Can cats swim?

Since the dawn of time, felines have fascinated humans. But one mystery still remains unsolved – can these furry creatures take to the water like aquatic animals, or do they avoid it at all costs? Our intrepid reporter set out to uncover the truth.

Feline Aquatic Activities: Myth or Meowgical Reality?

What do we really know about cats swimming? Stories abound of felines falling into pools or bathtubs and miraculously paddling to safety. But are these merely tall tales or purrfectly true? This reporter decided to dive deeper into this fuzzy area between fact and fiction.

After extensive research watching YouTube videos of cats in water, I can confirm that some kitties do indeed take to the water like aquatic acrobats. Yet still images of soggy, unhappy cats also fill the internet. More investigation was clearly needed to separate the mythical from the meowgical.

Other curious cats seem attracted to water but then realize they do not have gills or fins like fish. Still, one video shows a kitten paddling across a river, guided only by its adventurous spirit. So perhaps feline aquatic activities exist on a spectrum between myth and reality.

Do Cats Have Hidden Fins? An Investigative Furport

If cats occasionally swim, they must have some adaptations for aquatic movement, right? I imaged my own cat might be hiding flippers under all that fur. To uncover the truth, I carefully combed through her coat in search of hidden fins.

Unfortunately, my cat did not appreciate this investigatory activity. No fins appeared, but many sharp claws did. I cannot conclusively report that cats have retractable fins without further attempts.

Other cat owners have likely suffered similar investigative failures. But some cat coats do resemble wet fur seals emerging from the ocean. So maybe damp fur just obscures their swimming fins? More research funding is clearly necessary to solve this mystery.

In summary, no current evidence points to hidden fins on cats. But their occasional swimming skills suggest possible aquatic adaptations. Could waterproof fur allow secret fins to emerge only when needed? The truth remains as wet and slippery as a soaked cat at bath time.

Testing the Buoyancy of Fluffy: For Science!

The previous investigations only raised more questions. It was time for some empirical evidence – could my own cat Fluffy demonstrate any swimming abilities? For science, I gently lowered Fluffy into a shallow tub of warm water.

Fluffy did not seem pleased by this test of her buoyancy. Her fur puffed up to three times its normal size, making her resemble a tennis ball with eyes. She scrambled in the tub with all four legs churning the water frantically. It seemed Fluffy was not so much swimming as climbing an invisible ladder towards my face.

When I lifted her out a second later, she gave me an outraged look. Fluffy then spent the next hour licking her offended fur obsessively to restore its usual flawless condition. So while I cannot confirm she demonstrated any swimming strokes, Fluffy does appear highly buoyant even without hidden fins.

I cannot recommend testing your own cat’s swimming skills without protective gear and treats ready for apologies afterward. Still, such experiments do reveal cats’ remarkable abilities to walk on water, at least for 1-2 seconds with all claws deployed to maximum traction. Surely with enough motivation in the form of catnip, a few rare felines might reveal majestic swimming capabilities.

Local Tabby Trains for Olympic Gold in Backstroke

Breaking news – after the previous investigative reporting got out, local tabby cat Cookie has come forward claiming she can swim laps. And Cookie wants to represent team USA in the Olympics for the backstroke. We had to cover this promising athletic development.

I went to interview Cookie and watch her train in a backyard baby pool. She confidently jumped in, paddling her front paws in a smooth backstroke across the pool’s entire three foot length. Her little hind paws also churned like eggbeater kicks. After two laps, Cookie emerged looking ready to race Michael Phelps.

When I asked Cookie how long she’d been training, she licked her paws nonchalantly before demonstrating a flawless feline flip turn back into the pool. Apparently Cookie has been training in secret for years, motivated by catnip and an Olympic dream. She’s just been waiting for the right reporter (me) to make her talents public.

Cookie is clearly ready to compete with the top human swimmers, pending some adjustments to Olympic rules. Her devoted owners are already designing aerodynamic caps for her ears and custom goggles. So look for Cookie waving the American flag from the gold medal podium soon with her inspiring can-do spirit!


While cats may not all be Olympic swimmers, they continue surprising us with their adaptable, tenacious spirits. No doubt more cat aquatic abilities remain to be discovered through further daring journalism. This reporter looks forward to one day reporting on a feline front crawl world record, because CATS RULE!