We are fulltime liveaboards - and our cat has been with us on the boat since she were a large kitten (3 months old).
And she adapts very well to the sailing life!
1. Litter Tray
We keep this next to the toilet, she (or we) is not having any problems with that. Dont think we could teach her to use the toilet - and I'm certain we cannot teach her to use the pumps afterwards
Normally just in the water
- when in harbour or anchoring
the "not so nice parts" are first collected to be thrown away with other garbage in next harbour (or when at sea)
3. Behaviour when sailing
In daylight she sleeps, likes to tuck away in a small "cave" we arrange in the cockpit
, build of pillows etc.
In the night she wakes up, and wants to play. This includes jumping on the decks, climbing the biminis/sprayhood, climbing the boom (the mainsail
is apparently enough "foothold" for her), sometimes she tries to climb the mast
but even 2 paws of very sharp claws can not get any hold on the aluminiummast ;-) - but she can climb/jump as high as the boom using the various ropes which comes from the mast
Or just lies on ones lap :-)
When the "going gets rough" she behaves at night as in daylight: i.e. hide in her little "cave".
On longer distances we place the food
and littertray in the cockpit
, so she doesnt have to climb the ladder down in the cabin
Climbing the boom when reaching is a bit nervewrecking, we must admint - so sometimes we put her in harness, which she now have learnt means "calm down and stay put"
4. In harbour
We allow her to run freely most of the time - she visits other boats, goes ashore, climb trees - and probably other things we don't want to know about ...
She sleeps all day (almost), when dusk comes she wake up, stretches, visit the neighbourboats to see if anything interesting have appeared, "miauvs" a bit to see if any of us wants to have a walk with her - and starts her nightlife on the pontoons and on the land.
Sometimes in the late evenings we "walk the cat" - she then follows us, nosing around on her way, but always only 10-30 meters away from where we walks - and normally react on the sound of her name - i.e. shows she is still around.
Until now she has allways come back to the boat - only in Portugal
she disappeared for 4 days but luckily we found her nearby (we reckon she got disoriented in some way or another - but she is not very talkative about her life away from the boat ...), and in Gibraltar
she slept on a nearby motorboat - which the harbourmaster for some reason moved to another part of the harbour. We only noticed that the motorboat was gone - whis caused a bit of panic!
Ahh - this is awful - different regulations
, requirements etc. Though EU now has made some uniform rules regarding travelling with pets
. But only the paperwork is a problem - until now nobody has ever cared to look at the papers.
It actually depends of which part of the world you travel in, from where you come from etc. EU now has rules for this, which are uniform all over (except, UK, Sweden
I think it is - they are more strict).
Papers we have:
c. rabies certificate
d. ear-tattoo certificate
We have sailed with "Trille" from Denmark
, via Scotland
(cat not allowed ashore), to Spain
, Marocco and Italy
(no problems), Tunesia (no problems), Malta
(were only allowed to anchor
off in the harbour), Greece
When travelling on airplane with the cat it is a bit of a nuissance: not every airline allows pets
, if the plane stops in the UK: no pets aboard, extra charge for transportation, new rabies-vaccination etc.
But all in all we enjoy the company of our cat - only question is: can cats do dogswim