Eighty-seven percent (87%) of people would prefer to sale around the world with their cat companion according to a large poll of 7912 voters.
It made me think. It has a very romantic feel to it. As Liz Clark is actually living the dream and sailing around the world with her cat as I write this it proves that cats can live on smallish boats (40 foot) for a long time and be safe even when in the middle of an ocean.
Does the poll tell us that a lot of people are dissatisfied with their lot? People dream about “getting out” of their mundane rut which is often unsatisfying.
Liz Clark lives on board her boat “Swell” with Amelia, a calico (tortoiseshell-and-white) cat. Amelia adapted to life on the seas:
“She has adapted to living surrounded by water. She’s learned to trust that she will be safe with me.”
Liz Clark starting dreaming about sailing around the world when she was a child. Liz comes from San Diego.
Together they have travelled 18,000 miles. The journey started from California in 2006!
Amelia likes to fish from the boat. Liz puts out a “soft top surfboard” attached to the boat which she uses as a platform to fish from.
When they hit land they do hiking together. I have seen this before: cats who go on long walks with their owner. It seems to work well. There must have been some worries initially though. Liz says:
“She has to go out of a cat comfort zone often…But I think she now understands that I will keep her safe and she will have a lot of fun in the end. She makes Swell feel much more like a home.”
Would you like to do something like this? Do you hanker after breaking out of your rut. And would you go with your cat?