by Chris Eddy
(Visalia CA USA)
His first winter coat
My son and his roommate found Thor in a street during a rain storm in Jacksonville, FL.
My son took him to a vet, found out he was less than 6 weeks old. Thor was so small, he rode in my son's cup holder in his car. My son is in the Navy and was going to be sent to training for 6 weeks and thought he would find a good home for Thor before he left.
After having him for over a month, he decided he couldn't give him up, so he flew with Thor to California, I meet him about an hour from LAX and took Thor home. Thor had all the characteristic of a Maine Coon, right down to the long tuffs of hair between his big toes. But he was so small. Then he started to grow.
Thor's last winter he seemed to have had hit his adult look but was still growing. He was the smartest cat I had ever had, and I have had cats my whole life. He responded to commands, and knew all too well what no meant. He was very affectionate and liked to make you laugh. He had joined 4 other cats in my household and managed to take center stage.
Thor passed away at age 2 from an injury. He had been sleeping on the floor in front of the bathroom door and my daughter stepped on him exiting the bathroom. I have never heard of a cat dying from being stepped on, but within three days I could tell he wasn't doing well and seemed to be having breathing problems. I took him to the vet that Monday morning and I was told he was suffering from blunt force trauma.
I was told he wouldn't die from it but he need oxygen until his lungs started in-flatting fully on their own. I got to say my good-byes and he answered back with his little chirping noise through the oxygen mask. I thought I would be picking him up the next day, but I got a call in the morning saying he had passed away during the night.
I took him home and buried him with all my other kitties that have come and gone over the years. I miss him terribly. I still have my other cats, which seemed to miss Thor and probably I won't be seeking to add to our family for awhile but my next fur baby will be a Maine Coon.