They say that cats have nine lives. But, the truth to that statement is revealed when you hear of a cat escaping certain death . . . and walking away unharmed! These stories show how incredible cats can be.
Wasabi was chasing a mosquito around owner Stephanie Gustafson’s apartment when she chased the insect right out the window. The problem was that Stephanie lived on the 11th floor of an apartment building in Juneau, Alaska.
Stephanie watched in horror as Wasabi fell from the window. She ran downstairs immediately and found the poor cat huddled about 15 feet away from the building next to a metal box. She was bloody and soaked from the rain. Wasabi was quiet and her paw was limp. Stephanie rushed her to an emergency veterinarian clinic for midnight X-rays.
Wasabi was found to have a fractured radius and some broken bones in her elbow. After getting a cute pink cast on her paw, Wasabi began the healing process. In six weeks, she was back to her old playful self. Curious as ever!
In Boston, Brittany Kirk owns a white fluff-ball of a cat named “Sugar”. Sugar has always been very laid-back and calm. So, when Brittany moved to her 19th floor high rise on Storrow Drive, she wasn’t surprised when Sugar just settled in and simply starting grooming herself.
Brittany was in for a shock when she realized that her normally quiet cat went to investigate the window. After falling between 150 and 200 feet, the workers at the Animal Rescue League examined the cat. Though Sugar was found to have minor bruising on the lungs, she had no broken bones or cuts and no serious injuries at all.
In New York, the owners of an Upper West Side apartment reported that their cat fell 20 stories and crash landed on the pavement. Gloucester, better known as “G” to his owners, walked away with barely a scratch.
Gloucester’s owner, Barry Myers, adopted “G” when he found him in an abandoned building over sixteen years ago. It was Fourth of July weekend, when members of Barry’s family mistakenly left a window cracked when they went away for the long weekend holiday. Barry and “G” had lived in the apartment for years and Barry claims that “G” has never seemed interested in the window. He has never peeked his head out or leaned out to get a better view of something . . . nothing at all. So, it was a mystery why “G” decided that this was the weekend he was going to investigate closer.
Passersby, who witnessed the cat falling, call it a “miracle” that he simply got up and walked away.
According to a local veterinarian, when you are 10 floors or above, you actually have an increased chance of surviving the fall because you have a chance to right yourself and get ready to land. Cats are able to relax, orient themselves in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out, and it slows their descent. It truly is amazing when you think about it. No wonder they say that cats have nine lives!