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Lucky, lucky cat. she's probably spayed, otherwise she would have had a great tale to tell her kiittens.

I was looking after a cat, one time, and as I let it iout of the back door, some birds landed. It was unfortunate timing for one bird because the cat moved like lightning and spread like a blanket to drop down over one bird, which didn't stand a chance. That's when I learned what all the extra fur and skin was used for.

It's quite understandable that this ability could easily be used for safety purposes when needed.
 

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That's one lucky cat. I'm not so sure about the fur thing though.

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I want to choke the owner out.
Harsh. Just because they weren't thinking of that possibility doesn't mean they loved their cat any less, or were hoping it'd one day fall to its death - they were clearly thinking of helping the cat by keeping the house cool.

It's a terrible tragic thing when a cat falls from a window, but it's not done intentionally. My mother's cat fell to her death in the middle of the night, my mother heard her fall and rushed outside. She was so upset she couldn't even think straight, people were talking to her and she doesn't even remember what she told them as she collected her cat off the ground. She really loved her cat and made a mistake that she'll never get to take back.

Anyway, that was one extremely lucky cat. I think it's used all it's 9 lives right there!
 

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Well, it was technically the owner's fault

Sugar's owner, Brittney Kirk, a 32-year-old registered nurse, said at first she didn't think her cat had made it. She had left the window open due to the warm weather because she didn't want Sugar to be in a hot apartment.
But I think lots of people think their cats simply know better than to jump out a window with such a long drop.

I looked out the window one day only to see my twinz sitting on the front porch, watching the neighborhood activities. :shock: Found the screen to their window hanging loose. So I think one fell out and the other one jumped out after her. Accidents happen.
 

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I've read that cat cat survive very high falls (3+ stories) better then falls from a lesser height.
Seems with the higher fall allows the cat to get turn in the proper position and set it's body to absorb the shock of the landing.
 

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But I think lots of people think their cats simply know better than to jump out a window with such a long drop.
This is so true. Many people think cats are "so smart" they are almost immortal. "They know how to take care of themselves" and next thing their cats get hit by a car or do the window jump or something like that.

Poor kitty, she has heterochromia just like Ice. She must be deaf on the blue eye side only, tho, not completely deaf.
 

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ghosttown, you make me worry. I live on just a first floor apartment. My cats sit on the window sill outside the window all the time. They've even climbed DOWN the building to ground floor from that height. I do often wonder if it's dangerous if they were to accidentally fall however. Am I being stupid in letting them sit on the sill even though they want to? The drop is about 7 metres only but there are hard surfaces etc...
 

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ghosttown, you make me worry. I live on just a first floor apartment. My cats sit on the window sill outside the window all the time. They've even climbed DOWN the building to ground floor from that height. I do often wonder if it's dangerous if they were to accidentally fall however. Am I being stupid in letting them sit on the sill even though they want to? The drop is about 7 metres only but there are hard surfaces etc...

Here's a study on falling cats.
High-rise syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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ghosttown, you make me worry. I live on just a first floor apartment. My cats sit on the window sill outside the window all the time. They've even climbed DOWN the building to ground floor from that height. I do often wonder if it's dangerous if they were to accidentally fall however. Am I being stupid in letting them sit on the sill even though they want to? The drop is about 7 metres only but there are hard surfaces etc...
My parents had a cat who would always jump out of their first floor (upstairs in a townhouse) window. I was always so worried- but he casually stolled off. I've seen many a cat jump (note it's jump, not fall) from a first floor window and be fine. I'm not condoning it- but cat's do such things!

We live in a second floor apartment now- I never open the windows as I can imagine what these two would be like!
 

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ghosttown, you make me worry. I live on just a first floor apartment. My cats sit on the window sill outside the window all the time. They've even climbed DOWN the building to ground floor from that height. I do often wonder if it's dangerous if they were to accidentally fall however. Am I being stupid in letting them sit on the sill even though they want to? The drop is about 7 metres only but there are hard surfaces etc...
I knew a cat survived being blown off a 4th story balcony ... the owner admitted the cat did go out through the window and onto the balcony all the time (it was 10 or so and had always done) ... but on that particular day, the cat was outside... and had climbed up there to be let in (adjoining low roofed buildings and walls) Probably because of the weather!!

I once took a call also, from a lady living in an appartment, who found a stray cat... on her balcony, can't remember how high it was, but reasonable height... and said she couldn't see/think of any possible way that it could have got out there .... I immediately assumed it must have fallen from a higher floor ... (we get balcony injuries quite a lot) ... only to be told, there was no other floor.... 8O

That stray was brought in, and we never found an owner.
 

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One of my free cat trees was from someone whose cat fell from the second floor balcony and died. It depends on how they fall, what they land on, etc.
 

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I would understand the danger that my cat might be in, under any situation. If harm came to my cat because of a decision that I had made, then I would be to blame.

Not complicated.

Weak screens? I would know that before I left the window open/unattended/whatever. Oscar has torn through two or three screens in his day. When he did, he dropped approximately 24 inches. NOT 19 STORIES. I have life time warranty screens on my windows right now. Very strong. I DO NOT leave him unattended with an open window, and that isn't because of him falling 19 friggin' stories. It's because I don't want him to get outside and possibly run into the street in front of a car. There is not a possible danger about dropping 200+ FEET!!!!! That cat should have died. If it would have, we wouldn't have read the story. Let's be honest.

If I lived 19 stories up, something like open air would be a very big concern of mine. Meaning, the danger would always be on my mind when there is a possibility of something going through a screen. Especially a CAT.

Inexcusable. The owner is to blame. I would like to choke her out due to the aggravation that story caused me.

The End.
 

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Inexcusable. The owner is to blame. I would like to choke her out due to the aggravation that story caused me.

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Caused you?

I guess I should just drop my twinz off at the shelter because I didn't double-check a window I had no reason to believe was faulty after living the house for a year.

Wow, way to be compassionate. Tell me again, why did that job at the Suicide Hotline not work out??
 

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When I brought Zenobi (otb) home I let her out on the first floor balcony and she disappeard. When I looked over the edge she was down below, unhurt. Perhaps a bit confused.

What had happened was that she was trying to cacth a bird by squeezing through the railings as noticed by me the next time I let her out. Chicken wire went up.

It's possible that a cat sitting in a window might automatically jump for a flying creature. She used to love getting up on the window ledge in the bedroom. I made sure that the window was never open enough for her to get though because down below was hard concrete.
 

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I have already thought about the fact that I can't leave the windows open because this house is old and has the original wooden windows with no screens. But if I did have screens I would test their sturdiness before leaving them open with a cat around. But even then there is always a chance of a sceen getting pushed out over time. Most of our windows are painted shut anyway. Just this week the landlord sent someone out to measure for new windows. I can't wait!
 
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