Today we have the beautiful Effi joining us for Caturday Connections! Welcome Effi!
So tell us a little bit about yourself Effi.
I am a swedish shorthair Europée, female, 10+. I live in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. I was adopted from a cat home when I was around one year old. I spend my life between my flat in the city on the fourth floor and my boat in the Stockholm archipelago. So I am basically both a supervisor of a household and the captain of a sail boat. It is a lot of responsibility.
I’m so happy you enjoyed my book! How long have you been a boat cat? Do you prefer life on land or life afloat?
Your book changed my life, I really have studied it well and always bring it around.
My humans tried to introduce me to the life afloat when they still had their old sail boat, but it did not work very well. They thought I was sea sick (!) and did not like life at sea. In fact, I faked it, I thought that that boat was just TOO SMALL, there were just too few snoozy places. In this new boat I can choose from several sleeping spots depending in which mood I am, but I prefer the Master cabin, which offers most privacy and tons of space to stretch out, still its very cozy. Life on land is different, I like it too. In the flat there is plenty of room for a really good ‘crazy run’ every once in a while. That’s nice!
Tell us about your humans? Have you got them well trained?
I have three humans, my dad, my mum and my older sister. Its a lot of work with them for me, for example, I have to wake them up early e v e r y morning to remind them to give me my treats, even during the weekends. They mostly work though so I have time to recover during the day when they are gone. But indeed, they are good, the teenager in particular since she really understands the meaning of privacy and allowing yourself treats, a good sleep and a lot of screen time.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Sleep, playing with my mice, eat, watching other boats coming and going, patrolling my deck at dusk, watching the sunset, being adored from the pontoon.
I’ve never been to the Baltic Sea or the Stockholm archipelago, but I’d love to. In your whiskery opinion what makes it special?
I think the variation of nature in the Baltic sea is unbelievable, everything from thousands of islands in the archipelago where you can find your own little bay or spot to moor, and the bigger beautiful islands, Gotland, Gotska Sandön, Stora Karslö. You can find long completely empty sandy beaches or limestone pebble beaches with tons of fossil furiends. The distances are rather short, my favorite passage is the 65 NM stretch between mainland and Gotland, a perfect trip to get your fur aired out and not too short, not too long.
Also one amazing thing is the Nordic summer, when the sun almost never goes down, you can sit aaall night watching out in the gorgeous light. The humans sometimes take a sauna and then throw themselves in the cold water during spring and autumn on the island when I bring them out with the boat. I don’t understand why they just don’t stay in the cozy warm boat??
Where’s your favourite place on the boat?
During the day, inside, under the duvet in the Master cabin; in the dusk I love to sit on or patrol my deck.
Do you or your humans ever get sea-sick?
My dad sometimes get a little upside down if he works on the boat inside (he always works on some very important boat project…), when we are anchored. I don’t do sea-sickness.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen whilst sailing?
Seals popping out their little heads over the surface, or the really big cruising ferries passing rather close, like big 15-floor houses lurking around.
Have you ever got into trouble? What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I think between falling out of the window (from the fourth floor) to land on a restaurant table below our apartment, and “leaving” a hairball on the kitchen table it’s difficult to choose.
What do you think your next big adventure in life will be?
The humans often talk, or mostly dad, about sailing to Svalbard in the Arctic, and that that would be exciting – but I don’t know.
If somebody asked you for advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
I am always in favor of a good scratch on the furniture. A good piece of advice for boat life is to find your place that is safe and yours. Don’t hop on other boats, they might take off before you know it!
Do you have a website or social media channel where we can follow your future adventures?
No I don’t Bailey, not yet at least. Maybe I’ll consider it in the future.
Thank you so much for pawticipating today Effi. I think your teenage human sounds really cool and you’ve really inspired me to sail to the Baltic Sea one day. The picture of you with that delicious feast has made me hungry, I’m going off to find something tasty to eat now! Wishing you and all of your family fair winds and fishing feasts!
Happy Caturday Evfurryone!