The Maine Coon isn’t just known for being the largest domestic cat breed, these felines also have the reputation of loving to be around water. Purebred Maine Coons have a thick double-layered coat that helps repel water and dirt, which probably contributes to this breed’s love for splashing around in water. It must be noted, however, that most Maine Coons prefer playing with water over going for a swim.
Norwegian Forest Cat
As Norwegian Forest Cats originated in the frigid Norwegian climate, they have a very dense coat that protects them against snow, water, and cold temperatures. Did you know that Norwegian Forest Cats – Wegies for short – used to travel on Viking ships where they were in charge of killing rodents? No wonder they don’t mind being around large bodies of water!
Abyssinians are highly active felines that are forever on the move. You will find they are no lap cats, but rather prefer to climb trees and splash about in water. As this cat breed is also one of the cleverest ones, don’t be surprised if your Abyssinian learns how to turn on the faucet. Better have a childproof lock ready!
While most cats come with a long, bushy tail, bobtail cats are born a little different. These kitties naturally have a stubbed tail, or no visible tail at all. The most popular bobtail cat breeds are the Manx, the Highlander, the Japanese Bobtail, and the American Bobtail. What these lovable kitties lack in tail length, they make up for in personality. Typically, these cats are dog-like in character and naturally love to dip their paws in water, splashing about.
If you are looking for a high-energy cat that absolutely loves water, the Bengal is just right for you. These wild-looking felines don’t just enjoy playing with running tap water, they love to go for a swim. This might be because they have the Asian leopard cat as an ancestor. These leopard cats are no larger than pet cats, but they are fierce hunters that often live near bodies of water. Did you know that most Bengal cats have webbed feet that help them to be more efficient swimmers?
Another cat breed that is athletic and full of energy is the Egyptian Mau. This spotted feline is the Usain Bolt of the domestic cat world and can reach running speeds of up to 30 miles an hour. And, that’s not the only sport they excel at, as many Egyptian Mau cats don’t mind going for a swim. Don’t expect your Mau to enter cold water though, as these felines love high temperatures.
Van cats originated in the Van region in Turkey and have a color pattern named after them: the Van coloration. Turkish Vans have colored patches on the head and the tail, but the rest of their body is pure white. While Turkish Vans are less sociable than the average cat, these independent felines love to go for a swim. Their silky-smooth coat is less dense than that of most cats as it lacks an undercoat, which might help the Turkish Van to dry faster.
The Sphynx cat is probably the most popular hairless cat breed, but certainly not the only one. There’s the Donskoy, the Peterbald, and many more. These bald kitties tend to be fond of water, probably because they have the need to be bathed way more than other cats. Did you know that a hairless cat should get a bath about once a week? As long as the water is nice and warm, these kitties can often be found making doggy paddle-like motions with their webbed feet. You won’t find your hairless cat playing around in cold water though, as this would cool them down way too much.
The Siamese cat is a popular breed because of their distinct pointed color pattern and their tendency to vocalize, but did you know that Siamese cats tend to have a fascination with water? Siamese cats are incredibly curious and will explore anything that seems worthwhile to them, including water.
These chonky cats that are sometimes referred to as ‘bricks wrapped in silk’ love to be around water. In fact, it isn’t all that uncommon to have your Burmese cat go for a swim. If you have a swimming pool or a pond at home, make sure that your cat is able to get out of the water after they got in. High edges could prevent your cat from exiting the water.