The hunter's instincts are manifested equally in the domestic cat and in the most formidable wild predator. The qualities that help cats survive are speed and stealth.
Since the kitten opens its eyes and stands firmly on its paws, it is not a problem for him to win any sprint race. In adulthood, cats demonstrate their speed not only on the hunt: they often hunt themselves. It is in this case that the cat can reach speeds of up to 50 km / h, saving his life. Domestic cats generally do not need such a demonstration of speed - they are rarely in serious danger. But cats living on the street save their lives, developing a breakneck speed, very often. How do they manage to run so fast and jump so high?
When walking slowly, the cat rearranges its legs alternately, like a man's legs. But if the animal starts running, the paws work in pairs, and this also contributes to the development of speed in the shortest possible time. To further increase the length of the jump and the speed of movement, the cat, having accelerated, strongly arches its back. After just a few seconds, the speed of even an unprepared for long chases of a domestic cat is already 45 km / h. This feature also has a downside. The cat is a short distance sprinter and has very poor running stamina. After 4-5 minutes, the cat is forced to stop and take a breath, otherwise it will simply fall down dead.
From birth, the cat has excellent grip and body balance. This helps her to go where any other animal cannot pursue her. The smaller the cat, the more talent for mountaineering it has. The shoulders of the cat can be rotated so that it can wrap around the trunk of the tree when lifting. In a situation that threatens life and health, a cat can fly up an almost vertical wall to a decent height or jump from a place onto a tree branch. Most cats have a flexible spine and well-developed muscles, which allows her to jump 6 times her body in any direction: both vertically and horizontally. Escaping, the cat jumps and runs at lightning speed, but on the hunt the animal can prepare for a long and thorough jump, calculating it in its mind and overstepping its soft paws.
Cats, if necessary, can hide for a long time and wait a long time before jumping. Most cats are loners, relying only on themselves, and therefore they rarely attack prey larger than themselves.