• November 30, 2019 at 5:05 am#42743
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    As per the subject, we’re currently trying our best to decide what to do with our cat; actually it’s not strictly speaking our cat, we somewhat inherited him when we moved in to the house we rent, he belonged (I guess) to the previous owners who moved 8km away, but he kept escaping there and coming back here so eventually after round 8 or 9 of this we sort of gave up calling them and they never called us. So we ended up with a cat.

    We are somewhat stuck on what to do with this majestic Catbeast (that’s his name :P) because he’s a very outdoorsy cat. Except in winter. But basically, he loves having territory, he loves defending it from the other cats around here, and in summer he generally pops in for food and leaves again.

    We’d love to take him on the boat, we’re pretty confident he’d be alright with that, but he would probably be bored out of his skull because there’s nowhere to go, and our main worry is that if we let him loose on land (or just in general at a marina) that he would try to find his way back to where we currently live.

    Keeping him locked in or on a leash also seems a bit… iffy.

    I guess I don’t really have a very solid question here beyond “anyone got any ideas to make this boat-transition work” – because if it doesn’t seem like it’s going to work out we need to ensure we find him a good home near where we are now.

    November 30, 2019 at 9:15 am#42746
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    Hi Ben,

    Did you see my post from yesterday about Millie? https://followtheboat.com/ftbmates/topic/millies-not-well/

    We’ve been asked this question lots of times, as I’m sure you can imagine. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Some cats adapt well to boat life while others hate it. The only way to find out is to try, but be prepared for Catbeast to be a non-boaty cat, so have a back-up plan.

    Millie came on board as an abandoned kitten and it’s the only life she’s known. She hates living on land. She’s much less stressed at anchor or on passage because she doesn’t need to defend her territory. In marinas she gets anxious because that’s when it’s all about fending off other cats, which is something that upsets her.

    We love Millie more than anything, but would never have another animal on board:

    1. You spend too much of your time worrying about their safety;
    2. You spend the whole time in marinas worrying they’ll go missing;
    3. Having a cat (any pet) on board makes it problematic to visit some countries;
    4. You can seldom find someone you trust enough to look after the cat while you go travelling or visit family back home. Our land-based travels are restricted to two nights max. We never get to go back to UK together, one of us stays on SY Esper to look after Millie.
    5. Do it for the cat, not you. If the cat could have a loving home somewhere else…

    I’m sorry the news isn’t all shiny and bright, but you know us, we tell it like it is.

    Catbeast sounds like a real character!

    Liz x

     

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 30, 2019 at 5:36 pm#42768
    Nigel Berry
    Bosun
    @enessbee

    Twenty years or so ago we picked up our then new-born kitten on our travels in Cyprus (mother was poisoned by the local cat hater at Larnaca Marina). The kids loved her but as Liz said it was a constant worry. On passage, where was she? At anchor the same. We lost her overboard sometime during the night while staying at Lagos Marina. My son (aged 10) found her among the shoreside rocks in the morning – very much bedraggled – she’s had to swim a longish way to get there.

    We heard many tales of yachts known to us losing a much-loved cat overboard and the anguish of carrying out a fruitless search back down their track.

    We all loved Cleo and she lived to a good old age on terra firma but I would never have a pet cat on board again – ever.

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    November 30, 2019 at 8:10 pm#42773
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    I’m sorry the news isn’t all shiny and bright, but you know us, we tell it like it is. Catbeast sounds like a real character! Liz x

    Thanks Liz, I still prefer hearing it like it is 😀 And yes, he is a character! We’ll have to think it over some more, in essence we’re fine with the “restrictions” having a pet on board brings, just not sure if he’d take to it and be a happy cat.

    November 30, 2019 at 8:13 pm#42774
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    Twenty years or so ago we picked up our then new-born kitten on our travels in Cyprus (mother was poisoned by the local cat hater at Larnaca Marina). The kids loved her but as Liz said it was a constant worry. On passage, where was she? At anchor the same. We lost her overboard sometime during the night while staying at Lagos Marina. My son (aged 10) found her among the shoreside rocks in the morning – very much bedraggled – she’s had to swim a longish way to get there. We heard many tales of yachts known to us losing a much-loved cat overboard and the anguish of carrying out a fruitless search back down their track. We all loved Cleo and she lived to a good old age on terra firma but I would never have a pet cat on board again – ever.

    Yeah that echoes our worries as well, especially since our Catbeast is highly independent, he’d probably up and vanish to go do something cat-like and re-appear whenever he feels he’s done, which can take a few days.

    Like I said in my reply to Liz, I guess we’ll think it over some more this week, and see if we can come up with a good plan of action. Thanks for the comments though! 😀

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