How High Can A Cat Jump?

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We have a baby gate to keep Merlin from wandering off the porch. His leaping days are long over. Odin, however bypassed Merlin (napping) and without any effort gracefully jumped over railing yesterday. How high can a cat jump? A young, healthy, average-sized cat can jump about six times their length or over eight feet in a single bound thanks to powerful muscles in their back legs (see illustration).

Note the use of his tail for balance. It’s no wonder table and counter tops are a breeze for most cats to jump on. Fortunately, Odin answers to the “come “command.  Easy tips on teaching your cat this command tomorrow.

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16 thoughts on “How High Can A Cat Jump?

  1. Some how the mom missed commenting on this earlier this week. Several of us have jumped over 3 baby gates stacked on top of each other (Oui Oui, Mica Moo and Carl}. The mom didn’t think it was possible, but we land momentarily on the top one before going over the jump. Julie just plows through them. Also very effective.

  2. Peggy Meyers says:

    My lady thinks I’m an athlete because I can jump up to get the peep hole on her front door. I just need to see who’s there before she opens it!

  3. You know what ? I have to confess I can’t jump theat high , Just half of that ! but my next door’s cat can do exactly what you said 8 feet high in one jump which is really cool !!!

  4. Abby is now 12 and I have seen her best jumping days behind her. So we adjust and she lets me pick her up and put her in spots she couldn’t otherwise reach.

  5. Excellent discussion and illustration. I once convinced my family that cats have genetically more collagen in their bone marrow. Emma would jump up to the fridge from the floor. Often.

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