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Old 27-08-2013, 18:54   #16
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My cat, Edith, has not been ashore for 18 months. She is a good friend. The only thing is, she is a fussy eater. No fish, thank you. If it doesn't crunch she don't like it much.
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Old 27-08-2013, 19:08   #17
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wants treats are you hongree? do you want food? knows how much food is in his pail....
Lilly (the 17 YO) lets us know in no uncertain terms what's she wants. Today it was ice in her water bowl. Everyday at 6:00 am she wakes us up to give her her medicine (we call it cookies -- Prednisone compounded into a delicious tuna treat). She is a very smart cat, very vocal and very sociable.
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Old 27-08-2013, 19:13   #18
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Oh. And don't waste your money on a cat lifejacket. They won't wear them. Mine would fall over instantly, claiming it could no longer walk.
+1 on that! Chloe (our 6 YO) tried that with her harness for awhile, but I waited her out. Her desire to be in the cockpit with us during the day on passages finally won out over the 'I can't possibly move in this contraption'!
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My cat, Edith, has not been ashore for 18 months. She is a good friend. The only thing is, she is a fussy eater. No fish, thank you. If it doesn't crunch she don't like it much.
We are running into that problem with Lilly these days. She was never a picky eater before, in her prime she was a 14 pound cat that was all muscle, now days she is down to 9 pounds. We spend a lot of time coaxing her to eat and have a variety of food on board that we rotate through to keep her interested. We go between crunchy stuff and canned stuff.
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My cat loves it, but she is an escape artist. I have the cockpit netted in when I'm not sailing. When I am sailing, I have her in a cloth carrier in the cockpit, and she seems to love it. It's important to be able to secure her (just grab the carrier handle) if a big wake or wave comes around. Animals can be hurt in the cabin by flying objects. Besides, she would rather see what's going on.

Also, cats have very sensitive senses of smell. They will smell the fumes from 10 minutes of motoring much more than a human would.

Let me know if you want to know more about how the netting works. I've had to be pretty ingenious, because my cat is a little Houdini!
I'd love to hear more about the netting.

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