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!
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!
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
Does your Ragdoll cat swim?