Caturday felid: aqueous cats

OMG, I almost forgot it was Saturday, and had I forgotten I would have broken a three-year continuum of Saturday cats.  Fortunately, I remembered, and here are two videos of cats in water.  Some even seem to like it!

And here’s Neo the Swimming Cat, who despite his owner’s asseverations doesn’t really seem to like the bathing experience:

I manage a Dive Resort in Indonesia, and my cat has had to be able to swim. Neo goes for a swim every two days in the ocean. Afterwards we give him a hot bath with shampoo to wash off the salt water. He never complains, never tries to scratch us, never tries to run away.

Enjoy Neo, the Swimming Cat!!!

I would like to add that we have had many guests staying with us who are vets, and none of them thought he was ever upset, annoyed or scared. We would not do this if we thought it was causing him any harm or discomfort.

h/t: Jim


  1. Grania Spingies
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I certainly don’t think Neo shows any signs of being afraid of swimming, and under the circumstances it was probably a good idea ensuring he knew how to swim. I just don’t see any signs of him enjoying it either.

    The cat at the top on the other hand, seems blissed out by his bath.

  2. Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    I am sitting here with my large fluffy cat (who is terrified of rain) and thinking – I wouldn only ever wash my cat like this if I was feeling suicidal! Not that I’d ever get as far as sitting with the cat while she sat in teh tub!

  3. Lurker111
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    We have two kitties, one of which is a “once-I’ve-become-an-indoor-kitty-I-never-want-to-go-out-again” cat, and the other is a true indoor-outdoor cat. The i/o cat even wants to go out if it’s sprinkling–a little water doesn’t deter him. But if it’s raining a bit hard, he’ll jump to the (open) window’s ledge, go first to one side of the window, meow, and then go to the other edge of the window, just to see if it’s raining as hard at that end as at the other.

  4. John Scarborough
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Sometimes I hear someone say that they hate cats.
    Does anyone know of a good rejoinder for this?
    After reading of a study that showed a direct correlation between IQ and cat ownership I thought a good one might be – “That means you’re stupid”.

    • Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      I’m a programmer and I was once asked the question “Cats or dogs?”, during a job interview by the company’s CTO.

      I truthfully told him that I was owned by two cats. He nodded approvingly.

      At a later occasion (I got hired) I asked him about the somewhat odd interview question and he explained to me that he had been asking prospective programmers this question over the pas 30 years and that he discovered a very strong correlation between cat owners and exceptionally good programmers.

      I concur, of course.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      I reply to people making statements like that with an expression of concern and say, “Oh, I am sorry to hear that”, and leave it at that.

      “direct correlation between IQ and cat ownership” I doubt it. People who state that they unequivocally that they hate anything for no particular reason are a bit peculiar to be sure. But I find people seeking approval for liking one type of animal more than another are a bit unsettling to me too.

      We all have different things we like, and that’s pretty okay by me.

      • Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

        “direct correlation between IQ and cat ownership” I doubt it.

        You have a dog, don’t you? 😉

        • Grania Spingies
          Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

          I have neither cat nor dog any more. However, I have had my life considerably enriched by both and I wouldn’t have missed out on the fun brought by any of my four-footed friends for anything.

    • Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      Godwin it.
      Say, “Hitler didn’t like cats either.”

      • Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

        Worse! He had a dog!

      • Grania Spingies
        Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

        Oh purr-leez. Hitler LOVED cats. Here is photographic evidence 😀

      • kereng
        Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

        Muhammad is said to have loved cats and hated dogs.

        • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
          Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:39 am | Permalink

          That says something about islam of course, Muhammad wasn’t an actual historical person.

    • RF
      Posted July 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Of course, thinking “X and Y are correlated” and “everyone who is X is Y” are the same thing is rather good evidence of stupidity. This fallacy gets rather annoying.

      “There’s a negative correlation between IQ and being black.”
      “So you’re saying that all black people are stupid?”
      “No, not all black people, but clearly you are.”

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      That may mean he/she belongs to a group that are stupider.

      I’m pretty sure IQ doesn’t measure OBCQ (Owned By Cat Quotient) or stupidity much.

  5. Posted July 8, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink


    I thought you did not ‘OMG?’

    What was that? A Freudian slip?

    Although, you did make me smile.


    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      You haven’t read much WEIT apparently, this is mundane use.

      Really, it’s just an emotional expression.

      I don’t care much about it myself since I think religion unwarranted (if somewhat understandably) dominates cultural expression. (And I come from a post-lutheran society, where such emotional expression dominates some areas much more than in US, such as cuss words.)

      But as in cats vs dogs you may choose your own liking and expression.

  6. Posted July 8, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on thewordpressghost and commented:
    A Freudian slip if there ever was one.
    Our polemic atheist used the Freudian ‘OMG’ to slip in a slight parapraxis for us.
    Well, I hope it brings a smile to you like it did to me.
    We all need a little humor in this world gone mad.

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 9, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink

      And now you’re just wrong, no “freudian slip”, see above.

  7. Lurker111
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Okay, I’ve waited several days and still no one has commented on how this video is an example of “aqueous humor.”

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