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These Cat Breeds Love Water More Than ANY Dog!

Some cats love water more than a dog! 

It’s a well-known fact that felines in general hate water, right? Well, it seems that not all breeds detest water though. In fact, according to animal experts, this is just a stereotype that should be stopped as soon as possible. Felines have different personality traits, which makes them unique, as is the case with humans. 

Before applying this stereotype, it’s important to remember that some felines have to swim in large lakes to find fish to survive. That being said, some cat breeds don’t mind water at all. According to Lambert Wang, co-founder of Cat Person, felines who like to swim have more water-resistant fur than those who groom themselves constantly and remove the oil from their fur.

So, if you want to adopt a new furry friend who loves to swim in the water, you are reading the right article! Here are some breeds that enjoy the water as much as you do. Read on to find out more info!

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This medium-sized cat breed has a strong body and a loving personality. As you probably know, this breed is one of the most intelligent breeds out there, while being extremely active at the same time. Even though this is an active breed, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t adopt one if you live in an apartment. They can adapt very quickly to your home. 

Of course, Abyssinians love to spend time with their owners and can get along well with other animals and children. If you have a pool, you should adopt an Abyssinian, as they love to swim. The best part is that bath time won’t be a problem at all. 

They can also spend time alone playing with their toys, which is perfect if you work. Abyssinians are very affectionate and friendly with everyone and can easily learn new things due to their intelligence.


With a strong and muscular body, the Bengal is among the most affectionate cat breeds that love to spend time with their parents. Not only do they love water and swimming, but this breed is also very active and energetic. So, bringing home a new friend like them is all you need to be happier, especially if you have a pool as well.

These highly intelligent animals need a lot of exercises to be happier, so you should meet their needs if you want a healthier pet. Their ancestors are Asian leopard cats, so this is probably the explanation for why they love water so much. If you don’t keep them entertained (and if they don’t consume all their energy), in some cases, they can develop some destructive habits in your home. 

So, if you still want to adopt a Bengal breed you need to make sure that they have everything they need in terms of nutrition, love, and regular vet checkups.

Maine Coon

This beautiful feline loves to swim in water and that’s because the locals of New England raised them to catch mice on ships. Did you know that the Maine Coon is the longest house breed in the world? However, that being said, it’s obvious that they have many more things that make us love and eventually adopt them, such as their unique and loving personality traits, intelligence, and the ability to adapt to any home. 

If you want to adopt a pet, you have to take into consideration their features, personality, behavior, and overall health, so, size should be the last (and the most insignificant) criterion you should consider when choosing a new furry friend. For instance, many people consider them a real mouser (because they are good at catching mice), so you should adopt a Maine Coon if you want to get rid of mice. 

Norwegian Forest Cat

If you are looking for a friendly, big, gentle feline who loves water as much as you do, the Norwegian Forest Cat is the best choice! You will love this breed, not only because the Norwegian Forest Cat looks incredibly beautiful, but also because of their overflowing intelligence. 

As the name suggests, this fluffy breed is native to Norway and has a waterproof, double coat that helps them survive during the winter and swim in cold waters. They can be left alone with their toys, which is great if you are working. They don’t need constant attention and it’s enough for them to be in the same room with their owners to be happy. They are real climbers, so wait to see them climbing everything in your house.

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American Bobtail

With a beautiful appearance, overflowing intelligence, and a friendly personality, the American Bobtails are here to conquer your soul forever! If you are a dog person as well, you will love this breed, especially because they are similar to Golden Retrievers – American Bobtail owners confirm that they have the same personality traits. 

This breed can get along well with other animals and children, is always devoted to their families, and acts nicely around strangers as well. Being very intelligent felines, the American Bobtail can easily learn new tricks and games. Their love for water has strong roots in the past when their ancestors had to fight for their own lives.

Japanese Bobtail

The Japanese Bobtail is a medium-sized breed that loves to spend time with its owners and has a loving personality. As you already know, the Japanese Bobtail is very active, intelligent, and talkative. 

According to Japanese Bobtail owners, these cats love to play with water, so try to pay attention to fish tanks or faucets when you leave them home alone. Some of them are just like dogs, which means that you can walk them on a leash if they find it fun. Being very active, it’s important to keep them entertained to consume their energy. The Japanese Bobtail can easily learn new things and tricks, due to their incredible intelligence, of course. 

Domestic Shorthair

This cat is one of the most popular cats in American houses. The interesting thing about them is that they are not a pure breed but more like a combination of multiple ones. The stripy, darker grey and brown fur on these fluffy cats makes them easy to identify. Domestic shorthair cats are active and affectionate creatures who enjoy living with other animals and interacting with children. These cats are extremely bright and obedient, so you may leave them alone at home for a few days without worrying.

Turkish Van

Turkish Van might be your best option if you’re searching for a cat that looks like it belongs in a royal court. They have semi-long hair and are primarily white, with colorful heads and tails. This breed is incredibly active and easy to care for, especially if you’re prepared to give them at least twice a week’s worth of grooming. They also love to play and cuddle with their owners.

Turkish Vans are among the strongest cats, so you must also provide them with the room they need to run and play all day. This breed develops and reaches full maturity over 3 to 5 years.

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