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Elf Sphinx of the ocean: seafaring cat becomes Instagram-famous

Sphynx cat on a cruise cat-happy
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They say that cats hate water. But for one bald Vegas moggy, it’s the ocean life or bust: she follows her owner, the captain of a cruise ship, to work on seabound expeditions of up to three months at a time.

By G. John Cole

Published on the 18/02/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:27

And today, the Elf Sphynx cat – who goes by the name ‘Bug Naked’ – can count over 18,000 followers on her Instagram profile.

Yo-ho-ho ye salty sea-cat

Kate McCue (human) is based in Las Vegas. But every other quarter, she departs for a three-month tour of duty-free as the captain of an international cruise ship – and she takes Bug Naked with her. This year, the pair will take the reins of a brand new billion-dollar superboat, the Celebrity Edge.

It’s a glamorous lifestyle that seems totally suited to the rather severe-looking hairless cat – who is apparently dating a wiener dog named Dewey. Ms. Naked has been pictured wearing a mother of pearl necklace, wrapped in luxury towels, and in a pink human wig aboard McCue’s boats. She’s also been spotted dangerously close to the controls. “[The cat] is neither an emotional support animal nor the world's ugliest Chihuahua (although she gets that often),” writes McCue on Instagram – where she herself has nearly 60,000 followers despite being a human and not bald.

“She's my sidekick, my little naked bundle of joy & the reason I get out of bed. At 4 a.m. E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y. And I wouldn't have it any other way.”

Oh captain! My cat-pain!

But if Bug Naked commands neither a cruise ship nor the likely six-figure salary that McCue takes home, she is at least commander of her sister-from-another-mister’s heart.

“Not many can walk all over the Captain,” writes Sandra Bullock-lookalike McCue.
“But clearly @bugnaked doesn't need permission.”

It’s not the first time we’ve seen cats dangerously close to power – should this morbid moggy feel slighted by her fellow passengers on board the Celebrity Edge when it launches later this year, don’t be surprised if we see payback of Titanic proportions.


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