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November 2014 Featured Coonies

Meet our Featured Coonies for November 2014!


By: Christene Macklin in Arvada, Colorado

Grimm is the most amazing cat I have ever known.

He truly is a gental giant. I look forward to coming home from work to hear GRIMM call mama!!!!

He clearly calls me mom or mama when he really wants my attention. I am never alone when doing chores.

Grimm is right there investigating and giving his approval of what ever I'm doing.

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By: Ally Chumley in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

This is Banjo. He's not even twelve months old in this shot.

He has a very relaxed life on the farm. He is great with the chickens and guinea fowl - preferring to climb trees and annoy birds instead of chasing our laying flock.

M-Pawz Leonardo

By: Pam Bloomfield in Ozone Park, NY


Leonardo 12 Weeks Old

Leonardo Leonardo

Leonardo Brown Tabby.


By: Patty Kirkpatrick in Miami, OK

This is my sweet boy. Maximillion, a cat show reject.

And his new friend, part Siamese Patches.



Tommy is large and in charge! very vocal and must be the center of attention.

Samson 1 year old

By: Janice in QLD Australia


Samon is adorable. It took him a while to train us, but he has us trained perfectly now. We know when he wants fed and he can let us know when he wants out in his catio.

If we don't get the hint he will drag his cat toy through to us so we can have a play - his favourite is the Daa cat toy with feathers at the end.

If we are sleeping too long he will sit on my chest till I waken, to get his daily cuddle, and if I still don't get up he will open my wardrobe sliding door and play with my clothes. He is a very clever kitty.

Roja and Jones My Cuties

By: Marieke Paulides in Benthuizen, Netherlands

Roja and Jones

Roja and Jones Jones Roja Jones

Let me introduce you our two Coonies: Blue silver tabby Jones, 1 year and Red silver Roja almost 6 months.

They are our first Coons. After we adopted Jones we fell in love with this breed. So after a few months we adopted Roja.

They are both adorable and best friends forever.

@thor_mc aged 13.5 months

By: JoAnna in Epsom, Surrey, UK


Thor Thor Thor Thor

Thor is really growing to be the most wonderful Maine Coon. He is developing his voice more and more, I've never heard him meow but his chirpy chatter is getting louder and more frequent. Particularly at 7am when he wants his breakfast - he pushes his nose right up to my face and starts his morning chatter. His purr is also getting louder, as a kitten it was very quiet.

As you can see his coat really is quite long and luscious. He had his first professional groom last week and seemed to enjoy it. The groomer said she had never come across an MC quite that relaxed!

Thor has got more boisterous since the last update and the female cats aren't always in the mood for his continued playfulness so we are looking forward to welcoming a new male MC kitten in the house in the New Year, although I doubt this will stop him from trying to eat my toes each night when under the duvet.

Both Thor and his partner in crime 12.5 month old Thea always greet me at the door and I wouldn't be without either of them. Our longstanding DLH resident Ebba has also become more tolerant with Thor's playfulness which is lovely to see. XxX

Kiki My Maine Coon

By: Karolyn Brinton in Wenatchee WA


Kiki Kiki Kiki Kiki

I was given Kiki by a sobbing woman and her husband about 3 months ago. They had had him since he was a little boy and then circumstances happened where they had to raise their 2 year old grandson who was allergic to him!

They interviewed me to some length and although I had not owned a cat for many years (husband did not like cats) I have raised and shown AKC German Shepherd Dogs, English Springer Spaniels, Pembrooke Welsh Corgis and finally settling on Pugs for well over 20 years... but that too was many years ago. I think they saw in me a real animal lover and a responsible caregiver for their beloved guy.

So Kiki came to live with Bree my black International Champion black Pug and I.

I am not sure he is full... He just turned a year and is only 14# but is really growing off of his favorite pirch! Everything I have read says he has a bunch of Coonie in him!

I love him to death...He is a bit aloof unless HE chooses to interact. He cuddles when HE wants to... Anyway here are a couple of pictures when he was about 8 months old.

What do you think?
Karolyn Brinton
Wenatchee WA


By: Christer Persson in Sweden


Ville Ville Ville Ville


Ville is a big lovely Coon from Sweden! He is five years old.

Regal Thumper

By: Elaine in Austin, TX


Looking Regal

Thumper Thumper Thumper

Thumper is a 3 year old Maine Coon mix.

His owner never had one before but adopted him from a shelter. She quickly learned there is no cat like a MC cat! He's a nut and she swears he is part dog. He comes when her friends come over and and is an attention HO.

He's a living hot pad sure to lay on top of you once you hit the couch horizontally and you'll be sweating before long! Love my Thumpadumpee!

Mr. Kitty Coltrane

By: Liz in Delaware

My husband and I adopted this beautiful Maine Coon kitty. He was dumped off at our local shelter. When I saw him I immediately fell in love with him. He's about 1-2 years old. Such a sweet boy. And now he has a forever loving home.


By: Alison in Lanark, Scotland

Fergus is 16 weeks old and weighs 6lb.

I thought I would post a picture as there has been a lot of discussion around the 'ideal' weight of Coon kittens.

We've just seen the vet and she said he was 'perfect'. Yes you can feel his bones under all the fur, but cats are made up of mainly protein.

Boo The Coon

By: Carly McMacken in Tacoma, WA

Boo is a 14 year old Maine Coon who always gets her way. She has an attitude and a strong personality. She will always make her presence known.

She loves to cuddle and jump on places she shouldn't be which is evidenced by her fur. If one pebble is missing from her food dish she will let you know.

I couldn't imagine the past 14 years without my best friend who always knows how to cheer her humans up. I've loved every second of my crazy Maine Coon life!

Our Beautiful Niklaus!!

By: Cassie in Lakeland, FL


We adopted a Maine Coon Mix a couple years ago named Killian and he had turned out to be the coolest cat we ever owned.

We knew for sure that the next addition to our family had to be a pure-bred Maine Coon and my husband knew he wanted him to be gray.

I searched and searched and sent lots of inquirys for new kittens. I got a response back about a litter that had only been born the day before. She sent me a picture and I was SOLD!!! He was so adorable and I knew we would get to watch him grow through pictures so we made the decision and adopted Niklaus.

He has been such a great addition to our family. He is very very playful which keeps Killian occupied and also keeps our 10yr old Russian Blue Mix named Smokey a little younger!

He is also very sweet and loving and he loves to snuggle. We will be die hard Maine Coon owners forever!!

Bailey, Malibu & Shelby

By: Mervin in the Netherlands

Bailey, Malibu & Shelby

Bailey, Malibu & Shelby Malibu Bailey

The first time we visited the Maine Coon breeder, we were infected with the Maine Coon virus. We love them!

Our original plan was to get one Maine Coon, but at the moment we have three: Bailey (brown tabby), Malibu (black white) and Shelby (silver tabby).

Bailey and Malibu are brothers and 14 months old, Shelby is their little sister and 9 months old.


By: Julie in Pass Christislan, MS

Ory is my buddy! He exemplifies typical Maine Coon characteristics such as companion behavior and constantly purring.

He loves to spoon while he sleeps. If my hair is wet, he will bite my hair. When I go for the morning paper or my husband is watering flowers, he'll faithfully follow behind us. He will also come to the back door when we call his name.

He is also feline, very agile showing great balance teetering on the edge of our fence. Often we'll find him atop the house or shed roof exploring his territory.

He hunts voraciously for vermin, rodents, birds, and even rabbits and snakes! He will not mess with raccoons, however. He also protects us from other cat attacks. He chased a black cat into a ditch recently.

He is funny, too. If he is dissatisfied, he will throw a small tantrum. He will let out a small chirp and slap at our leg or hand if we don't let him inside at his convenience. Otherwise, he is very gentle. He also swipes at the weeping willow branches when they rustle like a kitten although we think he's about 9 or 10 years old.

We have a great deal of enjoyment spending time with him and other two American short hair cats.

My Feisty Boy

By: Melissa Robbins in Cheyenne WY


My Tyson came to me at the time that we needed each other.

You see I just lost my beloved Tigger. He had gone to heaven and I was heartbroken very badly. My brother called me and told me that he had stopped at this yard, and at the home there were kittens that need a home.

My brother told me they were just about 3 1/2 weeks old and their mother cat had been hit by a car and had gone to heaven.

I told my brother on the phone no I'm not ready - you see I just lost my beloved Tigger, and it only had been four days that he had been in heaven. My brother had called me on a Saturday and then the next day of course is Sunday.

I did not know that my brother was on my porch and he could hear me cry over my beloved boy Tigger, well he came into my house and he said to me "sis let's go get the kitten he needs a home the people that have them do not know what they're doing the running around outside and they can get hurt just like their mom did. He needs a good home and you can give it to him."

My brother also told me he was not out yard sailing that day, but he and his wife went to Colorado to go have dinner and they got lost and found this home with these kittens. He said it was meant to be, so I went with him to Colorado on a Sunday afternoon and and there was my little boy.

I brought him home with me. He had a really bad upset stomach. I had to nursing back to health. He was four weeks old when I brought him to my home.

They were not gonna let me have him at first. They said he was too young. I said to the lady okay, then I got to talking to her about what I could do for him that she could not do. You see mama KEDIT already went to heaven and this lady was letting him run amok even eating dog food.

They had no idea how to take care of these babies. I told I am a very good woman and I love cats and he will have the best home ever. Tyson is still learning. Today he's learning how to be social. You see we all know when they're young like that it takes some time for them to learn and he's doing really good.

And yes he helps me and I helped him you know what I find funny about the whole story is Tyson's mother passed away September 26, 2012 and my beloved Tigger passed away September 25, 2012 and I am a firm believer in the afterlife for animals and I just know my Tigger got to meet Tyson's mother and they got together and made sure that I became Tyson's mother human mama.

Hobie Cat

By: Carol MacCallum in Murrels Inlet, SC

He was the largest, sweetest cat in the world! He was shy and such a gentle giant, over 24 pounds. We had him since his birth and loved him everyday of his too short life. He has just passed away from fibrosacoma. We miss him every day.

Miss Lucy

Miss Lucy

By: Debbie in Islip, NY

She was a rescue with papers.

She's little, she can flatten her self. I've never seen a cat do that.


Everything is Bigger in Texas

My 30lb gentle giant, Texas, is the heart of our home. Greetings from Canada!

Luke...a cat, really? More like a dog!

By: Sarah Schminke in Iowa
Luke and I!

We rescued Luke from our Humane Society at age of 9 weeks. He was just a LITTLE ball of fur.

He was a birthday gift for our 13 year old daughter, however, as is usually the case; the 'mom' that feeds, cleans and cuddles the the one the kitten looks to as 'mom'! Yes, I am the mom.

Over the years I have taught Luke tricks....only because he seemed receptive to learning....just like a dog might act. Luke can roll over, sit up and beg for a treat, plays in the water when it's bath time, comes running to me when I call for him and sleeps with my husband and me at night.

Our LITTLE ball of fluff, about 3 now a REALLY BIG ball of fluff at 26 pounds. He sports a lovely black mane and feathered toes...the Vet told us we were quite fortunate as Luke is indeed a Maine Coon.

Love my little, ah, big buddy...oh yes, and when my husband and I travel, we Skype to Luke and he answers with his lovely trill voice.

This is Harry Coonick

By: Anne Marie in West Midlands UK

Harry Coonick

He is gorgeous. He is just approaching 6 months old.

He weighs nearly 4 kg and loves to play with feathers. He loves his brother very much and is very talkative and very intelligent.

He can open our swing doors as he hates to be left alone.


Cat Nap In The Middle Of Playing

By: Lori in Houston Texas

Marmalade is 7 months old busy all the time until she passes out just like my 3 year old granddaughter.


By: Gail Hyder in Missoula MT

He is very snoopy and into everything I do including cooking and typing on the pc.

When I use the bathroom he gets into the sink and calls me to turn on the water. If the litter box is even a little bit dirty he will sit and look at me till I clean it then he gets in and does his thing.

Scooter, My Precious Part Main Coon Cat

By: Ann in Laporte, MN


Scooter Scooter Scooter Scooter

Scooter was born and raised here at my home. His mom was part Siamese and dad was a Maine Coon.

He follows me around like a dog. I had a leash and collar on him and we went for a walk around the yard, he just trotted beside me with his fluffy tail straight up thinking he was all that. Which he is.

When we go horseback riding I have to put him in the house because he would follow us. He is not scared of the horses at all. He rubs against their feet, walks under them.

And he doesnt have a normal meow, he yowls when he wants out and back in again. He loves water, plays in the sink if there is water dripping from the faucet. He plays in their water dish with his paw and the bird bath water I have outside.

He sleeps in the funniest positions too. He is a very loveable and sociable cat and greets people at the door. I call him my precious doll. He is my baby. He turned 7yrs old May 29th.


PAWSitive Passages!

PAWSitive Passages!

Maybe-Maine Coon Cats For November:


By: Leah Garcia in Anderson Indiana United States

Zoe.. very rowdy and very vocal like her mother..

Her appearance looks like a Maine Coon ... was wondering if ppl thought she might be a mix??

She's 8 wks old in this pic.. can't get any better ones won't sit still long enough lol.

Fuzz - has adopted us

By: Kathy in Virginia

A rescue that has adopted us-

He doesn't have a normal "Meow" more or a squeak-chirp- meow...He loves to talk and stay close by you.

Not sure if he is a mixed Maine Coon. What do you think?


By: Marilyn Gould in Temecula, CA


Nordie Nordie

We are not sure of Nordie's breeding (a Maine Coon mix perhaps?)

He was a stray in need of a home. He's a great helper cat who likes to be involved in whatever it is we are doing and is a great conversationalist as well.

Any opinions on if he is a Coonie are most welcome.

My Baby Renji-just turned 10 months

By: Aindrea in South Carolina


4-5 months to 9 months

Renji Renji Renji Renji

This is my sweet baby Renji, he just turned 10 months old and weighs a healthy 11lbs.

He came into my life sometime in May when a family friend offered him to me, and I am so glad that I brought him home.

After we got through kittenhood and the introduction to my Female Black Cat Luna, all has been great.

I have wondered all along if he had a little Maine Coon in him, but I didn't know since we never saw the "father" to the kittens.

Homie R.I.P. My Baby Boy

By: Stephanie in Ontario, Canada

Homie had to be put down October 2014 (He was 9 1/2 years old)

I know he wasn't a pure bred but I do believe he was part Maine Coon myself.

He was the best cat I could ever ask for and the best pet on the planet in my eyes.

He was quite chunky (23 lbs) but even though he was quite big he definitely had that Maine Coon "Gentle Giant" disposition. The dogs would try to picks fights with him but he was never interested. Usually he just sat and let the dogs nibble on his ears haha.

He'd let children basically maul him and never once hissed, growled or let out his claws.

He had long whiskers and long hair between his six front toes. He had thumbs that made him look like he was always wearing mittens :)

He adored laying outside on the deck in sun better never felt the need to leave the house. He didn't chirp but he did meow a lot when spoken to, would come when called and meow whenever I looked into his eyes.

He LOVED to cuddle. He literally had to readjust himself multiple times to try to get as close as possible to me when snuggling.

Homie adored being around the family and in his last days he made sure he spent time with us as a family even more than usual. A beautiful cat inside and out.

I now have a purebred Maine Coon kitten and I see many similarities in their personalities. They really are the best pets to have <3


By: GLGarner in Stanton, CA


Emmy wants a belly rub

Emmy Emmy

This is Emmy and she is a rescue kitty. The shelter said she's between 1-1/2 and 2 years old, but I think she's younger than that.

She seems to resemble many of the Maine Coon traits. Except that she doesn't purr very loud or at all. She's very friendly, playful and has a distinct meow--almost like a chirp.

She talks to you, responds to you and will often anticipate you. She's not a very big kitty--maybe 7lbs, but again I think she's much younger than they anticipated.

She has big feet with tufts of fur between her toes. She doesn't sit still long enough for me to know if she has a rectangle body or not, but her nose is straight with a concave-like look to it.

Her characteristics seem dead-on Maine Coon, from the stare and facial features, markings, scruff around her neck, social behavior, loves water, incredible feather duster tail, and the list goes on.

She loves to be held at night and curled up in your arms as you sleep--she'll stay with you all night, but doesn't like being held for long. Everything about her screams "Kitten" and I would love your opinion.

Levi @ 8 weeks old

By: Sandy in Pennsylvania


Levi Levi Levi

I adopted Levi from a rescue group.

He was one of 4 in his litter and the only male. The girls were 2-long haired and one short haired.

This feisty little boy has the tufts inside his ears and on the tips. His hair is semi long, he has a long body and a long tail. No tufts between his toes yet, but maybe that will come later.

He makes interesting chirps. He loves toys! ALL OF THEM! He has more energy than any other kitten I've ever had, and an appetite to match.

Ernie, Mischievous, Headstrong, And Curious

By: Jennifer C in Ottawa, ON, Canada
Caught red-handed shredding paper towel

Meet Ernie the cat. Always getting into trouble, and resident greeter and host to guests. Rules the roost but gets along well with my other cat.

He's determined, dominant, mischievous, extremely intelligent, and crazy affectionate.

He always wants to be around my feet when I'm walking around, and loves to cuddle -- a definite lap cat. He understands simple commands like "no" and "out!" (i.e. get out of the kitchen while I'm cooking).

He's also very curious about the shower and bathtub while I'm using them, and even likes to sit in the wet tub after it's drained.

Although he's a house cat, he has a strong hunting instinct, as observed with the odd bug that makes it into the house (unlike my other cat who couldn't kill anything to save his life!).

Ernie also doesn't "meow" -- rather he sort of roars, with a low-pitch, and almost hoarse and gruff version of a meow.


By: Heather in Dallas, Texas


Leonidas Leonidas

When we first got Leo, right away he was different from any cat I've ever had! At first we just thought he was a weird cat, but then we had so many people asking us if he was a Maine Coon.

We looked up what they looked like and as he gets older he's looking more and more like one. He is definitely the smartest cat I have ever interacted with. He has some behaviors outside of normal cats.

He loves loves loves water. He wants to sit in the shower, he loves playing with the water from the faucet, he plays in his water bowl, and we can't leave any cups of liquid out because we'll find him splashing in it. We realized quickly that spraying him with the squirt bottle when he did something bad did not work because of his love for water... and his stubbornness.

I was shocked when one day he brought his toy to me and just stared at me. I realized he was waiting for me to throw it. Since then, we play fetch every day all day.

And it rarely with his actual toys. He'll bring us q-tips, hair bands, socks, anything he can carry, he'll bring to us to play fetch with. In addition to playing fetch, he also likes to play "hide and seek" with us.

It sounds weird, but he will hide around the corner or under the bed and when we walk by he jumps into the air on his back legs and stretches his front paws up in the air and does this little dance standing up trying to scare us.

He is the most social cat I've ever had! He does not have a shy or scared bone in his body. When guests come over, he has to be front and center.

If we shut him up in the other room, we are going to hear about it! If he wants something, a toy, a treat, more food, us to wake up, we are going to hear it loud and clear until he gets it!

He is more like a dog than a cat. We call him our child because he is so social and his personality is so much like a human! My husband did not like cats, but Leo has turned him into a crazy cat lover. When I am around other cats, their personalities are so different from Leo's.

He's 15 pounds and only a year old. He has the bushiest raccoon tail, hairy ears and toes, and has the longestttt whiskers. His fur is so long and pretty. We brush him every day because he gets hairballs, but his fur seems to always stay clean and soft and pretty.

He has a very loud purr and he talks to us all day long. We just love him to pieces! He may not be a Maine Coon, but he looks and acts so similar!


By: Sarah Bol in Bournemouth uk


Luna Luna Luna Luna

Luna is a 6 month old kitten, She's loving playful and always after a cuddle!!

She loves play hunting and jumping - but has such a soft nature and is never aggressive.

She has a very fluffy white ruff around her neck and long thick fluffy tail. She has very dark grey markings with white socks and ruff.

We don't know her parentage but wonder if she might be a Maine coon mix as she seems to have many of the traits physical and personality wise! I'd love to know what everyone thinks.

Many thanks
Sarah and Luna x x x

Jasper-the "Maybe Coon"

By: Rhonda Williams

Jasper is a year and a half old, and I adopted him from a shelter when he was twelve weeks old.

I think he has "some" coon in him, somewhere, because A. He has the shaggy fur, tufted feet, neck ruff, enormous fluff tail, and the most gorgeous big green eyes imaginable.

He is a big old clown, and at times, he is very talkative! He never wants to sit in my lap, but he wants to be everywhere I am, and if he's not sleeping on my bed, he's very close. He is also enormous and is seemingly still growing!

He may just be a mutt, but I think he's gorgeous, and I like to think he is a bit of Maine Coon!

Saved From High Kill Shelter

By: Jen in GTA, Ontario, Canada


Janna Janna

I adopted this lynx-tipped young girl after being picked up from death row at a municipal shelter scared, full of mange, and very emaciated.

No history on her except that. She took lots of work to regain her coat and weight. Currently at 9.5lbs. Likely only 1-1.5yrs old.

The vet says she could still use about 2 lbs more to achieve a "healthy weight" (=11.5lb goal plus future growth) and her coat and body is still filling in.

The rescue group said she might be "Siberian". I'm doubtful. She came to me silent but now won't stop talking about EVERYTHING!!!!! And is a total goofball always finding trouble (getting into whatever im working on, opening doors breaking into closed off rooms, or problem solving whatever cat-proofing contraption I've got set up just for the sake of defeating it).



By: Danielle in Spanaway, WA


Sherbert Sherbert

Sherbert is a lovable I want attention and I love high places all at the same time.

I think he a MCM because he weighs 14 pounds and has big paws and tufts of fur coming from his ears. I adopted him from a friend who had a littler of kittens (her cat not her sherself lol) about an hour after he was born.

She posted a pic of the litter and I barely saw his bright orange fur sticking out from the pile and I said I wanted him. He talks all the time especially if your not giving him attention.

Smokey. Coon or Not?

By: Kiefer Larsen in Peabody, KS

I picked him up when he was six weeks from a local animal shelter. Immediately very playful, very stealthy hunter.

He is always stalking something, whether it be socks or anything shiny. he tries to bolt out the door if he here's it open. He will sit by the door and meow after someone goes out and just stare outside.

He likes to attack everyones hands and feet and he nurses on soft pillows daily. He is soft and isn't really afraid of water. I've just been wondering what kind of breed he is and Maine coon is the only thing that makes sense.



She is intelligent, very outgoing, and demanding.

She voices what she wants and always runs in front of your feet.

Very fluffy main and underbelly, hair coming out of her ears, very fluffy underbelly and smooth top coat.

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