Cannonball Kitty: Can Cats Swim?

Since it is thought that most cats hate water, there is a general consensus among pet owners that cats don’t swim. And, If your cat freaks every time they hear the bath being filled, chances are, you probably don’t relish the idea of testing this theory. 

If you have ever watched Animal Planet or a documentary about big cats like tigers, though,you probably have witnessed these big cats swimming across channels of water in the wild. This begs the question… do cats really hate water? Can they swim?

The question of whether whether or not cats swim, or should, is something we get often at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital. Let’s clear up the mystery once and for all!

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Feline Body Language: What Your Cat’s Tail is Trying to Tell You 

There are many ways that domestic felines choose to communicate. They have slow eye blinks that say “I love you” and head bumps to say “I’m Yours”. They also chirp at prey, twitch their whiskers, and puff up their fur coats to appear larger to potential threats,.

But at the forefront of feline body language, the tail is particularly skilled at signaling a cat’s likes, dislikes and deepest desires.

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Beavers slap their tails to warn of danger. Horses whip their tails to swat away flies. Dogs wag their tails in a certain way to indicate emotion. 

Similarly, a cat’s tail is not just a tail. While primarily used for balance, their tail serves to communicate a feline’s physical and emotional state. Together with individualized meows and scent cues, owners can put together the subtleties of feline body language.

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Why Pet Wellness Exams Mean So Much in the Long Run 

A common misconception is that, if an animal isn’t exhibiting certain tell-tale symptoms, they are the picture of health. In other words, if it “ain’t broke”, don’t fix it. 

Sadly, many pet owners do not realize their beloved pet is sick or injured until it becomes too late for preventative measures. The regularity of pet wellness exams (once a year, and twice annually for pets over 6) helps us support lifelong health, detect problems early on in development, and treat conditions before they get out of hand. 

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