Even though a cat doesn’t dance it still has the ability to do so were it in its nature.                               


Cats are amazing athletes and acrobats thanks to their muscles, bone structure and brains.  Their bodies are built for speed, jumping and climbing. They’re amazing creatures with more bones than the human body and almost as many muscles. Cats have 32 muscles in their outer ears alone,allowing them to turn 180 degrees. They have long, flexible backbones that can twist and turn in all directions and powerful back and shoulder muscles and shoulder muscles to help propel them across the ground or leap high in the air.

Since they have no functional collarbone, cats can contort themselves into twisted shapes and squeeze into small spaces. Their tails act as rudders to help them change course at high speeds and perch in improbable places. Add these skeletal and muscular advantages to a superior sense of balance and the innate ability to right themselves in the air and you have one amazing acrobat and athlete!



How Fast Can Cats Run?


At best, the fastest a person can run is about 27 mph, which has only been achieved by a few well-trained athletes, whereas, a typical domestic cat can hit speeds of about 30 mph without training or even warming up.
It can be hard to clock how fast your own cat can go because it is difficult to predict when kitty is going to take off in a headlong sprint. One second your cat is napping, and then it’s zooming at high speeds while you wonder what has possessed it.   




To top it off, cats sometimes decide to test their sprinting capabilities at night or early in the morning, when you’re trying to sleep. That’s thanks to the crepuscular nature of cats, being more active at dusk and dawn when their predatory instincts kick in. With their excellent night-vision, cats aren’t too worried about missing a stair or careening into a corner.



How High or Far Can Cats Jump?


Your average housecat can easily jump between 5 and 6 times their own height, routinely jumping vertically 6-8 feet – without a running start. If you’ve ever seen a cat jump from the floor to the top of the refrigerator or jump over a backyard privacy fence in a single bound, you’ve seen their incredible back leg muscles in action. If a human could jump 5-6 times his height like a feline can, they could jump between 20 and 30 feet high.




                   Cat Agility


Cat owners have little acrobats in their homes every day, tiptoeing across a railing, pulling themselves up parkour-style, or nailing the dismount from a counter or high place. Cats may not wear unitards or do double-twisting double-back flips, but they do have one thing human acrobats do not: an innate ability to know where they are in the air, how far they are from the ground, and how to twist in mid-air to make sure they land feet-first.



How Do Cats Land on Their Feet?


You may have heard that cats always land on their feet, and while that isn’t 100% true, it’s mostly true. Cats have a “righting reflex” that lets them know which way is up, and down – thanks to a complex vestibular system in their inner ears. They also have the ability to rotate the front and back halves of their bodies separately and can twist their flexible spines in several simultaneous directions.
These feline features allow mid-air cats to point themselves downward, look for the ground and turn themselves around to stick the landing, usually quite gracefully. A cat’s inner-ear system also allows for superior balance for walking on ledges and perching on posts.


If a cat could dance, its graceful movements and agile twirls would captivate anyone lucky enough to witness its feline rhythm. Then again, isn’t that what our cats are doing when we’re not looking…

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