Wikipedia says cats always land on their
feet if they fall from at least a foot high.
If they fall only a few inches, they don't have
time to turn to be feet down before they hit the
The Wikipedia article is called "cat
righting reflex" and it says this:
The cat righting reflex is a cat's innate ability
to orient itself as it falls in order to land on
its feet. The righting reflex begins to appear at
3–4 weeks of age, and is perfected at 6–7 weeks.
Cats are able to do this because they have an
unusually flexible backbone and no functional
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