Originally Posted by midlifesailor
- dealing with a litter box on board, which is my first concern.
- Secondly is how to keep the little hellion aboard. Do those of you that keep cats aboard allow them on deck or keep them below?
Yes - we are now cat persons. A year ago March we got a rescued SPCA cat. He was two at the time. We decided that he would be a boat cat. Period.
Fortunately he agreed.
He has a 180 degree crook in the end of his tail - hence "Captain Hook
Answers: - we use a Tupperware container for his litter - we have the same size one at home - he never makes a mistake, buries everything and there is no smell.
He wears a "harness" to which I sewed some military reflective tape. He is jet black - if he goes overboard at night we will never see him.
We tend to anchor or take a mooring because, like another poster implied, he likes to explore other boats. And for those who do not like cats, we would rather make friends than enemies.
He walks well on the harness.
He has been a major delight in our lives and on our boat. We have a local SPCA calendar to which you can submit pet photos. Captain Hook is "Mr. July" this year - shown on our boat, of course.
Yes - take the cat, enjoy that cat and be responsible with him/her/it.
BTW - they do not make cat life jackets. Because of the skeletal structure of a cat, unlike a dog where a life jacket keeps their head up above the water, on a cat it affects their equilibrium as well as puts their head under water. (No sick cat jokes please)
BTW 2 - he does not like the water but swims very well - but that's another story - maybe later.
Rik, Linda and Captain Hook