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Old 08-23-2017, 05:00 PM   #41
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I've got 12 and 14 year old cats that are supposed to be aboard with us later this year. Sure hope they don't kill us in our sleep.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:18 PM   #42
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Howard seems pretty happy to is with a life at sea!

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Old 08-23-2017, 07:28 PM   #43
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Ships cats have been around for time eternal. In fact I'd say they're far simpler to have on board than a dog. And I'm a dog person.

ps: This post is sooo ripe for some great jokes but I don't want to be banned...
I'll second or third this. Cats are much lower maintenance. With dogs, you end up being unpaid crew and having your agenda set by the dog, not you.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:35 PM   #44
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I've got 12 and 14 year old cats that are supposed to be aboard with us later this year. Sure hope they don't kill us in our sleep.
More likely they'll sleep/purr on your chest at night assuming they are trusting.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:38 PM   #45
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:38 PM   #46
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There's a parody of an old church hymn "Fling out the banner! Let it float
skyward and seaward, high and wide" that substitutes "cat' for "banner". Can't remember the rest.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:53 PM   #47
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Cats adapt very quickly to ship life, but removing their claws is akin to animal cruelty. Declawing leaves a cat without their principal means of defence and reduces survivability during a rescue.
Plus it's just plain not cool.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:53 PM   #48
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I just think my Jinx would either slip in the water or run away on the dock and not listen. Then again I guess he would be used to a harness and leash by then.

Jokes are jokes. I used to drive tractor trailers now im ready for the water travels.

i was walking in NYC the other day this black guy asked me if the Yankees won. I relpied yeah your free.


You should be banned. Racist jokes don't fit here or anywhere else.
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:58 PM   #49
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Oh, lighten up...
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Not on that subject.
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Mermaid, you're a good person. Never heard the term "foster failed". Does that mean you intended to foster the cat until a forever home became available but you decided to keep the critter?
Yes, Parks. I foster from time to time for Miami-Dade Animal Services. On my first foster from MDAS, I ended up not being able to let him go and adopted him on the morning I was supposed to take him to the annual Mega-Adopt-a-
Thon at Tropical Park. I had his crate all ready to go, with a write up about him, and I looked at him that morning, and went to the event alone. Found the foster coordinator and told her I was there to adopt him. That's a "foster fail". That's how I got Squirt (shown in the photo I posted). I have successfully fostered others since and they always get adopted quickly. Squirt is an awesome cat daddy and teacher to the kittens.

Every time I would come to Hopkins-Carter during the weekdays ("office hours"), I would go upstairs to visit your kitties, and then chat with Ronnie about football. The good ole days!
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Ran into this guy from Seattle, Asked me if the Mariners won. I am still laughing


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Had our cat with on our sailboat and sailed from Cape Cod to Trinidad. She was great company and keep us amused for hours on anchor.
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Our 2 cats cruise with us every where. They are so easy to have on board and we consider them part of our crew. One of them love to hang out with me in the engine room to supervise. If I could only train him to fetch tools, LOL.
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One of them love to hang out with me in the engine room to supervise. If I could only train him to fetch tools, LOL.
Ours tried that on the first day and I rather violently threw her out.
She's never been back since, she will sit at the door and watch, but not venture in.

I didn't want her deciding that engine was a nice warm spot to sleep and one day becoming minced cat on startup.
The fur would make a mess of the engine
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I'll second or third this. Cats are much lower maintenance. With dogs, you end up being unpaid crew and having your agenda set by the dog, not you.
Yup. Dogs own their masters who are slave to their dogs pooping habits.
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I have two 30-year old cats on board....change their oil every 150 hours.
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Yup. Dogs own their masters who are slave to their dogs pooping habits.
Small price to pay for the companionship and devotion and affection. When I come home my dog does a wild run of joy around the yard because she can't contain her happiness. And last week when my wife accidentally jerked the leash as our dog was jumping from the dock finger to the swim step, yanking the pooch into the water, we just pulled her out and she shook off the water. Wasn't mad at all. No human would be that good natured about a dunking like that.
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Use a leash although for ours was no good as she could twist out of it in seconds regardless of the leash and harness type.
Suggestion regarding harness and leash arrangements: put the harness on upside down. The attachment point for the leash should be under the cat.

In the wild cats drag their prey under them. Often something like a snap from your leash will cause them to panic. Under the body may be more natural.

This worked for our two cats one of which would go ballistic if anything ever touched his back.
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