There are many factors to consider when determining how high can a cat jump. A young athletic cat obviously can jump higher than a tiny kitten, an obese kitty or elderly cat with arthritis. Certain stocky or cobby breeds or those with short legs like munchkins won’t reach heights of a limber Siamese. We have a baby gate to keep our Siamese Merlin from wandering off the porch. His leaping days are long over. There was a time in his youth when he easily jumped up to the top of refrigerator or a garden fence.
In the photo below, the super-athletic Odin, bypassed Merlin (napping) 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). Practice makes purrfect. Playing with your cat with wand toys to encourage jumping will strengthen the muscles. Not all cats enjoy climbing or jumping but the only way to find out is to create a safe environment for climbing with shelves and cat trees. Indoor/ outdoor cats who enjoy climbing trees usually develop strong muscles for jumping like Odin. Always respect your cat’s innate nature and individual personality.
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. Visit us tomorrow for easy tips on teaching your cat the “come command “.
Note the powerful muscles Odin uses to climb are the same ones which help him jump.