Replay: March 2009 This Boat Belongs to Cat

This was originally posted on MyT.
MARCH 7TH, 2009 23:08
Boating companionship

The Cat and I left London mid-morning and had a quiet journey. It would have been earlier except Cat, correctly guessing a car journey was on the cards, decided on evasion, and it was only be pretending complete indifference that I lured him close enough to me to catch.

He threw up a hundred yards short of the marina, which made for a slightly stressful arrival. But once on board, he’s been a star. Now that people are returning to their boats with the promise of spring, we’ve had social calls, rather than professionals checking out the loo/batteries/fridge etc. Cat has purred and welcomed, then stretched out over three-quarters of the seating and slept.

Last night he woke me with fearful howls. I leapt out of bed, convinced he was in dreadful pain, to find him defending das Boot from an uninvited visitor, one of the feral cats from the colony at the nearby farm. I hope he doesn’t do it again tonight, but I can’t help thinking this means he’s decided this is his boat and he’s happy here.

11 thoughts on “Replay: March 2009 This Boat Belongs to Cat

  1. Such a wonderful story and great photo of Cat enjoying the napping spots on the boat. I bet he loved being on the boat once he got his “sea legs” – Cat and Sam could have been twin ginger boys that’s for sure. Lovely post (and memory) from the past Isobel……

    Pam (and Sam)

  2. Cat got his sea legs pretty quickly and slept on every journey he made aboard. He also decided that not just the boat, but the whole marina was his territory, and was ready to fight over it.
    Not Cat is very interested in watching the feral cats, but although he has raced across the boat to growl at one who came aboard, he is a much less territorial boy. He doesn’t seem at all worried by the movement of the boat, not even when people get on and off which Cat disliked at first.

  3. thans again for sharing your memories with us. I love so much what you say and the way you say it … !
    Cute tender Cat on the picture!

  4. Oooh territorial! Love it. And I like the way he left a quarter of the available seating for you. I can imagine him stretched luxuriously while you were squidged up in a corner.

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