Most people know that cats enjoy fish. Crack open a can of salmon cat food and see if your cat doesn’t magically materialize right in front of you, licking his lips. Less common is the knowledge that cats are actually fairly competent anglers when they’re committed to it. There’s even a species of cat, Prionailurus viverrinus, that subsist mainly on fish they catch.
The most common method of feline fishing is gently tapping the water’s surface with the paw. This apparently fools the fish into thinking there’s a tasty bug waiting for them, which is when the cat strikes, grabbing the fish and prancing off with a fresh meal.