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Ive heard the phrase a cat has nine lives since I was an immature child This is not true but people are known to assume this true because cats can fall from such high places and be only mildly injured One theory on the origin of this expression is that in ancient times nine was a lucky number because it is the Trinity of Trinities Since cats were always escaping injury time and time again this number seemed suited for the cats Some people believe in the myth that cats have nine lives because cats can survive falls from high places with few if any injuries This gives the impression that the cats return to life after sustaining a fatal accident Granted they may undergo minor injuries like a bloody nose cracked teeth or a few broken ribs but they live and recover fully The ability of the cat to survive these accidents that would kill humans or other animals is not due to several lives but to some advantages they possess Their small size and low-body weight mitigate the impact as they make contact with the ground after falling from tremendous heights The highly developed inner ears of cats equip them with an unusually keen sense of balance which is essential to their landing on their feet This sense of balance allows a cat falling upside down to right itself by quickly determining his position repositioning itself and making any adjustments necessary to ensure that it lands on all fours Since cats land on all four paws the impact from landing on earth is absorbed by all of its paws and legs Also the cat bends its legs when they land which cushions the effect by spreading the impact not only through bones that could break but through the joints and muscles Believe it or not cats can survive higher falls better than they can lower falls It was tested by New York veterinarians
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