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Ask APV: Do Cats Really Hate Water?

Jan 8, 2024 | All About Animals, Cat

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Do Cats Really Hate Water?

The Aquaphobia in Cats Conundrum

Water and cats – a combination that often sparks curiosity and laughter. We’ve all heard the tales of felines leaping away from the mere sight of a droplet, but is this aversion really universal? Let’s dive into the mysterious world of cats and water, separating myths from feline facts.

Unraveling the Myth

Cats aren’t just indifferent to water; their aversion often stems from a mix of instincts and preferences. Some theories suggest it could be traced back to their ancestors’ lifestyles – the Near Eastern wildcat – since they come from the Middle East, where water is scarce.

There are also grooming habits and fur density to take into account – it simply isn’t efficient to get wet for many wild or house cats.  Cats’ fur takes longer to dry, leaving them feeling uncomfortable and vulnerable when wet. Moreover, their grooming routines contribute to this behavior. Cats meticulously clean themselves, and water disrupts the natural oils on their fur, leaving them feeling out of sorts.

While the stereotype persists, it’s not a blanket rule. Surprisingly, some cats are quite comfortable with water. Ranging from breeds like the Maine Coon, known for their love of H2O, to individual cats who’ve taken a liking to swimming or playing with faucets, there’s more than meets the eye.

Do Cats Hate Water? The Verdict

So, do cats really hate water? The answer isn’t a straightforward yes or no. While many cats exhibit aversion, it’s not an innate trait for every feline. Understanding your cat’s preferences and respecting their boundaries around water is key to a harmonious relationship – the truth lies in the whims and personalities of each individual cat.

At AZPetVet, we appreciate the idiosyncrasies of our feline friends. If your kitty is in need of care or simply a bit of pampering (minus the water, if they prefer!) we have experienced groomers at our locations throughout the valley that are great at understanding what is best for your cat. Find an AZPetVet location near you here. For more information on our other services regarding your cat’s care, click here.

Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.