Read the report from KARE-11 in Minneapolis here.
Brennan the seven-month-old kitten fell an astonishing 13 stories from a Minneapolis high-rise — and lived. Dr. Andrew Jackson, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, treated Brennan at BluePearl and afterward said the kitten was recuperating nicely.
As BluePearl veterinarians explained to local media, it’s not the first time cats have survived such incredible falls. In fact, it happens frequently enough in urban settings that veterinarians have a term for the phenomenon – “high-rise syndrome.”
Brennan is actually lucky that he fell from such a great height. Studies show that cats suffer more severe injuries from falls between the second and seventh floor than from falls above seven stories. That’s because when they stop accelerating, cats no longer sense they are falling and relax, which allows them to better absorb the impact.