Cats living in high rise apartmentsAnderson
Cats are quite inquisitive in nature and like exploring the areas around them. They have been known to be distracted by birds flying by their windows or balconies and they leap in anticipation of a good hunt. Sometimes this comes with a price of them accidentally falling, especially if they are living in high rise buildings.
When cats fall from high rise buildings, they tend to land with their legs spread out causing severe injuries. Some get away with minor soft tissue injuries, others are not so lucky. Having life threatening injuries like fractures of the head, spine, pelvis and limbs. While others with the rupture of the diaphragm or bladder. We call these incidences as High rise syndrome and these accidents need to be attended by the veterinarian as soon as possible regardless of the time they happened. There is a very good chance of your cat surviving if they receive immediate and proper medical attention.
These accidents can be avoided if the cat environment is well protected. Cat living spaces should be safe and protected from the accidental falls. These living spaces should be purpose-built having a house designed with the basic needs of cats in mind. The housing should improve the exploratory experience of cats living at home.