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What breeds of cats like water?

The misconception that not all cats like water is totally wrong. Some appreciate it very much and others tolerate it without major difficulty. The attraction for water in cats is also a question of education; an animal accustomed to the bath from childhood will get used to it very easily and will tolerate bathing at any age. However, there are breeds of cats that genuinely like to swim. A brief overview of swimming-loving tomcats!

Water and cats: a very special relationship

Not all cats love water, but not all hate it either. Some breeds are real swimmers and when a tomcat is accustomed to taking the bath very early on, he can also take a liking to it! The refreshing contact of water is particularly practical during heat waves, because cats suffer like us from high heat; Refreshing them with a lukewarm bath or soaking their paws is ideal for gently lowering their body temperature. But water is also desirable when the animal needs to be washed, especially if it has become soiled or has parasites. In this case, if the cat has been accustomed to contact with water very early on, it will tolerate these moments much better.

Why do most cats dislike water? Several theories and explanations exist on this subject. One of them relates to the origin of our cats today, most of which are breeds originating in the Middle East. However, water is scarce in these desert regions and scientists believe that when cats were forced to migrate and adapt to more humid regions, they were suspicious of water; a mistrust that is still in their genes today. To justify this theory, the researchers found that cats from northern and humid regions are, on the contrary, excellent swimmers. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for our living room cats to like to watch the water running from the tap or the circles that form on the surface of the bath. So are they more reckless than their ancestors or is the solution to be sought elsewhere?

Anyway, all cats are different and cannot be considered water phobic. On the other hand, some breeds genuinely like to bathe and are known for it.

Cat breeds that like water

We said it, not all cats are the same. Some tomcats used to being bathed from a very young age will appreciate contact with water throughout their lives and will not be – or only slightly – reluctant to the idea of ​​a bath. Nevertheless, it has been proven that certain breeds of cats really appreciate water and swimming in it is a real pleasure for them. Discover them!

The Abyssinian

Playful, gentle, affectionate, curious, intelligent… the Abyssinian does not lack qualities in addition to its great beauty and its incomparable elegance which evokes the majesty of the puma. It is however a tomcat very close and dependent on its master, but which also has the particularity of adoring water. Very good swimmer, he does not hesitate to dive to swim in all the water points he finds. The Abyssinian, however, comes from warm regions around Ethiopia or Egypt, but some believe it was born on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Can this proximity to the sea explain his desire to swim?


The Bengal is a large cat that weighs 8 to 9 kg on average, but it is best known for its spotted coat reminiscent of the leopard. This original color would be due to its crossing between a domestic cat and an Asian wild cat. Curious, intelligent and lively, this affectionate cat is also a great lover of water. Its attraction is so strong that it does not hesitate to join its masters in their bathtub or in their swimming pool.

The Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is another large cat, which weighs 6 to 10 kg, or even more since the largest reach 14 kg without difficulty. Sweet, attentive, cuddly and playful, the Maine Coon is also a great lover of water and loves to take baths. He will therefore not hesitate to come and have fun in a sink full of water and to soak himself in it for his pleasure.

Originally from Maine in the northern United States, the Maine Coon is fearless and adventurous. Its attraction for water is often justified by the fact that it would come from a cross between farm cats and Norwegian cats, imported by the Vikings during their countless conquests. Can its origin in humid regions alone explain its attraction to water? It’s still a mystery. But it is also said that the particle “coon” of its name comes from “racoon”, the raccoon, which for some would also be its ancestor…

The Norwegian

The Norwegian is a cat that is not afraid of water and is even a very good swimmer. This ancient breed listed in Nordic myths is one of the large sizes of tomcats since they can weigh up to 10 kg. Despite his thick fur, he is in no way bothered by water and likes to dive into it from time to time. Can we think that his Nordic origin, therefore from a particularly humid region of the world, influences this attraction? Hard to say.

Sweet and loving, the Norwegian is nevertheless a beautiful animal that will delight you, because it is a good companion for adults and children alike!

The Siberian

The Siberian is a breed of cat that loves bathing, playing with water and swimming. He feels like a little fish there and will appreciate following you on your outings around the lakes in order to throw himself into them during a break to do a few lengths. Also known for its hypoallergenic virtues, the Siberian is the friend of allergy sufferers.

It would have been imported from Siberia by Russian settlers. It is an ancient breed which also comes from cold and humid regions. Is that enough to explain his attraction to water? Good question !

The Turk of Van

The Turk of Van is a magnificent cat with often odd eyes known for its true passion for water. He doesn’t just take a little dip like some, but he doesn’t hesitate to throw himself into the pool, the sea or a lake to do a few lengths. This child friend is an ideal playmate who also likes to climb everywhere.

It is originally from Turkey and in particular from the region of Lake Van, from which it takes its name. Some explain its attraction for water by the extreme temperatures of the region and therefore by its need to bathe to cool off. Others justify it by the need to feed and in this region, only the fish of the lake are real prey!

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