Do cats really have 9 lives? Have you heard about cats having nine lives? Is that because they are capable of surviving anything, or this attribution doesn’t match reality? We are about to find out.

There is a way of saying that cats have nine lives in many cultures. Since ancient times, people have observed cats surviving the most incredible falls and getting through incredible life-threatening situations. While cats do not have nine lives, but just one, it is commonly believed that those animals have additional powers that allow them to live through impossible odds.

Let’s examine the subject.

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A little story is in order. When I was 8 or 9 years old, I lived on the third floor, and our balcony looked inside the courtyard where many people lived. Stray cats staffed the place. One day I saw a cat jumping from the balcony on the third floor down in the yard. It must have been 165 feet or more.

When I saw the cat jumping, I started screaming at him and closed my eyes. When I opened my eyes again, I thought I would see a horrible scenario with a lot of blood. Instead, I saw the cat walking like nothing happened while I lost one life, to say the least.

This was the first time I became really aware of the meaning of cats having nine lives. I mean, it was really crazy!

I can only imagine cats pulling off things like this for centuries to the points people started to build myths around them. Do cats really have 9 lives?

According to a myth in many cultures, cats have multiple lives. In many countries, they are believed to have nine lives, but in Italy, Germany, Greece, Brazil, and some Spanish-speaking regions, they are said to have seven lives, while in Turkish and Arabic traditions, the number of lives is six. The myth is attributed to the natural suppleness, and swiftness cats exhibit to escape life-threatening situations. Also lending credence to this myth is that falling cats often land on their feet, using an instinctive righting reflex to twist their bodies around. Nonetheless, cats can still be injured or killed by a high fall. (Ref. Wikipedia)

Cats can’t die and come back right after. It is obviously not a possibility. However, do cats have abilities that make them survive many times after coming close to death?

Yes indeed! Cats can pull off the most incredible stunts ever to make you wonder if they have extra senses or they have special powers.

Cats are extraordinary creatures, and if you have the chance to share your life with some of them, you have noticed how sensible and incredible they are; they can pull off the funniest, weirdest things, sense your danger and get out alive from many situations.

They are adorable and cute and don’t take away the speed and the ability to jump, smell, and primitive behavior that you can observe in big cats like panther, lions, and tigers. Often I think I have a black panther in my house. ( I have a black cat!)

If you are interested in the mythology that explains the 9 lives, you can see this video below, it comes from Egypt’s and some of the gods are involved in the story. The video also gives other incredible stories of cats surviving the impossible.

Do cats really have 9 lives? Let’s see the video:

After seeing this video what can I had? Try to keep your cats safe anyway.


Here some related questions to “Do cats really have 9 lives?” and related answers:

  • What does it mean to have 9 lives like a cat?

If someone managed to survive many dangerous situations, one could say that that person has nine lives like a cat, it is often extended to the situations in which a person managed to get away with things many times.

  • Do cats always land on their feet?

If you have observed a cat falling, you may have seen that they open their paws apart, forming a sort of parachute. In this way, they can slow down the fall. They also have the ability to turn their bodies around so they can land on their feet, as you have seen above, it is called the righting reflex:

The cat righting reflex is a cat‘s innate ability to orient itself as it falls to land on its feet. The righting reflex begins to appear at 3–4 weeks of age and is perfected at 6–7 weeks. Cats can do this because they have an unusually flexible backbone and no functional clavicle (collarbone). The tail seems to help, but cats without a tail also have this ability, since a cat mostly turns by moving its legs and twisting its spine in a certain sequence. ( Ref. Wikipedia)

Due to this reflex, cats can land on all four paws, making them survive very high falls. Scientists even believe that they have more chances of surviving falling from higher places than lower places because they have more time to fix their bodies during the fall to prepare for impact properly.

Cats also have an extra flexible spine that makes it possible for them to move their bodies really fast and in the most uncommon positions. Do cats really have 9 lives? Or they have incredible bodies that enable them to survive. Nature did an outstanding job with cats.

  • Do cats know not to jump off balconies?

Cats have very acute senses, and they know that they should not jump from a balcony if it is too high. However, accidents can happen; in fact, it has happened for cats or kittens to fall from a balcony and die, even though we know cats have incredible abilities in falling on their paws.

Sometimes if they are on a balcony and get scared, they may accidentally fall, or they can sleep suddenly they may land badly. You also do not know what is under a balcony that can hit them or what is on the floor to hurt them. It is always better not to leave it to the cat to decide.

I put fences on my balcony so that I am sure they can’t fall. I believe it is more for my sense of security than my cats’ lack of intelligence. But you never know what can happen, so I rather do it.

  • Is it safe for cats to go on balconies?

Normally there is no danger of a cat going to a balcony. Cats know where they are and that they are not supposed to fall. But you never know, better to put fences and make sure that they do not fall by accident. My cats love to be on the balcony. They can get some sun, some air, look at passing cars, they spend their time watching things. Cats may like to be a bit outside if they are inside all the time, make sure they are protected, and let them out.


Do cats really have 9 lives? What do you think? Cats are really incredible pets. You will never be bored again with those little fur ball around the house, they can get in trouble in so many ways, and they also get out of it.

I would say that cats, in a way, have nine lives and even some more, but I let you decide how many lives your cat has. If you have more questions or want to add anything, leave it in the comments below.


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