So That's Why Cats Always Land Paws Down

By Sam Gibbs on at

Ever wondered how every cat manages to land feet down, no matter how they start falling? It's pretty baffling from a physics point of view, what with conserved momentum and all, but actually, when you look at it in super slow-mo, our feline friends turn out to be pretty damn smart.

My dear old cat has fallen off all sorts of things, not through any act on my part I hasten to add, but he always lands paws down; cool, calm and collected, as if nothing has actually happened. I don't know about you, but I wish we could do that -- it would've made all those times I fell out of a tree as a kid a hell of a lot less painful. Cats really are pretty smart little critters. [YouTube via TNW]