How High Can A Cat Jump?

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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