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October 2015 Featured Coonies

Welcome to our October 2015 Album! The nights are getting colder, so cozy up with these beauties! Still haven't added your Coonie picture(s)to the albums? Click here to send them in today!

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By: Carolyn Dobson in Southport, UK

Queenie is adorable but regally aloof. she lives with me in Southport, England.

She loves chirrup ing at the birds in the garden and being brushed. she is more like a dog following me around helping me do jobs sleeping outside my bedroom door guarding me.

She is almost 2 years old but I can't imagine life without my best friend.

The Care And Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat
The Care And Keeping Of Your 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.

Update on Bella from Weymouth, Mass

By: Cori in Weymouth, Mass. USA


Still got such a fluffy belly!

Bella Bella Bella Bella

Bella was premiered here in the September 2013 album. I just wanted to update how she is doing.

My lady is now 3 years old and has reached 19 1/2 lbs. I still can't believe it. She has my husband Tom and I wrapped around all four paws.

Her coloring, temperament and beauty is undeniable. I couldn't be happier with this wonderful animal. She is totally part of the family, and our lives revolve around her.

First thing in the morning we have to follow her to her food dish, or should I say, follow her huge fluffy tail, lol. We must, then, proceed to pet her while she nibbles some food. Then we have to play with her with her toy of choice.

She still likes to drink water from her paw...go figure?

She chirps, meows, makes weird cackle noises when she can't figure out how to get through the glass to catch those darn birds, and purrs whenever she is near us. This breed is such a wonder, and I couldn't love her more.

Presley-The Rescued King

By: Marsha G. in Texas, USA
Presley the King

My name is Presley and yes I do feel as if I am the king! I was rescued at 7 weeks old by what I call my little momma (Mykala).

I am very well loved and live with my big momma (Mykala's mom) while little momma goes to ORU. I am 100% spoiled, loved, and pampered.

I will only eat certain flavors of Fancy Feast Gravy lovers, a half of can morning and at 3 p.m. (I do want it at 3 p.m. and make sure they know the time) then Fancy Feast dry during the day.

I am now 2-1/2 years old and weigh 18 pounds. At my last vet check up he said I was very healthy. I have my own blankies that were bought just for me and they are baby blankies because I like them to be very soft. I have to have a bedtime snack each night of a few cat treats.

Sometimes I give people the snobby look but after all I am the king! I get brushed daily and when big momma holds the brush and tells me to brush my face and I will rub my cheeks against the brush. I am very smart and understand both English and Spanish. When talked to I answer with different sounds for different words. I can say, ma, yell, no, and why then if I don't get what I want I will ignore you.

I am only an indoor cat but can hide well in the house when I want to pout. My family thinks I am so gorgeous and they're so happy to have me in their lives. I wish that all cats and kittens were as loved and spoiled as I am because then there wouldn't ever be an abused cat.

My little momma sends me cards from Tulsa where she goes to college and big momma reads them to me and always tapes them on the wall behind my water fountain so I can see what little momma sent me plus smell her smell.

Sometimes I talk to her on the phone. Thank you for your wonderful letters you send out my momma's have learned so much about my breed from all of your information.

Jasper--Born Into Poverty

By: Sheri in Washington State

Jasper came from the local H.S. He was rounded up with thirty cats from one of the trailer courts after the students left this spring.

His intake forms list ear mites, parasites, eye infections, malnutrition, fleas, and Felv exposure (but negative), with slightly positive litter mates.

He is an only kitten and will be retested at six months. We were looking for a good candidate for an indoor-only cat after the traumatic loss of our 12 year old Tuxedo. We have an elderly heeler and took great efforts to introduce them positively and carefully.

It has paid off; they are thick as thieves. We chose Jasper because of his gentle bumbly personality that seemed perfect for our lifestyle.

With regular groceries he has a lot more energy and he has brought us joy and healed our hearts. The photos I included aren't the prettiest, he is very photogenic and I have hundreds of beautiful photos. But these show how he is.

(Note from editor: Sheri, I received one photo. Feel free to send more. Thank you for sharing Jasper's story!)

Theodore Edward Darcy (T.E.D) better known as Ted

By: Laura in Surrey, United Kingdom


Ted and his chair

Ted Ted Ted Ted

I should probably start off by saying I live in the UK, Surrey to be precise and had grown up always dreaming of owning a Maine Coon.

I collected Ted when he was 16 weeks old from a fantastic breeder I would highly recommend. He was at the time a little "ball of fluff" that fitted into my hands and I would find most mornings had curled up under my arm some time through the night to sleep nearby. He was brave, bold and full of character from the word go; not to mention an appetite that I was sure would make me penniless in no time.

He is best friends with my sisters cat a bengal/siamese and they ended up bonding over a play tunnel and all we would hear through the middle of the night was them scurrying about and what often sounded like a cat version of laughter.

He has just turned 9 months and weighs a healthy 12lb. He spends most of his time indoors but when the weather is good and I am home I let him venture into the garden where he spends hours closely watching our rabbits, he sometimes has been allowed to clamber into the run with them and he bounces along behind them occasionally given them a "bop" with his paw, but he has never unsheathed his claws once. He is my big friendly giant in the making and may not extend his hunting skills past the spiders and flies that he deems more worthy of his hunting skills.

My family and friends often refer to him as the cat that wants to be a dog as he does all the things their dogs do. Run to say hello the second I walk through the door, sit and whine at the door when he wants some time outside, brings me his food bowl if he has yet again finished it all.

He is incredibly sociable and curls up with anyone on the sofa, but being my shadow where I go Ted goes. In fact finding a moment of privacy can be a challenge sometimes as he gets very upset if he is one side of the door and I am the other.

Ted has made my life full of smiles and laughter and i can not imagine my life without him now. To anyone considering adding a Maine Coon to their household I would say DO IT! It will be the best decision you ever make.

Raven Bartholomew

By: Kelly DeLancett in Oldsmar, FL USA

Raven Bartholomew

Raven Bartholomew Raven Bartholomew Raven Bartholomew Raven Bartholomew

Our sweet boy is the most laid back, easy going and cool cat we've had- and our first Maine Coon too! He's spirited- sweet and as typical I understand with Maine Coon cats, just loves being close to his family.

We love our sweet boy! He's made our family complete!



By: Wendy in NC

This is our Maine coon mix, Andy who just turned 10 today. He is a big lover boy at 17 pounds. Andy rules the house and the dogs! He is a rescue that we have had since he was 6 weeks old. He is the most special kitty ever. Definitely a mama's boy! He lives in Hertford NC.

Tigger's Story

By: Dolores

About 3 years ago, I lost my beautiful Persian kitty, Nicklaus, to cancer. I was devastated by the loss. I had been feeding a stray kitten that was in the field behind our house. He was not a feral cat because he was extremely loving and friendly. After Nick passed, I convinced my husband to let me "adopt" this stray kitty. He finally said yes so I called our vet and took him in that same day. We just assumed he was a mixed kitty, but as he (Tigger) grew so did his fur, his whiskers, and the tuffs in his ears and on his feet. At our next visit 6 months later, our veterinarian determined that he was (or mostly was) a Maine Coon.

Tigger is now 3-1/2 feet long from nose to tail and weighs in at 18 lbs. He is between 3 and 4 years old. He is the most docile, precious and loving kitty. He is so patient with our grandchildren who just love to pick him up and carry him around. He has such a beautiful face and loves to snuggle. He is so much a part of our lives. He makes me smile everyday and I think that he was put in that field because God knew that when he took Nicklaus I would need someone to fill that very large hole in my heart. I cannot imagine life without Tigger.

Thank you for all the information you provide regarding the care, feeding, and grooming of these magnificent Maine Coon Cats.


By: Laura in Ohio

I want to thank you for helping "Cat" nearly break her need to suckle on me, every chance she got.

I have found that if I get up to do a small task, or get her a toy, her need to nurse has been cut to minimal. Cat was a rescue and was slated for "the chamber". My son who volunteered there would not let that happen called and informed me I was Mom to a 5 month old kitten. That was about a year ago. She must have had a heck of a kittenhood because she is very nervous about everything and has nightmares that she looks for me for comfort.

Since last year, I've adopted Bill. A 9 week old kitten on the first of JULY. He is ALL KITTEN!!Bill loves to tumble and play with Cat, bringing her out of her shell and spooked mood.

Again, Thanks for information on how to break Cat's habit. I look forward to your articles weekly.

Have a Purrfect day,
Laura, Cat and Bill
Boardman, Ohio

Fiji Lorenzo

Fiji Lorenzo

By: Monnie

This is my angel Fiji Lorenzo

Meet Rocky & Layla

By: Judi Romine
Rocky & Layla
Rocky & Layla

Rocky is a year old Maine Coon mix I adopted from a cat rescue. I had no idea at the time he was a Maine Coon mix but a little internet search pretty much cleared up any doubts. Rocky, a smoke tabby, has grown to be 39" long from the tip of his front paws to the tip of his back paws. His HUGE fluffy tail is always in the way. He shares his home in Temple City, California with me and Layla who is a Tuxedo cat. Layla, a typical female, keeps everyone on time with meals, brushing, and treats. Rocky on the other hand is all about play. He loves chasing feather toys during which time he turns into a furry rocket ship. He wakes me up in the morning by purring and licking my hand. He gets involved in everything I do around the house including running my bath water. I can't imagine life without them.


Zeus from Hungary

By: Szanto Gyorgy in Hungary

This is my friend, Zeus. He is 2 years old, very friendly and loves to be in limelight. He is clever and teachable and always want to hunt or play.


By: Cassie in Ohio


Star comforting my daughter when she injured her wrist

Star Star

Our wonderful, fun loving Star leaped into our lives about a year ago. Literally, leaped.

As a kitten, roughly 4 months old, she jumped through an open window in the living room :) My 10 year old daughter, who named her, said "she chose us," and that we had to keep her.

Despite my husbands cat allergy, we decided to give it a try. She took to our home right away, and almost instantly became a member of the family.

Now, my husbands allergies seem to have disappeared, and we can't imagine life without her! On a side note, we later learned from our neighbor that Star was thrown from a van the day before she "chose" us :( Humans can be so cruel.


By: A Smith in England


obi when we first got him

Oberon Oberon Oberon

Obi was adopted in June this year and what a difference there is between when we got him and now. It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to ensure he feels safe and loved but we are getting there.

He has gone from a terrified cat that would hide and cower when you went near him to a loving cat that loves to sit on the sofa with me having lots of cuddles while watching the telly. He follows me all over the house - he is adorable.

More about Loki-aka Evil

By: Mary Walsh in St. John's, NL, Canada


Loki Loki Loki Loki

Our Loki was pictured in the July 2015 edition. He is now 18 months old & still thinks he's a kitten.

He loves to sleep in the bathroom sink licking the occasion drip of water from the faucet. After anyone has a bath or shower he jumps right in to roll in the bit of water left in the bottom of the tub.

He sleeps downstairs with our daughter & first thing he does is run up & down the stairs several times & ends up on the foot stool we have in front of the living room window watching for birds.

He is a wonderful bug catcher for the flies that once in a while get in the house. He tried to catch the ones outside the screens & gets frustrated when he can't reach them. We have a Jack Russell Terrier that thinks the world of Loki & they play fight all the time.

Loki takes great pleasure in jumping on Becker's (dog's name)back & riding him around like a pony. He weighs 17lbs now & I think he grows a little more every day. He also loves getting up in the windows if they are open so he can fit. Otherwise he falls off because he's too big for the sill.

Our daughter claims he's not a "Coon" but he has all the characteristics-tuffs on his feet, the pointy ears, the M on his forehead & most of all the long, long fluffy tail. Maybe from his picture (I'm sending more pictures) you can set her straight.

Just because he was found in a barn in Central Newfoundland while she was visiting family she thinks Loki could not possibly be a Coon Cat.

We love him dearly & he has actually captured my husband's heart & he is not "fond" of cats.

My Flipper

By: Lorna in Lincoln, Ne., USA


Momma's boy! Lorna and Flipper

Flipper Flipper

I've had Flip for 9 months now. My landlord did not allow animals at my last residence. I told my counselor at the Veterans Administration, as I am an Air Force Vet and suffer from PTSD. So, she wrote me a letter for a therapy cat.

I found Flipper from a private owner, and wow I could not ask for a better baby. Yes, he is my baby! I recently moved in with my daughter and 5 year old grandson, and I was worried about the move and how Flip would adjust.

Needless to say, he is so laid back and loving - it was me that has the adjusting to do still! Flip is amazing. I had never heard of a Maine Coon until I adopted him. Gentle loving giant is what he is!!!!


By: Karen in USA
Raisin with his buddy Autumn

Raisin is a smart, good natured, and sweet coonie! He loves to snuggle with his buddy Autumn, watch geckos, and he even sits and plays pass the ball on command!

For more about Raisin (and more pictures) visit his social media!!
Instagram @raisinthecatandfriends

Kisses XOXO,
Raisin and his owners

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By: Susan in North Carolina

Is she a Maine Coon?

The Care And Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat
The Care And Keeping Of Your 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.

Is Harry a Coon or Mix?

By: Renee in Monrovia, CA, USA

He's sweet, tolerant, friendly and SO darn cute. When we rescued him I believe he had escaped from someone's home.

He had only been at the shelter for a week and the vet said he wasn't even 6 months as he still had all his baby teeth. So we just said he was 5 months old. Wrong or right, this is what he was.

Since we've had him he's gained almost a pound a month and is finally starting to slow down a bit. He's got hair on and in his ears the main around his neck, feathers on is feet, and a beautiful poufy tail. We have been so blessed with him.

Rocky the Ninja cat

By: Jim in East Texas


Rocky will pose when he wants to

Rocky Rocky Rocky Rocky

We call him the ninja cat because he has been seen to levitate straight up a good 6'ft. to snatch a bird off of a bird feeder. (we've moved it up!) He also occaisionally is known to add a rabbit to his diet besides being a pretty good mouser, a fine trait in a country cat.

He has big feet and while a talented hunter when charging across the yard you can really hear him putting down those feet. Who ever heard a cat 'thunder?!'

Rocky was given to us as a full grown cat. Part of a pair- Rocky & Bullwinkle (we didn't do it!) Bullwinkle didn't stay with us but, Rocky moved right in to stay!

So, is he a Maine Cat (down in Texas?!)?

Ella, rescue kitten.

By: Sheila Warren in Madison, Wisconsin. Dane co


Ella Ella Ella Ella

After 20 years 10 months 2 weeks my dear Trillion went to the Rainbow Bridge. Being lonely I looked and looked for a long haired tuxedo kitten.

Finally there she was on Pet Finder. So I brought her home. She has a mind of her own, she wants to explore everything, and although she seems to understand no she is having nothing to do with restrictions being put on her.

She acts so much like a dog. Sits by your feet, smells everyones shoes, plays fetch, brings you toys to play fetch with, chase every bug that makes it inside. She follows me everywhere and wants to help me do everything. Her hair is really coming in now with the cold weather setting in.

Although there is no where in the house I can ban her from, she is a joy, and provides me with many laughs. Ella is 6 months old, 17" long from nose to butt not including tail. She has big fluffy tail, and her long hair is coming in now.

I have no idea what breed she is but she reminds me of a Maine Coon. Her sisters were black, one twin that looks just like her, and one brother that was a good 1/4 body longer then the rest. It is fun watching her grow as her body always seems to grow long before her legs catch up.

"Willie" Rescue Kitten--Is He a Maine Coon Mix?

By: Julie in Felton, CA

"Willie" is a rescue kitten believed to be 13 weeks. Is it wishful thinking, or does he really have little tufts at the tips of his ears?

He certainly has lots of hair in the mid-ear, toes, and tail. Upon brushing or petting, the hair on his back becomes sleek and smooth.

Despite a really rough start in life (underweight, fleas, worms, exposure to panleukopenia, etc.), he loves curling up on my chest with a purr that is heard across the room or sleeping curled against my hip.

My previous beloved cat had all the signs of a Maine Coon Mix once he became an adult..and he was the best.

I think her name is going to be Ella.
Does she look like a coon mix?

By: Sharon in Ohio


Ella Ella

This little one is 6 to 8 weeks old and was dropped at a friends house with her sister. I've been fostering her for a few days and head over heels in love.

I've never seen a kitten with such personality! She chirps and talks to me. She is a total bundle of energy and curiosity and is constantly standing on her back legs to get a better view of things, like a ferret or prairie dog.

The big paws and unique coat made me look at cat breeds and came across MC info. She has whispy black tufts at the top of each ear. Very thick coat, especially around the neck area.

When she and her sister play they chirp at each other and sound like raccoons. I think the fostering maybe turning into furever home. Coon owners, does this sound typical of breed?



By: Susan

Gretzky is about 1-1/2 according to shelter where I adopted him and weighs about 13-1/2 lbs. He follows us around like a puppy and is a terrific "puck" handler. Do you think he's a Maine Coon?

Wondering if my kitten is a Maine Coon or Maine Coon Mix?

By: Julie in Los Angeles, CA


Kitten Kitten Kitten Kitten

So I just rescued 2 kittens about a month ago. The Rescue told me that my kitten was a Maine Coon and should get pretty big when he is older. He has tufts coming out of his ears, big pointy ears, tufts coming out of his paws, long bushy tail, big paws, and long beautiful fur.

I have read many posts about the weight of a Maine Coon kitten and what to expect, but I am uncertain of his breed. He is a little over 6 months old, and weighing in at 4lbs. Doing my research, I have read that many 5-6 month old Maine coon kittens weigh anywhere from 9-11lbs.

And I am very curious to know how big he will get when he is full grown. I would love to have a small kitten forever, but I would also love to have a beautiful full grown Maine Coon as my companion. It's just a bit odd, because the other kitten I adopted (not maine coon at all) is almost 5 months and is 4.4lbs.

I looked on the paperwork from the rescue, and it said that the Maine Coon turned 2lbs at 4 months of age, whereas my other kitten turned 2lbs at 7 weeks of age.

Do you think I have a Maine Coon, Maine Coon Mix, or just a regular Domestic Longhair? I have had some people tell me he has no signs of Maine Coon, and others say that he shows very small traits of Maine Coon, and others tell me he looks full Maine Coon. I know he is considered a Domestic Long hair because he doesn't have paperwork, I just want to know the breed of my cat. Thank you!


Maybe Maine

By: Dana

I found my cat abandoned. I bought her home and after a few months I noticed she was getting huge. Her tail was very big. Never a thought she may be a Maine Coon or a mix. Sent a pic to my daughter who is a vet tec. She says def she is a mix. I am including a pic to see what you think.

Is my cat a Coonie?

By: Tanja in Slovenia


Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty

I bought a kitty two weeks and she is absolutely adorable and lovable!

She is clever, extremely well litter trained (once I frgot to leave the door to het litter opened and she didn't go anywhere else but waited patiently) & very intelligent.

Sometimes I can't help to wonder if she really is a cat. She's always the center of attention, loves to be cuddled and petted on her tummy. She even follows my every step :) I think we are really attached to one another.

She is playful and love all kinds of strings, and drinks a fair amount of water. She is white with a grey spot on her head. Here are couple of pictures and would really like to know if she really is a Maine Coon - just out of curiosity. She doesn't have a pedigree.

Annabelle Lee

By: Chris in Pittsburgh PA
Annabelle Lee

This beautiful cat just showed up one day!

Since then, I've named her Annabelle Lee. She is very shy but slowly she is getting used to me.

Please, does anyone know whether she seems to have Maine Coon characteristics? I don't know how old she is.



By: Danyal in N.H.

Just got her 2 days ago. She's only like 6 to 7 weeks old. They said 8 weeks but I don't think she is 8 weeks.

She has a definite M on her forehead some hair coming out tops of ears. Very extra lovable and very talkative. I was told she is Maine Coon but I got her for free?

Is My 4 Month Old Kitten Maine Coon Or Maine Coon Cross?

By: Sarah Pennells in England


Kitten Kitten

My kitten is 4 months old. She is medium or long hair and she's calico in color. People keep telling me she is a Maine Coon but I'm not sure.


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