Why do cats?

@Aexcomp (121)
January 21, 2007 2:49pm CST
Wht do cats always land on their feet ? Why do people say that cats have nine lives.
5 responses
@Shukaru (167)
• Romania
26 Jan 07
Superstitions ! :) What about SUPER-CAT ? :) Is it around here !?
• United States
23 Jan 07
Hi there...cats not necessarily always on their feet as it depends on the circumstance that precipitates the fall. Many cats who fall from great heights suffer from what is called "high-rise syndrome" and the consequences to the cats bodies is quite devastating. http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=709 It is common lore about a cat having nine lives. Some say this may have been started with the mystical number 9 invoked in religion and folklore. Cats were revered in Egypt and perhaps this is where the the cat's 9 lives may have began. You can read more about the story about the beginnings of the 9 lives here: http://www.moggies.co.uk/html/9_lives.html
@bonbon50 (659)
• United States
21 Jan 07
A cat has more vertabraes than any other animal which allows them to twist into position so fast. It is said a cat has nine lives because they are smart, self-sufficient, and have an uncanny ability to beat the odds!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
21 Jan 07
My cats always do land on their feet I guess they are equally balanced. Or afraid one of their nine lives would be taken away. Who knows.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I (and my cat) can personally attest that cats do NOT always land on their feet. They do have very flexable spines and can use their tail like a rudder to help flip themselves over as they fall, but it doesn't always work. I think the nine lives thing came about because cats are so quick and flexable that they can get themselves out of situations that would be deadly for another, slower animal.