How Fast Can a House Cat Run?


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House cats can run at top speeds of around 30 miles per hour. This is a comparable maximum running speed to those of white tail deer, warthogs and grizzly bears. It is also the top speed achieved by track star Usain Bolt.

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The house cat's top speed is less than half that of a cheetah, which runs 70 miles per hour, but only 14 miles per hour behind that of a horse. Cats only tend to run at such speeds when they have to, however, either to escape a threat or to catch prey. While cats need exercise, it is therefore unnecessary to let them run for extended periods outside.

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