Domestic cats have traditionally been protected pets―unlike dogs, they have been encouraged to spend most of their time indoors, with the purpose of keeping the household rodent-free. Traditionally, humans preferred taking their dogs out on hunting trips, purposefully using them to retrieve their kill even from lakes and ponds. That being said, certain felines native to warmer regions of the world did not hesitate in taking an occasional dip to cool off as the mercury soared.
It is said that Maine Coons were indispensable on ships―they did a fine job of keeping them rodent-free. Also, they were known to be quite the water babies with their shaggy, waterproof coat helping them to stay afloat while paddling in shallow waters looking for fish.
Bengals are known for their love of water, and there are quite a few among them who even enjoy splashing about in a tub of warm water, along with some toys.
Bengal parents often share crazy anecdotes of how their pet loves to barge in while they’re showering, quite enjoying the sprinkling water falling on their body.
All cats, by nature tend to be curious, but the Abyssinian takes this to a whole new level as far as water is concerned. He will paddle his paws in his water bowl, and play for hours on end if you give him a drinking water fountain.
The Japanese bobtail is an island breed, and never hesitates to paddle his paws in an aquarium or a shallow pond, particularly looking for his next meal.
The American bobtail, pictured here, is also fond of dunking his toys in the water bowl as and when he wishes. In case of both breeds, their coats are water-resistant to some extent, so playing in water always seems like an enjoyable activity.
If this has got you worrying, then please don’t, because the Savannah isn’t wild in the remotest sense, but her adventurous nature does make her a bit hard to handle.
These cats are very fond of playing with water, and many Savannah owners say that getting a drinking water fountain was the best gift they could give their cat.
These cats were known to take a dip in the lake to escape the heat during the summer months, and retain their love for swimming. Their single-layered coat is water-resistant to a great degree.
But the similarity is that both these cats love to hunt fish in shallow ponds and pools, and are not afraid of swimming either.
Your Turkish Angora will be more than willing to take a dip in the children’s pool to cool off in the summer. If you don’t have one, even a bathtub will suffice.
Their luxurious coat is thick and water-resistant, insulating them from the cold climes of their native Norway. Plus, it also helps them to retain body heat if they decide to go for a swim or if they simply feel like fishing.