I’ve noticed something recently about Steve’s mobility, specifically her upward mobility. I would love to get a video of her doing this, but it happens so spontaneously that I would have to be recording her doing something else and just happen to catch her doing it. My hope in this discovery is to give hope to owners of other rear leg amp cats. Cats are jumpers of crazy heights, both up and down. I remember being a bit nervous about Steve being able to get around to the heights that my other two cats are able to get to. In the past year, Steve and I have both figured some things out…Steve more than I.
Steve has become a rock climber of sorts. I intentionally leave Steve’s nails long so she can use them for grabbing and pulling in any capacity she needs. Well as it turned out, she needs! I’ve witnessed her jumping just enough to grab a window ledge, then pulling herself up the rest of the way using almost all upper body strength the way a rock climber would!! Yesterday, I saw an even better move (the move that would be nearly impossible to catch on video). She ran at the perch I have under the kitchen window. She placed one paw on the lower level of the perch, swung her body up to land on the next level, then grabbed the window ledge and landed in the window!
I try to have makeshift steps for all of the places Steve needs to get up into. It appears she doesn’t need them! Steve is parkouring and rock climbing her way around the apartment! She’s even figured out how to climb Yorrick’s crate to get up into the window it’s under!
To all of you who are new to this and worry about your cat being able to get around, I promise you that he or she will figure out a way!