We dream of living aboard some day, and are wondering if that day can be today*. But we have cats. Have you lived aboard with cats?
We have two wonderful indoor/outdoor kitties, about 2 years old. They seem friendly and smart to us and are generally not afraid of water, though one will not willingly enter the shower. I have also read multiple liveaboard blogs where people keep their pets, though those are most commonly dogs. I'm concerned about living aboard with cats. (If we cannot liveaboard with cats, we will not liveaboard at all.)
My concerns are:
1. We've moved quite a bit, but never to live on a boat. How easily might the cats get used to it? Any special training/acclimation you had to do?
2. The marina that would be our first choice, the Shilshole Marina
, specifies that pets hanging out must be on leash. I believe this means we cannot allow the cats to roam the docks.
3. If we keep them as indoor cats, what would be the minimum boat size in order to keep the cats happy inside? Or would that be impossible? We are currently looking at 27' boats, as the minimum size (for two), but would be willing to get a bigger boat if it means going on this adventure sooner.
4. If we are able to liveaboard at a marina that allows cats to wander, what would we have to do to make sure they're on deck when we head out? (They are currently smart enough to greet us when we come home, so I do believe this behavior is trainable.)
*Even if we decide it's possible to liveaboard, we'll probably research and save up for a year at least before making it happen, so I'm also happy to do suggested reading/research for it.