Cats Ahoy!

Take to the high seas with your favorite feline in tow.

By Karen Edwards

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CATFANCY

Cats have sailed aboard ships since ancient Egyptians first barged down the Nile -- and is it any wonder? After all, cats are masters at balance and are cozy companions during long months at sea.

"When it comes to choosing a pet companion for your boat, cats are the far superior choice," says David Lavigne, DVM, a frequent sailor and author of Pets on Board? (2009, CreateSpace) "They're happy in close environments, and they don't have to leave the boat the way dogs do. What's beyond the boat just isn't that interesting to a cat."

That might explain why so many recreational boaters these days are bringing their cats on board with them. Laurel Davis, spokesperson for Cunard Cruise Line, says cats are also welcome for transatlantic crossings aboard the Queen Mary 2, through their "Pets on Deck" program. Although pets may not go into staterooms, kennels are open throughout the day.

**Get the June 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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