Siamese cats are popular for their distinct color points and affectionate nature. They are among the world’s oldest and top cat breeds and well-loved by cat fanciers because they are highly intelligent, loyal and energetic. They are also curious pets, may follow you around and they may try to swat the running water in the faucet while you are washing the dishes.
Do Siamese cats like water?
Yes, Siamese cats like water and they may also play with it although they usually dislike being wet. This cat breed has a short and smooth coat which explains why they do not like getting wet. However, this does not stop them from playing with water either in the faucet or in the shower. Most Siamese cats are fascinated with dripping water and some of them willingly go inside the shower but there are instances where they manifest an aversion for water.
Siamese cats are fascinated with water and it may be because of their curious nature. It may also be instinctive since their ancestors rely on fresh running water to survive in the wild. This breed will check out and investigate dripping faucets as well as toilet bowls but appears to be uninterested with their water bowl. Like most cats, this breed may also like water because dripping or running water may mean there is a presence of fish, their favorite meal. Most of all, running water appeals to them because it tastes better compared to what is in their water dish.
Here are some traits and characteristics of this cat breed that best describe its love-hate relationship with water:
- Siamese cats love to drink from faucets and some of them may stare at the running water for hours.
- They want to accompany you to the shower.
- They are fascinated with puddles of water although it may be stagnant and may also drink from them.
- They tend to dip their paws in the water dish and playfully splash it everywhere.
- These cats tend to check out the toilet bowl and may also drink from it.
- They may willingly swim like a pro if placed in a pool.
- They do not seem to enjoy drinking from their water bowl.
- Siamese cats avoid walking on puddles of water because they dislike getting their paws wet.
- They may run and hide when you turn on the shower and would not go near a bathtub filled with water.
Do Siamese cats like to swim?
Yes, many Siamese cats like to swim but not all of them may do so. While these cats like water and may also play with it not all of them may be too keen when it comes to swimming. Although they can swim instinctively if they fall in a pond or pool, some Siamese cats hesitate to swim in the water. Nevertheless, some cat breeds are known to enjoy swimming like the Turkish Van which has been popularly called the swimming cat.
Do Siamese cats need baths?
Siamese cats rarely need to be bathed and veterinarians do not recommend bathing them regularly except if they suffer from a skin condition. To substitute for a water bath, you may opt to sprinkle cornstarch all over your cat’s body to keep her fur clean and fresh-smelling. Finger brush your cat’s fur to remove loose ones and avoid brushing it as it may damage the color and texture of their coat. Nevertheless, bathing these cats may not be a major problem since they like water compared to other breeds.
What to do if your Siamese cat loves water?
Here are some measures that you can do if your Siamese cat loves water:
1. Keep the bathroom door open.
Allow your cat access to the bathroom if she enjoys playing inside a damp bath or cubicle. Place some toy balls in the tub to maximize her enjoyment and always keep the toilet lid closed for your cat’s safety.
2. Give her some water-safe toys to play with.
Place a large shallow bowl in an area where your cat usually hangs out, add at least an inch of water into it and put some water-safe toys in the water. Your Siamese cat will have a grand time fishing those toys out and playing with them as well. Replace the water daily as your cat may also drink from the bowl. In many cases the cat may even put her toys in the water herself.
3. Make your pool a safe area for your cat.
If you have a pool at home, your cat will most likely check it out and may hang out in the area. Keep it a safe zone for your cat by placing ladders nearby that are easily accessible as well as a shallow area to allow your cat to walk out from.
4. Provide a cat water fountain for your cat.
Cat water fountains are innovative products to encourage your cat to drink water and satisfy her fondness for water. Most cats love this product as they prefer the flavor of running water compared to a stagnant one in their water dish.
Cat breeds that like water
Aside from Siamese cats, cat breeds that are fond of water include the Maine Coon, Bengal, Egyptian Mau, Turkish Angora, Turkish Van, Japanese Bobtail, Manx, Siberian and Norwegian Forest. Most of these breeds share common characteristics like thick and water-resistant coats and a fondness for swimming in water.
Siamese cats are well-loved because of their slender and elegant built and affectionate nature. They are loyal to their owners and have a fondness for water. Liking water because is instinctive among them and due to their playful and curious nature. Despite being a short-haired breed, they like to play with water and love to drink from faucets and water puddles.
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