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Cats can run about nearly 30mph. Their stamina, though, is for short distances. Why can't they run longer?

Can cats be trained to run longer distances like dogs? For instance, could their resistance improve by stair case training (running many times up and down the stairs)?

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    $\begingroup$ Amounts of fast twitch vs slow twitch muscles could be factor, cats are specialized as ambush predators so should have a lot of fast twitch. $\endgroup$ – John Jan 20 '18 at 5:29
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Cats, both domestic and wild are, for the most part, ambush predators that catch their prey with bursts of speed. Lions and cheetahs do run down their prey, but not over long distances. Wolves chase their prey over long distances, sometimes for hours. This is a classic case of trade-offs. Humans have modified the behavior of domestic cats and dogs, but both still rely on the characteristics of their ancestors. You can build cat muscles with exercise, but you can't make them "dogs".

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Given the diversity of cats and dogs, it is hard to generalize about the distances that cats and dogs can cover.

This question would be hard to answer even for dogs and cats of similar size, as there would be many confounding effects, such as the size of the legs, the size of the lungs, the basic metabolic rate and the motivation.

Training your cat could indeed allow it to run longer distances as its muscles develop and its amount of erythrocytes increases, but I wouldn't recommend pushing an animal too hard as it could result in exhaustion or death.

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  • $\begingroup$ So train on the stairs could help then. I tried it out with treats my cat did 10x on 14steps that’s about 140steps he ran then he gotten tired so if he can run 2x as munch in month his stamina will grown higher and build muccel $\endgroup$ – Gian Jan 20 '18 at 23:42

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