Do cats always fall on their feet?

That is what we were told, but is it statistically proven? A technical note was published in Improbable Research and here are the results: (I could type the table in LaTex, but that would take me too much time, is there a faster way to include tables?)

Drop Height Attempts Landed on feet Did not land on feet
6 ft. 100 100 0
5 ft. 100 100 0
4 ft. 100 100 0
3 ft. 100 100 0
2 ft. 100 100 0
1 ft. 100 0 100

A video of a similar study can be found here.

PS: Their acknowledgement reads: “I want to thank the cat, “Esther,” for her initial [?] cooperation in this experiment.”

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2 Responses to “Do cats always fall on their feet?”


  1. 1 Jeremy March 9, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Is it not also a well known fact that toast will land butter side down. So I propose to you that if you take said cat and put buttered toast on it’s back with buttered side up. Would the kitty land on it’s feet or on it’s buttered toast. I hope you enjoy that.

  2. 2 ferramis March 19, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Good idea, but I am short on recourses, especially on the cat 🙂


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