There's this ledge above the closet in my office (it is a Design Feature, apparently). We've got cat shelves leading up to it so the cats can go up there when they want.
A few days ago, I was sitting at the computer when Nefer decides to jump from the ledge to the bookcase on the wall to right. It's about 4' away and probably a foot lower than the ledge, about 6' tall. This ought to be easily doable for her -- I've seen her jump 5' straight up -- but Nefer is a special snowflake when it comes to jumping because she is very cautious about the surfaces. She only jumps so that her front paws are on it, presumably so she can check out the surface before committing, and uses her hind paws to kick off the side of the cabinet, case, whatever, to go the rest of the way. In our previous house, we heard mysterious thumps in the middle of the night and eventually traced it to Nefer jumping on the main bathroom counter. The cabinet door was slightly open, so when she kicked off, it slammed with a loud thump.
Yeah. So she jumps to the bookcase, it's far slicker then she realizes so she can't kick off in time. She slides off and falls directly into the 2' tall trash can, which then tumps over and she runs like hell out of there.
I can laugh now, because she wasn't hurt other than her dignity and perhaps a little stiffness the next morning (we followed her around and made sure she wasn't limping, and petted her all over to see if there was any spot that make her cranky when we touched it. She was fine). She's even more cautious now--I saw her take a good long time to decide to jump on the edge of the bathtub and when she stands on her hind legs, she's taller than it!
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