Cats for Kites

Mrs Crox has just passed me a story on some unforseen consequences of the present inclement weather.
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The full story may be found here.

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2 Responses to Cats for Kites

  1. On this side of the water, we’ve been fighting that tendency for years. In fact, it’s why our cats don’t spend time on sailboats.

  2. cromercrox says:

    If cats ‘can take off in high winds’, what it suggests to me as someone interested in biomechanics is that they have extremely low wing loading. Not that this stops them from being able to parachute effectively. Many years ago when the world was young I wrote a story about a paper in which Manhattan vets studied ‘high-rise syndrome’ – the suite of injuries suffered by cats falling from high buildings. The vets correlated the injuries with the storey from which a cat had fallen. Injuries got worse and worse with increasing number of storeys, but tended to level off after the seventh storey or so (I can’t remember exactly which). Cats falling from above a certain height would relax and naturally assume a parachute-like configuration which would increase air resistance. The vets reported a case of a cat having fallen 32 floors. It suffered relatively minor injuries and could be released home after a short stay in the animal hospital.