by Jay C. Sabol
This is Scooter, also known as Mr. Scooter. It is believed he is about four years old. Nothing is known of his original owner. He is definitely a Maine Coon! He has every trait, from his personality to the fur on the bottom of his paws.
Until, I believe, last summer, Scooter had a very hard life. In fact, I don't know how much longer he would have lived if it were not for a wonderful young couple, Sarah and Tim.
They had noticed this huge cat wandering around their neighborhood. Then he came into their yard and kept coming back. He was starving and terribly flea bitten. This was not known until later, but his teeth and gums were in terrible shape.
They felt so badly for this cat that they began to feed him. This went on for some time and then they decided to bring him into their home. This was a big decision because they did not believe they could keep him long term.
Their compassion overruled this fact. At least he would have a chance. They took him to the vet and got his shots and steroids for his infected flea bites, especially on his back. This is when they found out about his teeth and gums - it would cost quite a bit to get that fixed. Sarah shaved his back so the infected bites would heal faster. Everyone loved him including, of course, the kids. They named him "Scooter".
I am friends with Sarah's mother and by way of Facebook, it was found out that I always wanted to have a Maine Coon. Sarah said, "I have one for you!".
And so it came to pass that Scooter became part of my cat family. I had his teeth and gums fixed up, so he's all healed up now and enjoying life with my three other cats - they all love him and were never afraid of him despite his size.
Sarah, the kids and her mother came over for a reunion. When the kids saw him they started shouting, "Scooter!! Scooter!!". And Scooter was very happy to see them.
The picture I'm including is somewhat unusual. Scooter is a very happy Maine Coon, but this photo seemed to capture another side of him.
I realize I'm projecting my own feelings, but to me, he almost seems to be briefly reflecting on how hard his life once was. Even if that is the case, he is, as I said, one very happy Maine Coon cat!
The Care & Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat: It's hard to describe the love between a Maine Coon and their family. I know you understand! With such special family members often come special, breed-specific questions and concerns. Your loving Maine Coon is very unique, both physically and in purrsonality.