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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MarioMason
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jumping cat

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VilmadePina
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jumping cat

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DeeWillis
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jumping cat

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AliMuspratt
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jumping cats

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ChristyHailey
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jumping cat

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Jumping cat

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Kristen Hz
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Jumping cat

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Give Me A High Five!

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Jumping cat

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Jumping cat

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Jumping cat

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Jumping cat

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Attack Of The Killer Fluffy Stuffs

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Jumping cat

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Alex Greenshpun
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful shot. Just look at those eyes.

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

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Roar

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LisaKoral
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am Catzilla. Hear me roar!

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Jumping cat

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Jumping cat

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Kitty Attack!

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VictoriaT.Gibeault
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Jumping cat

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Kitty In Flight

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Jumper..

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Scout

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#53

Salvador Dali And Ninja Cats

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Columbo Ninja Cat

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My Little Britsh Ninja !

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Jumping Cats ...or Flying?

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Wassja Jumping From The Door

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