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Okay, all you with cats on board will like this one.

How To Give A Pill To A Cat!!!
We had a cat that required two people to give him a pill. The one holding the cat wore welding gloves and bundled the cat in a towel. The other used one of those pill shooters to administer the pill. I'm not sure which job was more dangerous!
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I'm trying to think of a reason to give a pill to a cat.
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The prime solution on giving a Cat a pill....

Take the cat to the Vet. The one who said the cat needed those pills in the first place and let him/her give your shredding machine that pill.
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Power boaters often have a strange compulsion to tell sailors that they don't understand or like sailboats. You don't have to ask their opinion. They're just compelled to let you know they don't approve. Jerks. How do you educate a power boater. Ya can't.

Ditto for people that don't like cats. Absolute compulsion to let you know they don't like them. Take a look at Minnewaska's posts on this thread. Nothing constructive to offer to the original poster, and a hijacking of the thread. If Minne-whatever can explain his compulsion to be a jerk, then maybe it will lead to an understanding of power boaters. Not that there'd be any point to it, though.
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Power boaters often have a strange compulsion to tell sailors that they don't understand or like sailboats. You don't have to ask their opinion. They're just compelled to let you know they don't approve. Jerks. How do you educate a power boater. Ya can't.

Ditto for people that don't like cats. Absolute compulsion to let you know they don't like them. Take a look at Minnewaska's posts on this thread. Nothing constructive to offer to the original poster, and a hijacking of the thread. If Minne-whatever can explain his compulsion to be a jerk, then maybe it will lead to an understanding of power boaters. Not that there'd be any point to it, though.
Pleeeeease. I'm sure most saw the tongue in cheek nature of my posts. I'm sorry if they offended you, but none of it is a hijack within the context of the post. The OP acknowledged the need to "keep the little hellion aboard" and those like me are the reason.

I did offer constructive feedback and was clearly acknowledged as such above. Cats, by nature, will roam around a marina if you do not keep them contained. I hate the furry, allergy and odor spreading rodents anywhere near the place that I go to relax. You are fully entitled to have them on your boat, keep them off mine.

There, I feel better.
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hi,
planning to take cats (2) aboard this summer. these posts have been helpful. rik hall, you mentioned your cat went overboard on three occasions. what were the circumstances? were you underway or at anchor? it would be helpful to know so that I can at least try to anticipate situations in which it may happen.
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cat went overboard on three occasions
  1. I told the first story already - he fell off the outside of Mike's ski boat as he was exploring it at the dock
  2. two trips to the boat later he jumped from the dock to the land (expecting to walk) but he jumped on some flotsam and was rather surprised that he could not walk on the little sticks (Matt 14:30)
    (both of these occured on the Saint John river where we live)
  3. the only time he went in the salt, I was taking him for a ride in the dingy (trying to get him to like it - he still doesn't) and as soon as I was within 10 feet of the sailboat, he heard Linda, saw Mystery and launched himself airborne towards the boat. He's good, but not that good. Splash. He swam like mad towards the stern ladder and I grabbed him as he was trying to climb up the ladder. Still not sure if he would have made it.
He never fell of Mystery, never jumped off Mystery.

He does not like the dingy, and as soon as I get close to the boat, I have to hold his harness until he is within leaping distance. Same goes to coming into the dock.

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I have no intention of letting the little rascal roam. Even though we raised him from a kitten, he's still skittish with us, so if he got loose, he'd be a handful to round up.
Being a cat person myself, I hate to say it--but that should be a warning flag. If he's hard to control normally, he will be _really_ hard to control when you're trying to manage the boat and can't spare the attention.
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thanks, rik,
cats are good travelers - cars, planes, trains, ferries. based on past behavior, I expect they will explore boat fully and then find safe spot below to nap when underway. they both tolerate harness reasonably well so will keep a close watch when at dock. I understand and respect that other boaters don't share our enjoyment of cats. plan to anchor out close to home initially to see how they tolerate onboard situation.
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I read about a couple that made a cat-tunnel out of screen/mosquito netting. It fitted tightly to the fore hatch and the created an outdoor sunroom so that the cat could be "outside" while still locked within the confines of the cabin. This was their solution to keeping the cat onboard while in harbour. I thought it sounded like a pretty good idea.

Even though I'm not a cat person, this blog entry sticks with me: Bika's Blog: Cruising with a cat
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