March 2012 Photo Album
Welcome to the March Photo Album! Enjoy all the good-looking cats here! (Comments are closed in this March Album.)
Heath and Cali
Heath and Cali are our brother and sister Maine Coons born April 26, 2011. They are almost one year old.
Heath is a stunning brown tabby and white. He joined our family in September. His sister, Cali, is a beautiful black smoke and white, who joined us in January. Heath and Cali are our first Maine Coons, and they fit our family perfectly!
They get along with everyone, including the kids and dogs. Heath is an active boy who is into everything, while Cali is the princess. They are both very sweet and loving.
They have all the wonderful qualities of Maine Coons. I think their stunning tails are my favorite feature, along with their great personalities.
Heath and Cali have a blog at twomainthings.blogspot.com if you would like to know more about them. They have had an eventful first year. They may get to be show kitties, one of these days.
This is my special man Cody, also known as Cody Bunz or Bunners. He was abandond by his old familly and left in the cold.
He is a goofy little fuzz ball and very curious. He has now been a part of our family for two years and he is adorable :) Love you Cody!
This is Miles.
This is Miles. He likes to sleep, tear up toilet paper rolls, and attempt to eat laser pointer beams.
Theo: He looks alot like my Twinkle (her pic is in your file)
Scruffy Tigger Doo
This is Tigger, king of the house. He is very vocal! He wants your love but does not like to be held and he will tell you so. He is very loving to everyone. He is everywhere something is happening, right in the way. As a matter of fact you need to watch your step or you will trip on him. We all adore him.
Loves to drink from faucet. Cries when he can't find me or Sasha(Siamese) Meets me at door when I get home from work. Got Patrick from shelter. Will play fetch.
Jayne has sent in a lovely page all about Guaca-Noel-E! Come meet him, see more pictures, and read his feel-good rescue story!
Update On Marley
Marley is a red silver tabbby and white maine coon, he is now 10 months old and weighs 16lbs- but not an ounce of fat.
There are pictures of when he is younger on Muska and Marley. As he gets older he gets more handsome but also cheekier.
Nothing is safe, there is not much in my house that does not have teeth marks on it. His favourite game is hide and seek he loves to chase me up the stairs, he tries not to chase Muska but sometimes he just can't help himself.
Coockie, Our First Time Mama
Coockie is one year and six months old and gave birth to her first litter last week. She is a sweet mama and very proud of her four kittens: Odin, Beowulf and Siegfried (the boys) and Mist (the only girl). We are really happy to share our joy with all of you! Greetings from Sao Paulo, Brazil!
Peggy and David: Your kittens are beautiful.
This is my 6 year old baby Sidney! He loves playing and sleeping in the craziest positions! ;)
A tribute to Allie
Allie was has been a cherished part of my life for the past 15+ years. Every day she was a true beauty and brought me constant joy. She has been the most devoted, loving creature I have ever know.
Karen: Lee Anne, Sorry for the loss of Allie, it brought a tears to my eyes, she was very similar colouring to my girl,the silence is unbearable, hope you fill that sound of pitta patta of little feet again of adorable Maine Coon cat, it does help with healing and pain you must be feeling. It happened to us last year and within 4 weeks of silence we got another cat, and boy does she keep us smiling and so much laughter when she plays.
Brothers Ice and Jet
Ice and Jet in the Garden (1)
We bought these two beautiful boys from a breeder in central Victoria, Australia. They are like little dogs, always following us around, getting narky with us when we've been gone too long (after the initial so happy to see you greeting at the door!)
Having cats most of my life, I'm amazed at how playful these guys are (they're just over 2 years old) with Jet having an obsession with ice cubes and straws! He comes running when he hears the freezer door open and purrs as he waits for an ice cube! He has managed to steal a straw from friends drinks too lol!
These cats are extremely sweet animals, very friendly and happy when the local strays come for a visit. I've had to stop the contact though, as the strays haven't been vaccinated :(
King Shariff, a white maine coon more than 13 kg (nearly 30 lbs) and 5 years old. Beautiful and very sweet. A great companion.
My Crazy Buff
I got Buff at 6weeks old. He was this little spunky grey and white kitten with the most amazing eyes and huge paws.
He has triple paws in the front and double paws in the back.He has grown up so fast in the last 7 months. He is now black and Grey and has a huge tail.
He loves to be cradled and tells me when I need to get up and when its time for bed..lol.. He stretches out in my arms and hangs over the side of my arms. He is such a sweet boy full of energy.
Meet Mario aka "My Marvie Man"
We adopted Mario from our local Humane Society when he was about 8 weeks old. The Humane Society, and my Vet described him as a Grey Tabby/Domestic Shorthair, but I think he is Maine Coon or Maine Coon mix.
Mario will be turning 4 years old this June, and is about 15 pounds. Mario is the best cat ever! He is very loving and affectionate. Every morning when my alarm goes off, he will jump on my bed, and then he gets behind my head on the pillow and kneeds my hair.
Then he buries his face in my hair and purrs loudly in my ear till I wake up! When Mario was almost 2 yrs old we decided to adopt another cat so he would have a friend to play with when we were at work. Her name is Kiki! She is not a Maine Coon, but we love her just the same.
Even though Kiki is much smaller than Mario, she is the boss! They love to play together every afternoon, and chase each other all over the house. We have to leave the water dripping in the bathtub, cause that is the only way he will drink water. Silly boy!
Solana Beach, CA
When our orange tabby disappeared without a trace, someone decided to stop by with a small 2 week old kitty, a little ball of black hair, only visible feature was two blue green eyes looking back.
A year later she is the most affectionate cat, and we heard from a guest that she was a "Maine Coon". Never had heard of this breed until now.
Well here she is sharing our living room enjoying her electric blanket.
Jessy: And boy howdy were you surprised when she turned out to be a smoke, right? Wonderful ruff!
my team and my chair
Hellfire loves to chase the rainbows cast by my crystal that is in a spinner at the window she goes nuts. She also likes control of the remote and like watching football games on tv. I found that Hell is afraid of balloons - I didn't think she was afraid of anything.
Brenda: Hell has just figured out how high she can jump, it funny now she barely puts her feet on the floor, she jumps from place to place. I am going to start training her to do an agility course I will post how quickly she learns this, I figure lets put her new found skill to use.
Gus adopted us!
Guarding the Easter bunny.
After losing our 11 year old cat to kidney disease and diabetes, we wanted to share our home with another cat.
We visited Good Mews No Kill, No Cage Cat Shelter (Marietta, GA) and were walking around petting the cats when Gus came over and started rubbing against my legs. I sat down and he hopped into my lap and started giving me love head butts.
Needless to say, we brought this 3 year old cutie home with us that day (now 8 months ago). We don't know his background as the shelter had rescued him just before he was to be euthanized at the county animal control.
Our vet indicated that he appeared to have some Maine Coon in his family tree. He is a delight and we love having him around - very friendly and loves to snuggle and follow us around.
My Baby, Harley
Harley is 9 months old. He has a lot of funny things he does but my favorite is when he wants to cuddle & wraps around my neck purring in my ear!!
Justine: A little more info: Harley is 1 of 2 brothers I have been blessed with. His brother Studley, is the same colors & marking of his dad,MCC . He is the size & attitude of his mom, a Tabby. They are totally different. They were born 7/4/2011
Cheri: A beautiful kitten!
Jessy: That pose is SO familiar: tummy up and paws obediently folded!
Eric in the cubby
A rare sighting of our 1.5 y/o 18 lb. MC Eric in the cubby of my desk
Willow will be 2 years old in June, she was adopted from our local shelter.
One day I was in the office looking at the adoptable pets and found a cute little black kitten I was going to rescue, I had a black cat for 17 years and was looking for another one, and as I was telling one of my coworkers about her I was devasted to learn that his wife was on her way to adopt the very same kitten as we spoke!
I went by the shelter anyway after work, and when I went in and past the 1st cage a very tiny fluffy grey tabby looking kitten reached out and hooked me with her paw.
I turned around and she was making the sweetest little chirps and trills. I immediately fell in love and got her out and held her.
The lady at the shelter looked at me and smiled and just started getting the paper work ready, she could see Willow was going home with me.
That was one of the luckiest days of my life. She weighs 11 lbs. now and is my very best friend, I can not tell you the joy she has brought to my life.
She plays with our Blind boxer and mothers the kittens my son adopted. She likes to jump in the shower with me and greets me at the door when I come home.
As she started to get bigger I began to wonder what she was, I researched all her traits and was thrilled to realize she was a Maine Coon! I will never have any other love like Willow.
This is "Trouble"
By: Ralph Walker
Our kitty was adopted from the Murfreesboro TN pound.........My wife and son went there together......My wife, Grace had a white kitty ready to leave with it, But Mike said, "Oh mom, this other kitty has his paws out of the cage begging to be taken home".
She relented and thus "Trouble was on his way to his forever home. That was 12 years ago. He has been a wonderful companion all that time. He loves to splash in the toilet and we have to be careful to assure the seat isn't soaked before we sit down.
He is still quite kittenish. He fetches rubber thumbs that I use at the Post Office. We never heard him meow for several years and supposed he could not. We got some soft animal toys and he took them out of the box, covered them with his body and meowed fiercely. We were surprised and happy that he had a voice!
He has the most beautiful chartreuse eyes. He can't stand to have his back paws touched.(He'll bite!" He is the Alpha cat and the 2 others know it! He is funny around strangers.
He will weave around and rub their legs but I caution them that he will bite if they try to pat him, I don't know why he does this. He can still jump from the floor to the top of my dresser(about 41/2 ft. Trub has every trait of a Maine Coon.
(New Vineyard, ME)
typical Abu napping
We got Abu from a friend as a kitten and was told that he was Maine coon/mix. I was skeptical, but upon investigation I have discovered this is absolutely the case.
He not only displays very specific markings, hair texture and length, but also, he is dead on in the personality department.
He is an amazing pet, and in his 10 months with us has brought a lot of joy. I have uploaded some pictures to share.
Jessy: He's almost a Kitler (cat with a Hitler mustache).
Robert Quelch: Awesome cat!
Amber: so freaking cute (:
Steven: Abu has actually continued to grow, his legs grew first and then the rest of him.....I just found out that he may not stop growing until he is three years old. This should be entertaining. :)
This is how he relaxes
Charlie the Maine Coon. We adopted him at approximately 2 months old from the Humane Society. Everyone would comment and say he is most likely a Maine Coon breed but we were never really sure. Once we really decided to look at others within the breed we noticed his features matches those of a Maine Coon.
He is about 7 months old now and still growing.
The most awesome-est cat ever.
Kathy:Precious! He looks like my Murray> (posted earlier this month). They are so much fun!
That looks just like our cat when he was little
My kitten - Minnie Girl
By: Jane Collins
(Saint Paul, MN)
I grew up with a "Coon" as my best friend and so when I recently acquired a kitten from a neighbor, and at only 13 weeks of age, she is bringing me her toys so I'll play with them with her, my first thought, is; she's a Maine Coon!
The other clues are her 'look'. The lion mane, the big white paws (really big!) and a pouf of a tail that is 1 and 1/2 times the length of her body, and that orangy velvety pronounced triangular nose.
Also, her disposition is strictly Maine Coon. We have a 5 year old Bombay who we thought talked a lot, but now he is the quiet one in comparison to her. If you're not doing something she want's you to be, she let's you know.
She's only been here since the week after Christmas and already is the boss of the house! Here are a couple of pictures of her. The neighbor got her mother from a friend who said she's a mutt, but her kittens are far from mutts, they are all gorgeous like the attached pictures of her.
I immediately picked her out, and said I wanted her, as she was the most Coon like of all of her 6 litter mates and I knew I wanted her. Yes, she's from a litter of 7, born the a.m. of October 13th. As you can see she is a beauty, and believe me she has a personality to match! Thanks for letting me share :>D
Carol: Beautiful Kitten
(Essex Junction, VT, USA)
Couple months old
This story takes place early one Wednesday morning during the summer of 2011. My girlfriend and I are both working at our University for the summer, her doing bird research and I working the front desk at our Information Technology department.
It was early that morning when my girlfriend was walking across campus to meet up with a professor to start her research. While walking through one of the parking lots to cut through a building to the lab, she heard what sounded like a bird in the grass. Upon further inspection it was our little 2 week old, all black, Java. After looking around for a mother or other family of cats, she picked up this little guy and brought him into the nearest building, where I was currently working the front desk. With the biggest smile on her face we knew instantly we were going to love this kitten. After calling our local ASPCA and animal shelter, whom both were too full to accept another cat, we knew were going to be parents to this adorable guy.
The next day we brought him, whom at the time we had thought was a she, to the local vet, who were very amazed to see such a healthy abandoned kitten. For being clearly malnourished, only weighing 15 ounces, he had very little issues. He took up to eating kitten food and being the domestic house cat he never was. Although he has not been tested to prove he is purely a Maine Coon, we could tell as he grew from his behavior and the distinctive marks Maine Coons have.
Although mischievous, this little guy grew in our hearts very fast and spent the entire summer with us, growing like only Maine Coons do. Now about 10 months old, this 12 pound giant teddy bear lives with our parents while we attend college, and they share his love as much as we did that summer and we love him every chance we get to see him.
Jessy: What a cutie! Sure he's not a smoke?
Lisa C: Your Java looks just like my Newt!! He is the sweetest cat I've ever had!! And such a personality!! <3
Our Grandkitty Java Bean
(Punta Gorda, FL)
We rescued Ray Ray when he was about 10 weeks old, Christmas week 2011. He is now over 7 pounds, and a ton a fun.
He has his rituals; nap time between 12 - 4, playtime at night hiding under the sheets on the bed. He is so much fun and gives lots of love, hugs and kisses
My Best Buddy
By: Kathy Gaddy
I've had many cats before as a young child through my adult years, but I've never had a "friend" like this. Murray is known to all of my friends, and neighbors, and people adore him. He doesn't know a stranger!
Julie: Murray is beautiful
Jessy: Beautiful eyes
Sharon Duffy: Love his pink nose and beautiful face. looks just like my Angel Girl.
By: Dee Kangas
(Holly Hill, Florida)
Mungo trying to steal a drink.
Mungo is our first ever Maine Coon and we just adore him. He is very active and is always in to something.
He really loves to climb up high and surprise me by batting at me when I walk by. Mungo is 8 months old and weighs 11.8 lbs but there is no fat on his long lean body.
He loves to chirp and has his own funny meow. I swear sometimes he calls me momma in his funny little voice. He is definitely my baby boy!!
This is our little boy Maine Coon at 14 weeks.
Joy: He looks gorgeous, I hope you have many happy years with him
Alice Lowe: What a beautiful cat, I just wanted to pick him up and cuddle him.
Heather: My Maine Coons & Birman all have "terms" they use to call for me. My Maine Coon, Talmage, is by far the closest to calling me Mommy. I speak to him like a child so he probably picked up on that and since I respond to a sound that is close to Mommy, he calls me that.
By: Wendy Tremblay
Here is Patton, waving 'hello' to all the cat lovers :)
Pat in Ocala: He is a beautiful cat! May you have many happy years together.
Happy Birthday, Tass!
By: Karen and Mark Doran
(Coburg, Melbourne, Australia)
Tass is one now! On her page, Karen and Mark share how they got her, how they thought she was a he, and more. So click the link to Meet Tassie Girl!
Loves to drink from faucet. Cries when he can't find me or Sasha (Siamese) Meets me at door when I get home from work. Got Patrick from shelter. Will play fetch.
By: Deborah Hatch
I adopted Precious @ 8 wks. old from my local Humane Society. She will be 6 yrs. old in May! She is very social and is my little shadow following me from room to room.
She loves playing, drinking and getting groomed by water! The Bathroom counter/sink is her favorite place in the house besides my bed:) When she wants something like treats she gets on her hind legs and taps me with her paws. She is very playful and a people person.
She is very good with her paws and loves to open cupboards and closet doors. She does have a " chirping trill" as opposed to a meow! It is very distinct. She has a mane and very long tufts of fur on her paws and ears! I have always felt that she is a Maine Coon but don't know for sure. She has all of the characteristics and looks except that she is not huge?
She was with her 2 brothers when I adopted her who looked just like her. Unfortunately I couldn't take them all:( She has become my constant companion when I'm home and has brought me so much joy:)
Maybe-Maine Coon Cats For March:
Could my Flurrie be part Maine Coon?
Taking a break!
We (my husband and I) had visited a few cat rescues when someone told us about an "adoption event" that was happening the next day. This is where we found an adorable fluff-ball that was quietly sitting in her kennel just waiting for the right person to come along... and for whatever reason, I knew I had to take her home!
After several name suggestions from family and friends, we decided to call her Flurrie since it was snowing on the day we adopted her. It took a few days for Flurrie to adjust to our home, but once she got used to her surroundings she was no longer QUIET!
Posing for the camera
She now loves to talk and follow us around. And she's a "flurry" of activity when we pull out Da Bird - she loves to chase that thing! We didn't give much thought to what breed she could be, but someone mentioned she might have some Maine Coon in her. So I had to search it and of course that's how I found this website (which I LOVE, by the way!)
I don't think Flurrie is pure Maine Coon since she seems a little on the small side and she does actually have a meow. Regardless of what breed she is, I love her quirky personality, the way she talks to me, and her lovely tortoiseshell coloring!
Jessy: (sigh) I'm such a sucker for torties and calicos!
Emma- The Sweetest, Most Vocal Cat I Have Ever Met
I picked out Emma from a shelter in Maine; They estimated that she was about three years old, but they weren't sure because she was left abandoned in an apartment when the owners moved out.
Even in the shelter she would rub up against me to be pet and purr loudly. At home she is extremely vocal and needs/wants attention constantly. She is usually waiting by the door when I get home and will meow at me until I pick her up.
She follows me from room to room and will jump on my lap any chance she gets. She loves to be pet and brushed and will brush herself if the brush is lying on the table. She always needs to be by me, even if it is just sleeping next to me while I am on the computer. She occasionally tries to get on the computer while I am on it (see attached picture).
I was unaware of Maine Coons, but a friend mentioned that Emma might have some in her. She does seem to match the personality traits and I am afraid I will never find another cat as sweet as her.
Physically, she matches some of the descriptions of Maine Coons, but not all. She is quite large (11 pounds) and has big, bushy long fur and a main in front. She does not have the tufts of fur on top of her ears, but she does have tufts inside her ears and in between her toes. She has a long bushy tail. She has five fingers in the front and four in the back.
When I see pictures of Maine Coons, I do see similarities.
What do others think? Do you think she might be part Maine Coon?
Catherine Wilkes: She sounds like her personality is exactly like my Cat Digit. She also follows me everywhere and sleeps by me on the pc. I'll bet Emma has a lot of Maine Coon in her!
Needy and Claude
They were listed online at the shelter as Maine Coons and their pictures were adorable - but I didn't really believe it until I did a bit of research. They have every characteristic except the tuffed ears!
Claude, the darker kitty, is a classic brown tabby. He loves to play in water, but he is more cautious than Needy. He prefers to sit next to you rather than on your lap. Needy won't get off! He is a brown mackerel tabby and very affectionate and adventuresome.
In this picture they are around seven months old and already have a 13 inch tail!
I am not sure if she has Maine Coon in her, it does kinda look like it
This is Iggy.. She was a neighborhood stray.
From what I have collected was she was given to someone out here from someone that had to move and these people was supposed to give her a good home instead they threw her out. She was spayed and declawed.
She just started coming over to my house on a daily basis, well now she lives with me and Bengal cat Ollie. She is so adorable and sweet.
I can't see how no one would want her. I love her, and I started looking at her trying to figure out what she is. I can see some similar traits to a Maine Coon. But I would like some other ideas. Either way she has won me over and I love her. Thank you
Yoda's REAL heritage...
I've had Yoda for almost 14 years. She was one of a litter of 4 sick, abandoned kittens I found in my old neighborhood (I never found their mother and they were nearly starved to death when I found them).
They all had the same big personalities (though all very different) and were all similar in appearance (with different color patterns).
Her brothers were MUCH bigger, as she is only about 8 pounds soaking wet. As I recall, her biggest brother weighed in at nearly 15 pounds. Other than her small size and minimal tufts from the tops of her ears, she seems to have every other characteristic listed - toe tufts, neck ruff, fur type, personality, tail, large feet for her size, vocalization style (I've regularly had 5-10 minute sessions meowing back and forth with her).
She has even routinely converted cat dis-likers to cat lovers with her affectionate and playful personality. She is a very intelligent girl and is usually curled up next to me in whatever room I'm in.
While I held onto all of her littermates until they passed away, she is the only one who made it past 3 years (all 3 of her male siblings contracted various diseases since they didn't get immunities from mother's milk).
I've suspected for some time that she is part Maine Coon and am regularly asked if she is, but I just found this site to get some outside opinions!
Oliver The Shelter Coon???
Oliver at bedtime
We were looking for a playmate for our female tuxedo cat Phoebe and went to our local shelter first. His profile explained that his family had given him up at 10 months...he missed them very much and needed a new forever home. He immediately captured our hearts with his loving personality and as a bonus he was also tuxedo colored.
At 10 months he weighed 8 lbs. and we thought he was probably as big as he was going to get. Boy were we wrong! He is now almost 4 years old, weighs 12 lbs and we think he is still growing. His paws have gotten huge with long tufts of fur between his toes and his whiskers span 6 in. from tip to tip. His voice can be quite deep at times and sounds like no other cat we have ever had.
Oliver has the most beautiful soul and I call him my shadow. He even follows me into the bathroom if I don't get the door completely shut. He is so strong that he can open the door just by putting his front paws on the door and then pushing it open with his nose. (Our female cat Phoebe waits for him to open the door and then she follows him in.)
He always wants attention and just like Phoebe will resort to tapping us on the arm with his paw if he thinks we are ignoring him. It doesn't matter what we are doing, he is always right there. When Phoebe gets tired of his antics, she will bite his ears. He never reacts but will give her this face that says "really??" and then he walks away.
Anytime I am sitting still he will lay next to me and turns into the sweetest cuddle bug. I don't think he knows he is a cat.
This cat is such a joy and brings so much life and laughter into our home. He is truly priceless as is his playmate Phoebe and he will never lose his family again. We hope you enjoy the pictures and just like everyone else, we wonder if our big boy could be a Coon.
Ruby was found abandoned when she was 2 months old. Our friends took her in but due to their personal circumstances, we were given her when she was 2 and a half years old.
She's grown a great deal in the past year since we got her. Originally she seemed to be a small cat - but having compared her to friends cats, she is definitely a lot bigger!
She has a huge fluffy tail, a very long coat, and her personality traits seem to match those of a Maine Coon. She's very affectionate and follows us from room to room, curling up next to us on the sofa, and likes to have one paw out to touches us at all times. She's very playful and will play fetch with small toys.
However, she doesn't have tufts of fur poking up from her ears and from between her toes!
Is he a Maine Coon or a Mixed Maine Coon?
Linda: I have a Maine Coon Siamese mix who looks like Kegg. My Ricky was the product of a Siamese mother and Maine Coon dad. Ricky's mom is a show cat who heard about this blond bombshell hunk and escaped for two days. When I heard about this litter of kittens I asked if I could have the fuzzy blond with bad hair and at first she declined because she was going to euthanize all 5 kittens because of the mixed breeds -- all 5 found homes and my Ricky is now 2 years old. He has all of the Maine Coon qualities except his size. He only weighs 10 pounds but he's got the biggest ear tufts and paw fur like you would not believe. Most of all he makes me laugh with his antics.I cannot imagine someone being so cruel to think that the 5 kittens were not worthy. If Kegg is a mix so what -- he will always love you unconditionally.
Bibsy... he's definitely NOT the normal cat!!!
By: Angie in Pennsylvania
Angie has sent in quite a nice page about Bibsy! So visit Bibsy's Page to get to know him!
I found MacMuffin in my yard screaming his little head off when he was a tiny kitten. I can't understand why anyone would throw away a perfectly good kitten, especially considering how beautiful he is. I said "Kitty?" and he came flying toward me looking at me with his shining little face. When I picked him up, he started purring like crazy and looked at me with such love in his beautiful little eyes.
The first thing that I noticed about him was that he was growing exceedingly fast. He would look bigger when he woke up in the morning than he did when he went to sleep. People would tell me that he had big feet and that his fur was as soft as a rabbit's fur. Soon his hair was getting longer and his tail was becoming a huge puff. I also noticed his long ears.
When I fix his food I'll call "Baby Kitten!" and he'll run excitedly to his food location. He'll stop to look back to see if I'm coming. His tail will be a plume in the air.
He also has the cutest little fat cheekbones which stand out when he "nurses" on his blanket.
He licks my hand constantly. He never meows. He just goes "Prrrrrp!"
One day I was looking at pictures of black & white cats on the internet and came across one that looked almost exactly like MacMuffin. When I read the information it turned out to be a Maine Coon cat.
He is presently 8 months old and weighs 10 pounds. He is a LONG kitten.
He is terrified of cars which I think is probably a good thing. He is also afraid of hair dryers and vacuum cleaners. I thinks this is because someone threw him out of a moving car on a highly trafficked road. I'm sure it's by the grace of God that he lived long enough for me to come home from work. What's interesting is that just that day at work I was telling people that I needed a baby kitten to keep my old cat company. And then, there he was.
Jessy: Like the way you put it: throwing away a perfectly good kitten. Glad you were there.
Are they or aren't they? Need some help!
(Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
This is Paquito. He's just over 4 years old.
Greetings from Canada! I've been told repeatedly by several people how captivated they are by my cats. I was blessed with 2 sweet rescue cats not too long ago.
The female, Zahara is pure black short hair, while the male, Paquito, is nearly lionesque, incredibly long with a squirrel tail.
Zahara has had a couple of litters and the kittens have the most amazing markings and beautiful coats. Only 2 have been short haired.
I'm including a few pics in the hopes that someone can tell me if they either are or aren't Maine Coon, or possibly a cross breed? Any feedback would be appreciated!!!
Is Stanley a Maine Coon Mix?
By: S in (Australia)
Our Stanley is 5 months old and already a big boy! He has a super long and super thick fluffy tail, adorable tufts of thick hair between his toes, a think soft medium coat, low shedding, he 'fetches' and retrieves it back to you!
He is besotted by me and will climb my body to be near me. He isn't overly vocal except when hungry! which is ALL the time!So, do you think he has some Maine Coon in his mix?
I adopted Stanley who was rescued from a situation where he needed to be hand raised, we love him to pieces!
Flynn the shelter cat...
Flynn as a kitten
We got our kitten Flynn at a local shelter about four months ago when he was about three months old.
We were never really curious about what breed he was, until he started to get quite large. Recently a friend of ours asked us what breed he was, to which we replied, "we actually have no clue!" so they mentioned Maine Coons. We looked it up and we think our little kitten (who's not so little anymore) may indeed be a coon cat.
Personality wise, Flynn is very goofy. He's always eager to play, and very curious. When you introduce him to strangers, they're always so confused by how friendly and sociable he is. He loves to sit in your lap or sleep on you if you're free.
One of our favorite things about him as well are the noises he makes! Instead of meowing, he squeaks! It's adorable! The noises are so high-pitched and unlike anything we had ever heard before--and he's a very vocal, talkative cat.
And of course, there's his appearance--he's got a huge, fluffy tail that makes up about half of his length, the furry paws, the tufts on the ears and the long coat. He's also very big for 9ish months.
But since we got him at a local shelter for free, we were wondering if maybe he's just a mix, or just a big long-haired cat! We love him no matter what, but we're just curious!
Thanks for any guesses! :)
Heather: Looks like my black Maine Coon Talmage.
Is My Squishy Part Maine Coon???
About two years ago my Father's three cats each had a litter of kittens which I now have acquired two of them.
I know that the mother is not a Maine Coon but have only seen the father a handful of times. He is white, orange, large, and very fluffy! My Squishy is also large and very fluffy. He is truly one a kind!
Squish is very playful, he loves to run as fast as he can through the house and slide across the kitchen floor with the help of his extra furry toes. He is also very very affectionate! He's not very social with most people; mainly myself and my fiance.
Squish sleeps on my pillow every night with his paws on my shoulder or chest. He also loves to nuzzle and rub his nose on mine. Every afternoon Squishy takes a nap in the bathroom sink in which he is almost too big for now. He also loves to hang out next to the shower when it is occupied. He loves the water to splash out from the shower curtain onto himself.
He also like to drink out of the sink faucet. (As you can see he even likes to hang out by the shower when it's unoccupied)! Squishy is a very intelligent cat and is a great hunter (of bugs and toy mice since his is an indoor cat).
He is also very talkative love to chit chat with me when I'm in the shower.Squish is very particular about what he eats. He will only eat hard treats and canned tuna aside from his regular cat food.
I think that he maybe part Maine Coon as he fits many of the personality traits and physical traits of a Maine Coon cat. Please help me!
Dagny Garner: I have been looking at the Maine Coon website for a few months now and came across todays page and all the "Maybe Coons???" Well, the cat I just adopted, cause I could not find a Main Coon,is a purebred Somali excactly the color of Squishy. Some of the habits also remind me of my Somali,so maybe there is a genetic connection. Who knows!! By the way, if anybody knows of a main coon in my area( San Diego) in need of adoption, please feel free to cotact me. THANKS, D. GARNER Dagnygarner[at]yahoo.com
Cheeto the 'maybe maine coon mix'
(Fort Wayne, Indiana)
This is Cheeto. I had people asking me if he was a Maine Coon mix from the very first day I adopted him from the shelter.
I didn't think too much of it mainly because I guess I just thought I would never know. But reading through this website leaves me wondering if he does have a bit of Maine Coon in him?!
He is a fairly large 4 month old kitten, with ear tufts and excessive paw tufts. Looking at his paws, his are pretty large!
He follows my boyfriend and I around like a dog and if he wants attention he will yell until we give it to him! He kisses us with his tongue every chance that he gets! And he is just an overall LOVER! I love the little fella! What do you think?
Is he a maybe Maine Coon mix??
Jessy: If he is, then so is my Jasper, who even has some of the strange white markings. Is he named for Cheetos the cheese snack?
Breanna: Yes! After cheesy Cheetos! His paw tufts keep getting longer and longer!!! And his tail is bushier than ever!
I named her Visa because she is "every where I want to be"
Proud Visa. She has such a pretty mane
She is most definitely part Maine Coon. She is so beautiful.
I love her. I hope some of you enjoyed my story.
Jessy: Doesn't that computer keyboard thing drive you nuts? It does me. Sometimes I just close the office door, but I'm apt to get complaining scratch-scratching.
Gwen Lienhard: I know. I really get irritated that she has to lay on the keyboard at all time. I can't even remember how many times she has pushed a button or key and messed everything up.
Kathy: Oh my goodness.... you described my Murray to a tee! He cannot handle a closed door. He's my baby! He's listed in the March cats too!
Cougar MacCougan, My Little Miracle Kitty
(Southborough, MA USA)
The day I brought her home
My friends started feeding this stray female dsh when they moved into a new apt. Apparently she gave birth to a litter outside, and when she felt the kittens were old enough to move she carried one kitten right in their apt and left him there and they called him George.
Two days later she went to bring them another kitten, but they were not home, so she left the kitten near the back stairs. When they got home they heard a faint cry from out back, so they grabbed a flashlight, and sure enough there was another baby, much weaker and smaller than George, so at this time they let the mother come into feed the babies.
I could see Maine Coon traits in both kittens, I grew more and more worried about the little one, so I decided to take her and try to save her, then I would find her a good home. When I got her to the vet, she had worms, fleas, malnutrition, I was told that she might be too small and weak to survive.
I set up my home office for her, I slept on the lumpy futon with her for a month and a half so she would not be alone too much, and when I wasn't in my office I played soundscape music for her to feel relaxed til she was big enough to be let out with the my other two cats.
In that time both my husband and I grew very attached to her, one day I came home to find my husband playing on the floor with her saying "your just a little cougar, aren't you?" and at that point i knew he was gonna let me keep her and the name cougar just stuck.
She is going to be four years old, healthy, strong, and beautiful, I believe her dad must have been a Maine Coon. She is large, very sweet, she has three layers of fur, snowshoe paws attached to thick legs, she has the triangle shaped chest, and other Maine Coon traits.
I have been told by the vet tech at the vets, that she does have Maine Coon cat in her, also wanted to say that we brought her mom to the humane society, she was adopted, and I still see George (her brother). My friend ending up keeping him, and he has also grown into a strong handsome kitty!
Sharon Duffy: Now that is one gorgeous cat! Great story..
This is Kramer. The Oliver Creek Wompus Cat.
By: Jake Cage
This little guy showed up at my house in November of 2010. The first picture is on the day I found him.
Now, I live in a very rural area with many coyotes and all sorts of other predators. I am really not sure how he got there but he did. My Grandfather gave him the nickname of Wompus Cat haha and says that a space ship must have landed somewhere and dropped him off!
He has become my best friend on this planet. I could not live without him. He has all of the characteristics of a Maine Coon. The noises, the looks, the attitude, everything. I feel he is a pure breed. But others have told me that there is no way such an expensive breed of cat, at that young of age, could just show up like that.
He is a semi-bob tail. I'm not sure if this was a birth defect or if he was injured very young. You can feel where his tail curves into a J like formation at the end of his tiny tail. So, I am not sure. I think it really makes him cuter to be honest. Please take a look at the pics and see what your opinion of this bundle of joy is. Thank you!
Conan - Maine Coon Mix?
When I was a sophomore in college, I went to the local Animal Shelter one day because my dad wanted to look at the dogs. I was looking through the cages when this huge, fluffy orange cat pressed his head up against the cage and demanded my attention with his giant green eyes. I noticed that he had a highly reduced adoption fee because he was already neutered, and the shelter needed his space for new animals.
As soon as I picked him up, he was as content as could be. An employee of the shelter told me that he was his favorite animal there because when he got a call from a family regarding a feral cat that wouldn't stop hanging around their house, he went with a cage/live trap and was shocked to find that the "feral" cat walked right up to him, purring and ready for a new friend.
I wasn't looking for a new pet that day, so after giving him some cuddles I put him back and left. But when I got home, I found that I couldn't forget about the big orange cat. I went back for him the next day and he has been my favorite ever since.
There are a variety of traits and characteristics that made me start to wonder if he was a Maine Coon. His overwhelming "dog-like" personality is one of the biggest things, as anyone who walks through the door is his new best friend. To him, there is no such thing as a person who doesn't want to pet him.
He also has tufts of hair between his toes, a beautiful fluffy tail, and as a ginger colored cat, his ruff makes him look like a little lion. His fur is shaggy looking, and water runs right off of it. He weighs a solid 13 pounds, and has a sturdy, thick frame.
The combination of these characteristics has me pretty convinced he has a little Coon in him, what do you think?
Is Mogwai a Coon or maybe a Coon mix??
By: Jennifer Collier
(Meeker Ok USA)
He was found by a store stranded fending for himself when he was 2 months old.. he is now around 7 months old and he is bigger then my 3 year old male (neutered) cat and bigger then my 9 month old female cat..
He out grew the female cat in a matter of just a few months.. He is the biggest cat I have ever seen at his age, he is very soft he reminds me of a rag doll or something..
He has a really long tail that he loves to wrap around anything he can, like it's another arm or something..
Susan Cooper: Yes. long hair, tufted ears are two distinct traits. maine coons also love water and like to find nooks to go sleep in. my rye does. he has all the characteristics of one except the tufts. Rye was featured in the february cats of this year.
Is Milly a Maine Coon?
We found Milly on 10/21/11. The vet said she was about three weeks old. At that time we had no idea she might be a Maine Coon cat.
But as she has grown, she has blossomed into this beautiful fluffy cat! She has the 'M' on her forehead, the fluffy ears and tail, and she 'trills' to talk all the time.
Chewbacca The Bob Cat.
(Bremerton Washington USA)
We had been looking for a large greyish cat to adopt to complete our new home and came across a photo of Bob at a not so local shelter.
We drove all the way there that day to meet him and they were so surprised when we told them we were there to meet the kitteh they called "Big Bob". I guess it's harder for the larger adult kittehs to get adopted.
Bob was a rescue from a cat hoarding situation and is now happy to be our one and only kitteh. Best $100 dollars ever donated!
By: Joanne A
Then my daughter pointed out that his ears needed a trim. Lol. He has long tufts of hair sprouting from his ears. I did some research on what type of cat he could be and I am thinking Maine Coon for a few reasons.
I clipped his nails yesterday and was surprised that he has extra toes on his front paws and tufts of hair sprouting from between his toes. He has a very long tail that is fluffier than my other cats who are DSC.
He has copper eyes and a round face and square muzzle. His personality is very outgoing. He bounces and runs about and is not at all concerned with my other two cats hissing at him. He is super friendly.
He is also very large for a kitten. Not sure of his background, but he certainly has some Coon characteristics.
Dee Kangas: Chester looks a lot in the face like my Maine Coon, So I agree he probably is a coon mix. He is very beautiful. Good luck with that cutie!
Poof Thinks He's A Dog!
(Brush, Colorado, USA)
Poof's owner has written a wonderful page about him. You won't believe the things that Poof can do! So hop on over to Poof's Page to get to know him and his antics!
Is Missy A Maine Coon?
By: Thomas Pengilly
This bundle of joy wondered to our back door hungry and thirsty. After exhausting all efforts to find her owners we have decided to keep her. She has many of the classic Maine Coon traits.
Her coat is layered with the ruff neck,she has long whiskers, her tail is long and fluffy, her ears are tufted with lynx-like hair on the tips, she has a beautiful M on her forehead.
She is very loving and has become a prominent member of our family. We believe she has the total Maine Coon package but what does everyone else think?
Deborah King: Looks just like Harley but a girl!
Thomas Pengilly: Missy now has 7 kittens. They are either mixed with Tabby or another Maine Coon! Will post pics soon
Clyde would like to know is he is a Maine Coon mix
He has most of the traits of the Maine coon breed. He is a clown and demands attention.
Even with strangers he will hop on there back to make sure they know he's there and is ready for them to pet him. He is only 1 yr old. I think he is still growing, and is the largest cat I have ever owned.
He is missing the lynx ear points but his sister has them. She however is a short hair, the softest I have ever petted. It is like she has the undercoat with out the long hair over it. His coat is soft and fluffy and does not require grooming. Their mother is a domestic short hair, father unknown. The mother had a litter mate that looked a lot like Clyde but I never got to see it.
They are from an area that is known as an animal dumping site. And many of the neighbors are not responsible pet owners. He has been saved and would just like to know if others think he might be of Maine Coon heritage.