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Does anyone take their cat with them sailing on a monohull? If so where do you place the litter box and what do you use? Do you put a leash on the cat when the cat is outdoors? This is all new too us. Help with whatever you can share please.
 

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I brought 2 kittens from St Marten to LIS. I was single handing. I tried to literally hold the kits and I took my 20 minute catnap... pun intended.... But they got free and went on deck and hunted flying fish. I made a litter box from a poly bin with a nylon fishing line grid for them to stand on. At first in harbor I had sand in there but once they learned the routine no sand was needed. Easy to clean by dipping over board.
They made it to Westport where a friend took them and immediately they ran up a tree and the fire dptmnt had to get them down. Their names were Sancho Panza... aka Sideshow... and Dr. Would... aka Wouldie. I trailed a towel at the stern in case they went over board and needed to climb up. Never happened.
Litter box was at the back of the cockpit.... down wind.
 

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I brought 2 kittens from St Marten to LIS. I was single handing. I tried to literally hold the kits and I took my 20 minute catnap... pun intended.... But they got free and went on deck and hunted flying fish. I made a litter box from a poly bin with a nylon fishing line grid for them to stand on. At first in harbor I had sand in there but once they learned the routine no sand was needed. Easy to clean by dipping over board.
They made it to Westport where a friend took then and immediately they ran up a tree and the fire dptmnt had to get them down. Their names were Sancho Panza... aka Sideshow... and Dr. Would... aka Wouldie. I trailed a towel at the stern in case they went over board and needed to climb up. Never happened.
Great Information thank you so much.
 

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We used to sail with our cat. He liked the boat when it was at anchor, but got scared and seasick if things started rocking too much. There's nothing more pitiful than a seasick cat 🙁. Like most people, he got better with it the longer he was on board, but we eventually donated him to a relative. He's a happy fat apartment cat now.

We kept the litter box below the companion way ladder, in front of the engine compartment. Never had an issue with him using it, with him falling or jumping in.

If I were to go year-round on our boat (right now we're on for 1/2 the year) I'd probably get a kitten and start it off fresh. I think they're great for boat life, but not all older cats can easily adopt to the life.
 

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We used to sail with our cat. He liked the boat when it was at anchor, but got scared and seasick if things started rocking too much. There's nothing more pitiful than a seasick cat 🙁. Like most people, he got better with it the longer he was on board, but we eventually donated him to a relative. He's a happy fat apartment cat now.

We kept the litter box below the companion way ladder, in front of the engine compartment. Never had an issue with him using it, with him falling or jumping in.

If I were to go year-round on our boat (right now we're on for 1/2 the year) I'd probably get a kitten and start it off fresh. I think they're great for boat life, but not all older cats can easily adopt to the life.
Our cat just turned 1 years old. I think we will try this summee and see how she does. Thank you
 

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There is a great group of boaters owned by cats on FB: 'Gatos del Mar'. Consider joining that as well. Lots of good info.

Our land cats readily adapted to being full time boat cats on our monohull ketch.



We use (or at least the cats do...) the Breeze litter system to minimize dust and grit onboard, and so we can pack around a year's worth of supplies in the same space one tub of clumping litter. (And clumping litter in the bilge is a hazard...)

Read our articles about having cats onboard if you are interested in more details and links to some great resources.

Have fun with your Gato del Mar...

Cheers, Bill

PS: I forgot to answer your question about litter box placement: We keep ours in the aft head shower stall. We only move it to use the shower, then put it back when the stall is dry...
 

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There is a great group of boaters owned by cats on FB: 'Gatos del Mar'. Consider joining that as well. Lots of good info.

Our land cats readily adapted to being full time boat cats on our monohull ketch.



We use (or at least the cats do...) the Breeze litter system to minimize dust and grit onboard, and so we can pack around a year's worth of supplies in the same space one tub of clumping litter. (And clumping litter in the bilge is a hazard...)

Read our articles about having cats onboard if you are interested in more details and links to some great resources.

Have fun with your Gato del Mar...

Cheers, Bill
Thank you so much. This is great information
There is a great group of boaters owned by cats on FB: 'Gatos del Mar'. Consider joining that as well. Lots of good info.

Our land cats readily adapted to being full time boat cats on our monohull ketch.



We use (or at least the cats do...) the Breeze litter system to minimize dust and grit onboard, and so we can pack around a year's worth of supplies in the same space one tub of clumping litter. (And clumping litter in the bilge is a hazard...)

Read our articles about having cats onboard if you are interested in more details and links to some great resources.

Have fun with your Gato del Mar...

Cheers, Bill
There is a great group of boaters owned by cats on FB: 'Gatos del Mar'. Consider joining that as well. Lots of good info.

Our land cats readily adapted to being full time boat cats on our monohull ketch.



We use (or at least the cats do...) the Breeze litter system to minimize dust and grit onboard, and so we can pack around a year's worth of supplies in the same space one tub of clumping litter. (And clumping litter in the bilge is a hazard...)

Read our articles about having cats onboard if you are interested in more details and links to some great resources.

Have fun with your Gato del Mar...

Cheers, Bill
Thank you so much this is great information!
 

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bubba daboatkat has a fb group called gatos del mar. is all sea going catties who allow their humans to go along for the ride and be can openers for the trips and fishie catchers. bubba has spent his 16.5 yrs on board boats . he loves his formosa. his litter was under dinette table his food was under dinette table and he slept with his mom. he is happy cat. we got second cat, also loved boat. the best thing about cats on board, aside fromthe companionship is the fact they find issues you will need to address. pressure water leak -- cat willface down. it hisses. ok good kitty. and no bugs on board.. good kitty. and no rattties or mousies on board ..goood kitty., and birdees dont hang around a cat's boat for long. good kitty. and on cold nights cats add warmth to boat.
bubba waits on top step of companionway ladder to have his clothes put on.. harness and tether. goood kitty,. come to gatos del mar and he will welcome you!
 

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bubba daboatkat has a fb group called gatos del mar. is all sea going catties who allow their humans to go along for the ride and be can openers for the trips and fishie catchers. bubba has spent his 16.5 yrs on board boats . he loves his formosa. his litter was under dinette table his food was under dinette table and he slept with his mom. he is happy cat. we got second cat, also loved boat. the best thing about cats on board, aside fromthe companionship is the fact they find issues you will need to address. pressure water leak -- cat willface down. it hisses. ok good kitty. and no bugs on board.. good kitty. and no rattties or mousies on board ..goood kitty., and birdees dont hang around a cat's boat for long. good kitty. and on cold nights cats add warmth to boat.
I just joined that group. Thank you
bubba daboatkat has a fb group called gatos del mar. is all sea going catties who allow their humans to go along for the ride and be can openers for the trips and fishie catchers. bubba has spent his 16.5 yrs on board boats . he loves his formosa. his litter was under dinette table his food was under dinette table and he slept with his mom. he is happy cat. we got second cat, also loved boat. the best thing about cats on board, aside fromthe companionship is the fact they find issues you will need to address. pressure water leak -- cat willface down. it hisses. ok good kitty. and no bugs on board.. good kitty. and no rattties or mousies on board ..goood kitty., and birdees dont hang around a cat's boat for long. good kitty. and on cold nights cats add warmth to boat.
I just joined that group. Thank you
 

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I would be attentive to your cat when she is out on deck at a dock. Cats have a wonderful ability to jump, but they can't take into account the movement of the boat. Be sure to hang a very big 2' to 3" diameter line (a bit frayed) over the side whenever you are not underway, in case your cat falls overboard.
 

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I would be attentive to your cat when she is out on deck at a dock. Cats have a wonderful ability to jump, but they can't take into account the movement of the boat. Be sure to hang a very big 2' to 3" diameter line (a bit frayed) over the side whenever you are not underway, in case your cat falls overboard.
This is great information. I will do just that. Thank you
 

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Our cat came to us as a young adult stray. 6 months later she moved aboard, and has been sailing the Bahamas on a leaky teaky ever since. I did prep her by getting her used to a harness and backpack carrier, and by taking her for longer and longer car rides. Now I can ask her if she wants to go to the beach and she will respond to let me know. I still keep her on a leash be ause she is still afraid of other people and dogs. She knows her boat and how to climb the ladder to get onboard. We let her do her when at the dock. Someone once scared her for climbing on his boat enough while at a Marina to nip her desire to explore other boats in the bud. We always make sure we know where she is before we start moving. Typically she likes to hide in a cockpit cubby while underway. At first we put her in her harness and tethered her in the cockpit to make sure she didn't get out on deck. Now she rarely tries to leave. Her litter box lives under our large nav table and it is filled with pine pellets which we also use in our composting head.
 

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What I thought when I read "cats". I think I am on the wrong thread 🤣 View attachment 146957
I did that once, because it looked cool in the mag (Prindle 16, slightly smaller waves). It went fine and I vowed NEVER to try it again. Sandbar wave jumping.
 
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