Asked: 11.02.11 00:152011-02-11T00:15:57+03:00 2011-02-11T00:15:57+03:00 Why are cats afraid of water? Why do most cats fear/hate getting wet? Are there any biological, psychological or behavioral explanations for this? Animal Behavior Animals Cat Behavior Cat Psychology Cats (domestic) Pets 31 Answers 2017-05-11T07:50:18+03:00 Added an answer on 11.05.17 07:50 Most wild animals, particularly water-loving animals like otters and beavers, have short, fine underfur that makes a good insulator when dry but isn’t very good at keeping an even temperature when wet. So they have thick, guardhairs that are many times as long as the underfur. The long guardhairs are often slightly oily and designed so that when in the water they stick together and hold in bubbles of air that keep the underfur dry which preserves their insulating qualities. Domestic cats have that soft, fine underfur but their guardhairs aren’t nearly as long, maybe only half again as long as the underfur, and their guardhairs are still fairly fine, and not oily so they don’t keep the underfur dray nearly as well. That means that unlike the beavers and otters, when a housecat gets wet, it gets wet all the way to the skin and then it gets very cold because it starts losing heat through the wet fur. Think of it like being locked outside on a cold snowy day without any clothes on. When a domestic cats does get wet, as soon as it finds a spot that’s protected from the rain it starts licking its fur like crazy to dry itself off because that’s the only way it can warm up again. That’s a lot of work and they’re very uncomfortable until the job is finished so they’d much prefer not to have to do it at all. Incidentally, it’s because of the thick, shiny guardhairs that otter and beaver pelts were trapped, because it was fashionable to have hats made out of them and coats made out of them would keep the wearer warm just like it did the animals themselves. 2018-06-02T07:55:22+03:00 Added an answer on 02.06.18 07:55 No, not usually. But it depends on the cat. When I was in Jr. High, we had a cat who would curl up in the sink, in the main bathroom, and let the water (the faucet needed a new washer) rise to almost his neck. Then he would get out and let it drain and do it again. As a young mother, we had a cat that loved water. When I would take a bath, I had to make sure that the door was firmly closed because he would get up on the edge of the tub, watch the water for a bit, dip a paw in and then get into the bath with me. What made it worse was that he was a long haired Persian. Hair everywhere. This same cat would lay on top of the aquarium and watch the fish. Just watch them. I admit that they were fascinating to watch (black mollys and redtail swords) but I had never seen a cat that didn’t at least try to touch them. But this cat didn’t. I think that most cats are not introduced to the water as kittens. If you want your cat to be at least comfortable with water, start by gently bathing them as kittens. DON’T use baby shampoo! Get a wash specially for kittens. And use warm, not hot or cold, water. 2011-02-11T07:38:46+03:00 Added an answer on 11.02.11 07:38 Not all cats are afraid of water. For example, the Turkish Van can be quite an adept swimmer. In the wild, tigers swim and frolic in the water. There is even a pride of swimming lions that have been documented in Africa. A great many cats are enormously curious about water and have been observed drinking from faucets. Cats can be bathed and even learn to tolerate the experience. 2017-11-22T00:44:04+03:00 Added an answer on 22.11.17 00:44 House cats can be taught to love taking baths, but it is a process. Some house cats actually like taking baths. We had a cat many years ago who would purposely go under a diesel oil barrel and get the stuff all over herself, knowing that we would bathe her. She would go out of her way to do it, if she hadn’t been given a bath in a few weeks. If she’d been bathed, she would avoid the oil barrel for a couple of weeks. Many wild cats apparently love water, too. Cougars and tigers will sometimes go for a swim for no other apparent reason than enjoying the swim. Some wild cats will also actively try to catch fish and sometimes they are successful, usually getting quite wet in the process. All that said, some house cats might be afraid of water, but if they are, it is probably because of traumatic events they’ve gone through. That could be getting trapped in water they had a hard time getting out of or being caught in a heavy downpour without any shelter or something like that. For similar reasons, some humans have a fear of water (aquaphobia). 2016-10-15T23:42:20+03:00 Added an answer on 15.10.16 23:42 Cats have deep ear canals. (Here’s a human ear for comparison) Remember that the cat is a lot smaller than a human so while the ear itself is large, the inside is pretty tiny. Also you can see the angle. Why is this important? If moisture gets trapped in the ear it’s hard to get out, which can lead to infection. It’s why you see all cats position themselves to avoid getting the inside of their ears wet. Even Turkish Vans (We have several of them) who will sit in the rain are careful to avoid getting water inside their ears. It’s why ear mites are common in stray cats. Whatever gets inside the ear won’t easily come out. The other reason is that most cats have an undercoat: The undercoat has no protection against moisture. If it gets wet it gets soaked and holds the water close to the skin like a wet tee shirt. This is dangerous for cats in colder weather because if it gets soaked they will be in danger of hypothermia and can die quickly. Turkish Vans have oily fur and no undercoat so that their skin doesn’t get soaked in the rain and if they go in the water their fur will shed the water quickly and with a good shake, kind of like a dog. Edit: I’ve been asked to share some Turkish Van cat pictures: Here you go: Germanicus A temporary boarder who now has a new permanent home and Celia in the background. We have more of them, but this is enough. 2018-02-15T17:16:02+03:00 Added an answer on 15.02.18 17:16 My Turkish Van adores water… She needs water. When we first got her at age 8 I noticed crazy sounds from the bathroom… She had opened the always closed toilet and was sitting in the water playing. [yeah, yuck! ] When I hauled her into the filled tub to scrub her down she had the time of her life. After that I always make sure she has a large bucket or child's kiddie pool to play in. We change the water at least once a day. It helps that her fur dries in under 30 minutes. My personal theory is that cats of European descent have a genetic memory of being drowned during the periods of witch hunts. The Turkish Cats… Angora and Van, of which I have had both, seem to have no irrational fear water. 2012-09-08T06:40:00+04:00 Added an answer on 08.09.12 06:40 Cats are diverse and some handle water well, including the Turkish Van and Maine Coon, but most of our cats' heredity comes from desert cats in Northern Africa, well-adapted to temperatures between 10 and 50 Celsius as long as it's dry, but not well-equipped to handle rain or snow. On average, stocky, genetically European cats tend to handle water better. By the way, under normal circumstances you will never need to give a cat a bath. Their saliva is sufficient to clean them. 2017-11-21T20:01:28+03:00 Added an answer on 21.11.17 20:01 They are not “afraid” of water. They are very particular what kind of condition their fur should be in. Most cats need clean dry fur to maintain an optimal body temperature. When you add water - especially dirty water found in puddles and streams, that will ruin the cat’s protective coat. The oils needed to keep the fur health are also being washed away (which is also why you need a special cat shampoo if a cat comes home muddy). That being said, there are cats who do not mind (or more accurately, not as annoyed) being wet and certain breeds capable of withstanding getting wet such as the Turkish Van. 2016-10-09T03:15:52+03:00 Added an answer on 09.10.16 03:15 Cats that dislike water are not afraid of it—well other than cats that are pitched into bodies of water to swim—they dislike how it feels. Cats don’t have coats with waterproof guard-hairs, and water completely soaks their fur. Some have no problem with this, some like it, some hate it. Some cats even like to swim. Turkish Van cats are actually known for enjoying a good swim. Merlin is a Turkish Van. 2016-10-10T22:11:04+03:00 Added an answer on 10.10.16 22:11 Thanks for the A2A. Since cats drink water, they obviously aren’t afraid of water. They just don’t like being forced into situations like being held to get a bath. They also don’t like being held down when they are at the vets office getting their vaccinations. Imagine how you would feel if someone had a grip on you and started doing things to you that you didn’t understand. You would struggle to get away also. If a cat received baths on a regular basis they would begin to hate them less. Some people actually start bathing them as kittens so they actually learn that baths are a normal part of their grooming routine. Pets enjoy a massage so that may be part of the reason why some cats and dogs actually enjoy a bath. I have never bathed my cats on a regular basis so they never got used to baths. I only bathed them if they got into something or had something in their coat that I couldn’t clean with a washcloth. They didn’t like it but since they trusted me, they didn’t go into attack mode trying to get away. They just ran out of the bathroom as soon as they could and proceeded to calmly groom themselves out of my reach. My current cat hates baths but doesn’t mind being in the backyard when it is raining. Please note, I don’t recommend letting a cat outdoors. I have a unique blend of personalities in my pets. My cat only goes in and out with the dogs. My German Shepherd and Blue Heeler keep my cat in sight. I actually saw my cat teach the German Shepherd to catch mice. They took turns playing with it. My Blue Heeler is the guardian of everyone in the household. On the rare occasions the cat leaves the backyard, the Blue Heeler digs out and follows her. I believe that my cat learned from the dogs that rain doesn’t bother them so she doesn’t let it bother her. However, at the first hint of thunder, they all come quickly inside. 2018-09-11T19:01:24+03:00 Added an answer on 11.09.18 19:01 It depends on the cat and how they are brought up. Some breeds are willing to get wet. Like the Turkish Van. As well as Maine Coons. If you are gentle with the cat and reward them after the baths. They will get used to the idea of having baths and look forward to them. Most housecats have the aversion due to us sheltering them from the elements. This is not to say that they are not fascinated with water. Some still might play with it. This is also true for both wild and housecats. Be they love being in water or not. They prefer being able to smell their own scent. And being in water tends to remove temporarily that scent. And marking their ‘territory’ needs them to have that scent present. And not just in their urine. The oils that their skin produces is needed. 2016-10-09T17:06:50+03:00 Added an answer on 09.10.16 17:06 Asked to Answer. Nah. Well, at least not any cat I’ve ever known. I mean, sure, not all of them are huge fans of water, but most of my cats enjoy playing with, and sometimes in, the water. The second cat I adopted after getting my first apartment, Spenser, was a big ol’ barn cat who would play with his water bowl, flicking water everywhere. I got annoyed one day and, in a fit of pique, took him into the shower with me and thoroughly hosed him down. He loved it. I had created a monster. For years, he would jump into the shower with me and either try and get wet, or at the very least drink from the faucet: The above image is from our house in CT, back in 2001. The below image is from our house in ME, in 2003 He also liked to stand in bathtubs, and do the same thing - this is from 2009, also in ME: So, yeah, he had absolutely zero problem with water. In fact (and this is a little embarrassing, but since he’s no longer with us, I don’t think he will care much), my wife had to give him a bath back in 1999 or so because he had gotten into something messy, and he enjoyed the warm water so much that he, ahem, got aroused. So, yeah. My other cats weren’t quite as into water as this guy, but our current “twins” Smokey and Max hang out by the shower every day, and when I get out, they either hop into the shower and just hang out, or they lick the water off of my ankles when I come out. Cats are aliens, I tell ya. We also have a ceramic water fountain, which Sam and Smokey love. Smokey will stick his head in the fountain and sometimes bat at the water. Don’t have any pics of that, unfortunately, nor do I have any pics of them and with the shower (for obvious reasons), but suffice it to say that there is absolutely no fear of water from these guys. Now, my cats are all freaks (like father, like cat), so don’t take my cats for the norm. And I am guessing that there are some cats who are absolutely terrified of water. However, cats are excellent swimmers, so if they absolutely need to deal with water for some reason, I think they could overcome their fear if necessary. 2016-10-09T10:15:00+03:00 Added an answer on 09.10.16 10:15 Nope. In fact, a lot of cats like to play with water. The number of times people have asked me what to do about their cat’s fascination with toppling water bowls, drinking out of their bedside water glass, playing in the bathtub, etc. is too numerous for me to even put a number on. Our little guy (Stiles, 20 months old) likes to knock over any container of fluid that he can. We have water fountains in every room so he can’t knock them over. We give him play time in the bath tub where he can perform his experiments in fluid dynamics to his little heart’s content. He used to do it every day. Now he asks to play about every 2 or 3 days, and the play sessions last about 20–30 minutes each. Our Norwegian Forest Cat likes to dip her huge furry paw in the water and lick it off rather than drinking directly from the bowl. Maine Coons often do this as well. Some cats love water so much that they enjoy swimming. Breeds that tend to enjoy a dip in the pool, bath, or even hop in the shower with their humans include, but are not limited to: Abyssinian Manx Japanese Bobtail Turkish Angora Turkish Van Savannah Bengal American Bobtail 2018-04-22T20:41:50+03:00 Added an answer on 22.04.18 20:41 I have had a few Japanese Bobtail kittens and cats since 1989. These.are the “Lucky Cats” you see statuettes of in Asian restaurants; the ones with raised paw. They LOVE water, and have been called “the swimming cat”. They are also hypoallergenic, and very very intelligent. The important thing here is that some breeds of cat are more prone to liking water than others. Another note:. I foster kittens. They get messy at feeding time and at poopy time. I give them baths. They don't like it the first time because it is a different sensation, but after about the second one they associate baths with massage and feeding. They actually come to love it. If you bathe your kitten, it will grow into a cat that may like baths. It is like starting a kitten on leash training, crate training, riding in a car, etc. None of my cats are afraid of these things( nor the vacuum cleaner) because they were taught associating these things with good times. So, despite the myth, cats can like water. PS: Someone else posted a bunch of pictures of cats liking baths. The last photo shows a white and calico Mi'Ke Japanese Bobtail! 2013-06-10T00:26:00+04:00 Added an answer on 10.06.13 00:26 I have 2 cats, they both love sitting in the bath waiting for the tap to go on or they watch it fill with water or sit on the edge watching me bath trying to lick the water. The one isn't overly afraid of having baths herself, she doesn't like it but won't freak out however the other one can't get away fast enough. This picture says it all... 2019-05-29T16:57:50+03:00 Added an answer on 29.05.19 16:57 According to what I understand, cats are able to see in color. Although, when you have two objects of the same color they might see it as one object. i.e. a blue ball with a blue wall behind it. So anything transparent like cellophanes and water they cannot see? But, they can sense the water by the sounds it makes and they are also fascinated by it as well as scared. I had a cat who got a clear cellophane wrapper from a popsicle stuck to his tail. He could not see it but, when he moved his tail? He felt it there so he got scared and ran. The second time it happened he got more scared and ran in under the bed. (by this time he was freaked out like some invisible force kept creeping up behind him and tugging at his tail?) by this time he felt it on his tail under the bed he was so terrified he ran down the hallway screaming in terror. Poor thing he was running into the everything panicking so much I literally had to pin him down remove the cellophane wrapper from his tail and calm him down. I thought he would die of a heart attack, no joke. So it’s a creepy kind of scared they feel of water because they cannot see it. Cats generally don’t like getting all wet and they are meticulous at cleaning themselves and generally do not require bathing like dogs do. That’s the best answer I can give as a cat lover and owner. I hope it helps. 2019-03-22T19:17:35+03:00 Added an answer on 22.03.19 19:17 Cats are not afraid of water. But if your survival depended on having no scent in the thick fur covering your body, you would also avoid getting wet— you would avoid it like the very plague it could be equivalent to. So yes, even for domestic house cats, this is a biological, evolutionary reason for avoiding water. Cats in the wild are both prey and predators. As prey, they do not want to be tracked by scent. As predators, specifically, ambush predators, they can't have any scent on the wind that reveals their presence. If they get wet, well first, they have the smell of boggy water in their fur; second, wet fur is going to pick up dirt, leaves, anything it touches. That means a lot of extra grooming time, which will have to be repeated until the fur is dry, and they can only reach some parts of their body so well. If the cat doesn't get all of that scent out of the fur in time, it could mean missing a badly-needed meal or becoming one themselves. In short, scent is the main reason for avoiding water. There are also a few other considerations: Cats can swim but are not water animals. If they are attacked in the water, they are unable to defend themselves properly (it's hard to use those claws to full advantage when you need your legs to swim and you don't have a solid surface to brace yourself on). If the environment is cold, wet fur can be a death sentence. Ditto if the cat is already in poor health. With that said, there are some breeds of cat who love splashing around in water: tigers, for one of the big cats; and Bengals and Maine Coons for some of the domestic cats. Even within those breeds, there will be exceptions to the rule, and vice versa for other breeds of cats. But from an evolutionary standpoint, cats had a very good reason for avoiding water. 2016-01-29T10:18:18+03:00 Added an answer on 29.01.16 10:18 Cats are composed animals, rarely given to emotional outbursts. Get a cat wet, however, and you are likely to witness a total abandonment of any semblance of composure, with the feline going from docile to a windmill of claws, teeth, and flying fur. cat species native to hot areas seem to enjoy water, whereas cat species from cold areas aren't so fond of the wet stuff. Tigers, lions, jaguars, ocelots, and jaguarundi are all from hot savannas, and they enjoy taking dips in cool, refreshing streams and ponds whenever they get the chance. Many domestic cats don't seem to enjoy water sports. Of course, they may not experience the extreme heat of the African plains, so they have no great impulse to take a dip. Also, no cats enjoy water used against them in an antagonistic manner or getting water in their eyes or ears. Being sprayed or squirted with water isn't fun, nor is being forced into a bath. Cats much prefer to meet new situations on their own terms. Some house cats enjoy stepping into a shower or playing with a dripping faucet. The tolerance for water varies from cat to cat and may depend on the cat's previous experience. When people regularly enter their cats in cat shows, the cats must be bathed frequently, and those cats do get accustomed to the procedure. Show cats are often raised for the profession and get used to baths as kittens. 2016-10-28T02:01:08+03:00 Added an answer on 28.10.16 02:01 cats dont generally like “new things”, like most animals … especially once they’re adults. Ican empathize with thema bit , i tried hard to learn how to swim at 16 (yeah it was pretty late but i spent most of my life closed at home) the first thing i remember is how weird and “disturbing” was the water contact with me (it was generally cold in the pools) and the sensation of a lack of gravity and that water on your ears and eyes … . the difference between me and cats is that they can swim even if they never did it before, while i had to slowly learn and i am still a bad swimmer . now for cats there are more things that make their experience with water worse the noice they hear if you are cleaning in “shower-style” having their coat impregnated with water fir hours or having another traumatic experience with the dryer not understand what the hell is going on it s harder for a cat to “get away” with the water entered in the ears due to their structure. here are some suggestions on how to train your cat into “accepting water” How to Help Your Cat Enjoy Having a Bath 2015-04-23T10:52:12+03:00 Added an answer on 23.04.15 10:52 This article: Do cats really hate water? suggests that cats dislike water when they are not accustomed to it. It is an unfamiliar element. 1) Cats don't need to wash themselves in water because they groom themselves just fine. 2) A drop of unclean water in their ears can lead to a nasty ear infection. 3) Humans have sheltered domestic cats from rain for millenia, which resulted in cats developing an aversion towards rain. 4) Big cats like lions and leopards avoid getting into water because, where they live, they are likely to encounter a crocodile in there or something similar. 5) However, cats, both domestic and wild, that live in the regions where it's hot and they can afford a safe swim, will get into water to cool themselves down; one domestic breed, a Turkish van, is known to enjoy baths for exactly this reason, and photos/videos of swimming tigers are quite common. 2019-03-03T04:57:36+03:00 Added an answer on 03.03.19 04:57 I don’t think cats are afraid of water, they just don’t like getting wet. Since my cat realised that when he gets wet he can just ask to be dried with a towel and then sit in front of a desk fan to dry off he’s stopped caring, and often lies outside in the rain. He truly understands this principle and won’t go out in the rain if we aren’t at home and will use a litter tray rather than go outside in the rain. If however we are home he doesn’t care as he knows he won’t have to go through the hassle of grooming himself dry as we do it for him. He will come in wet and sit by his towel for drying, once dried he will jump on the desk and sit in front of the desk fan until someone switches it on for him. Quite fascinating.. 2017-02-02T04:09:33+03:00 Added an answer on 02.02.17 04:09 Some cats love water. I have had several cats that liked to sit on the edge of the tub while I showered, reaching out to play with the water as it fell. Two of my cats would only drink from the sink, one directly from the tap and the other by licking the bottom of the sink while the water dripped on top of her head. And one of them, Tombob, would actually jump into the tub and swim around when I tried to fill it to take a bath. He only did it once, but he seemed to be having a good time until I pulled him out. 2021-04-04T15:49:26+03:00 Added an answer on 04.04.21 15:49 When I was a child I attended a cat show with a family friend who was showing two of her cats. All breeds were represented by various breeder individuals and organisations and there was a Turkish Van presence at the show. There were five or six kittens who had a big tank of water in their enclosure and they were diving in and splashing around with each other with obvious delight. No human coersion required. I also had a bog-standard tuxedo rescue with impervious fur like an otter. He loved every critter that comes out in the rain - frogs, slugs and snails – and brought them in all the time. He not only didn’t mind rain, he courted it. Every time there was a thunderstorm he was outside like a shot. And if I brought him inside, (like the time we had the worst recorded storm for 150 years, complete with blue forked lightning), he was back outside again the moment my back was turned. Terrified of fireworks, he was totally blasé about thunder and lightning. I’ve never known another cat like him. 2018-06-30T01:14:17+03:00 Added an answer on 30.06.18 01:14 My beautiful Mikki, was an exception to cats hating water. He loved splashing in puddles. He used to come home covered in mud. He enjoyed getting washed up under warm water to get the mud off of him. Mikki was adventurous but in the end, at just over a year old, his adventurousness turned out to be the end of him. He was hit by a car, and it so completely destroyed me, that I wanted to die. You see, every woman I have known in my life has let me down. Apart from my dog Max who died over 20 years ago, I’d never known true reciprocal love until my darling Mikki. Watch this. Move from side to side. I have a big copy with a different background in front of me. Mikki’s eyes will follow you. Mikki, my darling, I will always love you. True love is forever. You can’t get that from a human. 2015-08-16T03:05:12+03:00 Added an answer on 16.08.15 03:05 Imagine you are living in a fur coat that you can never take off. Imagine that the only way to clean the coat is to lick it. Remember that everything, this is everything, you lick is going to be swallowed. Now imagine getting wet when you don't want to and having to lick off that water. I have volunteered in a cat shelter that had over 200 cats. Out of those, ONE liked to play in the water when the volunteers were cleaning cat boxes. The irony was that the cat was adopted by someone who kept the cat confined to one room away from water. One reason I like cats more than people. 2014-06-22T11:21:14+04:00 Added an answer on 22.06.14 11:21 Cats have three kinds of fur, long straight "guard" hairs, intermediate "awn" hairs, and a fluffy "down" undercoat. The fluffy undercoat keeps the cat cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. Getting the the fluffy undercoat wet is like walking around wrapped in a wet wool blanket. It's not pleasant. If it is really hot and dry outside evaporation will keep the cat cool while the undercoat dries. But it still is not fun for a cat to be soaking wet. Swimming cats like the Turkish Van don't have a down undercoat. And Maine Coons have a light undercoat. If you feed the cat wet food it might not need to drink water at all. But if you feed it dry food it has to get it's water from somewhere. Cats prefer fresh running water because it is safer to drink than water that has been sitting out. That is why cats like to drink from a fountain or a faucet. Some cats are inclined to catch flying things, some cats are inclined to catch crawling things, and some cats are inclined to "fish", They like to sit by the water and try to snag things out with their paws. 2020-05-31T04:58:39+03:00 Added an answer on 31.05.20 04:58 We have cats that really like water. Toilet flushing, showering and pushing the door open at inopportune moments, and splashing the three bowls contents all over the floor until we put the bowls on trays and they puddle now around. We have not actually had to bath any of them as they do a good job themselves. Good to know that we might not have an issue if one will eventually need one if there is a medical issue. ( They are all indoor cats ) When you get a kitten gradually introduce them to being wet. 2018-06-25T16:34:19+03:00 Added an answer on 25.06.18 16:34 Try this. Poke your finger (gently) into the side of the cat, as deep into the coat as you can. Note how much finger disappears. Double this amount. That’s all fur. Put the same finger in front of the cat and measure how wide it is. Subtract the amount that’s fur. You’ll probably find that you don’t have nearly as much actual cat as you thought. Basically, cats are very small, because half of their apparent volume is fur. When it gets wet, it’s not just cold, or unpleasant, it’s really heavy. It stops them running, jumping, or dodging. They pick every speck of dirt and mud they come across, and end up, in a natural enviroment, covered in dirt, leaves, insects, and so on. In the wild, that could very easily kill them. They might catch cold, be unable to run away, and so on. So when a cat gets wet, they often panic. They run, they hide, they’re miserable. Even if they have somewhere to hide, they’ll be wet for hours, and when they dry, they’ll still be dirty, and their fur will be everywhere. Some cats will voluntarily get wet, if the stakes are high enough, and they’re sure they have somewhere safe to get dry afterwards. Some even like swimming. But in general it’s really unpleasant for them, because they’re effectively a very skinny creature with huge sponges strapped to them. 2015-01-29T18:46:39+03:00 Added an answer on 29.01.15 18:46 I think tigers will swim voluntarily. I don't know that any other cats will. Bears will fish, as will racoons; not sure about foxes. In other words, plenty of mammals, particularly predators, don't go out of their way to get wet if they can find enough food on land. They're all good at keeping themselves clean. I suspect enjoying bathing is an acquired taste. Most humans are trained to enjoy it, but a few resist... What really makes me wonder is why is it that water dogs hate baths? I get that my Chi hates water; he's from the desert. But the Lab? 2018-05-16T08:07:34+03:00 Added an answer on 16.05.18 08:07 I know most cats don’t particularly care for getting wet but one of mine loooooooves being in water. We have to lock her out of the bathroom when we shower or she’ll be in there with us (in the shower, not just the bathroom), and we have to keep the toilet lid down or she’ll climb in there and splash around. She’s even a nuisance when we brush our teeth, trying to catch the water on her paws when we turn it on, or if we have an open glass of water someplace that she can get to it. It’s actually kind of interesting because we’ve never deliberately put her in water BUT she was a rescue — found when she was only 2–3 weeks old, sitting and crying in the middle of a deep puddle during a heavy thunderstorm. I’ve always wondered whether her mother accidentally left/lost her there (this is most likely, I think) and she maybe just got used to the water?? or, given her current love of water, if she wandered into the water herself just because she liked it and then her mother was either unable to find her or unwilling to go into the water to get her. (The lady who found her did stay nearby for quite a while watching for a potential mother but never saw any other cats whatsoever.) Crazy stuff either way, but it’s made for a very interesting and hilarious kitty friend, so I’m not complaining. :-) PS My mom has told all my life about a cat she had when she was young who would also try to get in the shower with her, so it’s evidently not just mine. I guess some are just exceptions to the rule. 2017-02-02T03:30:59+03:00 Added an answer on 02.02.17 03:30 I have no idea, because mine sure doesn't! I sadly don't have a picture, but my cat Smudge loves sinks. Whenever someone is in the bathroom, she’ll nose her way in and explore, but will inevitably end up jumping on the counter and getting into the sink to see what we’re doing. Her paws are wet and the sink is sometimes still dripping but she doesn't mind in the least. She sleeps in my parents sink several times a week. Smudgy also enjoys exploring showers. I have a bath mat in mine, and when I'm done showering it's completely soaked with water, but she still jumps in! Once there was a bucket of water in my sister’s bathroom. She stuck her entire front arm in to see what it was. Totally chill. She has also on two occasions attempted to jump into the toilet but I think that's because she didn't realize the lid was open.