Is this sentence, "The cat paws in the water to get the fish" grammatically correct?
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The cat paws in the water to get the fish.
The sentence is grammatical but unusual.
The verb paw has an intransitive form:
4 : to flail or grab wildly
The dictionary also provides an example sentence that uses paws intransitively:
// She pawed through her purse to find her cell phone.
The verb tense aside, she pawed through her purse is the same construction as the cat paws in the water. It describes somebody (or something) who simply paws—and then follows it with a prepositional phrase.
I would not say that the sentence is common—normally the transitive form of the verb would be used—but it's not wrong.
Note that the meaning of the sentence (in its intransitive form) is something like the following:
The cat flailed in the water in an attempt to get the fish.
The sentence could be understood as "The cat's paw is in the water." The sentence in quotes adds a missing possessive and a verb to denote the presence of the cat's paw in the water.