Next month I am moving to a house with a swimming pool. It is already security fenced to keep the dogs out but what I want to know is, my cat goes out in the back yard sometimes (because he uses the dog door) and should I be worried about him falling in the pool?
Has this ever happened to anyone? Does a cat know how to get out of a pool if it falls in? Can they swim?
I don't know if they can swim or not but I know someone that their cat fell in and drowned. Does it have the steps up where if it did fall in it might could get out. My girlfriend's pool had the steps up but this was also a very young cat. Their dogs even get on the diving board and jump in. They also like to lay on it and sun. It looks so funny, but they love it.
it actually does have a lot of seating areas around the edges but not everywhere. I'm really concerned about his safety but there's no way to keep him in unless I remove the dog door and then the dogs would always be locked in. I can't throw the dogs out because they are bulldogs and need to be in the house where the temperature is constant and mild.
Usually cats will go no where near a pool but I have a kitten here that loves to get in the bath tub with me when I take my bath. She jumps in and loves to stand under the running water. Lucky we don't have a pool LOL!
that sounds really cute. i also have another kitty that doesn't like to be bathed but he loves to stand in the sink and play in the running water. Cats that like water are definitely out of the norm aren't they.
I hope you are right, that he won't want to go near it. my other cat is too much of a scaredy cat to ever go outside so I don't have to worry about him.
I wouldn't worry about him falling in. I always had indoor cats growing up so I can't say for sure, but there are stray cats that run trrough people's yards all the time. You just don't hear of cats falling in pools very often. I would take him outside with you and see what he does around the pool. He'll probably be curious and get close to the edge to sniff it out, but cat's are pretty instictively smart. I would be more worried about him drinking the chloriene water than anything. But if you have a bowl of his own water on the patio he probably wont' mess with the pool water. Good luck. From one cat lover to another. P.S. My husband and I are adopting a kitten from petsmart today. We have 1 adult male right now, but we're ready for another. We're newleyweds and not quite ready for kids so cats are the cheaper way to go for now. LOL.
like sammy said, cats have a well developed instinct and know what to keep away from. I was having similar concerns about my cat not falling over the window, but it always knows how to appreciate distance when jumping up to the window ledge. ----- My name is Lili and I like drawing cat portraits in pencil and pastel. http://www.pencilonpaper.com/gallery
***Edited By: lilicats on 10/13/2011 3:53:41 AM*** Reason: cats