This blog helps you to know about Can My Cat Swim? What About The Scientific Method? House cats are good at a few things mostly sleeping and destroying things, but can they swim?
Can My Cat Swim?
We probably all have an opinion on this important question. And some of us, unfortunately, have directly experienced a cat coming into contact with water.
For a scientist, however, such questions are best answered by applying what is known as “The Scientific Method”.
The first step in the method is:
To Propose A Correct Answer
It is also the most cautious one. “Cats cannot swim”. This is called Null Hypothesis, null means nothing, or zero.
The next step is:
To Collect Evidence In A Systematic Way To Test The Hypothesis
We can either reject the null hypothesis, or fail to reject it.
Yes, this is a negation of a negation, but remember, scientists are cautious. The simplest way to test whether cats can swim would be to toss about a hundred of them, one at a time and on separate occasions, into a pool of water. Of course, if any of the cats failed to swim we’d rescue them before they came to any harm.
Anything else would be unethical.
Fortunately for science, the internet hosts a lot of videos about cats, more than 1 million on YouTube alone.
And it looks like some cats actually can swim. However, if you divide the number of swimming cat videos by all the cat videos on YouTube you see them swimming in less than 1%.
In any case, we now have multiple pieces of data: videos of cats swimming in deep water, to provide evidence and support rejecting the null hypothesis.
Does This Mean That Cats Can Definitely Swim?
After all, those videos could have been faked. Direct and humane observation of many cats may be the best way to answer this question.
So, we suggest, if you really want to know if cats can swim, you spend as much time as possible watching them amble, paddle and sleep their way through their days.
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