High-rise syndrome

High-rise syndrome is a term used to describe the injuries that cats sustain when they fall from a high place. It is most commonly seen in cats that fall from buildings, but it can also occur in cats that fall from trees or other elevated surfaces.

The severity of the injuries sustained in a high-rise fall can vary depending on the height of the fall and the surface that the cat lands on. In general, the higher the fall, the more severe the injuries are likely to be. Cats that fall from high places are at risk of suffering a variety of injuries, including:

  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Shock
  • Death

In some cases, cats that fall from high places may appear to be unharmed at first. However, it is important to take them to the veterinarian immediately, even if they do not appear to be injured. This is because some injuries, such as internal bleeding, may not be immediately apparent.

There are a number of things that can be done to prevent high-rise syndrome in cats. These include:

  • Keeping windows and doors closed when you are not home.
  • Installing screens on windows and doors that are open.
  • Making sure that balconies and other elevated surfaces are secure.
  • Supervising your cat when they are near windows or other elevated surfaces.

If you do have a cat that falls from a high place, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. With prompt treatment, most cats that suffer from high-rise syndrome will make a full recovery.