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Believe it or not, cats LOVE swimming. No, seriously. We swear. Cats go swimming more often than you would suspect. We wanted to break the stereotype of cats being strictly land dwellers, so here are ten cats who are clearly loving life in the pool. Cats Instinctively Know How To Swim A lot of animals…
Cats go swimming more often than you would suspect. We wanted to break the stereotype of cats being strictly land dwellers, so here are ten cats who are clearly loving life in the pool.
A lot of animals have a primal instinct for how to behave in water, especially when they’re young.
When human babies are submerged in water, they automatically hold their breath, their heart rate slows, and circulation to their hands and feet decreases to stop them losing heat. All of us on land are descended from ancestors who lived in the sea millions and millions of years ago, so perhaps for some animals today the primal instinct for swimming has somehow been ingrained to behave similar in water.
If your cat lives indoors, they probably haven’t encountered much water.
Even if you have an indoor / outdoor cat, and a pool in your backyard, you may have kept them indoors for the first few months of their life. Also, because we assume our cats don’t like water, we keep them out of the way of the bath and the pool, etc.
Without experience being in water, cats can become extremely wary of it, which reaffirms our belief that they just don’t like it. Nope, that isn’t a desperate, deer-in-the-headlights look of existential dread. We don’t know what you’re talking about.
Well, there are a few factors at play here.
Firstly, being born knowing how to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s something that you’ll be good at it. Cat hunting behaviors are also innate for example, but some cats still manage to really stink at swimming.
Secondly, some cats might have been bred for certain characteristics – such as a less muscular physique or a particular type of coat – which can make it more difficult to swim – imagine swimming with a mink coat on.
Finally – and we all know how this one feels – if a cat has never had to go in water, they can simply lose their confidence and feel awkward and uncertain around water. Below is a video of a few cats that feel that way and some others that look as if they were born to be in the water.