This cartoon by Gerald Scarfe in The Sunday Times associates the cat's innate ability to orient itself as it falls in order to land on its feet (the so-called cat righting reflex) with the idiom "to land on one's feet". And there's a reference to two types of cat: the furry animal with sharp claws and a long tail often kept as a pet, and the "fat cats" (overpaid bankers and financiers earning huge bonuses).
When a someone escapes misfortune or survives an unpleasant situation, we say they land on their feet. • Rick was born lucky. No matter what he does wrong he always seems to land on his feet. Despite being blamed for the global financial crisis, fat cat bankers can once again look forward to receiving big bonus payments. Finance ministers from both rich and developing countries at the London G20 meeting failed to agree a controversial French-German plan to impose a cap on the amount financial sector workers can receive in bonus payments in future. Full story >>
Morten Morland had a similar cartoon in The Times a couple of weeks ago.