Why do Cats Hate Water so Much and Which Cat Species Can Swim in Water to Catch Fish?

Some of us know cats are natural swimmers, and in the wild, a cat will swim to cross a stream or lake.

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The tolerance for water varies from cat to cat and may depend on how the cat was raised.

Some house cats will play with a dripping faucet or even step into the shower with you, but others hate water with a passion.

A few Asian cat species will even dive into water to catch fish to eat.

The jaguarundi is a wild cat that likes swimming so much it’s sometimes called the otter cat.

Found in a range from Arizona and Texas to Argentina, it prefers living near water, where it can dive in now and again for a fish or a frog.

Tigers and jaguars are also willing to swim, although not as enthusiastically as the jaguarundi.

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