One of the main problems when going boating for a period of time is leaving your cat behind so many people think they can bundle up cat and essential equipment and take them along.However this may not always be a good idea and could be the recipe for disaster. So here are a few tips from people who have taken their cat boating to guide you on the way.
There are two assumptions about cats and boats: first, that they hate water so will hate boating or on the opposite side, they are used to keep down pests on boats so should be fine. The truth is somewhere in the middle and very dependant on the individual cat. Some cats love water and will swim or bath whenever the opportunity presents. Others are terrified of water, terrified of being somewhere alien to them and will not cope at all.
Some personality traits to look out for in the cat that may not sail well include:
- Timid – first response to something new is to hide
- Loud noises – is frightened by loud noises and flees from them
- Car – hates going anywhere in the car and has to be restricted to a pet carrier
- Frail – older or frail cats may find the experience too much
- Behavioral problems – similarly, if they have behavioral problems or psychological disorders, it may be a bad idea to try
- Outdoor cat – will not stay inside unless the weather is at its most extreme (think hurricanes or freezing cold)
You also need to take into account the attitudes and behaviors of the humans on the boat. If you don’t spend time with your cat a lot at home or don’t like the distractions of them being around all the time, then being together on a boat is a bad idea. On the turn side, if you are going to worry incessantly about the cat, this can ruin the trip. If you decide kitty goes with you, go to www.thebestcatlitterbox.com to find what you want for your trip.
Cat on board
If you decide that taking your cat is going to work, then there are a few basic measures to put in place. Firstly, whenever you are busy with procedures such as anchoring, docking or sailing in unfamiliar areas where you need to wholl concentrate, make sure the cat is secured in the cabin. If you need your attention for something other than keeping half an eye on the cat, take them out of the equation entirely.
Similarly, when there are strong currents that would be very dangerous if the cat went overboard or you are in areas such as Florida where there are alligators, make sure the cat is secured in the cabin for their own safety. It is also worth securing the cat with food, water and litter if you are going on shore and cannot take them along with you.
Pick up the right sized pet life jacket for your cat before you leave and make sure they have had any immunizations necessary for where you are traveling to. Maybe try a short trip to test how they react to be on board before trying a long trip and make sure you remember to take their favorite toys along for the trip to keep them occupied.