Have you ever had a pet? If so, then you know that taking care of an animal can be a very chore. Pet owners must feed and exercise their animals every day. In addition, they often have to coax their pets into things they don’t like. If you’ve ever tried to bathe a cat, you know exactly what that means! Many cats will do anything to avoid contact with water.
Reasons for dislike of water
Experts have many answers to this question. Some say that domestic cats hate water because they have too little contact with it after birth as kittens. Many pet owners don’t bathe their cats as felines groom themselves.
In addition, many cats associate water with punishment. This is because many pet owners spray water on cats to stop them from doing things the owner doesn’t like. In this case, the water makes the cat think he did something wrong. No wonder they run out of the bath!
Another explanation has to do with evolution. Cats are considered “semi-domesticated”. This means that they still have some instincts from their wild ancestors. Cats don’t like surprises and like to be nimble if they need to avoid a threat. Wet fur can weigh down a cat, causing it to move more slowly. Cats may think that water puts them in danger, making them less dodgy and agile when needed.
Have you ever been caught in the rain without an umbrella? Was it a pleasant experience? While some may say yes, most people don’t like being caught off guard. When cats are sprayed with a hose or suddenly plunged into a bath, they feel the same way. A large photo selection with bathing cats is waiting for you in a separate publication.
But do all cats hate water?
No, of course not! In fact, some members of the cat family are very fond of water. This is especially true for large cats that live in hot climates. Tigers, jaguars and leopards are good swimmers. They often bathe to cool off on hot days.
Another big cat that is known for its love of water is the fishing cat. Animals living in the swampy regions of Asia have partially webbed feet that help them swim. Most of these cats live away from urban areas, but in recent years people have still met them in cities. An angler cat was found in an office complex preying on ornamental carps in a fountain.
No wonder some wild cats love water. But there are also domestic cats, which are also not against water. The Turkish Van breed has such an affinity for water that it is called the “floating cat”. It is also large in size and can weigh up to 6 kilograms. It is considered an excellent pet.
There are also lovers of swimming among Bengals, Maine Coons and Savannah cats. The Manx, American Bobtail and Japanese Bobtail are also fond of taking a dip from time to time. Thus, the statement “cats don’t like water” is only partially true. Many cats don’t like getting wet, but many don’t mind soaking in warm water.
How to teach a cat to water
Are you a cat owner? If so, fear not! There are many ways to teach a cat to love water, or at least not hate it. If your pet is a kitten, it is best to expose it to water early and often. The more your cat comes into contact with water, the less it will be afraid of it. You should also avoid using water as a punishment.
Interesting fact: cats are the second most common pets in the world, right after dogs. Obviously, their dislike of water does not make these pets less popular among people. In continuation, visit the feed with positive photos of cats, which will surely cheer you up.