According to Purina UK the average domesticated cat can run speeds of 30 mph If you have cats do you believe you ve seen them run through your house this fast and if so do you find it impossible to stop them

Thank you, Mary Scott, for your RTA: According to Purina UK, the average domesticated cat can run speeds of 30 mph. If you have cats, do you believe you’ve seen them run through your house this fast and if so, do you find it impossible to stop them?

Honestly I never timed Velvet when she ran like the wind through the house nor have I clocked Peach, who is still pretty young, but a speed of 30 mph. would not surprise me. He can run from our kitchen through the living room, down the hall and into the bedroom, then back again, down the stairs, high jump the bottled water area that has other stuff on it, and make it to the other end of the basement … each run totalling about 60 feet … total time about 6 seconds. He’s practically a blur flying by.

Is it impossible to stop him? Yes, unless I’d be cruel enough to throw an obstacle in his path or calculate mt timing just right to make a flying tackle.

It should, however, be noted that cats can hit these almost obscene speeds only on sprints and that the speed cannot be maintained over a long distance. Evolution has given the cat an athletic body and tremendous speed to allow it to reach safety while escaping from a predator. Once safe it no longer needs to turn on the afterburners.

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I have seen a house cat put on the afterburners twice. Usually they run just fast enough( like to evade their owners,maybe 20 mph), running through a house they have to control their speed to avoid injury. My in house speed guess would be 10 mph at the max. They put cameras on cats, I think it’s time they put a speedometer on some! It was my persian, Sardi, who showed me what the top speed of a cat looks like.

One morning, a skunk family, mom followed by three half grown babies, passed by, all in a line, and late going to their den. Sardi began to follow them, and got close enough to sniff the tail of the last baby. As soon as she did ,the mama skunk spun around and charged her. Sardi ran, at that speed that usually works, but mama skunk was serious, and closing fast. Sardi put on a burst of speed that was truly astounding, and disappeared into our garden. I had NO idea skunks could move that fast, and neither did Sardi. I believe what I saw that morning was the house cat top speed- really different from “play” speed, even if the play is outdoors. It is almost like a secret weapon, or a super hero ability.

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I have read that the average house cat can run short distances at about 20 to 25 mph, and that certain breeds like the Egyptian Mau can reach speeds of 30 mph.

At any rate that’s faster than a person can run.

Yes, I have seen my cats dash by. Sometimes the younger ones will even chase each other and I can’t stand when they do that because that’s when they are most likely to knock things over.

I believe such racing around behavior is called having the “zoomies.”

After they fly by once I shout “No” or “Stop it,” but if they don’t I separate them so that they will calm down.

If I am in the same room and in their path they will race right over me, they are really not looking where they are going, so there is a chance I get accidentally scratched by a hind nail as they go past.

It is not as if they have the length of a football field to run in! Cats, like children, should not run around in the house.

One day I went into the isolation room, about nine feet on a side, to put the lovely blue-cream feral Yolanda into the carrier that had been her feeding location for a while. She pierced the fingertip of one heavy glove when I tried to pick her up.

I stood quickly, reflexively, and Yolanda kept her fangs locked. My hands were at shoulder level when she decided to go for my face.

A video would have been hilarious. My gloves were her high speed treadmill for six or ten swats, then she launched at the nearest wall and ran around the room, three laps, descending a foot or so on each orbit.

There were full drapes on the next wall. Her sprint knocked them off the brackets. They hadn’t finished falling before Yolanda ran across them again.

I had no way to clock her, but 30 MPH might have been an underestimation.

I’m not sure about speed but I have a funny. We lived in a apartment next to a designated greenery. Our cat love to start in the bedroom look out the window at the woods. she would apparently see something interesting and moving. Our apartment was wall-to-wall carpeting. As fast as she could she would run from the back bedroom all the way into the living room and the funny part was when making the corners you could hear her claws dig into the carpet in order to get maximum traction while turning. then she would run up to the sliding glass door and look out at whatever it was. she did this several times a day and it was always fun to watch. it wasn’t necessarily breaking speed limits but the digging in of the claws around the 90 degree corners that was something that was worth watching.

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I think Purina is wrong on that. I firmly believe that they can 40 mph with no problem and even hit 50 on occasion. The cats that Purina tested probably realized they were being observed and refused to fully cooperate.

There for a time our cats would have a race I call “The Catnip 500” All at once every one of them would be racing after one another. Watching them was sort of like watching one of those trackside cameras at a NASCAR race. Zoom, zoom, zoom as the cars went by.

I just realized something. They pretty much stopped doing that after we adopted our dachshund. It went on for awhile and then just stopped.

I have to admit I rather miss that, but not too much, they’s sometimes use the race as an excuse to knock something over.

Missy displays three speeds — saunter, run, and zoom. She sometimes zooms the length of the house repeatedly, I think just because it feels good to stretch out and go. I wouldn’t try to stop her, as it would probably result in injury to one or both of us. I have never seen her in full panic afterburner mode, but I’m sure it would be quite a sight. Years back I used to watch Sparrow practicing escapes in the yard … she’d sit by the back door and suddenly dash over to a tree and climb 12 – 15 feet, then trot down the tree and go back to the door to do it again with a different tree. This was remarkable because she was 10 years old and had never shown any inclination toward athletic or adventurous endeavours.

I have never seen a cat of mine run this fast, just racing round more slowly when playing with a pet rabbit. We would sit with our legs stretched out with feet on the floor, the cat and the the rabbit would jump over them as if they were running a hurdles race, we would gradually raise our legs until the cat and rabbit ducked under our legs, then we would lower our legs until the pets would jump over them again. Suddenly one of them would jump and stare at the other then they would go the other way, I suspect that they were enjoying themselves too much to bother racing.

I have to say, I do not know exactly what speed it was, but I will tell you it was pretty darn fast, like lightning, like a speed demon. A couple of them did this, in fact it was amazing and fascinating too! No, at that point I would not want to stop them at whatever speed they were going. I can never really pinpoint the speed, that is a very good question. In fact I wish I did know, I would love to know or find out the exact speed. Now this is one question that will always keep me wondering.

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We have a long, mostly-Siamese black cat named J.C. I named her by taking the initials from her moniker “Jet Cat”. She is so fast and so slinky that it isn’t phenomenal when one of us sees her sitting by the window, turns around, and finds her on the other side of the room. I can’t swear that when she runs she becomes a blur, but I can’t swear that she doesn’t, either. She certainly seems blurry to me when she’s on the hoof.

My cats do charge about sometimes, and probably sometimes pretty fast. I’ve seen cats running from dogs in my life and they can certainly get a bit of speed up when they want to. One of my own cats once charged up the length of our front street at full pelt and built up the momentum to run half way up a tree at the end of the street before she fell off.

Our cats are strictly indoor cats, and while I’ve seen them race around the house at what looks like lightning speed, I doubt they are going 30 mph. We have a decent size home but no straight-aways like what would be needed to attain that speed. When they are racing around I make to attempt to stop them, other than maybe a stern ‘slow it down boys’.

I don’t know about 30 mph, but when we need to get the cats in their carriers they run like their rears are on fire! It pretty funny as my husband and I try to catch them!! Then we start laughing as they fly by. It’s probably pretty funny For the person on the outside looking in!!

Thanks for the A2A. I am not sure what their top speed is, but when my cats have the “zoomies,” they are quite fast, Nd near impossible to stop. Unfortunately, I am often in their path, which can get a bit painful. I serve as a launching site to get to the window.

Thanks for the A2A. I only ever stayed out of my cats way when they zoomed through my house. I wouldn’t be surprised if they reached speeds of 30 mph. They only reason that the cats might not reach those speeds indoors was the walls that blocked their way.

Wow I did not know they could run that fast! I have seen my cats sprint very quickly throughout the house.

The only time my cat runs at 30MPH is when he believes there is food involved. And I know enough not to try to get between him and his foodies.

Mine run pretty fast when I am trying to catch them for mani-pedis. Not sure if it’s that quickly, but they are definitely difficult to catch