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Old 11-03-2006, 22:01   #1
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Ships Cat. House trained?

A question for those who might have cruised with a cat (meow type) on board,

How do you toilet-train a live aboard pet?

Is it better to get a kitten and teach it from scratch?

Do they just go over the side?
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Old 11-03-2006, 23:21   #2
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Can't speak for blue water, but we keep a litter box aboard, and our cat is fine with it. Beach sand is free, and she is quite happy with it. Our cat gets quite seasick, and she really likes the enclosed litter box. She hides in it when it gets rough.
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Yeap, litter box. A cat young or old will catch on to using it very quickly. You just have to show them it when they first want to go, and they are into it. We used a kitty litter that was "self clumping". A small plastic spade that filtered the litter and the clump was easy to throw overboard.
Oh and "do they just go over the side", yeap, to easily. That was our problem. Hasn't come back yet.
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We live aboard our 51' ketch in Hawaii. Our cat from Australia died after 22 years. We purchase a Siamese cat that we got at about 10 weeks. We have trained him to go on the head. You can do this when they are young in the following way:

Buy a shallow cake tin that fits between the toilet seat and the china bowl. Put litter in it and get the kitten used to using it. When that is accomplished, drill a 1" hole in the center. Each week gradually increase the diameter of the hole and reduce the litter. Eventually, it will get to where the kitten puts all four paws on the seat to do his thing. You then swipe the cake tin away and WALLA! You now have to wait in line to use the head. But, no litter, no mess makes it all worth while. Just be sure to leave the seat down and not close the lid.

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And check for kitty before you flush. Just in case he slipped
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Old 20-03-2006, 21:52   #6
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We thought of that idea, but we just couldn't teach her to pump the head
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