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Can Cats Swim?

June 17, 2021 by The Spot Pack
Cat on swimming pool ladder

As temperatures continue to rise, the idea of taking a refreshing dip in a pool becomes more and more appealing.

Many of us enjoy taking our furry companions with us for fun, but this begs the question - can cats swim?

Can Cats Swim?

There are many stereotypes about cats hating water. However, some cats actually enjoy swimming! Wild cats like tigers are even known for taking a cooling dip in the water.

When it comes to domestic cats, many are not fond of water but can swim if necessary. Certain cat breeds may actually enjoy swimming with you or maybe receptive to learning how to swim. (1)

Cat breeds that may be particularly fond of swimming:

● Maine Coon
● Japanese Bobtail
● American Bobtail
● Bengal
● Savannah
● Manx
● Norwegian Forest Cat
● Abyssinian
● Manx
● Turkish Van
● Turkish Angora

Many of these cat breeds have coats that repel water or other genetic features that give them an advantage over other cat breeds when it comes to swimming. (2)

Regardless of your cat and their comfort with water, you should always monitor them closely while they are in or near water.

Cat Pool Safety

If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, it’s vital that you make sure your cat is safe around your pool.

Even if your cat is an indoor-only cat, an unfortunate escape could lead to them falling into the pool.

Here are some of our top tips for cat water safety:

● Always supervise your cat when they are around or near water. Just like children, you should never assume that they will be fine, even for a minute.
● Teach your cat to swim if possible. Slowly introducing them to the water and reassuring them during the experience can create a positive association with swimming.
● Put up a fence to keep your pets from entering the pool.
● Thoroughly dry your cat off after a dip in the pool - especially their ears, which can harbor bacteria, resulting in a painful ear infection. (2)
● Put your cat into a life vest if you are teaching them to swim.

Accidents still happen, even with the best of intentions. So protect yourself and your cat when you sign up for a cat insurance plan to help with unexpected veterinary costs.

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