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Pets on Board?

How many of you have pets on board. I have cats, and i was thinking on having one of them as a pet on board? Do you think its possible?
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Cats are among the better pets for a ship-borne pet. Tania Aebi had one for much of her circumnavigation. Simon Alvah had one for his trip above the Artic Circle.

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I have to say - it didn't work out that well for me. The cat that I had up in the vee-berth ended up getting eaten by the bull dog. Ever had grilled cat stuffed bull dog? Not as good as you would think.

Up till then the cat did pretty well. Liked to hang out on the little bookshelf ledges and look out the port holes while sailing. I swear that thing was always on the high side of the boat.
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This bull dog was kinda dumb compared to some I have heard of. Can you believe it would pump the head regardless of what it had done? I mean... I even put up a sign over the head... We can't flush with water after _everything_. Only so much tankage!

The cat never even used the litter box I lugged onto the boat. It would go in, but never felt comfortable with the motion of the boat to finish the job. Fortunately never had any issues in the rest of the boat though.

Others may have different experiences with cats, but this is what my spoiled house cat did when I threw it on the boat. Well, until the bull dog ate him.
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Life at sea can be hard on a cat. The Roths (Hal and Margaret) went through two or three of the poor buggers in their jaunt around the Pacific. I don't have the details to hand but they either fell or were washed overboard.

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Life at sea can be hard on a cat. The Roths (Hal and Margaret) went through two or three of the poor buggers in their jaunt around the Pacific. I don't have the details to hand but they either fell or were washed overboard.

ps - Tenuki, I believe you are being a tad mischeivous. Amusing nonetheless.
Yay! I fooled someone! I thought this would just be funny because of Gui's reaction. But now! *plans to impersonate more well known sailnet personalities*

But seriously - do you really think they fell off or were washed overboard? What is the chance they just got sick of the buggers sleeping on their faces and threw them overboard... Thats right... High. Real high.
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Bringing the cats (two) along was one of The Admiral's ideas behind getting a boat. Now she's thinkin' maybe it wouldn't work out well, after all. (Which I kind of rather thought all along.) Our cats are very skittish. Perhaps the most paranoid, twitchy cats I've ever known. Love 'em nonetheless, but I don't think they'd take well to bein' hauled out of the house, dropped in the cabin of a 30' sailboat, and then dealing with the activity on the boat--particularly the motion, the heeling, the coming about, the... well, pretty much the everything.

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Put some catnip on the spreaders. They'll go up...and firemen don't come take cats down from boats, so they'll stay up there forever.

The good lord invented cats so dogs would have a cheap supply of fresh chewy toys.
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