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Can cats swim when necessary?


Cats are afraid of water, that's no secret. But what if you actually have to swim? For example, if you accidentally fall into the water. Read here to what extent velvet paws can make ends meet while swimming. Is a refreshing bath for cats with their swimming abilities possible at all? - shutterstock / Olga Lipatova

It is a legitimate concern if cat owners wonder if your pet can swim at all. After all, the room tigers are otherwise very reserved when it comes to water. So is there a natural ability in cats not to perish?

Under what conditions can cats swim?

The answer is clear: yes, a cat that is in full possession of its physical abilities can swim naturally. And pretty good at that. In this respect, it should not be a problem to stay on the surface in open water. In such a case, most of the velvet paws would orient themselves briefly and then swim in the direction of the shore, which is the quickest to reach. Nevertheless, a cat is by no means a lover of cool water.

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Why are cats afraid of water?

This question has not yet been clearly clarified. There are several theories that deal with the aversion of animals to water. These include:

● If a cat is temporarily immersed in water, its own smell will subside. Not a nice feeling for the animal, who then has to restore the usual smell by intensive cleaning and by glands on his head.

● The cat's fur soaks up in water while bathing. This makes the hair blanket significantly heavier - an unpleasant experience for the room tiger, who is otherwise so smooth and light on the go.

● Since the ancestors of the domestic cats come from the desert, swimming does not feel like a natural matter, purely for genetic reasons. So the animal automatically shrinks from it.

● If the cat's fur has got wet, the long drying process can easily lead to hypothermia. Accordingly, the velvet paw prefers to be careful not to get wet at all.

When can water be dangerous for your cat?

If a cat falls into a body of water whose edge is high, slippery or smooth, there is a great danger. In bathtubs or swimming pools, for example, there is a risk that the animal will not be able to get out of the water due to the conditions mentioned. Regardless of whether the cat is a good swimmer or not: at some point the strength weakens and she can drown. So it is best not to leave your protégé unattended near a full bathtub, a rain barrel or a pool. If necessary, secure areas that could be dangerous for your velvet paw.

Are there cats who particularly like to swim?

There are indeed cat breeds that are particularly fond of water: the Turkish Van, which originally comes from Lake Van in eastern Turkey, is the best example of this. But the Maine Coon is also said to have an unusual love of water. Nevertheless, in most cases it is more of a splashing action with the paws in the water instead of extensive swimming sessions that the animal makes of its own free will.

The cat Sasha in the video shows how well she can swim:

Not only domestic cats, also wild cats can swim. The tigers in the next video live in a zoo in Australia and feel fully in their element in the water: