Friday, March 15, 2013
CATS HAVE A LOW TERMINAL VELOCITY
From THE WISE GEEK
Cats have a low terminal velocity, which is partly why they don't get injured easily from falls.
Cats are more likely to survive, and have fewer injuries, because their inner ears essentially act as gyroscopes. This allows cats to be able to change their positions quickly to get their legs underneath their bodies. Once a cat reaches terminal velocity, or the
maximum speed of its fall, it either flexes its legs or relaxes and spreads its legs horizontally to absorb the impact of the fall. Cats have a low terminal velocity of about 60 miles per hour (about 97 km/h), compared with the average human's terminal velocity of 120 miles per hour (about 193 km/h). They, therefore, don't fall as quickly and are subject to less of an impact and chance of injury.