How High Can Cats Jump?

Some cats are impressive athletes, while others prefer a leisurely nap that takes up most of the day. But most cats have impressive jumping abilities, whether they choose to use them or not!

But there is a Guinness World Record for the longest cat jump, which is currently set at an incredible 7 feet (213.36 meters). The proud holder of this accolade is one Waffle the Warrior Cat from Big Sur, California.

Emma is a freelance writer, specializing in writing about pets, outdoor pursuits, and the environment.

What is the maximum height a cat can jump?

Although the average healthy cat is able to jump up to six times their height in one jump – this is around 8 foot or 2.4 metres ! Small, old or unwell cats, of course, will not be able to jump that high but for average-sized healthy cats 2.4 metres is achievable.

How high vertically can a cat jump?

Ok, a cat may not be able to match that, but let’s be fair – a cat is less than two feet tall! However, your average housecat can achieve a vertical jump to a height of five feet or more (without running), which may be as much as seven times her own height.

Are cats smart enough to not jump off a balcony?

Cats have good survival instincts and are extremely unlikely to jump from balconies consciously. However, cats can easily have accidental falls. They may lose their balance while walking on a balcony, be blown off by strong winds, or chase birds and miss their landing.

As your fluffy, well-pampered cat settles in a cushy spot for her third nap of the day, its hard to believe that shes a super athlete who can run faster, jump higher, and out-maneuver any of us, should it be required of her.

A cat has incredible agility, and in football or basketball, the average housecat could easily out-maneuver humans with her ability to make split-second starts and stops, change directions and leap over opponents.

There are many factors to consider when determining how high can a cat jump. A young athletic cat obviously can jump higher than a tiny kitten, an obese kitty or elderly cat with arthritis. Certain stocky or cobby breeds or those with short legs like munchkins wont reach heights of a limber Siamese. We have a baby gate to keep our Siamese Merlin from wandering off the porch. His leaping days are long over. There was a time in his youth when he easily jumped up to the top of refrigerator or a garden fence.

We know cats have nine lives but have you ever wondered just how high your cat can jump? Many factors go into the distance a cat can jump including age, weight, agility, and overall health. Plus, a smaller kitten might not be able to jump as high as an adult cat and some breeds of cats with shorter statures may not jump as high as other breeds.

For example, you may have caught your cat jumping what seems like a great abyss, say from couch to chair in your living room.

Is there a cat jumping world record?

There’s not actually an official world record for the highest cat jump, and we’re sensing a gap in the market here!But there is a Guinness World Record for the longest cat jump, which is currently set at an incredible 7 feet (213.36 meters). The proud holder of this accolade is one Waffle the Warrior Cat from Big Sur, California.

Admire Your Feline Athlete

As your fluffy, well-pampered cat settles in a cushy spot for her third nap of the day, it’s hard to believe that she’s a super athlete who can run faster, jump higher, and out-maneuver any of us, should it be required of her. Sure, you’ve seen her zip through the house, leap from one piece of furniture to another, spring up onto a countertop, or jump off a bookshelf – but that’s child’ play compared to what your cat could do, if she had to.

Humans vs. cats in running skills

It’s kind of humbling to think that your cat, a purring little fluff ball, without so much as a warm-up, could out-sprint the world’s fastest human runner. The fastest a human can run is about 27 mph, and that speed has been reached by only a scant few talented, well-trained athletes in top condition. Your average athlete may run up to 22 mph, and most of us ordinary folk would have trouble out-running an elephant, which can clip along at around 10 – 15 mph.

Humans vs. Cats on the High Jump

What about vertical jumps? The world record for the high jump for humans is 8.04 feet. And according to the Guinness Book of Records, a Chinese acrobat once made a vertical jump 8.07 feet through a hoop. Ok, a cat may not be able to match that, but let’s be fair – a cat is less than two feet tall! However, your average housecat can achieve a vertical jump to a height of five feet or more (without running), which may be as much as seven times her own height. We don’t know the height of the aforementioned human record holder high jumpers are, but if they were four feet tall, they’d be jumping to only twice their height!