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Sailing cat acts as deaf owner’s ‘ears at sea’

P1000284_620x310Auckland sailor Paul Thompson can’t always hear everything around him while at sea. That’s where his cat comes in.

A six-month-old ginger Maine Coon, Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpawz – or Skatty for short – plays an important role when the pair go sailing around New Zealand.
“I am totally deaf and Skatty is my ears,” Thompson says. “Without any training, he has twigged that I don’t hear and of his own accord he lets me know if a boat comes alongside, people are at my door and when my phone receives text messages.”

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