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I just hope she doesn't get sea sick, as cats seem to when they get with you in the car.

No. Tania is a real NautiCat. She was perfectly fine during my longest cruise from the San Juan Islands of ... of us. Good thing, as even here at the dock we can rock a lot at times of heavy wind.

And then you had to get home...
Oh, that's right, the ocean is your home!
Your residence is the whole world, just like
it is for us on the Internet.
Mark
I think Tania is going to be my last animal companion. I am 62, and I don't believe it's fair ... difficult time. In many ways, this has been harder than the hard times I have had with my children. Bob

I've had cats all my life, and I often think how I wouldn't want to outlive mine, so I know how you feel. But I've also thought when the time came that I could adopt an older cat, rather than a young one or a kitten. Or even fostering, which likely wouldn't work for a seafarer like yourself. It's just hard for me to imagine any part of my life not shared with a feline.

Your Tania is gorgeous - a real beauty.
Where are you docked now?

Mill Basin Brooklyn NY. The Marina behind the Kings Plaza Mall.

Bob
I could adopt an older cat, rather than a young one or a kitten.

That's an option. But, watching a kitten grow up and mature into a little tiger is a real joy.
It's just hard for me to imagine any part of my life not shared with a feline.

I have had dogs and cats, together at times. In more recent years I lived in a Manhattan apartment and worked a hectic job, so cats were the thing. With Tania, I have come to enjoy cats more than any other animal. There is something special with felines.
Your Tania is gorgeous - a real beauty.

Yes she is.
She is here beside me sleeping, she wants to be close to me all the time. She has been drinking some but not eating yet. Still wobbly on her feet day three after her surgery.
Bob
Where are you docked now?

Mill Basin Brooklyn NY. The Marina behind the Kings Plaza Mall. Bob

What do you do if you are the cats get sick while you're out at sea? I guess the coast guard or something can fly in a doctor. Would they send a vet?
What do you do if you are the cats get sick while you're out at sea?

Health issues are a risk one takes when doing this sort of thing. Not just for Tania, but for me as well. There is a certain amount of isolation involved. I have emergency medical kits aboard, for both humans and cats, however, as you can imagine, they may be of limited use.
guess the coast guard or something can fly in a doctor. Would they send a vet?

No. Likely they would evacuate me, and abandon both the boat and Tania. In the worse case, there would be little chance of survival as I would never leave her.
Bob
Suddenly, without warning, Kelly Greene exclaimed (12/27/2009 2:08 PM):
I don't remember if they gave her a hysterectomy or not. If she had pyo, it was the only way to save her. All female animals not purebred and intended for breeding should be spayed for their own safely.

Oh, I completely and utterly agree!
At that point though I was just trying to get the owner to do the right thing, and find out why she was in such pain. At the time I didn't know anything about the dog, her age, or that she wasn't spayed... I just knew that she was being left out in the cold because she was whining too much (!). That sort of mindset boggles my mind (she's whining in pain so we're gonna throw her outside rather than take her to the vet, because she might be so sick the vet'll have to put her to sleep. GAAAH!)

They shouldn't have animals but being accusatory would have likely caused them to do nothing, and been a death sentence for the dog.

jmc
Mill Basin Brooklyn NY. The Marina behind the Kings Plaza Mall. Bob

What do you do if you are the cats get sick while you're out at sea? I guess the coast guard or something can fly in a doctor. Would they send a vet?

) I'm imagining that conversation.
:) I'm imagining that conversation.

This is funny. Been there done that! While crossing the Gulf of Mexico one time I encountered a very severe storm; water spouts, hurricane force winds, and lethal lightening. So severe that I called the Coasties on radio and requested to be put on "watch". Meaning I would check in with them by radio every hour, giving them position course and speed so that if I was not heard from they would know approximately where to look for me, or my body.
Of course, they asked me "How many souls on board" Knowing Tania, I answered TWO. Me and Tania Braveheart (they never specified how many HUMAN souls). We made it through the storm OK, but I can just imagine what would have happened if they had found us adrift, and started looking for a Tania Braveheart. It would have made the local papers I am sure.
Bob
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