit.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
How old is Trout now? Abby went through a growing phase where she was very awkward for a bit.
She just turned 2....
post #10 of 25
Then it probably wasn't that. I am sure she will be fine. I have seen Abby be less than graceful a few times
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
LOL, I just realized there is catnip on her bed...maybe it was that making her awkward
post #12 of 25
Cats can often not land on their feet if the height they've fallen from is not very high - Both my cats when playing with a stick will often throw themselves at it and then land awkwardly cause they weren't watching where they were going!

I wouldn't be too concerned, only if she starts jumping off chairs, tables etc and isn't landing correctly then!
post #13 of 25
Bumper is older and he still occasionally 'splats' when playing... he is also know to occasionally walk off the sofa and land weirdly - it just happens sometimes
post #14 of 25
All of the above. It happens from time to time, when the cat just isn't paying attention. Probably all that was hurt was her ego, and as long as it doesn't keep happening, there's likely nothing to be concerned about.

Our RB Gryphon misstepped on the railing around our back porch one day, when he was too busy collecting scritches and kisses to watch his feet. It shook his self confidence, until he went and checked himself out on the back fence under the forsythia (read "in private"), and convinced himself he hadn't lost it. And it never happened again.
post #15 of 25
Damita does that on a regular basis....it's either a tortie thing or the fact that she can't see! I wouldn't get too worried, when cats get excited when playing, they often "splat" into things at my house!
post #16 of 25
My two have had their ungraceful moments like that before. I wouldn't worry!
post #17 of 25
How's little Trout doing now? I'm sure she will be ok- sounds like she just had a clumsy moment is all
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
How's little Trout doing now? I'm sure she will be ok- sounds like she just had a clumsy moment is all
She is completely normal now..thanks for asking
post #19 of 25
I think they can only land feet-first if they have enough time to get their head upright (their spine aligns, and then their legs, automatically if they can get their head turned rightside up). So if she was really intent on her toy and was looking at it instead of trying to land right, I'm sure Trout just missed the landing. Zissou does it too, and just keeps right on playing with it. Like everyone else has said, it would be more worrisome if she were doing something like a planned jump off the shelf or fridge and missed...
post #20 of 25
Honey, believe me. If you could see the way that Tammy-Timmy runs across the rooms and slams into my bedroom door, you wouldn't worry about Trout landing on her side, her head, her rump......or jumping out an 8 floor window.

Tammy-Timmy is still living (picture of teeth pulling shirt apart)
post #21 of 25
I have never had or fostered a cat who HASNT had completely graceless moments. It's perfectly normal.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
it would be more worrisome if she were doing something like a planned jump off the shelf or fridge and missed...

All of my cats have done this a few times. It is quite funny to watch. Their surprised reactions take the sting out of having your furniture toppled/broken.
post #23 of 25
I wouldn't be worried. Reeses likes to flip in the air after her toy and once or twice she won't land on her feet. I guess it depends on what she's concetrating most on at the moment, landing or getting the toy
post #24 of 25
Gizmo falls out of bed pretty often when she rolls around and forgets that there is an edge. There is a 'thump' and I wonder if she's hurt herself. She thankfully never has.

I presume they can't be perfect ALL the time.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by gizmocat View Post
Gizmo falls out of bed pretty often when she rolls around and forgets that there is an edge. There is a 'thump' and I wonder if she's hurt herself. She thankfully never has.

I presume they can't be perfect ALL the time.
Cats are pretty durable anyway. I've tripped over Reeses 3 times this week because she'll run past you as you walk down the hall and then cut in front of you. I use crutches and there will be times when she's walking next to me right behind one of them and I don't know and she's gotten whacked in the head. We'll be playing and she'll be close to the coffee table, jump up and catch the toy, stumble backwards and bang her head on the table.

No brain damage yet
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