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Can house cats swim?

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Domestic cats are naturally capable of swimming, although they typically do not enjoy water. One reason why cats avoid water is that their coats becomes waterlogged when submerged.

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The domestic cat is a small, carnivorous mammal of the Felidae family. It hunts using its sharp, retractable claws and its powerful jaw, which can deliver a fatal bite to prey by severing the spinal cord. Domestic cats are proficient at maintaining body temperature, despite a lack of sweat glands. The domestic cat pants in order to relieve excess heat and conserves heat by reducing blood flow to the skin. A domestic cat can drink seawater due to its extraordinarily efficient kidneys.

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