Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cat do things a little different "down under"...


PetsPeople.com It's winter in the southern hemisphere, but Melbourne's famous swimming cat doesn't mind staying out of the pool for a while — she has her baths to satisfy her love of water.

That's right, Prinny the cat relishes taking a dip now and then, and her doglike capacity to swim and be wet has produced baffled headlines the world over.

Her owner, 19-year-old Rebecca Lee, has been pleasantly surprised by all the attention. To her, 2-year-old Prinny is just another one of her swimming cats — Lee's family has another cat, Tommy, who enjoys doing a few watery laps now and then.

"Even when she was little, we used to give her baths, and she never jumped out," Lee tells PEOPLEPets.com. "And then when we got the pool, she would always hang around. It was a really hot day, I had her in my arms, and I just decided to walk her in — and she liked it!"

When one of Lee's dogs, Bandit, was experiencing back problems, she decided to try water therapy, and took him to Doggy Paddle, a hydrotherapy pool. She told the owner, Jacque Olsen, about Prinny's unique abilities, and Olsen suggested that Lee bring Prinny in with Bandit as well.

Other observers of Prinny's aquatic nature are usually just confused.

"They don't understand why a cat actually likes swimming," she says, "but they think it's really weird and cool."

9 comments:

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That is so funny that she likes to swim - I have heard about cats like that a few times but it always amazes me!

Brian said...

I'm not so sure that I want to give that a try anytime soon!

Jacqueline said...

Prinny is a darling girl and how cool that she enjoys the pool; we love her picture!!...We don't mind water too much, but don't know about diving into the pool anytime soon!MOL...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

That is one C~A~RAZY cat!

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that's pretty amazing. Our cat likes to drink from the bath faucet, but I doubt he'd be up for taking a swim...

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Maybe it's cause it's super hot? Still sounds crazy to us!

violinmuffin said...

Wow that is soooo cool! We bathe all 3 of our cats but 1 of them especially doesn't like water. He freaks out even when I try to get a glass of water when he's in my arms!

My Journey said...

Hello,
I found your blog while I was searcing about the kitty that climbed on a cop while he was writing a ticket. I didn't like the way he treated the kitty and as much as I searched I couldn't find anything about the kitty. Do u know anything? Does the kitty have a home? I was so mad to see even news people went there but it's like people didn't care nothing else but the news. Please let me know if u know anything. I know it's not a new news but I came across recently. Thanks a lot. Oh by the way there is no way I can bathe my spoiled rotten cat. She will kill me in my sleep :)

Tigger said...

That is such a great picture! I like to roll in puddles myself, but only when my mom is not watching!