Determined to save had fallen into the water cat, the man found a long rope. Good thing cats have sense enough to grab the rope. Cats are excellent swimmers and afraid of water to swim not.
If closely to consider a situation in which the cat is negative to the water, it appears that fear of the water is not to blame. The cat is the observer. In this situation, for her, there are two negative factors: the enforced contact with the owner, and completely pointless in its understanding the procedure of cleaning.
She may well clean up itself, and perfume additives that are present in detergents, from the point of view of the cat smell disgusting.