Our boy cat, Ozrow, is going to have a fall one of these days. He likes to get on high things, which is dangerous because he is sort of a clumsy cat.
One evening recently, he was up on the railing that runs across our upstairs above the living room. It’s got a top a few inches wide, but that isn’t enough for a cat of Ozrow’s lack of coordination.
We have a set of open beams running across our living room. From the rail it’s possible for an agile cat to jump onto one of those beams. So far, Ozrow has not done that, although we have seen him looking and thinking about it a couple of times.
We once had a cat that liked playing on those beams. It was almost a daily occurrence for him to make the leap and go strolling along overhead. We warned him that he was going to fall if he kept it up and sure enough, one day he did. As cats are supposed to do, he landed on his feet. He also walked away from his landing zone like it was no big deal. We did notice, however, he never got on a beam again.
We had another cat that was playing around upstairs and tried to leap to a beam but missed. That cat landed on top of a light we have sticking out over the kitchen stove. I thought we might have to get a ladder to get the silly thing down but it managed to leap off back to the upstairs without falling.
I have seen Ozrow fall off the deck rail outside. That isn’t high enough to hurt him so all he suffers from it is some embarrassment. He’s also taken a tumble off the back of a recliner in the living room.
Skittles, our girl cat, seldom gets on the rail upstairs. We’ve seen her there a few times, but she normally has better sense. She was a leaper when she was young, though. One of her favorite things was to jump off the stairs to the back of a small roll top desk we have in the living room. From there, she would make a long jump to the back of a chair. Not only was she tearing up the upholstered chair, she was scratching the desk. She was also going to eventually miss a jump and hurt herself. My wife, Vivian, finally installed some fine mesh from the stairway rail to the base by the steps. That ended the cat jumping in that area.
At times, usually in the spring, Ozrow likes to climb trees. That really makes us nervous because he’ll go all the way to the top if a 30 or 40-foot tall tree and get out on tiny branches that bend under his weight. So far, he hasn’t fallen. Actually, he scampers around in upper branches much like a squirrel.
Cats can survive a fall from a fairly high place without injury, but there are limits. We had a cat years ago that fell off the roof of our old house and broke a leg. She climbed a tree to get up there and leaped into the tree to get back down. We didn’t see the fall, but apparently she missed a limb when she sailed off the roof toward the tree.
Ozrow is a good cat, but sometimes he has no sense. That’s why his love of heights scares us at times.