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Old 11-21-2007, 01:28 PM
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Don't they get cold as their fur no longaer acts as insulator?

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Plausible. Water has much larger thermal conductivity than air (~23x) and transfers heat to the environment as it evaporates, so they lose body heat quickly. This would be more of a problem for small cats (larger surface to volume ratio) than for Bengal tiger sized kitties.
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Old 11-21-2007, 02:16 PM
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Maybe it has something to do with lions being so vulnerable to certain water based predators like alligators.

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Cats do not descend from lions.
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Old 11-21-2007, 03:18 PM
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Fish f*ck in it.
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:00 PM
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Default Re: why do cats hate water so much?

someone with cat and webcam (cam set to snapshot every 60 secs or something) fill up bathtub good so doesnt drain, when youre away preferably for a while during hours cat is active observe with cam then report back.

maybe put tuna or something far side of tub so cat has to cross water or something.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:26 AM
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Default Re: why do cats hate water so much?

Cats hate water because they're scared by their own reflection.

There may be other reasons too but this is certainly one of them.
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:49 AM
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Default Re: why do cats hate water so much?

Causes grooming issues with them obv.
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Old 11-22-2007, 12:50 PM
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Default Re: why do cats hate water so much?

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Cats hate water because they're scared by their own reflection.

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All the cats I've ever had were never frightened when they saw themselves in a mirror or glass door.

Your cats must have poor self esteem [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:55 PM
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Default Re: why do cats hate water so much?

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Cats hate water because they're scared by their own reflection.

There may be other reasons too but this is certainly one of them.

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No. If you show a mirror to a young kitten, it will try to play with the "other kitten" in the mirror. It can be quite entertaining to watch them bat at their reflection, poke their paws behind the mirror, etc. It usually doesn't take them too long to figure out that the "other kitten" isn't real, and adult cats usually ignore mirrors.
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Old 11-25-2007, 05:06 AM
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Default Re: why do cats hate water so much?

tigers and jaguars swim on a regular basis to cool off, don't know if this proves anything but i saw it on animal planet just now. also one of my cats will spend hours in the sink, but thats just cause it is stupid and an attention whore.
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Old 11-25-2007, 01:56 PM
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Cats can swim.

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in fact, they're much better natural swimmers than dogs.

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I haven't really seen cats swim much, but some dogs, especially retriever breeds, are very strong swimmers. I used to have a lab mix that could make headway against pretty strong river currents. Some breeds, like pugs and bulldogs can't swim, or, more accurately, they can swim but can't keep there nose above water, so they will drown if they can't get out quickly.
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