Cats are Clumsy

Cats have a reputation for being very graceful but in reality, they can be quite clumsy. They are graceful under certain circumstances. For example, they can walk across a display full of porcelain collectibles and leave them all undisturbed. Yes, they are graceful walkers, but what about running and jumping?

Running, and especially jumping, is where they all turn into a cat version of Inspector Clouseau. I don’t know why, maybe nature didn’t prepare them for indoor living, but every time one of our cats jumps on something I hold my breath while I wait to see if something, or someone, falls over. All of our cats have fallen, knocked something over or slid into something but our most clumsy cat has to be Puck.

cat puck

Who? Me?

scratch from catOne example happened Friday morning. I was sitting at the computer when Puck jumped onto my lap, stepped onto the desk and then jumped to get on top of our laser printer. He missed, and grabbed onto whatever he could to keep from falling. That happened to be me. I supposed I could have backed away and saved myself but I hung in there to save my dear, little klutz.

I ended up with a large scratch on my arm, two scratches on my side and a puncture at the edge of my fingernail. In addition, he hurt an already sore shoulder and I spilled coffee on myself.

That was just one example. It seems whenever a wound from one clumsy cat indecent heals, I end up with another one.

We are not the only household with clumsy cats. Shortly after I started writing this post yesterday evening, I saved it to eat dinner and watch a movie with my wife. She did not know what I was writing about but relayed a story to me after the movie was over. She said her friend’s cat tried to jump on a cabinet and missed. He ended up breaking his femur and now she is faced with a $1500 vet bill.

Okay, it’s your turn. Tell me about your clumsy cats.


22 thoughts on “Cats are Clumsy

  1. randomfelines

    hope your friends cat recovers quickly.

    Ivy may be the least graceful cat here….mom thinks that Ivy just may have no concept of her own size. And it never fails in that last grasp to hang on, she tends to grab mom and then slide off…..

  2. Timmy Tomcat

    Oh no did you see our post about Rumpy falling on Dad from the cat walk. Anymeow it was almost 7 feet and the impact tore open Dads arm (he has thin skin in more than one way MOL) Dad yelled at Rumpy and then saw how he was just crouched on the desk scared and maybe with the wind knocked out. They both bonded and soon was alright except Dads arm that is still healing up.
    Now me… never a fall slip or anything. Rumpy has the whole families stumble on him MOL
    PS Yarrrrr
    Terrible Tim and his Fearless Family

  3. Crystal Stewart

    Good Article. My cat, Daisy Mae who is 10 now used to get into all kinds of trouble and Dad would rescue her. One such time she got into a hole in the wall and couldn’t get turned around. Every now and then she tries to get on the window sills with all kinds of figurines. She’s even gotten into a place where dad keeps his golf stuff.

  4. elizabetcetera

    Well … I wouldn’t exactly call it clumsy, but sometimes my cats slip and slide on our wood floors due to their furriness. It’s like wearing socks on tile or slippery floors all the time. Poor fellas! They end up crashing into things or over (or under) estimating jumps.

    Cats are truly physically incredible though despite their “mishaps”. ❤

  5. Summer

    There are MICE living in the ceiling above my human’s bathroom! The only way to check them out is to climb on top of the shower glass. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen (because my human might be horrified if she knew – she only knows about two of them)!


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