Ragdoll Cats Swimming

Originally published August 25, 2010

My mom told me the other day that Parker, her new German Shepherd puppy, fell into the lake and their lake home.  I said to her, “Dogs aren’t like the cats – they don’t just know how to swim?”  She said, “Not really – they splash all over with their front paws…if you’re in the water with them, they will figure it out.”  But Parker had fallen off the dock into the water – so it wasn’t a planned swimming event.

After high school, my parents moved into a house that had a pool.  So it was the first time I could see if Rags could swim – and then because of my parents’ lake house, I also exposed Caymus, Murphy, Charlie and Trigg to the pool to make sure they knew how to swim.  The videos of them swimming, posted below – used to get some pretty nasty comments from people assuming I was forcing them to swim for my own entertainment.  But I was doing it because of what happened to Parker last weekend.

My parents no longer have a pool – so no more cat swimming, but it made me think to re-share this post and talk about cats swimming!


Rags Swimming
Rags Swimming

When I was in my early 20s, my parents moved into a house and put in a pool.  I had always been curious if Rags could swim like the dogs.  But I never had the opportunity to put him in anything – so I never tried it.  Until! my parents got a pool.

Rags was an awesome sport – he would try anything once – and sometimes twice if I asked him to!

When my mom got Murphy and Caymus – we decided to put them in the pool around 1 year old to see if they could swim too!  Sure enough – they swam – just like Rags!

Trigg Swimming
Trigg Swimming

I knew I would give swimming a try with Charlie and Trigg too.  Charlie already went once, as you might have read  – but August 12, was Trigg’s first swimming experience and he did a wonderful job!  If you follow us on Facebook, then you probably already saw the photos!

Ragdoll Cats Swimming Videos!

Caymus, a 6-year Old Seal Mitted Ragdoll Cat from Bluegrass Rags, Swimming


Trigg, an almost 1-year Old Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll Cat from Soulmate Ragdolls, Swimming


Charlie, a 1-year Old Seal Mitted Ragdoll With An Hourglass Blaze From Soulmate Ragdolls, Swimming


Charlie with My Parents German Shepherds

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Pawesome post, Jenny! Wonderful pics and videos! So amazing, isn’t it? Lurved the videos so much! I think it was a good thing that you exposed them to the pool for their own safety and build their confidence in water (since they weren’t used to being in water). Lurve to see cats swimming, too, because it’s just not something you see every day! Sorry that Parker fell off the dock but am glad that he’s okay! 🙂 <3

    Miss PSB does not swim as we don't have a bathtub or a pool. Just a shower. 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  2. lovemyfluffyprince says:

    Was the puppy alright after falling into the lake?

    1. Yes, he was fine – a good lesson learned for him on docks.

  3. Marie Boros says:

    What a surprise! I never knew that a kitten likes to be in water and SWIM!!!!!
    What about the clorine…doesn’t hurt them?

    1. Yes, I am sure if left exposed to it, it would – just like it would us – that’s why I always give them baths afterwards!

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