(Chilliwack B.C. Canada)
We lived on a farm in Chilliwack B.C., and our first kitten was dropped off at our doorstep just before my birthday in 2005, a little orange tabby we named him "Garfield."
1 week later we got this little ball of fluff "Lucky", he was so darn cute, and he and Garfield both being kittens grew together, and I always had cats.
The vet I was going to at the time, well he fixed them both, Garfield did fine, but Lucky I always felt that something had happened, and when we took our little Munchkin (Socks) in to have her spayed and his assistant talked to me later in the morning, I sked how Socks was, her response was "the doctor is still looking for her uterus" to which I quipped "well it doesn't just float around in there aimlessly" then I thought "OMG" what have I done? I love all my babies, they are spoiled, and loved, and they get told that every single day, and night after treats.
But Lucky, he was a momma's boy, I could barely lift him, but he would do everything from keeping my feet warm, to giving me love taps, and snuggles in the morning.
My Lucky had fallen about 3 or 4 yrs ago, I believed he was hurt more than we first thought as he could not jump up anymore, so we all carried him, so he was always with us.
One thing he still squirted, well there is where the problem came in, but we can't afford to go after that vet, turns out, when he fixed Lucky, and when he stitched him up, somehow he got part of the urethra, so as Lucky grew, and gained weight, he suddenly suffered a blockage that took place about the 7th of June 2015, but we had paper all over the house, and did not notice that that paper was dry until it was too late.
Thank god I had pampered him, and he knew I loved him, and as of June, 10th 2015, my baby died from euthanasia, he was suffering. Just like that he was gone, and when my husband got home I found out that that blockage I mentioned well his bladder burst, oh wow, crying again.
When hubby told me what had happened I screamed, my baby, why oh why did something so horrible happen to my baby? This big fluffy, rollie pollie, ball of fur, with the huge paws, and the cute little noises, was gone.
I am doing alright now, but it is like you said, once a maine coon is in your heart, they will never leave, and he was only 10 yrs old. I miss him so much, and we were fine with the squirting, we grew to know how to deal with it, I will get Lucky's ashes in a few days, and he will join my other babies I have lost.
P.S. I don't have any photos of Lucky on here, but I am working on it, I just have to get the film developed.