A Boston cat has survived a fall from a 19-storey building. Cats evolved to live in trees, so have adapted to survive falls and jumps from great heights. Because they are small and fairly light, they don’t fall as fast as a human, and they can twist their bodies so that they land on their feet. They spread out as much as they can before they land, which slows their fall, and their legs act as springs.

catBut even though they can survive, it’s still a risk, so if high windows are open, remember to put screens up.