Jelly, the Ship's Cat
Magellan Louise Lemay Lynn, aka Jelly, was born March 24, 2000 and adopted at the street-legal age of six weeks from the local SPCA in League City, TX.
Jelly served faithfully as ship's cat for seven years aboard Nine of Cups until 2007 when she went to live with Marcie's mom back in the USA, a decision with which she agreed wholeheartedly. In her cushy new land life, we're sure that thoughts of returning to the sea never entered her mind! Jelly went to cat heaven in September 2014. She's fondly remembered as a great crew mate and the best ship's cat ever and as such, she still deserves her own page.
If you already have a pet and are planning to move aboard your boat, the decision to include your pet or leave it behind is a hard one. We've known cruisers with cats, dogs, birds, sloths, turtles and monkeys. There's lots to consider. Each country we visited had its own rules regarding pets.Some animals, like cats and dogs, are relatively easy in most countries. Other, more exotic pets, may require a bit more planning. Read more here.
In addition to playing with string and feathers and jumping on our heads from the bimini, one of Jelly’s favorite games was to try to catch a line poking from the scupper drain. She was bright enough to know that it originated from the other side of the scupper and usually checked out both sides of the hole to determine her best vantage point. We think she realizes it’s a game though because she’ll never try to take it from our hands, just from the end of the scupper.
Did I mention that naps were very, very important?