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Gollum the Sailor Cat (look at that cute pink nose! >.< )
I don't recall ever hearing a story such as this. Kitty disappears from the deck of a boat after presumably slipping and falling while playing with bugs and whatnot. Owners search aboard the boat. Owners search ashore. Owners search every inch of the waterline surrounding the boat. Kitty is nowhere to be seen and sharks circle ominously. Two days later kitty returns. Read for yourself how this amazing cat did it in Gollums Voyage and Homecoming:
What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing your story. I don't recall any other cats swimming home.
"From where we are moored, it is about 10m to the side, with a very rocky shallow bit, but then he still has to swim to the stern to get up, another 24m."
I am unclear from which point you are measuring the 24 meters. Was your boat anchored out in water or moored to a dock when Gollum disappeared? Do you think he jumped/fell off the boat into the water or maybe it is 24 meters from the dock to the boat? After the friend with the dog left (and after Gollum presumably left the boat) did you stay moored or did you sail any distance?
What I am curious is Gollums motivation. . .if he fell off the boat, he spent all his efforts getting back onto the boat he fell off. If he was left ashore by accident, he had to jump into the water and swim to get back home. Either way he/she is one brave kitty. What a spunky kitty she is!
You better spay her soon or she will be wandering more to find a mate. She's such a precious kitty I wouldn't want her to have to swim home twice. It certainly makes sense that her heat may have come on triggered by the recent adventure. It is sometimes natures way to hurry up and reproduce if an organism is threatened. For example fruit trees can often be triggered to fruit if stressed.
May I share your story on my website? I know it will give many people hope. Thank you sooo much for sharing this. What a pretty kitty indeed :)
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