Nathan the Beach Cat is Basically a Mermaid


Meet Nathan. Nathan is a cat.

At first blush, Nathan seems like any other cat, really; bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and completely adorable.  But Nathan is pretty special. 



The status quo for cats and water is pretty much the same as oil and water: they just don't mix. But not for Nathan! 

You see, Nathan is basically a mermaid; a purrmaid, if you will. 



This rescue kitty absolutely loves swimming in the sea! 



The confident little purrmaid was adopted by her forever parents, Rian and Melissa, earlier this year. She was found by the Queensland RSPCA, abandoned, in a box on the side of a highway.


The name Nathan started as a joke but it seemed to fit the special feline purrfectly. 


"Once we brought her home we actually quite liked the name and it stuck, despite not really being a girl's name," Nathan's owners told Daily Mail Australia. "It still makes us laugh sometimes and we can't imagine her being named anything else!" 


Nathan was an indoor cat when they adopted her, but they wanted to see if she'd like the outdoors as the couple lived a very active lifestyle.

They decided to test the waters, so to speak, and brought Nathan along on one of their trips to the beach.



"She followed us as we walked around the beach. She was a very good girl and didn't even need her leash," Melissa told BuzzFeed News. "Rian walked into the water, and Nathan followed him in."



"Each time we took her to the beach, her confidence would grow and she would wet herself more and more until she would eventually swim!" said Melissa. 



This intrepid kitten is even learning how to conquer the waves. 

You can find more of Nathan's amazing beach-side adventures on her Instagram account! 


Do you have a cat that loves water? Or maybe just loves adventuring? Let us know in the comments! 

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  • John

    Thank you. Interesting story. Bethany Cosentino once remarked: “I was looking at pictures of cats laying out on the beach and I thought, “Cats hate water, so why would they like the beach?” But then I realized that cats like to just lay around and lounge and be lazy, and what better place to do that than on the beach?” Https://

  • carolyn

    that’s so cute!!!!!🐱‍🚀

  • carolyn

    that’s so cute!!!!!🐱‍🚀

  • Karin Forsberg

    I hope they rinse her off with fresh water, thoroughly. Licking all that salt can’t be good for her. I will truly believe that she loves saltwater when she goes in by herself without her humans urging her on.

  • Patty wilson

    Bless your hearts! Nathan is so beautiful and obviously loves you. I have 3 all black cats all rescues. Never could I imagine them swimming in salt water.

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