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Old 03-24-2016, 12:53 PM
Horatius Horatius is offline
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Ottawa, ON
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Originally Posted by Flyer View Post
It's ALWAYS harder to climb back down than to climb up. You've evidently never done any tree or rock climbing, or you would know that.

For one thing, on the way back down, your eyes are much farther away from the initial points of contact, so it's harder to judge distances. This is true for cats as well as humans. It seems that you've never really paid close attention to your cats.

Another point with cats is, their claws curve backwards, which makes for great purchase going up, but is exactly wrong for going down. Going down either head or tail first, they either actively resist the direction of travel, or are much less secure.