Cats are a near-universal symbol of grace and poise – they have excellent balance and are said to always land on their feet. Even when they're up in the air, like these 15 jumping cats at play, they retain a graceful athleticism that most of us lack – on or off the ground.

The cat's ability to always land on its feet, which is on display in many of these pictures, is called the righting reflex. A study in 1987 that analyzed 132 cases of cats that had fallen from high-rise windows in New York discovered that their injuries would increase from floors 1-7 but would then dramatically decrease above 7 stories. One explanation could be that, after a certain distance, cats reach their non-fatal terminal velocities and are capable of spreading themselves out and gliding to reduce the severity of their injuries.

NOTE: Cats love to jump when they play, but NEVER throw them just for a photo op!

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SharonMorton 1 year ago

Amazing shot!

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Akimasa Harada Report

MarioMason 1 year ago

Now how do I turn the 'anti-gravity' off?

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LeenaPalomäki 1 year ago

How can a cat look bored when jumping? Haha!

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Seiji Mamiya Report

PeteMeierdierck 1 year ago

Not Lionbrauw This is Kittybrau Drink up

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Petros Mitropoulos Report

VilmadePina 1 year ago

no... it is attacking a huge monster!!!!!

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PeteMeierdierck 1 year ago

Harmonica playing kitty

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KathieDanielFerturLux 1 year ago

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's.... SUPERCAT!!!

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CaterinaPlevin 1 year ago

i love this

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PeteMeierdierck 1 year ago

I LOVE THE BLUE YESWIDE OPEN

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RusudanTsiskreli 1 year ago

perfect shot

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DeeWillis 1 year ago

I think that is City the Kitty. If I'm correct his 'girls' would never do anything like that.

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AliMuspratt 1 year ago

This looks more like ballet than ninja-ism (?)

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VilmadePina 1 year ago

it is happy! focused! it is a hunter

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ChristyHailey 1 year ago

some look like they are being tossed. This one looks scared.

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