We certainly would love to have a dog - entertaining, and a watchdog is
also useful, especially when you hear about piracy in the area. But our
problem is that our new homewaters mainly consist of former British
Caribbean islands, where they have strict quarantine regulations. Not
very practical for us.
Cats on board are easier; they don't need their daily walk ashore
and can stay on the boat. If they don't fall overboard during their busy
climbing on deck.
And get out of the water without help
Cats can swim. Our cats receive regular swimtrainings, so they are used
to water and don't stress when they take an unplanned swim. When we are
at anchor, on both sides of the boat hangs a special cats swimladder,
made from old sheets.
|Sailing with two
Some preparations are necessary. Think about how they can reach the cat's
litter box without sliding on the
smooth floor, as the boat will certainly heel! So we bought some
nonskid-mats, and talking about nonskid, we also bought some food bowls
which will stay in place. And also a scoop net, in case one of the girls
takes an unplanned swim when we are sailing.
Also a bit useful
Our cats are not only hired for entertainment, but also to hunt for mice
and especially: cockroaches. To increase their cockroaches-killersinstinct, P
made a toy cockroach with which they play enthusiastically. One jump and
they sit on it, put their nails in, bite and gnaw through feelers and
feet; if everything goes well we will never be bothered anymore by these