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This Maine Coon Becomes Deaf Sailor’s ‘Ears’ To Help Navigate The Seas

Posted in Cat Videos - On: April 28, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Videos 
Last Updated: April 28, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

Skatty is a very special cat. He’s a Maine Coon and a polydactyl cat, which means he has extra toes on his feet.

He loves to go sailing with his human, Paul, and they regularly set sail on their boat La Chica.


“He chose to join me in the cockpit, which he does to this day,” explains Paul.

“It was a bit awkward to try and sail a boat with a young kitten that is determined to sit on your lap, but we managed.

Once the sails were up, he relaxed somewhat but still wanted to be with me.”


Even though Paul is deaf, he doesn’t let it get in the way of his love for sailing.

Paul adopted Skatty when he was 2 months old and before long the two of them were off sailing together on La Chica.


The pair communicate perfectly and Paul has learned to read Skatty’s body language as he gives him visual clues to help navigate the sea.

This delightful kitty has a variety of important tasks on board, one of them is to warn Paul of other boats approaching.


If Paul receives a text message, Skatty puts his paw on the phone.

If someone is at the door he will warn Paul by putting a paw on his leg.


The two of them have an incredible bond and are inseparable.

What an amazing life they lead together.



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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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