See the Shocking Moment a Cat Misjudges Its Jump and Ends up in the Sea

Written by Sharon Parry
Published: November 30, 2023
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For an animal that isn’t supposed to like water, this cat was willing to take significant risks near the sea! In this extraordinary clip, the kitty is trying to leap from a dinghy onto a boat. It never reaches the ship and falls into the ocean. At some point, it must have either climbed out or been rescued by its human owners. At the end of the clip, we see a very bedraggled and annoyed-looking cat who seriously needs to dry out!

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Do Cats Normally Like Water?

No, it’s a well-known fact that cats are not water lovers! Plenty of videos online of cats falling into fish tanks and baths – none enjoy it! The rule has a few exceptions, but most domestic cats would rather stay dry.

It’s thought that a cat’s aversion to water is due to where their species originated. African wild cats evolved in arid environments with very little water. They didn’t need to adapt to being comfortable or hunting their prey in water. Today’s cats are descendants of these early felines and have inherited their dislike of being wet.

Another theory is that cats do not like water against their skin. Unlike many dogs, they do not have waterproof coats and feel uncomfortable when their wet fur clings to them. Also, we may not be able to detect odors in water, but cats probably can. Finally, cats like the smell of their fur, and water washes that off!

Some cat breeds are happier to get into the water; these include Abyssinians, Bengals and Maine Coons.

Do Any Cat Species Like Water?

Male Jaguar (Panthera onca) running in water and chasing, Cuiaba river, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Jaguars have no problem with water!


Not all species of cats hate water in the same way as domestic cats. Lions and tigers often get into rivers to cool off when temperatures soar. Jaguars often live near water and are excellent swimmers. They live in tropical habitats and like to be close to waterways. Jaguars are frequently spotted crossing the water to reach prey on the other side. They also swim from one forested island to another during the flooding season. However, they rarely swim for more than half a mile. When jaguars swim, they hold their head and spine out of the water and use a doggy paddle. Jaguars also eat fish, so being comfortable in the water is pretty handy!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Olleg Visual Content/

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About the Author

Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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