by Karen and Mark Doran
(Coburg, Melbourne, Australia)
First day at home and her first toy she played with then needed to sleep
First Birthday 26th February 2012:
My little girl Tass (or she gets called Tassie Girl) is One today. We purchased her from a pet shop last year in April she was 8 weeks old and told we have a male cat which is what we wanted.
She was the most timid little thing ever when I brought her home to show Hubby we now have got a cat again, as our other cat (no breed) we had put down 4 weeks prior to Leukemia and severe anemia, was 6wks old when we got him and he got to 13yrs.
He was a beautiful tuxedo cat, we couldn't stand the silence of not having a cat around so I got one over the Easter break.
Four weeks later I took the guy to the vet to get desexed because I don't like them spraying, kills all your plants only to be told we have a female, Well I be damned so I rang hubby and told him, the vet asked if we wanted to give her up.
No way I decided there and then that I had to adjust in calling this guy a girl, so we went ahead and had her desexed as we have two ferral cats hanging around roaming the streets at night meowing. So that was that.
She is funniest little critter, plays fetch, hardly meows and she does it makes you laugh so funny, chirps and chatters,(you talk back to her and she doesn't stop chattering sometimes) rolls constantly on her back so you rub her belly, loves being brushed and loves to play in the water (loves the bathroom, especially when I am in the shower) loves being out in the rain, and sticking her paws in the water fountain.
She greets me when I get home, comes running up the hallway and then plonks at your feet and wants the tummy rubbed.She attacks my ankles and hugs and bites them with those sharp little teeth (funny she only does that to me not hubby), no wonder they call them the gentle giants as she has never clawed or drawn blood with her claws or her feet when she kicks you.
She has that many toys and her favourite is a super ball that rolls around on the kitchen floor as the floor is not level (needs restumping) she has much pleasure and it entertains her for hours. Funny to watch her kick it from the bathroom, laundry and kitchen area, did this with the toilet paper one day too.
Really I had no idea at first this was Maine Coon as I Googled to find out she was a unique breed so I sent some photos to a breeder here in Melbourne and she told me, Yes we do have a Maine Coon but she was not impressed that we got her from a pet shop (backyard breeder as she called them).
They are the best breed ever, We will always stay true and loyal to the Maine Coon Cats as they are fantastic, unique, you get so much laughter and pleasure out of them, such a stress release too.
I love reading your website and the blog and I occasionally add comments to your Facebook page. It's great keeping with other Maine Coon cat lovers.
So Happy birthday to my little girl Tass, at the moment she is flaked out on the floor in front of the cooler as it is 34degrees "C" in Melbourne Australia.