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Weird stance

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Savannah Super Cat
#1
When simba stands he keeps his heels together. Always has. He runs and jumps just fine.
It's hard to get a picture because when I grab the phone he turns.
Got a quick one today. Is this normal?

 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#3
One of mine stands like that too. I read on one site years ago (can't remember which breeder) that this is common due to their long legs. My other two don't stand that way, one of whom has way longer legs than the cat with the funny stance. Anyway, it hasn't hampered him in any way and he has no abnormalities in leg or joint structure.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#4
It can happen in long-legged cats. Generally speaking, in the cat world we don't want "cow-hocked" cats, but it has been noted in Savannahs that with the long back legs sometimes it appears to be like that but isn't a true fault in most cases :)
 
#6
Xumi does this, too. It's because their hind legs are longer than the front ones. Sometimes it also gives the appearence of swaying when she's slowly walking. When I first noticed this, I said "Hey, you're waddling!" She just looked at me, like "I do NOT waddle! That is merely a cyclic displacement of mass normal to the vector of direction of travel!"
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#7
When simba stands he keeps his heels together. Always has. He runs and jumps just fine.
It's hard to get a picture because when I grab the phone he turns.
Got a quick one today. Is this normal?
This is called cow hocking and is a structural defect. It usually doesn't cause any issues with the cat. Here is a pretty detailed presentation on cow hocking:
http://ragdollworldonline.com/cowhockarticle.pdf
 

Per Lausund

Moderator
Staff member
#9
Many of ours are the same, I guess it´s because they have to place their long legs somehow, and too much bend in the ankle is not optimal. They´re not cow-hocked, it´s quite normal.
 

Medesha

Savannah Super Cat
#10
Yeah, I didn't like the way that PDF made it sound- unless they're show kitties, it doesn't sound that such a big deal. The PDF made it sound the kittens were part crippled or something!