Contrary to popular myth, cats do not always land on their feet. Just like you or me, a cat falling from any height can be seriously injured, and from great heights, likely killed. Even if the cat has time to make a turn mid-air and get her feet under her, the impact of the landing is likely to break her legs, pelvis or jaw. Any of these severe injuries is life-threatening.
It’s summertime, and you may have your windows and balcony doors open. Please remember that both of these areas pose a very real danger to your cat. Screens are not strong enough to keep a cat from falling out a window. Cats on balconies should be closely supervised. Even the most sedate cat can be completely bewitched by a passing bird, forget where she is and fall from a balcony.
We have had two fall-related cases at Blue Cross Animal Hospital already this summer. Please treat balconies and windows as a real hazard and make sure that your pet is protected and supervised.