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Old 22-09-2011, 19:13   #46
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Re: What's the Best Pet on a Boat ?

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We have lived aboard for two years now with our Gray striped cat, Joshua. He takes care of critters on board and greets anybody coming down the docks, so we always know when someone is walking the docks. He is our alarm clock in the morning, getting us up at the crack of dawn. In the evening he spends his time in my or my wife's lap as we read in the cockpit. I could not imagine life without him.

Both my cats love to be in the screen-enclosed cockpit. One nags me, meowing over and over, until I come up and join him (them -- but he could care less whether the other cat is on the planet or not).
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Old 22-09-2011, 23:34   #47
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Re: What's the Best Pet on a Boat ?

So far I have to go with the idea of a sponge.
No feeding, no mess and can be useful in the right places
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Old 22-09-2011, 23:58   #48
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She is worth the extra effort- even if she won't kill a bug.

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Old 23-09-2011, 00:03   #49
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Re: What's the Best Pet on a Boat ?

Don't laugh... I've got two fish...

One's a blue Gourami named Violator, and the others a rainbow something or other I call Yarg (as in backwards of Gray)...
I kept them in my Camper before I got my boat. They don't seem to mind the tight spaces that much...

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Old 23-09-2011, 04:22   #50
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WAY too high maintenance...

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I already do a lot of maintenance so little more would be fine.

Otherwise, a Pet Rock.
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Old 23-09-2011, 11:51   #51
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Re: What's the Best Pet on a Boat ?

I hope the best one is a Min Pen becausse that's what I got!

She can be packed in my jacket to be carried, eats very little...less than a cup full a day, just needs to be wiped off, never bathed, great watch dog and foot warmer. Kills rodents and anything smaller than she is that crawls (no not other pets) and best of all she floats!
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Old 23-09-2011, 11:59   #52
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Re: What's the Best Pet on a Boat ?

A cat, for sure. Don't need to walk them, they can take care of themselves, pretty agile at jumping down to the dock themselves. Cheap to feed and good company. Only downside is making sure they have a scratching post so they don't tear up your cushions and canvas.

One of my neighbors who was around for the winter had a cat named Max who would hop from boat to boat and visit. My only worry with the guy was if he'd be okay if he ever fell in.

He'd visit the other boats during the day and would swing by mine when I got home for work for an evening movie cuddle. Really miss that cat and hope he's having amazing adventures up north with his owner.
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A cat, for sure. Don't need to walk them, they can take care of themselves, pretty agile at jumping down to the dock themselves. Cheap to feed and good company.
But then there is the issue of finding a place for the litter box.
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But then there is the issue of finding a place for the litter box.
I inherited a lot of cats when my ex left and my son went to college. After many years I was down to one and she was 19. She spent her last year with me on the boat which she loved. It was definately her favorite place, except when we were heeled. She would have sided with the multihull gang on that issue for sure. The litter pan went under the companionway steps quite nicely. I never enjoyed the presence of litter though and a year later I still find fur on the boat.

I enjoyed Kitty the Pooh's company even if she was getting senile and the confined space of a boat was her cup of tea but I don't think I'd do it again.
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If I could get a pet to do a watch while sailing or pull anchor watch- I would get one.

My sponge is a horrible pet- it smells if I don't watch it worse than a barn ever could. I have to wash it with bleach and set it in the sun to dry but it does come in handy so I haven't found a better system.
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Come to think of it, a pet rock....hard to train until you get the nack of it, but they will stay all by themselves.
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Perfect Petzzz, cat or dog, legally adopted, sleep all day dont feed or need walks or kitty litter trays but they do breathe.....one battery lasts about 6 months.
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But then there is the issue of finding a place for the litter box.
Mine fits perfectly under the vee berth, and the kitty litter system I use is virtually odorless. It works out well.
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Old 23-09-2011, 15:42   #59
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Perfect Petzzz, cat or dog, legally adopted, sleep all day dont feed or need wals or kitty litter trays but they do breathe.....one battery lasts about 6 months.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned birds. I know someone who has a cockatiel on his boat. They can be messy but he made a lexan "wall" to go around the bottom of the cage and that catches most of the seeds.
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Mine fits perfectly under the vee berth, and the kitty litter system I use is virtually odorless. It works out well.
I guess it depends on the layout of the boat. On mine, the only place I could think of is next to the engine compartment, with all the other junk we store in there...
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