I know, I know – okay?
Here’s how it got started – last night, Laura and I were watching videos of cats swimming. It looked like they were having lots of fun. And since it’s been so hot around here, I began pondering whether or not our own cat would like to try out the endeavor. I’m completely aware that most cats can’t stand the water and that you’ll likely get scratched up pretty badly if you try to put one near it, but since Voleman is an enigma, I thought it might be worth a try. Just to see how he responds.
Last night, I put a little water in the bathtub. I picked him up and put him near the tub. He didn’t like that. Not because of the water, more because he didn’t know what I was trying to do. I let him go, picked him up again and put him in the tub. He stood there and really didn’t care. Then he jumped out.
This afternoon, after I was finished doing some odds and ends, I thought I should give the pool a try – with our cat. I had no idea how he would react, but knowing him, he would be more curious than freaked out. The pictures below show you how that turned out. While Voleman didn’t swim, I did touch his rear paws to the water a few times. He didn’t love it but he didn’t try to climb me like a tree either. I have a funny feeling about this one. If I can acclimate him to the water enough, we may have a swimmer.
UPDATE – ATTEMPT #2
A bit after I brought Voleman for a cruise around the shallow end of the pool, I remembered that Laura bought some Thundershirts for the cats a while back. These Thundershirts basically immobilize animals that may have anxiety about one thing or another. We bought the ones we have for all that driving we did with the animals in 2013.
With this shirt on, Voleman can hardly walk. It’s not like it’s restricting him in any way, it’s just that whenever there’s pressure on a cat’s body, they get all wobbly and lay down. You can try this by putting a simple washcloth on a cat’s back. You’ll see them get real close to the ground and sometimes lay down. It’s hysterical.
I got an idea once I remembered that we had these things. I thought that perhaps I should put one on him and see how he did near the water. He seemed pretty pleased with himself laying on the pool deck in one. (Steve – close your eyes. Partial nudity to follow.)
I brought the cat and and walked him around. Unfortunately, not much changed. He didn’t try to get away or anything like that, but I didn’t see him looking forward to the water either. The most Voleman did was to wag his tail in the water and fling it all over the place. I think he was having a good time.
I think we’ll try this again another day. Voleman truly enjoys being outside and I suspect he likes the “rides” I give him in my arms. The Thundersuit is a good piece of apparatus to have close by, just in case he decides to get squirmy.
Until next time.