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Re: Now what

Bob it was just out of interest that I asked. I have had dogs in the past and when they passes on, I always said never to get another one, only to find myself with a puppy a few month later. In any event, I am going to try and do the best I can for Velcro in the time that we have together. Just came back in after serving breakfast to my new XO and he was still sleeping. I put one of my fleece jumpers into the travel box I got for him and he seems to have accepted it and is having a lay in this morning in that thing. I guess he is not going to be to disturbed when I take him on that 3 hour drive back to the boat on Saturday now that the travel box is something he is used to being in.
Thank you folks for all your input so far, it is a great help for both of us

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Me thinks the ones that are outside at night have a more precarious existence.
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Well Velcro is not going to get an overdose of car thats for sure
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Re: Now what

I've had a cat for most of my life, and "Demon" is my current kitty and has been with me for the 10 years I lived aboard and now the 2 in the house. She loves the boat! Recently we had the house sprayed for spiders (I don't do spiders) and I evacuated her to the boat which she hadn't been on for a few months. She was thrilled to be back and immediately went to verify that the essentials were there:

Litter box? Check.
Food dish? Check.
Scratching post? Check.
Water? Check.

Demon used to fall overboard at the dock once or twice a year and be back out in seconds. At anchor I don't let her roam around the boat unless I'm aboard. We keep a long handled fishing net for cat retrieval if she were go over at anchor. Underway she stays below unless it's flat calm. Occcccasionally she will come up while under sail but will always stay near the companionway out of the wind.

The one time I had a mouse come aboard by running up my dockline Demon had eaten it by morning. Not before the little bugger had sampled 10 different food items though, but in the end he was the sample dish....

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Yes you do need to go to the vet and get him/her fixed and get shots. If you wanted you could skip some of the shots because Velcro will essentially be an indoor kitty and won't be fighting with other cats. On the other hand it's better to get all the shots for paperwork/visa purposes. Keep all vet records.

You will want him/her fixed. If it's a he, he'll be less likely to spray inside. If it's a she, well, having a cat in heat on a small boat is quite the experience. Ask me how I know....

I'm not a fan like Bob is of the natural litter. CLUMPING cat litter is the way. It takes the urine and turns it into easy to scoop chunks. Poop is already in chunks, so you scoop the box but rarely have to empty it. The non-clumping litters let the urine soak to the bottom and you have to empty and scrub the box periodically.

I've read about a cruiser that used aquarium pebbles instead of litter. They would scoop out the poop and then dump the pebbles into a mesh bag and wash it over the side. Not sure if it would work but I've been wanting to try it some day....

I would get a litter box now and put the cat in it periodically to train them to use it. They are born with an instinct/preference for sand/dirt/litter but you might still want to get him used to it. You can dig in it too to show him.

One last piece of advice. Get yourself some natural fiber rope, like manilla or hemp. Wrap your mast on the inside of your boat with the natural fiber rope. It'll look good, insulate your boat from the cold mast, and the cat will LOVE the scratching post/tree that he can climb. My mast rope is still going strong after being a full time scratching post for 10 years. I also made a hammock out of string and a piece of fleece and some safety pins and put the hammock up on the ceiling by a portlight next to the mast. The cat would race up the tree and jump into the hammock where she was high, warm, and could see out the window. Kitties love hammocks.

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Great cat pics!

The litter I use, The World's Best Cat Litter, is clumping and very easy to clean up. I use the three tray litter box with the screen layer. It makes changing litter very easy.

Maybe Ferret should look into one of those systems available to train the cat to use the head. That would be ideal and I have heard it works.
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Maybe Ferret should look into one of those systems available to train the cat to use the head. That would be ideal and I have heard it works.
Maybe an electric head. Even my 18 pound tom cat would have hard time with the pump. Switching from wet to dry would be interesting.
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My list of thongs to do and get is getting longer by the day. No sooner have I come back from wally world to get something for the little guy there is another tip and trick on here
I think we are getting there now though. As far a litter training goes right now. Well here in this house he can't come inside as the dog is not fond of cats. So he has all of the US at the moment to do his bit in and He is going to think I am mad if I tried to get him to piddle in a tray out in the wild. So that one will have to wait till we get to the boat and I probably have to do the odd bit of cleaning before he gets the hang of it, butthats the situation so far. As far as his transport box goes, he spends most of the day in it and all of the nights. So that should not come a to big a shock to him when I take him on the trip back to the marina. As he is used to that thing now, its not going to be that difficult to take him to the vet either to have done what needs doing. So i guess we are well on the way now to a life on board for Velcro.

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Michael:
That is very good that he likes his travel box. He feels safe in there.

Cats are a lot easier to potty train than dogs. Cats are clean by nature. I really don't think you will have any problem with this on the boat.
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The upside is that I don't have any carpet on the boat, so if it does take a little while for him to get used to the litter box, its easy to clean up. We will see how the little guy does.
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