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  1. The belief that the breed ”Turkish Van” loves swimming lacks any reasonable evidence. And no, Turkish Van ancestors did not come directly from the Van lake area, Laura Lushington imported Van patterned cats from various Turkish cities.
    Most of those so called Turkish Vans are no different than other cats – they don’t like water much.

    ”Swimming Vans” anecdotal stories mostly come from the same Turkish Van breeders and should not be taken seriously. Analogically Turks think that the real Van cat which according to them is solid white and odd-eyed (not Van patterned, the latter they call sokak kedisi/street cat), loves swimming. This again proves nothing, as people are keen to believe any absurd they are told to. If false notion is repeated many times and in result stuck in people’s heads, it magically turns to the ”fact” which of course, will not be questioned. But it needs to…

    • Love your comment. Thanks for commenting. What happens on the internet is that people recycle what is already there. And as you say, breeders like to create a bit of mystery and excitement around their cats. They like to make them different. Thank you for reminding us that there is a lot of things that are not quite true on the internet.

  2. Great vid, the cat appears to have one bit of colour on one paw and all the rest black? Very unusual but being wet it could be a tortie darkened by having wet fur.

    • Some cats do love playing in water but cats were never meant to be bathed, they are not human babies needing a bath time, their tongues are designed to clean themselves, bathing a cat regularly is harmful to their coat.
      The only time you should bath a cat is if he is too dirty to clean himself or has something which could be toxic on his fur.
      I know some people think it’s an old wives tale but having worked with various vets and cat experts over many years, they all agreed on this.
      A cat’s saliva has its uses in keeping his coat exactly as it should be, brushing and combing is good but bathing is not.

      • Hello Ruth. Thanks for the info. My vet actually recommended bathing her once a month plus daily brushing d/t her type of coat and this routine has helped a lot in maintaining a healthy coat.

        • Hi Mayen, I’m interested to know if you are in the USA?
          Many of the vets there have the wrong idea about cats, for example many think declawing is acceptable where our vets have never mutilated cats that way.
          In 38 years of cats we’ve never bathed ours, long haired, short haired, all have had/have beautiful healthy coats with daily grooming.
          Rose you are right, stress related illness can be caused in a cat through the ordeal of bathing.
          Most cats hate it because it’s not natural to them.

          • I live in the Philippines, although I lived in the U.S.A. for a long time and I am aware that declawing is acceptable there which I and my cat’s vet are very much against. I am sorry to learn that a kitten died d/t a condition that was brought about by bathing. In my cat’s case, her vet’s recommendation to bathe her monthly is d/t to her coat type which has a tendency to mat, daily brushing was not enough and we had a problem with that, plus we live in a very warm and humid area that has a very dusty atmosphere. My cat may not enjoy going to the vet for her monthly baths but it helps in keeping her healthy. We have been doing this routine for about 3 years now and she turned 4 this year, she has a very sweet disposition, and I am happy to say that her vet gave her a clean bill health on her last visit.

            • I wouldn’t like to have to take one of our cats monthly to a vet for a bath, it sounds very strange and not something I’ve ever heard recommended.
              But if you trust your vet and your cat is happy and healthy there’s no more to be said really except I hope she stays healthy.

      • I agree Ruth but you forgot to mention that the ordeal of unnecessary regular bathing of cats can cause stress related illness also.One of my rescue cats had been subject to a bath every week because she “smelled of cat”
        WHAT???What are cats supposed to smell of?
        She developed a chest complaint and died young,licking at shampooed fur can cause allergies or asthma.
        Some of my cats like to play around a dripping tap,it’s fun to them but I’ve never had one actually play in water.

      • Ruth:
        Why can’t people understand the fact that “a cat is NOT a child, cats are completely self cleaning animals. They’re loving, loyal, curios & very clean, please do not traumatize a cat by giving it a bath, absolutely unnecessary !
        Some cats truly enjoy paying with & in water, late 1986 we adopted a young cat that was a purebred Russian Blue, he loves taking showers but only while perched on my husband’s shoulder, he knew when Frank was taking a shower & would knock on door & wait till someone let him in.
        If outside Keke would sit by water hose till someone turn it on for him, Keke fathered a male kitten (exact replica)Baby Keke loved playing with & in water just like his father. We have been cat lover/rescuers/helpers for over 55 years & it’s very unique how different breeds react differently to water. Every single cat has had a very nice shiny coat, a well fed cat doesn’t need bathing, their raspy tongue is for a reason.
        keenpetite
        Southeast Arizona (USA)

        keenpetite
        Southeast Arizona (USA)

        • Exactly keenpetite! Cats are cats, they like being cats, they are not children to bath and dress up in clothes or push in strollers.
          It breaks my heart that some cats are forced to live un-natural lives, their lives are very short in comparison with ours. They are not for our amusement or as substitute babies, we should do as much as we possibly can to let them live their lives as cats like to live and to enjoy that life.

      • Unusual to see a domestic cat love water so much but, there are lots of cats who do and many more should because their wild cat ancestors in general like water. Two or three actually hunt in water and many live near it. Tigers spend hours in it. I think domestication took the liking of water away from the cat. As you say the domestic cats with a bit of wild in them such as the Bengal and Savannah tend to like water.

  3. People believe that the domestic cat does not like water. As you say this is not true. It depends on the individual cat normally although some cat breeds are more predisposed to liking water.

    If a higher proportion of domestic cats don’t like water it must be because of 10,000 years of domestication.

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