Why are Cats Afraid of Water?

Almost every “cat owner” was faced with the fact that his cute fluffy turned into an angry fury as soon as it came to bathing. Why? Let’s try to figure it out.

In fact, the problem here is not in the pathological non-perception of water by cats, but in the fear that is acquired before it. So, what causes fear of water in cats?


Well-being of a cat in heat or cold depends on its undercoat. It creates a natural air cushion that can keep your body warm in bad weather and protect you from the summer heat.

During washing, the air cushion disappears, the cat begins to freeze and shake from the cold. Taking into account the fact that cats do not like hair dryers almost as much as water, you should not be surprised that the cat does not seek to repeat the bathing that brought so much inconvenience.

Enhancing your own smell

After destroying the air cushion, the animal is supercooled, causing the temperature of its skin to increase by several degrees, which leads to an increase in the natural smell of the cat. It would seem that this is such a big deal? However, the cat is a predator that hunts stealthily, and therefore increasing the smell for it is equivalent to failure. Thus, in the cat’s subconscious, it is postponed that bathing is equivalent to starvation.

As you can see, the complete rejection of bathing is not due to a sense of fear of water, but to a banal psychological rejection of this procedure.

Factors that increase a cat’s negative attitude to water:

  • Use of detergents that have a strong smell. In addition to the fact that any foreign smell complicates the hunting process, cats have a fairly strong sense of smell, and therefore perceive odors somewhat differently than humans.
  • Flash the procedure. Would you like to be caught in the middle of some action and taken to a far from pleasant place? Probably not. Cats don’t like this moment either. Especially in light of the fact that after the water procedure, you will have to lick your hair again, putting it in order.
  • Close contact with the owner against the animal’s wishes. We’ve all heard about the independence of cats. From this it follows that the pet does not always want to communicate closely with the owner, which only adds aggression when it is bathed and combed after bathing.
  • Using water as an element of punishment. On the one hand, the guilty cat perfectly understands what you want to say using a spray gun. On the other hand, should a cat love water after that?

Should I bathe a cat, given the above? Probably not. Your clean pet will cope with this problem.