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November 18, 2020

Why cats wiggle their bums before they jump

Why cats wiggle their bums before they jump
Dr. Chris Brown
by SCOTT HINCH

Sure this may be the worst (and funniest) demonstration of supposedly cat-like agility. But here’s why he does that bum wiggle before his epic jump...

For starters, cats are more sprinter than marathon runner. They’re about explosive power over endurance. So wriggling themselves into a crouching position is like Usain Bolt settling into the starters blocks. It sets them up for an explosive leap at a toy...or their mate teasing them on top of the fridge.

The wiggle should ensure their feet settle on something firm to spring off. But when it’s a slippery side of a table, this is the result 😳

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