SlimKitty Mythbuster | Cats Hate Water
It’s accepted conventional wisdom that cats hate water…but is that really true? Actually, the answer is NO. There are many cats taht actually love water as can be seen in this video.
So why the belief? Well domesticated cats have developed this aversion over time and probably as a result of our shielding them from the elements. But cats in the wild and several varieties of cats have no aversion. The Turkish Van loves water and frequently swims to cool off as do big cats. Yes the stay clear of waters that contain crocodiles or other predators, but frequently will swim to cool off.
If you have cats, you’ve probably seen their fascination with a water faucet – typically they delight in playing with the dripping water. If given the chance, they will also sit by a stream and ‘fish’ for their dinner.
Bathing a cat fearful of water can be an ordeal, but handle it slowly in incremental steps until they realize the water isn’t going to hurt them is the best method.
How about your cat – water lover or hater?