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Cats are known to survive close calls and falls. They have highly developed inner ears that give them exceptional balance, allowing them to adjust their fall so that they land on all four paws. They also have finely-honed reflexes that allow them to narrowly avoid severe or fatal injuries in any number of dangerous situations, such as collisions, collapses, and fires.

Some people believe in the superstition that cats have nine lives because cats may survive falls from high places with few, if any injuries. This gives the appearance that some cats return to life after sustaining a fatal accident. Granted, they may sustain minor injuries, such as bloody noses, cracked teeth, or a few broken ribs, but they live to recover.

The ability of the cat to survive these accidents that would kill humans or other animals is not due to multiple lives, but to several advantages they possess. Their small size and low body weight soften the impact as they make contact with the ground after falling from great heights.

One Possible Origin for the Expression

"One theory on the origin of this expression is that in ancient times nine was a lucky number because it is the Trinity of Trinities. As cats seem able to escape injury time and time again, this lucky number seemed suited to the cat. While in most countries the cat is said to have nine lives, in Arab and Turkish proverbs poor puss has a mere seven lucky lives; in Russia, a cat is said to survive nine deaths."

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Some people believe in the superstition that cats have nine lives, because cats can survive falls from high places with few, if any injuries. This gives the appearance that the cats return to life after sustaining a fatal accidents. Granted, they may sustain minor injuries, such as bloody noses, cracked teeth, or a few broken ribs, but they live to recover.

The ability of the cat to survive these accidents that would kill humans or other animals is not due to multiple lives, but to several advantages they possess. Their small size and low body weight soften the impact as they make contact with the ground after falling from great heights.

A shorter way of saying this is just because they can land very easily and don't get hurt very badly when they land from a very big fall.

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no one knows its a myth

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