As those reading our logs
already know (links below for the lists where this note is going but to which I've not been putting up my logs), we've acquired a guest.
Lydia's original thought (well, excuse, anyway, which allowed her aboard) had been that the kitten, now named Portia, would go to my brother. However, he's sworn off cats for now, having had them for the last 40 or so years but wishing to be petless for a while.
Of course, she's worming her way into our lives, and all the resolve that Lydia had previously about why pets
aboard wouldn't make sense for us is turning to mush.
Practical concerns have to do with our leaving the boat
, as well as entry/departure from various foreign countries, assuming we ever do something different than cruise
the US (we had expected to start in the Bahamas
our way south, spending, essentially, the rest of our lives in the Eastern Caribbean).
These are the concerns we see:
Leaving the boat
, whether for a day trip, or for an extended period, even with cats being pretty self-reliant, would be a problem in that we'd have to close up the boat, which, in hot climates, could be deadly over time, inside heat building as it would.
Additionally, if we were to try to do side trips, we'd have to provide, somehow, for her care, if no more than someone to come check on her and replenish the water
She's young enough that she might become acclimated to the motion of the boat, but our seeing various pets
on other boats, in their misery, convinced Lydia that having a pet aboard would be selfish at best.
We assume she can be toilet
trained, as many cats are, very successfully, but there's the accumulated stuff which must be aboard for her care to consider, and, if we can deal with the being-gone bits such that we can, indeed, leave the boat, we'll have to figure out a litter arrangement.
So, please, responses from those who have successfully dealt with the above, and, as well, if there are other issues which we've overlooked or about which we are ignorant.
Skip and Lydia
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