Originally Posted by TheCruisinKitty
Regular living costs:
food, water, kitty litter and tray, vet fees
harness, boat hook, long handled scoop net, rope ladder, netting for life lines, pet first aid kit
customs/import permit/vaccination fees for country entry requirements
Pretty thoughtful list. You might add claw
clippers. They're small & cheap
. Clipping Arthur's claws didn't seem to bother him, & saved us a scratching post. If your boat is not in the US, you'll have to pay to ship your cat to & from your boat. If you leave your boat, you may hire a cat-sitter.
A vet came out to visit Arthur in French Poly ($20?) but otherwise there was essentially NO official interest through the Caribbean
& most of the S Pacific. Aus & NZ are, of course, huge exceptions here.
We found we did not need most of your safety gear
, as we're on a cat with sugar scoops. We tossed Arthur in once to see if he could climb back on himself. Took him half a second - & then he raced to our daughters bunk to dry off!
Many monos just leave a bit of thick rope (usually found on a beach) hanging over the back as a "rope ladder".
Our "kitty litter" was often beach sand, & we were trying to wean him off that with some grass-like indoor/outdoor carpeting that we could just dunk in the ocean. Arthur did like a covered litter-box.
Hopefully you've tried your cat out on the ocean. Arthur was 6 when we moved on board in 2001. He loved being around us, but hated sailing - probably too old to get used to the motion. Aus was going to be so hard on him that we shipped him home from Fiji
. He also wasn't interested in anything that didn't say CAT FOOD prominently on the bag - a first for my (many) cats.