Fear of drowning may contribute to a water aversion because soaked fur is heavy and limits the cat's ability to float and escape danger according to Web Vet. However, not all cats hate water. A domestic breed, the Turkish Van, thoroughly enjoys water, which is a trait inherited from its ancestors in Turkey who bathed in the cold waters of Lake Van to escape the area's extreme summer temperatures.Continue Reading
Animal Planet theorizes that cats fearful of water have experienced trauma, such as forced bathing by their human companions, exposure to torrential rainstorms or a spray of water as a disciplinary action. Scientists argue that innate fear may be a result of human sheltering from the elements that has occurred for hundreds of years. Aside from total water immersion, many cats are simply fascinated by a dripping water faucet, the sound of a shower or dipping a paw into a water bowl. The sounds and water movement provided by pet fountains make them a constant source of fascination.
Many species of big cats in the wild bathe in rivers where they also catch meals. A natural adaptation to water immersion is the Asian fishing cat, which is an adept swimmer with partially webbed paws. Lions and leopards, however, resist swimming to avoid predators, such as crocodiles.Learn more about Cats
To reduce fever in cats, apply a small amount of cool water behind the cat's ears. Place the cat in a cool, comfortable location, offer the cat fluids and contact a veterinarian if the fever is present for over 24 hours. Do not give the cat any medications unless they are prescribed by the veterinarian.Full Answer >
Although cats should always have clean drinking water available, a house cat can survive for a few days or sometimes up to a week without water. House cats were originally from desert climates, so they are predisposed to going without water for longer than most other household pets.Full Answer >
The American Veterinary Medical Association encourages pet owners to surgically sterilize their cats as early as possible, between 8 and 16 weeks of age. In the past, veterinarians would wait until cats had gone through their first heat or had a litter, but this practice increases the risk of cancer.Full Answer >
The Pet Health Network explains that shivering in cats can be an indication of pain, anxiety, fear, nervousness or low body temperature. The website notes that an endocrine disorder known as Addison's disease can cause cats to shiver as well.Full Answer >