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What Is High-Rise Syndrome In Cats? Why Does It Happen?

Have you heard about high-rise syndrome in cats?

Put simply, high-rise syndrome is what happens when a cat falls out of a window or from a balcony, usually due to losing their balance while focusing on something like a bird or other animal.

Here’s what you need to know about high-rise syndrome in cats.

Why Do Cats Suffer From High-Rise Syndrome?

We all know cats have a remarkable sense of balance, so why does high-rise syndrome even happen?

Well, cases of high-rise syndrome can come about if cats end up slipping or if weather conditions affect them, like a sudden gust of wind. Getting spooked by a loud noise can also end up causing high-rise syndrome.

Another reason behind high-rise syndrome is that cats have an ability to become super focused on one particular thing, like a bird perching in a tree that they might view as prey. This can cause a feline to have a momentary loss of balance.

What Damage Can High-Rise Syndrome Cause To A Cat?

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If a cat suffers a case of high-rise syndrome, they can experience severe injuries due to the height of the fall. While cats have an ability to always land on their feet, the impact can nevertheless cause serious head, spine, and pelvis injuries.

Additionally, even if a cat lands and is okay, they might find themselves in a new and unfamiliar environment outside that can prompt them to run away and hide.

It’s estimated that if a cat falls from a height of five or six stories, it will almost always result in a fatal outcome.

If you find a cat who’s suffering from high-rise syndrome, it’s imperative that you take them to the vet straight away.

What Can You Do To Prevent High-Rise Syndrome In Cats?

The best way to prevent high-rise syndrome from affecting your cat is to make sure you either keep your windows closed or ensure that you have secure screens fitted in any open windows.

Make sure to regularly check screens for signs of any holes, along with checking that they fit correctly and cannot become loose or pushed out.

Additionally, following the ASPCA’s general advice to keep cats inside is always a smart move.

Have you ever experienced a case of high-rise syndrome in cats? What do you think are the best ways to prevent cats from accidentally falling? Let us know in the comments section below.

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