Cat Falls 60 Feet And Lives

Shiva

Shiva the cat plunged 60 feet from her fifth floor apartment and survived. Her owner looked out the window and ran down the stairs to find his cat.

He and his friends spent hours searching frantically for Shiva with no luck. It wasn’t until the following day that they finally found her. She was limping but alive and well. X-rays showed that she had a broken shoulder and front leg.

The vet put Shiva’s leg in a split. She still needs an operation to put steel pins in her leg to make a full recovery.

From Manchester Evening News:

Shiva’s owner said: “She was very lucky, because cats can have injuries such as breathing difficulties and back problems from falls from much lower than that.”

“Shiva’s a house cat and quite used to sitting on the window sill.

“It is normally open just a fraction, but something happened to disturb her, we think maybe a bird flew past, and she managed to push herself out.

“It looked like she was more traumatized to be outside in the rain than by her fall.”

5 Responses to “Cat Falls 60 Feet And Lives”

  1. lois Kimball says:

    When will people learn that cats cannot fly? I grow as weary reading these types of stories as those stories of cats and dogs being hit by cars, like they are supposed to understand the dynamics of thousands of pounds of steel rolling over their little bodies. Cats sitting on windowsills several stories above the ground are not aware what will happen if they leap out of the window. When a bird flies by and their instinct kicks in, as is often the case for such accidents, gravity always wins. It doesn’t matter how smart the cat is, how many years the cat has had access to the window, it is an accident waiting to happen. Highrise syndrome, as it is known, is 100% preventable. Apparently human stupidity is not.

  2. lois Kimball says:

    When will people learn that cats cannot fly? I grow as weary reading these types of stories as those stories of cats and dogs being hit by cars, like they are supposed to understand the dynamics of thousands of pounds of steel rolling over their little bodies. Cats sitting on windowsills several stories above the ground are not aware what will happen if they leap out of the window. When a bird flies by and their instinct kicks in, as is often the case for such accidents, gravity always wins. It doesn’t matter how smart the cat is, how many years the cat has has access to the window, it is an accident waiting to happen. Highrise syndrome, as it is known, is 100% preventable. Apparently human stupidity is not.

  3. 2CatMom says:

    Lois - Bravo. How many times do you have to remind people that having cats (or small children) means no open windows if you live in a highrise?

    A cat can go right through a window screen if they are loose and/or the cat is highly motivated (such as chasing a bird).

    I always remind guests and repair people that due to the cats, windows are not to be opened (I live on the 10th floor). I’ll turn the airconditioning way up & I’ll pay the bill, but I won’t put my kitties at risk. And if I want fresh air, I’ll go outside.

  4. Lois Kimball says:

    Sorry for the double posting. It breaks my heart to read such stories. It also angers me just like seeing unsecured dogs in the back of pick up trucks.

  5. RGPC says:

    I don’t know if this will help a cat but I thought I would share a tip I got from a lady who worked for a vet and also trains police dogs.

    Anything a dog has that causes vomiting or diarrhea can easily be treated with Chicken Noodle Soup.
    Yes, plain old Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.

    The dogs will eat it even if not feeling well, it tends to digest easily so it stays down. The broth helps fight dehydration and electrolyte loss. Dogs that get diseases like Parvo tend to die from the dehydration, not the Parvo itself, so the big concern is fighting those symptoms.

    Good Dog !!


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