Cats in baths never fail to make feline fans chuckle. As much as we adore our precious kitties, we can't deny that many of them have a love-hate relationship with the bathtub — emphasis on the "hate." That said, we know deep down that our four-legged friends enjoy that good ol' clean feeling once they're done in the tub. (Not that they'd ever admit this to us, of course.)
Why do cats hate baths so much?
No one knows the exact reason why so many cats hate baths, according to veterinarian Mary Fuller, DVM. In an article for Vet Street, Dr. Fuller writes: "Some behaviorists think it’s because the domesticated cat’s early ancestors lived in dry regions of Africa, where they had relatively little exposure to water. In other words, today’s felines simply didn’t inherit behaviors associated with water."
That said, it's worth noting that not all felines snarl at the thought of bath time. According to Animal Planet, the Turkish Van cat is one breed that actually enjoys taking a dip every now and then. It's not super shocking that this kitty's ancestors were known to soak in lake waters to soothe themselves from the heat of the sun.
If you have a pet cat of a different breed who adores the water, consider yourself very lucky. Not very many of us can say the same thing. The good news? Cats don't usually need baths from humans most of the time. According to Catster, felines are typically pretty darn good at grooming themselves naturally. (Hey, maybe they just think they can do a better job of cleaning than us!)
However, we can't deny that our cats do need help sometimes, especially when they find themselves getting really messy (mud, anyone?). As the owners of the cats below found out, these pets might not exactly be happy about accepting that type of help — leading to the most hilariously relatable and adorable facial expressions. Let's just hope these kitties forgot about their baths by the next day!
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