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Old 03-02-2016, 03:50   #1
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Prolific shedder

We are hoping to get our boat in the next year and are having a debate as to what to do about one of our family members, Sissi. Sissi is a 5 year old Turkish angora. Being a long haired cat she generates a huge amount of hair a week. So much so that we have cat hair tumble weeds in the house between weekly cleanings of the house. She is a lone pet and very attached to us. She suffers greatly when we even leave her alone for the day, let alone a weekend. My husband is concerned with the amount of hair she generates and what strategies other people are using to deal with this. Brushing just causes her to produce more and shaving is not an option. Also I am under the assumption you don't trim their nails so they can grip if they get into trouble?

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Old 03-02-2016, 05:27   #2
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Re: Prolific shedder

i have an almost 10 yr maine coon mix who has been on board for almost 10 yrs. shedding-- BRUSH CAT DAILY.
BRING HER ON BOARD. she is family.
in marina, vacuum daily.
at anchor, wet wipe all surfaces. isnt hard IFF you love the cat.
my cat is my family on boat. he rules , he catches intruding species and kills em dead, as should a proper cat guard. he also lets me know wherefrom any threat is coming.
cats enjoy taking care of family.
join the group named gatos del mar on facebook and learn about the cats on our boats and how we deal with lil nuisances our furbutts bring, and the advantages if having the furbutt on boat.....
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Thanks zee!

She will definitely come along because like I said she suffers when we leave her and that just isn't fair. We invited her into our family and she very much is the center of it, as she insists on! When the boys are around she tells THEM what to do! I guess I just worried more about the systems of the boat getting messed up with cat hair but you are right with good daily wipe downs we should be ok.

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LOL that would be amature shedding! Try a pure siberianhusky AND a husky/greyhound cross.
Keep a close eye on the bilge for fur buildup, lots of vacuming, various tools for removing fur from cushions depending on the thickness of the buildup and how tolerant potential guests are.
Only thing I haven't figured out yet is a good water bowl/dish solution.
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Ok you win! LOL! The water bowl situation was a question I had for later.


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Re: Prolific shedder

place your bilge pumps in a screen thing--i put mine in a colander, plastic, with hole for out hose.. works well. you may have to clean this contraption occasionally, bu ti swarezes it is better cleaning it than rebuilding a rule pump from cat furrrzzz. btdt... good thing i have a pro for that.
and make sure your engine's air cleaner is clear.
is my tax for having bubba with me. he is awesome guard, bird killer and loyal crew--doesnt talk back too much, follows instructions... purrs n smiles.

even shares the fishies i catch...
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Throw her over the bow for a swim every couple of days. The swim back to the boarding ladder will wash a lot of the loose hair out and the stickiness of the drying salt water may prevent the shed stuff from falling out until you heave her over the next time(I'd tie a line onto her if you need to heave her over whilst under way)
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It may seem like it, but brushing doesn't cause a cat to produce more hair!


Ours is only a relatively short haired breed, but when he's shedding there's still plenty around. Daily brushing keeps it under control. With a long hair breed you may need to brush twice daily. The cat will love it anyway.


The solution to the water bowl problem is simple: a catamaran! Our cat's water bowl just sits on the galley floor. Never have any problem with spillage.
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So I am trying out different kinds of brushes, which my subject only tolerates for so long before biting me. The furminator gets the most hair off but has to be cleaned every inch or so, the slicker brush seems to do the best in removing some of the hair and being well tolerated. The rubber brush gets only the long hairs but is Sissi's favorite because it is soft. I could use all three all day long and still not see an end to the hair so I am trying to get in the habit of doing it twice a day and mixing up the brushes that I use to get the best effect. We have decided to delay the purchase of our boat for two years so we have time to work the kinks out!


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I must have 10 different brushes, all get used at the appropriate time.
Have an even larger collection of lint brushes, rollers, fur magnets etc.
I keep a small 120v hand vac on board, looks like a plug in dustbuster, has a beater bar in it. Probably my most used "maintenance" tool.
I found the rechargable ones don't cut it owning huskies.
Buy the boat! It's only fur.
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Sorry...the "kinks" have more to do with the two legged children and college than the four legged on and the hair. I take the hair over college tuition any day!


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I see, my new mainsail just went into 1500$ worth of dental surgery on one of the hairballs. Scheduled for this Wednesday morning......
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Hope the surgery goes well!


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