A cat owner in Oregan has made quite a splash with her five moggies who all go for regular dips in her swimming pool.
Felines are notoriously timid around water, but Mary Ellen Schesser was determined her pets would learn how to swim, after she heard of cats who had fallen into pools nearby and drowned. Scroll down for more...
Nymbus goes for a swim two or three times a summer
Mary Schesser encourages her cats to swim so that they won't drown if they fall in her pool
The author and columnist began carrying her cats into her outside pool three summers ago and now all five are confident in the water.
"We did an experiment and put one of them in the pool. As soon as he was in the water, he just glided beautifully through the water like a sea otter," she said.
"They look a little bit surprised at first. But as soon as they realise they can do it, they become very proud of themselves," she added.
Her 4-year-old silver Persian called Nymbus is particularly adept at kitty paddle. Instead of struggling as he was placed in the pool he waved his submerged paws and calmly swam to the nearest wall when he was let go. Scroll down for more...
Nymbus is carried by his owner Mary Ellen Schesser
Mary-Ellen, who writes a pet tips column in her local newspaper in Oregon, has since taught many more cats to swim.
"The only problem is drying themselves off," she said.
"When a dog gets out of the water, he shakes himself off. Cats try to shake themselves - but really they just have their little pink tongues to lick themselves clean.
"We use a towel to dry them instead." But her enterprising cats won't be entering any Olympic events in the near future. They are only taken into the water a few times each summer so they can remember how to get out again.
Cat owner teaches her five felines to kitty paddle in garden pool | the Daily Mail