What I've learned from more than a decade living aboard
with a cat:
1. They swim better than I do (and I'm a retired scuba
2. They will not tolerate a life jacket. It's not that they cannot swim in one, it's that they can't even walk in one.
3. If a cat goes overboard
, it will scratch you to death if you reach for it. Therefore, lower a towel into the water
so that it can climb the towel in the hopes of reaching your arm and subsequently scratching you to death.
4. When your cat comes back aboard, drenched in salt water
, it will immediately go down to the nav station and sit atop your laptop
computer to lick itself clean.
5. Then it will throw up.
6. The only solution to items four (4) and five (5) is to wrap the cat in a towel, hug it to your chest, and carry it into the shower
, where you will proceed to rinse the salt water
from both the cat and your chest. For best results, you must be fully clothed when doing this. It helps to take the iPhone
from your pocket first, however.
7. Whenever you descend a companionway
on a boat with a cat aboard, it will be occupying one of the steps.
8. When you step on a cat in a companionway
, your injuries will exceed those of the cat, especially if medical
bills and vet bills are compared.
9. When it gets really really hot on board, your cat will not mind a handful of fresh water
being poured on its neck, especially if you make reassuring purr sounds.
10. If you open a floorboard anywhere on the boat and then turn your attention away for even a second, your cat will remain hidden in the bilges until the next time you start your engine