I know Jumping and climbing are instinctive behaviors for cats. But for two days now, my cat haven't been jumping at all. I had tried so many things to make him jump, but he wouldn't. I really don't wan to think my cat is sick. Please what can I do if my cat is not jumping anymore?

May 15, 2020 12:10 PM
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Hi, Kristin

Jumping requires strength in a cat’s hind legs. There are numerous causes for feline lameness, and they are not always obvious. Your cat could be arthritic. It may have a leg or spinal injury. It could be struggling with balance, or to generate enough power to leap. Alternatively, the cat may instinctively go to jump then change its mind. I think this will often be linked to psychological factors.

May 15, 2020 12:12 PM

Before you do anything, you must know all senior cats move less, but a sudden change in demeanor is serious. I will advice you look for other variances in behavior. This will help you assess if your cat is winding down or has a medical concern that requires treatment. Then you can take it up from there.

May 15, 2020 12:16 PM


Any significant change in feline behavior should be investigated. This includes no longer jumping. Most cats love to leap to and from heights. If your cat is unable to do so, there will be a reason why. An arthritic cat will struggle with most physical activities. Even walking can result in limping. Do not wait for your cat tell you that it is in pain. This may never happen. Cats prefer not to reveal perceived weakness.

May 15, 2020 12:18 PM

Maybe your cat is suffering from excessive weight. Sometimes, a cat’s inability to jump is a simple matter of logistics. If your cat is carrying excess weight, it will not be aerodynamic enough to jump.The ideal weight for a cat depends on the breed. As a rule, you should be able to feel your cat’s ribs with only a minimum of fat. You should not see any rolls in the stomach.

May 15, 2020 12:22 PM

Broken or fractured bones are a common explanation for cats failing to jump. If your cat is particularly stoic, it may not let on that it was injured. If the bone is not physically protruding, it can be difficult to assess a break or fracture. X-rays may be required. If you suspect that your cat has been involved in an accident, have it checked out. It’s true that cats can self-heal fractures through purring. The vibrations created by this activity promote healing. The bone can regrow misshapen, though. However, you should still do a real check up for your cat.

May 15, 2020 12:27 PM