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HIGH-RISE SYNDROME

Cats fall so often from heights so frequently in big cities, especially in warm climates, that a new feline trauma syndrome has been identified: High-rise Syndrome.

The saying that “Cats always land on their feet” has some truth to it since cats will normally turn in the air to land with their feet facing the ground. Nevertheless, cats are not immune to injury from falls.

A cat usually will suffer severe injuries from a fall of only two stories. When a cat hits the ground the main injuries are

  • Bleeding from the nose
  • A split in the roof of the mouth
  • Air in the chest, outside the lungs
  • Fractures of one or both rear legs or of smaller bones in the front legs
  • Ruptured diaphragms and/or bladders
  • injury to other abdominal organs such as the liver and kidneys

Cats receiving proper emergency care often survive even after falling more than eighteen stories.

Take the cat immediately to the veterinarian. Watch for signs of shock.

In fact, the number of fractures that are sustained actually decreases in cats falling more than seven stories.





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