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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Jumping cat

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RusudanTsiskreli 4 years ago

sweet

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SharonMorton 4 years ago

Amazing shot!

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MarioMason 4 years ago

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

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LeenaPalomäki 4 years ago

How can a cat look bored when jumping? Haha!

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PeteMeierdierck 4 years ago

Not Lionbrauw This is Kittybrau Drink up

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VilmadePina 4 years ago

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

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PeteMeierdierck 4 years ago

Harmonica playing kitty

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Jumping cats

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KathieDanielFerturLux 4 years ago

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

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CaterinaPlevin 4 years ago

i love this

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PeteMeierdierck 4 years ago

I LOVE THE BLUE YESWIDE OPEN

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RusudanTsiskreli 4 years ago

perfect shot

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DeeWillis 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

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VilmadePina 4 years ago

it is happy! focused! it is a hunter

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Jumping cats

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ChristyHailey 4 years ago

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

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redpandayum 4 years ago

" is this... oxygen...? "

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TheAmbitiousSeal 4 years ago

Aaaaand STRETCH!

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Graziela Leon 4 years ago

Oh, this one is perfect!

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metarahmadini 4 years ago

Like "I'm high.. I'm high."

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Kristen Hz 4 years ago

I think this one has been airbrushed to look thinner. Please, Hollywood - no more anorexic models! :-)

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Mario Mason 4 years ago

This cat thinks it"s a kangaroo. :-)

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KristenHz 4 years ago

photoshop

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#25

Give Me A High Five!

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Mario Mason 4 years ago

"Really....., that fish was this big!

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redpandayum 4 years ago

i thought of a burrito for some reason..

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Mario Mason 4 years ago

Dangerous 'high fives'. :-)

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redpandayum 4 years ago

bridge to terabithia

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Mario Mason 4 years ago

Kitty 'mooning'. :-)

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#30

Dali Could! :) "dali Atomicus"

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redpandayum 4 years ago

i'd like to know the story behind this picture

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RhondaWhisenhunt 4 years ago

I'm coming down! Now where'd he go??

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Attack Of The Killer Fluffy Stuffs

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Victoria T. Gibeault 4 years ago

Gotcha ya stupid fly.

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Elizabeth Batehup 4 years ago

Such a lovely tummy!

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Alex Greenshpun 4 years ago

Love the perspective and the crop! Great catch ;)

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Jealousy

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#39

Relax And Jump

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VictoriaT.Gibeault 4 years ago

Beautiful shot. Just look at those eyes.

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Catch Me .... If You Can !!!!!

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#41

Roar

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LisaKoral 4 years ago

I am Catzilla. Hear me roar!

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meta rahmadini 4 years ago

Both are cute! >.

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Kitty Attack!

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VictoriaT.Gibeault 4 years ago

I swear, Mom. The coffee mug was right here. I didn't do it.

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The E-cat

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Kitty In Flight

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Jump To Kill Jedi

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Victoria T. Gibeault 4 years ago

Tag! You're 'it' !

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#51

Jumper..

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Scout

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#53

Salvador Dali And Ninja Cats

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#54

Columbo Ninja Cat

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My Little Britsh Ninja !

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Jumping Cats ...or Flying?

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