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Old 04-09-2012, 17:23   #46
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Mr. Timmy, spends most of his time while underway in the cockpit, keeping me company. If it starts looking a little rough, I'll put him below, which he is not happy at all with. On hot days, He may spend some time in the head sink cooling off.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:31   #47
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cats also need claws for grooming selves---is like declawing one's children to declaw cats or any critter--they ARE trainable, and easier to train than goggies....go figger...
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Boo spends the hot and humid days laying on the sole or in the bilge. Her litter box is in the head or under the dinette table. Food is usually under the table; her water bowl is a problem. She has taken to dumping her water. For now her water bowl is placed so that when dumped the water runs into the bilge; or the bowl is in the cockpit where it can flow to the scuppers.

She stays below when motoring or sailing, unless she comes to the cockpit to give instructions to the helmsman. Frequently she will lay on my feet as we toddle along, unless there is water, then it is to either a comfy spot on a cushion protected by the dodger, or below to the settee.

After trying to jump 5 ft up to the deck of a cruiser and making it to 4 ft 6 in., ending up in the water she has become more cautious in her actions. Most of the time she will stay on deck or under the canvas to watch thunderstorms. She will go around to visit others, who know her and where her boat is.

Her sleeping habit is to find a spot and claim it.

At home she is apartment cat, ready to watch anyone who comes in the door. At the boat she is SeaCat, ready to greet any and all who come by her boat.
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I think someone suggested a while back one of those water bottle inverted Hamster or rabbit feeders,,,maybe something like a Hummingbird feeder would work as well,,,they will never spill and refill as long as the reservoir is full.

You will find that once you switch them to an all meat no grain product diet,,they will almost cease drinking from the water dish anyhow,,because they are obtaining the water from the source they are supposed to..

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her water bowl is a problem. She has taken to dumping her water. For now her water bowl is placed so that when dumped the water runs into the bilge; or the bowl is in the cockpit where it can flow to the scuppers.
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Has anyone tried getting a cat to use an artificial grass (Astro turf) door mat when away from civilization, with a grommet and line for cleaning it?
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i tried real grass, but bubba likes sand.....he just eats the grass, wont even roll in it...
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Mr. Timmy, spends most of his time while underway in the cockpit, keeping me company. If it starts looking a little rough, I'll put him below, which he is not happy at all with. On hot days, He may spend some time in the head sink cooling off.
I have to ask......is Mr Timmy wearing a Gilligan hat?
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I have to ask......is Mr Timmy wearing a Gilligan hat?
I was guessing seaman first class!
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Of course. What else would he wear. I told him its what captains wear. I is evil... He does think its his boat.... He's got a bit of Bligh in him too...
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I have a black domestic short hair. She was 6 years old when I got her from Craigs List. She was not a happy camper at first. It took a month for her to become acustomed to the boat's motion. Now she is quite at home here. I normally sleep in a hammock in the aft cabin curled up on my side. The cat likes to sleep curled up next to me. During the day she has a nice bed in the bottom of my hanging locker. In the afternoon she goes online and emails her friends and....hey, who ordered all this cat food!
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I just saw an add in the foyer of my apt bldg. Cat missing, declawed. Makes me want to cry.
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I found this interesting article about cruising with a kitty and thought I'd share it. There is a lot of interesting information in it. Enjoy!

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The best scratching post I ever saw aboard was on a boat where they had taken hemp/old school rope, and done a knotted wrap up the length of the post supporting the table.

Something like this;



If you don't do rope work you could just wrap it tightly.
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I got 200' of sisal rope (natural fiber rope) from a hardware store and wrapped tight around the mast in the cabin (keel stepped mast). Goes all around mast, and covers about 2' vertical. The cats love to scratch it.

Before doing this, we tried some loose scratch pads from the pet store. Cats did not use. You need to have something attached very solid so that it does not move when cats scratch. They like to really pull hard, so it does need to stay put. If it moves, they will look elsewhere (like corner of settee cushion ).
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sara--i cannot do the knots, i just wrap mine--is bubba's own bit of the boat---as well as any knot on board--bubba's. he is gooood kitty. just dont let him know he is a kitty....
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