The black cat has no name but has become a celebrity among the 200 members of the Changjiang River Winter Swimming Club in Chongqing.
It swims at least 50 metres each day in the cold and broad river, reports the Chongqing Business Daily newspaper.
Club member, Sang Changjiang, said the cat had been swimming with the club for four months - even though it's only six months old.
It's talent for swimming was discovered one afternoon when a club member accidentally knocked the cat into the river when diving into the water from a boat.
"We knew the cat was terrified of water and thought it might drown in the swirling river. But it swam furiously to get close to the boat and was rescued," said Sang.
From then on, club members always took the cat swimming with them, and after only ten days it could swim by itself without assistance.
"Each afternoon around 4pm, we would take it to swim and it has become part of its daily life," added Sang.
After its daily dip, the cat licks itself dry then falls asleep on a sofa on the boat, owned by a club member, which is its home. (Chongqing Business Daily)