High-Rise Syndrome: Don’t Let Your Cat Fall Victim!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:15pm

Cats may not really have nine lives, but they do usually land on their feet. It’s a smart skill evolved from eons of clambering through trees to dodge predators and hunt for food. But this innate ability makes for some serious worry in the urban world.

Pet parents who live in tall buildings often allow their cats to sun themselves in open windows and on fire escapes, unaware that their felines’ prey drive may lead them to pounce on moving birds or insects. Tragically, falls often result in shattered jaws, punctured lungs, broken limbs—and even death.

While it may sound a bit like urban legend, High-Rise Syndrome is actually a serious problem for cats in the city.During the warmer months, veterinarians at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City see approximately three to five cases a week!

Why Take Chances?

The good news is that these falls are 100 percent preventable. Please visit our High-Rise Syndrome FAQ for a complete list of safety measures all feline parents should take.