With two humans on board Hideaway so busy learning new skills like engine repair, wiring, fishing, cooking, and finding new and daily uses for silicone, it didn’t seem fair to let the cats off the hook just because they lack opposable thumbs.
I mean, sailing with cats isn’t all purring and cuddles. We spend a great deal of time cleaning up after Charlie and Celia, who’ve taken to tipping over their food dishes so they can pick and choose which morsels to eat off the cabin floor, leaving the other bits behind to either make their way into the bilge or glue themselves to the bottoms of our feet.
And for all the work we do to keep the cats well-fed, dry and comfortable, you’d think they could at least learn to make a good cocktail to say thank-you now and then. But, no. Instead, they demand food and attention every morning by jumping on our heads and, occasionally, reminding me that their litter needs changing by peeing in my shoes.
So, since our cats have yet to transform themselves into cocktail waitresses or deck hands, I figured we could at least knock one cat chore off the list by getting rid of the litter box and potty-training the little fur balls.
That’s right. The eight-week Litter Kwitter training regime has begun aboard Hideaway. And as their strap line says, “The line for the bathroom just got longer.”
I, for one, am confident this will save us money, keep the boat a little cleaner and free up some much-needed space in our back berth (where we’ve stored 4 boxes of litter). Ryan, on the other hand, is more than skeptical, considering we failed miserably in getting Charlie and Celia to use the cat flap we installed in our washboards; so much so that we now have to prop the cat door open for them so they can get in and out. Who’s trained whom, eh?
So far, the toilet-training results have been dubious (our litter-covered head is not quite what I imagined when I first saw the creepy cat on the front of the Litter Kwitter box), but I’m still holding out hope.
And hiding all my shoes.
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