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September 3, 2010 10:17 AM   Subscribe

This Sphynx cat really enjoys playing with the water in its bath. Apparently this isn't uncommon.
posted by quin (25 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Savannah cats enjoy playing in the water too. As a bonus, they don't look like hairless freaks. Wikipedia notes that "Presenting a water bowl to a Savannah may also prove a challenge, as some will promptly begin to bat all the water out of the bowl until it is empty, using their front paws." Proving that even Savannah cats are jerks.
posted by Nelson at 10:26 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I had a generic moggie when I lived in Papua New Guinea, and it would quite happily walk in to the shower when I was in there.
Not sure what this one anecdote has to add to the overall study of cats and if they really don't like water, but I thought I would just add a data point.
posted by Megami at 10:32 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


That kind of cat looks like a cross between a cat and a raw whole chicken from the grocery store. But SO CUTE with the paws in the water!
posted by GuyZero at 10:33 AM on September 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Well now we know why they're all wrinkly.
posted by Lou Stuells at 10:38 AM on September 3, 2010 [5 favorites]


Awwww, this makes me miss my Devon Rexes, who also loved to play in the tub and shower!
posted by iamkimiam at 10:39 AM on September 3, 2010


GuyZero: "That kind of cat looks like a cross between a cat and a raw whole chicken"

Hee, I call this the chicken shot.
posted by iamkimiam at 10:45 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


So Cat the Cat, a black and white Maine Coon, was very ...insistent in the morning. I'd wake up to her staring me in the face and pull her off before going to the bathroom. Sorry Cat, but my needs come first. I'd go to the bathroom for a quick shower while she waited outside the door, occasionally mewing and waiting - either at the door or by her bowl, occasionally going off to bug another family member to feed her. One day I forgot to close the door and she came right into the bathroom when I was in mid-shower. She walked up, got into the shower , stood under the water and STARED at me.

I fed her before showering after that.
posted by The Whelk at 10:46 AM on September 3, 2010 [11 favorites]


And here's the trussed chicken shot, sans string.
posted by iamkimiam at 10:47 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


That Savannah cat looks scary as shit. Sure, it likes bath time, but it loves eating your face off while you sleep.
posted by afx237vi at 10:55 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can we breed the Savannah cat to the fishing cat? Then throw in some Russian Blue and maybe a Bengal? The idea is to breed cats which will use diving boards.
posted by adipocere at 10:58 AM on September 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


I like how the cat is playing with his tail in the last clip, like a tub toy! My Mr. Furley likes to get his moustache wet in the tub and drink from the faucet like a fountain, but that is as far as he'll go.
posted by medeine at 11:15 AM on September 3, 2010


God they all just look ... larval.
posted by penduluum at 11:23 AM on September 3, 2010


Larval sphynx kittens. Also; absurdly cute.
posted by quin at 11:26 AM on September 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


Borderlands Books in San Francisco had a Sphynx named Ripley.

When my wife and I first saw Ripley, we thought she was grotesque. Why would anyone choose to look at such a thing?

Then my wife sat on one of their benches, and Ripley jumped in her lap and snuggled, and I went over and pet her, and about two minutes later we thought she was cute and couldn't imagine why we ever thought otherwise.
posted by Zed at 11:30 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is the first time I've ever found this breed at all appealing. I love the one whose owner gave him all the tub toys.
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:30 AM on September 3, 2010


Sphinx and Rexes often like to play fetch too! In my mind, they are the best of cats and dogs, but all cat. Also, hypoallergenic.

(I used to throw hairbands and twisted up pipe cleaners and whatnot and they'd bring 'em back to me. So flippin' cute.)
posted by iamkimiam at 11:46 AM on September 3, 2010


about two minutes later we thought she was cute and couldn't imagine why we ever thought otherwise.

Two minutes is just about the amount of time it takes for the toxoplasma to kick in.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:47 AM on September 3, 2010 [7 favorites]


Oddly enough, hairless cats actually require more grooming that regular cats. Bathing is actually a necessity, not just a photo op.
posted by tommasz at 12:02 PM on September 3, 2010


"Don't worry guys, it's not a cat."
posted by mikoroshi at 12:27 PM on September 3, 2010


Turkish Vans are another water-friendly cat breed, and their coat is water-repellent and well adapted life around water.
posted by Evilspork at 2:42 PM on September 3, 2010


Evilspork: "Turkish Vans are another water-friendly cat breed, and their coat is water-repellent and well adapted life around water."

That might be the reason why there are more videos of Sphynx cats playing in water than others; not only do they enjoy it more, they also don't look like typical wet cats. There's hardly anything more sad-looking than a regular cat that is in the process of taking a bath, just a bundle of clinging fur and stick-like limbs, their natural fluid movements reduced to a slithering parody, and their keen normally senses dulled by the encroaching water.

Tigers, on the other hand...
posted by PontifexPrimus at 3:17 PM on September 3, 2010


Two minutes is just about the amount of time it takes for the toxoplasma to kick in.

The voices in my head say "Kill. Meow. Meow."
posted by Zed at 3:36 PM on September 3, 2010


This is too precious... my parents have three sphinxes actually, but they all can't stand their baths.
posted by Gordafarin at 5:59 PM on September 3, 2010


One day I forgot to close the door and she came right into the bathroom when I was in mid-shower. She walked up, got into the shower , stood under the water and STARED at me.

I read a story, once, about a family that rehabilitated wildlife; they had a rescued hawk, with a specific diet. Chicken neck. The father of the family stepped out of the shower; and lo! The hawk spotted what seemed to be its breakfast, peeking from behind a bath towel.

Divers alarums and merriment ensued.

I fed her before showering after that.


Very reasonable. Does she like chicken neck?
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:07 PM on September 3, 2010


My fluffball Maine Coon (the vet and I think he is... he was abandoned, can't know for sure) gets in the shower with me too. It started the day after I'd taken off my glass shower door and put in a rod and curtain... Mister SmartyFurryPants waltzed through the curtain and sat himself between my feet, right under the falling water. He's been addicted ever since. I let him in; he asks for it now. He only ever gets soaking wet when I'm in there with him though, which is kind of impossible to film. I never imagined one day having to make sure that my cat's tail wasn't blocking the shower drain while the water was running...

The few days I've shut him out, whether accidentally or because I was running late and didn't want to take the time needed to dry him off (he has his own towel now), he's launched himself at the bathroom door repeatedly and meowed in his "human!!! I am PISSED! OFF!" voice. Ahhh, cats.
posted by fraula at 7:30 AM on September 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


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