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Keep your Cat Safe and Happy on Board

Cruising Kitty

Cats make great cruising companions, but life on a boat can be challenging for them. Follow these tips to make sure your feline friend is safe and secure on board:

With some TLC, cats can make great shipmates


With some TLC, cats can make great shipmates

 

  • Cats quickly find their sea legs, but falling overboard is always a possibility. Hang a carpet or towel off the stern to serve as a boarding ladder.
  • Long days on the water can dehydrate a cat. Water bowls can easily be upset when sailing. Use a water bottle designed for a gerbil or rabbit cage instead. 
  • The next time the bitter end of a line becomes frayed, don’t discard it, save it for the cat! Cats love stringy toys, and you don’t want them chewing on your good lines. 
  • Give your cat a swim test so you know its abilities.
  • Make up a comfortable and secure bunk as a safe place to put the cat on the roughest days or at night. When the weather picks up, it will likely go there on its own. 
  • Salt in the air and on deck will collect on your cat’s fur. To keep it from ingesting it all when grooming, give it regular freshwater baths. 

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