Learning to Swim

I have a rule…barn cats here must know how to swim.
I have a reason for that rule…our metal water trough holds 200 gallons of water. With 4 horses, when it’s hot, I’m filling this daily.
Cats have been known to walk the edges of the trough.
Cats have been known to fall off the edges of the trough.
Horses have been known to push cats off the edges of the trough.

200 gallons of water is deep when you are little. I do put a cinder block in there, so they can climb up on it and jump out, but, they have to get to the block in the first place…

So, barn cats must know how to swim.
And, I must take pictures of the process…

This was the first time a cat had to swim...

This was the first time a cat had to swim…

Oreo had been walking on the edge, balancing as only a cat can, and had fallen in. As you can see, the trough was almost full. I ultimately had to scoop her out, because she couldn’t quite catch the side well enough. And so, we knew, cats needed to know how to swim, and we needed something they could get a boost up off of in the water.

Xena was panicking at first...

Xena was panicking at first…

"Oh, wait...I can stand up in this!"

“Oh, wait…I can stand up in this!”

We waited to give Xena, Felix and Grey their swim lessons until the trough was lower. Low enough that they could stand up and have their heads above the water.

Felix stood up right away, and had no problems leaping out.

Felix stood up right away, and had no problems leaping out.

GreyCat was not impressed.

GreyCat was not impressed.

She leaped out fairly easily, but stood on the fence yelling at me for putting her in the water.

She leaped out fairly easily, but stood on the fence yelling at me for putting her in the water.

And then there was Blue…who refused to go in, even after she was snuffled and licked by Ruby…

Blue Meets Ruby

Second time she met Ruby up close and personal…

Blue and RubyShe wasn’t impressed with Ruby either time.
lol 😛

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3 thoughts on “Learning to Swim

  1. It’s a good rule. We’ve never had a cat in ours, however I have found various other wildlife creatures that decided to take a drink and could not find their way out 😦

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  2. Shadow says:

    What fun. Can I take a swim with you all? I have never swam in a hourse trough, but I do swim with my humans in the river during the summer. I cannot wait for better weather so the humans will take me out in the kayak toy again.

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  3. What a great idea, and smart too! I thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures of the cats taking their turns as they gave it a go. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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