Many of us believe cats hates water. Is it true? and if they do? What can be the reason behind it.
Not every cat behave the same way. Some even like to swim and play with it. To know the answer, we have to experience a cat’s preferences.
Try to relate when your cat is dipping her paw into the water bowl and shaking it out instead of leaking it as usual, another example can be when the kitchen faucet is slightly on notice your kitty’s reaction to the dripping of water. Cats like any other being have their own terms for their lives. But this may contradict the whole story.
We have found many reasons to this; and one can be ‘yourself’, may be your timing and thinking of bathing your cat may not be the same and match with your cat, which may be in turn never help in the process of changing your cat’s mind. Relate to how your cat behaves with you most of the time as we believe cats are very independent and do not like surprises, so when you grab them and force them to take a bath, they do react the same way any other being would react and try to snatch their way out and escape because they are agitated and frightened by the process.
The second reason is generally their coat. Hairs have the tendency to resist water at some point and beyond that is definitely completely wet. The whole meaning of it is that a thick coat cat obviously likes her coat furry and cleaned but when it is drenched it is heavy and which makes them slow. Cat’s are very fast animals and this results in long wait for their coat to get completely dry which makes them feel very dissatisfied with this situation every time you bath them without their wish.
The third reason is cats are known as warm blooded animals and maintain a higher body temperature than humans, so while bathing their body temperature drops below 96°F (35.5C) and thus when u can see them shaking and freezing even after using normal temperature water. When covered with wet fur, it can be very cold for them.
Due to their dirty coat, you force your kitty to have a bath and result in hypothermia, which is of course a bad situation to control.
The fourth reason is most cats are unknown to this world of all the three parts as water and only one part with land. Water simply may not have been a big part of their evolutionary consciousness. When investigated about the cat’s with areas near water, it was found that they like water very much and spend most of the time in the water such as the breeds Bengal tiger, Maine Coon, Turkish Van, Turkish Angora, Savannah, Abyssinian, Snowshoe, Manx, their main food fetish is having fish near the lakes, they would sit hours and wait for their meal.
The last reason is that cat’s have very strong sense of odor and can smell everything just like dogs. Some cat’s don’t like the smell of water or specifically tap water. Most of them donot prefer drinking the same tap water because their sensitivity to its odor.
If possible, start exposing your cat to baths when he is a kitten. The earlier an idea or event is introduced to a cat, the more likely they are to accept it and maybe even enjoy it. During every step, use praise and treats to reward your cat for participating.