July 2015 Featured Coonies
Welcome to our July 2015 Album! It's an explosion of Maine Coon Cats! Still haven't added your Coonie picture(s)to the albums? Click here to send them in today!
Boodles relaxing on scratching tube.
We adopted Boodles last October. He's a very sweet boy and it befuddles us as to why he languished in a shelter for 6 months before finding us.
He was a little shy at first but is so charming. He gets along well with his housemate, Buddy, a buttermilk tabby. He loves his toys and makes eye contact with us to play or for a treat. He knows where his treats are kept and will pull the container off the shelf and then look at us.
One thing we don't like is that he likes to eat fresh flowers. So, I can't keep any in the house. Small price to pay to keep him safe and healthy.
Calli and Moxie
Oh those tails!
Calli and Moxie are litter mate sisters who joined our family in Dec 2014 at 4 months of age. Calli is a brown patched tabby and Moxie is a silver patch tabby. They both have such distinct personalities! Calli is cuddely and loves to snuggle up on your lap, chest or even head. during a recent 4 hour car ride, Calli laid across my husbands neck and sholders all the way home! He got some looks at the drive thru!
Moxie is more reserverd in her affection. When you get some "moxie sugar" its a special time. When she does want affection, she wants head butts and next scratches. However, sit on the couch or lie on the bed, and there is Moxie. She is a great nap buddy.
Both are a year old now, but still very kitten like. Calli loves to explore and pushes the edges of the envelop constantly--jumping on the top of the kitchen cupboards, hanging from the screens, trying to get in the washer! Moxie us a but more laid back, but once she see's her sister do it, its monkey see, monkey do!
I can't imagin the house without these two busy sisters--they follow me everywhere and are also known as my little shadows!
Isaac, 6 months old
Isaac is our first Maine Coon. We've owned 2 Norwegian Forest Cats before. They are similar but Isaac is a little bit bigger at his age.
Loki aka Evil
This beauty was found in a barn in rural Newfoundland.
Our "little" Puff ball
Puff at approximately 2 months old
Puff was born somewhere near our home last September. We took her in when she got too curious for her own good...she had no fear of cars.
She quickly settled in as the youngest of five cats. Even quicker still, she seemed to grow to a size equal to or larger than our other cats.
While I had no idea that she was a Maine Coon when we took her in, I am pretty sure she is one now. From the tuffs of hair between her toes, the tuffs in her ears, the "M" on her forehead, the mane around her neck, her big bushy tail, and her size...pretty sure she's still growing into those paws of hers, she seems to be all Maine Coon.
It doesn't matter where we are in the house, she always has to be with us. Even if she's sleeping when we leave, she'll follow us. When we come home from work, she's waiting at the top of the stairs for us and stands on her back feet to get her head rubbed.
I certainly wasn't looking for a new cat when she came into our lives, but she is just too adorable not to love.
Max The Maine Coon
We went to the Vet and the Dr said he was about 6 months old, so we then decided to change his name to Mack. He is now 7 years old and very healthy, he is our child, whom we dote on everyday, Mack is very loving and playful, and loves to go outside and run around with the neighbors cat Crackers, Mack is very healthy and weighs 15 pounds, he is our gentle giant.
Hope you like the picture, he is very photogenic!
Iggy and Bowie
My daughter found a kitten on the side of the road in Aug 2014. Little did we know that she was a Maine Coon!
Today Charlie is one year old and I wanted to share the collage from this year in her growth!!! She was such a tiny little one when Kate found her but her squeak was adamant from day 1!
She loves people and our other pets! She now lives in a house with 3 dogs & 2 other cats. My daughter (Kate) is in college at Kutztown University. We live in Pennsylvania just an hour north of Philadelphia!
Every morning as I get ready to leave for work she will sit outside the bathroom door. Then we need to play fetch with her "woobie" which is simply crocheted yarn. She loves her woobie!!!! She is definitely a welcome addition to our family of furkids.
Hobbes the Cat
Hobbes is the litter mate of "Harper" from the June postings.. Super cat, from a wonderful breeder.. "Big Coonies Cattery"
Tristan - Champion and Best Friend
Chilling for the pro photos
Royalty Tristan of Lophama is now 10 months old and weighing in at 7kgs.
He is such a darling and being the only guy in a home with three generations of ladies, you can imagine how much he gets spoilt.
At the tender age of 4 months Tristan entered his first cat show, with much nervousness on my part as well, being a total newby to the cat show circuit, we got there early and set up ready for action.
After a long day of in and out the show cage and meeting so many people (Tristan of course, as all he was interested in was being loved) the judges gave their verdicts, Tristan took the Kitten Novice Champion, Judges Award, Best Medium Hair Kitten.
And also won first prize in two side entries for Biggest Ears and Longest Tail (no surprise there, Coonies are known for their Fluffy tails and Big ears) I was so proud of him, and come the second show, he was 9months and had to enter as an adult, competing against cats much older than him, he showed them just how special he is and charmed his way to Novice Runner up, 3 Gold and 1 Silver certificate, achieving his Grand status and an invite to the next competition for the provincial finalists competition.
His show career is starting off with a bang and glory and both him and I are looking forward to many years of doing shows and meeting new people at these shows.
Tristan just loves meeting new people and traveling, he knows when his harness comes out that its time for a drive in the car, he doesn't mind where those wheels go as long as he can sit on my lap and snooze or watch traffic.
During the days that I am at work, he spends his days with Gran, making sure she has company, and that she gives him treats at tea time and snacks.
Kricket at 15 months
When I first laid eyes on this little fur ball, he was about 7 weeks old, dirty, dusty, and scared, but he came to me and purred in my arms. He snuggled on my shoulder the entire ride home.
Immediately, the next morning, I took him to the vet where he was given a full physical, treated for a severe case of ear mites which resulted in a fungal infection, recieved his first set of vaccines, and was de-wormed and de-flead. He was neutered at 4 months. And, just so you know, I absolutely refuse to have him declawed!
When we got home, he was introduced to Keeker, my other kitten, a 6 week old black, domestic short-hair (also, a rescue from a 'cat hater' a week earlier). By the next morning, they were best of friends playing and romping together. He took to the litter box right away and had no problems finding the food and water dishes!
Although my Kricket is a rescued stray, I am very confident he carries a strong Maine Coon lineage in his genes. He has several definitive characteristics of a Maine Coon, but I am certain he is a mix of some sort since his Momma was a stray and his father is unknown.
Beyond his physical appearance, (he has the soft, shaggy, long three-layered coat; large paws with heavy tufts of hair between his toes; large body structure; the distinct "M" on his forehead; lightly tufted ears; straight nose; and a very long and bushy tail), he has the personality as well! He is very attention-seeking, extremely affectionate and loveable, intelligent, 'talkative', playful, yet casual and laid-back.
Today, a little over a year later, Kricket is a solid 13.6 lbs and as healthy and gorgeous as anything I have ever seen! He and his brother hold the strings to my heart and I can't imagine my life without them in it!
My name is Vince Franza I have a Maine Coon cat her name is Callie. I got her from a shelter.
She was locked up in a cage for 4 months. She now has free run of the house. She is the most lovable cat that I had ever had. She followers me wherever I go. When I leave the house she waits for me in the window
He loves my neighbors' labs and never stops talking and playing.
Maine Coon? Meet Blaize
December When We First Got Him
In December of 2014 my husband and I were at a pet store and happened upon a little orange furball who had been pulled from our local shelter. It didn't take long for us to decide that he was meant to be a part of our family.
Knowing nothing about this little kitty, we got him vetted and went through countless days of bathing and pulling off fleas working to get him healthy. We did find out that he was born in August, so he is just a month shy of being a year old.
I have been doing research, and I am pretty sure our boy is a Maine Coon, and was looking for more opinions. He is so sweet, loving, and curious. He gets along with our other cat and our dogs.
He has been a wonderful addition to our family!
Wee Willy was found cold and hungry by a couple of young boys just before Christmas 2014. He was only a handful - so tiny.
I was visiting the home of these young boys on Christmas and had to move this little ball of fluff in order to sit on the chair. He immediately cuddled up and fell asleep on my lap the entire evening.
After our last cat died (over 49 years we have owned 5 cats - all but one being tabbies) I said "no more cats". However on Christmas Eve 2014 this little guy stole my heart.
I brought him home, flea ridden, ear ticks, worms etc. We called him Wee Willy after William, the young boy who found him. Of all our dear departed cats, this little guy is the most loveable, adorable, social cat, full of entertaining antics.
I didn't realize that he could be a Maine Coon Tabby until someone mentioned that Willy certainly looks like the breed. He is still less than a year old (a guesstimate of 9 months old). So here he is in all his little glory!!!!!
On Christmas eve I visited neighbours to find that their grandson William had brought home a tiny kitten. On sitting down I moved this small ball of fluff onto my lap where he stayed for the duration of my visit.
Grandson William (thus the name Willy) had found him cold and wet outside our local Canadian Legion in our small town of Hastings, Ontario, Canada.
During our 49 years of marriage we had four wonderful male tabbies and a female calico. When the last tabby died I said "no more cats" but just could not refuse the offer to take this wee cat home on Christmas eve.
At the time we were not sure how old he was but as he was flea ridden, had worms and ear mites I took him to the Vet as soon as possible. They considered he was 12 weeks old, so we put his birthday to October 25th 2014.
We knew immediately he was very different from our other cats and on speaking to a friend she said he might be a Maine Coon brown tabby. I Goggled it and came upon your web site. He certainly shows all the characteristics of a Maine Coon - very affectionate, social, playful and has the tufts in his ears and paws and that wonderful tail.
I am not sure whether he is a mix or purebred, but whatever, he is the joy of our lives. The pictures are when we first brought him home, but now (approximately 9 months old) he is a healthy 8 lbs and growing.
I am Duncan Orlan Moss's Mama. He is dead. He and I were harassed in his time of need for medical care. Does anyone know a veterinarian who does not participate in abusing the cats and dogs of humans who have been placed on a medical abuse list?
Maine Coon Cats (mixes, foundation, etc.) are both intelligent and sensitive and should be heard, respected, and loved.
This will be a lengthy grieving process.
Sweetpea From A Hoarder
I too rescued a Maine Coon from a hoarder who had 30 cats. Half of them were Persians, they were all sick and some had only one eye and one even had a broken leg.
This one little white one would hide in the corner under news papers, I think the bigger cats beat on her and would not let her eat or drink water.
I just had to take her home. She at first would only drink water if their was a puddle on the floor. She has infected eye and was dirty and matted. Took her to vet. Long story short, once she could open her eyes, she has one blue and one green eye.. she is well and beautiful now. She is snowy white and is so very loving.
Years ago I was lucky to have an amazing friend named Gambit. He was a pure bred Maine Coon. I can't begin to explain all the things that made him so great.
He didn't act like any cat or dog I had ever met. He was some kind of mix of the best of both. Loyal, brave, playful, but not needy.
He would see me off to work and be waiting to hang out when I got home. He would follow me everywhere I went. He would always have to be touching me. Not on me just close enough to touch me with a paw. He never acted shy to anyone ever.
He would greet new friends with a head but. He would play fetch until I was tired. Greatest "pet" ever. I lost him to a heart defect 10 years ago.
Now with 4 and 5yo girls it was time for a family pet. There wasn't much to think about. It had to be a Coon. So we got our first as a family. Zeus is an 11 week cream who we got from a local breeder.
After getting Zeus I cought the bug and was lucky to reserve a beautiful silver boy from Congocoons. We get him in a couple weeks. Super excited! We will be a Maine Coon family for life!
Izzy My Brown Comedian
Izzy is a registered MC from a cattery in Cleveland, TN She has no fears. Izzy drags her toys all around the house, following you to try to entice you in to a game of chase me or hide behind the door. Izzy is very special.
She was adopted/purchased when our beautiful older Siberian male cat crossed over the rainbow bridge from a bout of intestinal cancer.
She helped to fill that void and has become a very much loved member of our family. When I have had a bad day at work, I just holler out "Izzy" and she comes chirping into the room with a big cat smirk on her face.
She loves to wash my hands while I squish her face in my palm. She is a bit of a chow hound. It's hard to turn her down because she loves her treats. Let me warn any of you that is considering a Maine Coon for your 1st kitty. They will get their way and they can figure their way out of any door, enclosure or method you use to keep them inside. Izzy figured out that she can push the screen out of the tracks in the door and just throw her substantial weight against it and she's free. So far, she comes back when I yell at her.
Maine Coons are special cats. Make no mistake about that. They are not regular cats in size, behavior or personality, but you will not regret getting one of these big, beautiful cat comedians.
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Just curious about Willie
We got our kitten from a friend that told us he was abandoned on her front porch. He is very playful and full of personality. He is 12 weeks old and compared to my other kitten of the same age, he is huge! He resembles several characteristics of the Maine Coon and wanted to know what you thought?
We rescued Willie from an acquaintance of ours that found him on her front porch as a small kitten. He is now about 3 months old and he is much bigger than our other kitten that is also 3 months old.
He has several characteristics of the Maine Coons appearance and he also has the personality! One other thing I recently discovered, Willie loves to play in the water splashing around! So, could someone tell me if he could possibly be a mix?
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Shila the Diva
I got "Shila" from the "tierhilfe" in Kaiserslautern Germany, when she was 5 months old.
She's 8 months old now and she has such a wonderful personality. Very playful and such a Diva! She seems to have the characteristics of a Maine Coon, with the Lynx effect ears, the big tail and tufts of fur between her toes. She's just beautiful!
I didn't get chance to post a pix on Fb... It wouldn't allow it, so here is Eli, tell me, Maine Coonie or not,
Is Little One Part Coon?
Got him about yrs ago. He's smaller but has the lion mane and tufts of fur between toes and lynx like ears.
Love this guy!
PomPom and FlipFlop
PomPom chilling lol
We have 2 strays that both have the look & personalities of a Coonie! They are so affectionate & have the sweetest , softest, little squeak meows!
PomPom is the tabby & weighs about 15 lb & FlipFlop is the black beauty he is polydactyl & weighs almost 20lb they are so much fun to have in our home, big kittens always playful!
Roxie in Southern Nevada
Roxie at rest
We recently adopted Roxie from a friend of a friend, who was moving out of state and could not take her along.
Roxie is 9 years old and both big and overweight. Her first mother told us she is part Maine Coon, and looking at her head size and shape, as well as the size of her paws, I can see some similarities.
She is very sweet and very vocal about when she wants attention or food or to tell me that I forgot to open the closet door (she likes to relax in the cool darkness).
She is warming up to our two other cats, a 4-year-old torbie/white domestic shorthair, and a 1-year-old Lynx Point Siamese mix, although she's still a little cautious about getting boxed in. (We've only had her for 10 days.)
Do you see Maine Coon in her? She doesn't have the lynx-tufted ears or an obvious ruff, nor is her tail very fluffy. I'd be interested in your thoughts. Thanks!
Marvin and Grover in London
Marvin and Grover are rescue cats. We are not sure how old they are. The shelter thought 2 to 3 years old.
They are probably brothers (were abandoned together and despite different colouring look very similar). We have had them since April. Both follow us around like dogs when they are inside.
They love our company, demand attention and cuddles but very rarely sit on our laps. They love being outside and are good climbers. They think nothing of jumping up and down (head first) tall fences.
Not sure about hunting abilities (they luckily haven't brought any presents home yet) or intelligence... they figured out how to use the chip controlled cat flap within minutes though. It's more of a tunnel than just a flap (thick walls) so I guess that is fairly intelligent.
Both have very long and bushy tails, long bodies and are pretty heavy but not fat. Marvin (ginger) is 5.3 kilos (approx 12 pounds) and Grover (b/w) is 4.2 kilos (approx 9 pounds). Their fur is long with a thick undercoat and it doesn't' seem to get wet when they are outside during rain - they don't seem to mind water or rain at all.
They have very long whiskers, fur tufts between their toes, a smallish ruff round their neck and tufts in their ears but not the lynx like tuft at the top of their ears (well Grover has very small tuft at the tips of his ears)
So what do you think? Could there be Maine Coon in them?
Is She A Maine Coon?
I adopted her October 5th, 2013. Her face was sad but I picked her up and held her and she nestled right in my arms.
She was a long hair, black kitten. She was six months old. They had "fixed" her and I always tell her she has a turquoise tattoo on her belly. That's how you know she's had the surgery. She no longer has a sad face. She talks...all the time. She brings me presents, usually at night when I'm asleep.
Somebody told me she's a hunter. So when I get up there's a trail of my clean kitchen towels I keep rolled up in a large bowl on my island counter. She also brings me their (I have 4 other rescue, mutt cats) little stuffed animal babies.
She loves to lay on her back and sleep. She must have her nap in the afternoon. She's very big and weighs 13 lbs and counting. In 2014 she had to have surgery to remove a growth in her mouth that was affecting her eating and breath in 2014. My vet said it was a common thing for her breed and to get her checked once a year.
Her eyes tell you everything. She's an amazing soul. She loves me but she hangs with the cats. She's not "needy" like my other cats. She's gotten some white hair in between her toes. It's long hair but it's strips of white hair. She's beautiful and I love, love, love her.
Love bug and a lap cat always wanted to be loved on and brushed.
Fern...with the lions mane
Enjoying the balcony
Fern came to us from someone asking to take in this adorable little fluffy, silver kitten.
Since I have rescued in the past, I popped up in their mind. Immediately, I could tell this cat was special. Instead of finding her a home, we fell in love and decided to keep her.
My husband has own pure Coons in the past (he is from Maine after all!). He started noticing that not only does she look like his previous cats, but that she acts like them too. Her personality is so cute, yet borderline dominant. She has to be right in the middle of things and is extremely vocal....to the point that now my husband "meows" back to her and they have "conversations" for a few minutes.
We noticed a few things immediately. She has a full on fluffy collar...it is almost hysterical to watch her try to clean it. My husband calls it her lion's mane. It is full, fluffy, and almost out of control.
She also has these impressive little tufts at the tip of her ears and between all her toes. To get her to play sometimes, we touch those tufts in between her toes....and it's on! (Although it isn't hard to get her to play at all usually). Her tail is also OUTRAGEOUS! She will wrap that thing around your legs and tickle the back of your knees.
She is definitelh a "mama's girl". Usually she follows me around the house and is always under-foot. When I sit down, she is always in my lap. She will even wake me up every morning....just so she can sit on my lap. When I have gone on vacation, she does it to my husband. She will grab food from your plate, beg and meow pathetically until you drop a piece of bacon or cheese down to her. When she isn't asleep, she is usually "hunting" a bug that flew in while the door was open. She LOVES to be on the balcony and let the wind ruffle through her luxurious mane.
We have struggled on finding out whether or not she is a mix since we got her. Her size isnt super impressive, although she is a decent size. She is only a year now and it doesn't seem like she has grown any except outwards....in the tummy area. We are just curious to see if anyone sees the similarities to Coons like we do...
Kit Kat and Fennick Bean
Kit Kat is 3 years old and weighs 14 lbs but there is no fat on him!
I am pretty sure he is a mix since I have seen his tabby littermates but he does have the tufts between his toes and a lovely tail.
Fennick Bean was rescued by me son from a friend's car engine and about 6 weeks old.
My kitten surely looks as though he has Maine Coon in him but I don't know if he is a purebred. What do you all think?
Coco is difficult to photograph because she will not stay still!
We adopted her in March from our local cat adoption center. We started wondering if she could have some Maine Coon in her because she loves water, and she often drinks water by dipping her paw in the bowl and then licking it from her paw.
She has the tufts of hair between her toes and the long whiskers. She is also very dog-like in her personality.
She will follow me all over the house! Her voice is also unique at times, more of a trill than a meow.
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