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Cats Can Run Faster And Jump Higher Than Any Human

When you see your cat amble across the living room and settle into her third nap of the day, it may be hard to believe that she’s actually a super athlete who can run faster and jump higher than any human, should it be required of her.

And those moments when she does zip through the house, leap across furniture and spring from countertop to top of the bookshelf in just seconds? That’s a mere glimpse of the total athletic prowess she could exude if she had to. In fact, without as much as a stretch or practice lap, your cat could out-sprint the world’s fastest human runner.

At their very best, the world’s most talented, well-trained athletes can run at a speed of 27 mph. Your average healthy housecat, however—with zero training, conditioning or carb loading—can bolt at an amazing speed of about 30 mph.

So how do our four-legged friends so quickly leave us in the dust? It’s anatomy! Although four-legged animals rely on the same materials to run as humans do—bones, muscles, and tendons—what makes the difference in speed is not how many legs we have or how fast we can move our legs, but how much muscle force the legs can exert on the ground. And cats have very muscular legs. Plus they also have very flexible spines that arch and straighten as they run, giving them an enormous stride.

Their muscular legs also give cats an amazing ability to jump vertically. Your average housecat can achieve a vertical jump to a height of five feet or more—without running—which may be as much as seven times the cat’s height!



Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Q: How can I email or talk with the Purina Pet Care team?

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Q: How are Purina Cat Chow products different from other healthy pet foods?

A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
  • Ingredient Testing
  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

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Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Help! My cat has a health issue and I’m not sure what to do.

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat.