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post #21 of 75 Old 11-12-2007
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I am still wondering why you say the gaff is not the appropriate tool for bringing a cat back on board?
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Hi ,I know this is an old post and lots of input, we have cats aboard for about three years now and theylove it, I mean really love it, one cat who at home talks non stop is so relaxed on board and the other smiles if you know what I mean.
I would like to know though what others do about the litter box? we have ours in our wet locker room but it is always in the way, we use non clumping so that there is no buildup in our bilge pump hoses if any gets out of the box, and as you all know it gets out of the box.....daily cleaning......we love our cats on board, but is there any other options?

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Hi ,I know this is an old post and lots of input, we have cats aboard for about three years now and theylove it, I mean really love it, one cat who at home talks non stop is so relaxed on board and the other smiles if you know what I mean.
I would like to know though what others do about the litter box? we have ours in our wet locker room but it is always in the way, we use non clumping so that there is no buildup in our bilge pump hoses if any gets out of the box, and as you all know it gets out of the box.....daily cleaning......we love our cats on board, but is there any other options?

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Hi Mark.
What I've done for a litter box is use a large rubbermaid type container with a cat-sized opening cut in one end where the cat enters.
And as was mentioned earlier, I too use a green, fake grass mat to help clean their little paws as they exit.
I can leave the lid on the container and she gets a little privacy.
Cats are kinda modest after all.
Also we don't have to look at it and whatever odors that are inevitably produced, can be partially contained as well.
I am not a live aboard now but have had a cat aboard when I did.
I think that the hassle of having a pet aboard is outweighed by the benefits.
One last note, in case you haven't thought about it: get the cat a nice little travel container to use as a safe refuge aboard the boat. She will have a place to go when she get scared. Rough weather, loud strangers, etc. You can also use it to contain the cat when you know that she is in danger or is being too much of a nuisance. Some cats don't seem to know that the main salon table is off limits during dinner.
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LOL that is funny.....
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Thanks Steve for the info, right now we have the litterbox in our shower room, but it gets in the way, has anyone ever trained a cat to use the head? like at home?
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Mark,
I live aboard and also go sailing with my cat Dinghy. I tried to train him to use the head but he is bigger than the toilet, and the mess of catlitter was terrible. I now use a cat box in the head and move it when neccessary. He hides when we go out and the engine is running or it is rough and the sails are up.
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It took a bit of adjusting (on my part) But pearl has setteled right in.
She had been dumped twice before she found me. the litter issue is best delt with a enclosed box with a cat flap, the fake grass mat does help, and so does the vacumme twice a week.

Took some real adjusting to the litter on the floor in the AM but we are getting there

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We tried bringing one of our cats onborad one nice afternoon, it did not work out well. She just put her head in a dark spot and did not want to go outside. I guess she got seasick.
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