I drove from Florida
with my cat, to live with my girlfriend, now Wife on her boat. I just let the cat loose in the truck. she was fine. Cats are like people, in that they are not all the same.
We also drove back to FL and took off cruising with the cat. I don't think she really liked it that much. She found places to hide, especially if we started the diesel
. She liked running the diesel
as much as we did.
One time we were going thru Rudder
Cut in the Exumas
and the tide was against the current
. At one point the boat fell off a wave, and I thought it might have broken in half. We hit so hard. The cat ran up the companionway
steps, with eyes as big as basketballs! My Wife grabbed her and I told her to throw her back down, as we had a few more pressing things to worry about!
Once at anchor
she jumped off the dink, as she thought she could make it to the boat that was 15 feet away. Wrong. She swan around the boat 2 times before we could get her. We were laughing so hard by the time we got her.
The second time we were in the dink and she must have thought she could swim 100 yards to shore. She dove off and I yelled at her to get back here. She turned around and swam back to the dink, and clawed our arms as we got her back on baoard trying to protect the inflatible.
Take the cat. She will adapt.
A good idea is to keep a towel or something the cat can climb, tied to the boat, hanging over the side, in case the cat falls, or jumps off the boat.
I know quite a few cruisers with cats.
A friend I met after he was motoring into Staniel Cay and got out of the "channel" and hit a coral head
. The boat stoppped, but 1 of his cats didn't. She was at the bow and was launched off the boat when it stopped. His wife was more worried about the cat, than the boat.
The shock also pulled an aft shroud
turnbuckle apart. I had a spare for him, and we became freinds.
Again, take the cat. Oh yeah, clumping litter is great!