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Tattle Tails: Maine Coon Newsletter
April, 2015

Welcome to our April edition of Tattle Tails! The year is off to a purrrfect start!
In This Issue:

Cat Proverb
What's New On The Site
Maine Coons In The News
Cats Outside Tips
Visitor Tips, Reader Q & A




"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
~ Sigmund Freud



What's New On The Site:

  • Coonie Love: On Valentine's Day, we celebrated with LOTS of brand-new additions to this popular Community Page! What do you love about your Maine Coon? They are so special! Here, our readers share what makes their cat so purrfect - It's Coonie Love! Read More



  • 10 Amazing Maine Coon Qualities - Reasons I'm A Fan For Life: What makes a Maine Coon different, unique, special? Here is what a decade of life with a pair of Maine Coons has taught me... Read More



  • 10 Maine Coons With Amazing Eyes We all know how stunning Maine Coons are. Their natural beauty is without compare! These ten gorgeous guys and gals kick it up a notch with drop-dead gorgeous eyes. They will stop you in your tracks with their drop-dead gorgeous eyes! Enjoy! Read More





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.





Photo Album Updates:



April Coonies

The April Photo Album
is growing daily! The snow is melting, and these gorgeous Maine Coons are sure to melt your heart! Still haven't added your Coonie picture(s)to the albums? Click here to send them in today! Visit The Latest Album!



Lizzy

Lizzy Butters - Fat and Happy:
We will forever be a Maine Coon rescue household! As much as I like to think we have helped her by rescuing her, she has helped me so much more... Read More



Prince

Handsome Prince:
In July, 2014, I adopted a beautiful black and white kitten from the Humane Society. He had been born on May 9, 2014. He had a brother and a sister.

It took a couple of days to encourage this little boy, who I named Merlin, to come out and play with me... Read More





Maine Coons In The News - Ludo from the UK is Huge!

17 month old Ludo from Ryhill, West Yorkshire, UK, is making news in a big way! If this lovable big boy continues growing on pace, he may become the UK's largest cat.

Ludo is already three times the size of the average moggy, at 24.5 pounds (11kg). His owner, Kelsey Gill, shares: "We've had Maine Coon's for a while, but never one this big. The other two Maine Coon's that we have at the moment are much smaller than Ludo and they're about four years old. He overtook them in weight and size when he was five months old and he was 18 pounds at nine months. 'Even though he's huge, he's so friendly and lovable. He'll often come over and lay on the bed or flop out on the floor to be stroked. 'He doesn't cost us anymore than the other two as he doesn't eat that much - the smallest one eats the most."

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2988448/Meet-Ludo-supersized-Maine-Coon-moggy-THREE-TIMES-size-average-puss-growing.html






Spring Fever and Going Outside:

Jeronimo

This time of year spring fever hits the cats just as hard as it hits the people! One can hardly blame them - How they love the feeling of the wind blowing through their fur. And the feeling of the warm sunshine as they lounge on the ground. And did you know there are birds out there?!?

Just the simple act of pouncing on a cricket or trying to catch a fly actually brightens up a cats day. It adds to their overall health. They get exercise, and they feel like those instincts are being satisfied.

Having indoor cats presents a challenge in the springtime. There are a few options though!

For those of us without an enclosed yard, walled garden or screened porch, outdoor cat enclosures icon provide a way for cats to go outside and enjoy all it's benefits. They are safe and accounted for, and get to enjoy being outside. Some handy folks even build their own enclosures!

Have you ever considered or tried leash-training your cat? It's true - Maine Coons can be leash-trained. You'll want to use not a collar (if kitty pulls or gets caught around something she can choke) but a special cat harness. These fit around the body, and most Maine Coons tolerate them well. Some even really enjoy their harnessed walks!

Of course, most cats won't be interested in an old-fashioned jaunt down the sidewalk (although a few will!) Leash-training a Maine Coon usually means safely exploring the yard together.

And when these options don't work, even opening a window brings such enjoyment to our furry friends! The breeze, the view, the scents and sounds of spring - what a treat!





Reader Tips, Tricks, and Advice:

Over time, Coonie lovers have sent in lots of tips and advice! Here are some pearls of wisdom following our "cats outside" theme for today:

Cat Fence-In System:
Dale shares:
"We ordered and installed a 'Cat Fence-In System' 10 years ago and now wonder how we ever let our cats run at-large. The cat enclosures offered on this site are also good choices. Before we 'got smart' about our cat's safety we lost 2 wonderful pets to road deaths. Don't let your beloved pet run loose...it counts on you as an intelligent owner/parent to do what's best for it's safety."

Protection:
Sharon writes:
"I live in coastal ME and there is plenty of wildlife that would find a coon cat a very pleasant meal even in the village of our little town of 900. Many of the commercial cat enclosures will only keep them enclosed ... not protect them from wildlife like fox, fisher, coyote, bear and birds of prey. We opted for a chain link 10 x 10 x 6' kennel that has a reinforced shade cloth cable tied over the top. A predator could not get through the chain link and the shade cloth protects them from birds of prey and from the sun. We would never consider anything less substantial."

Pet Locator:
Gillian tells us:
"Molly likes to wander in the garden and to solve this problem we bought a Pet Locator Plus. A wonderful gadget to track our beloved kitten. She is amazed that we can find her so quickly. Part of going walkies is to give her mother a heart attack or playing games of hide and seek."

Microchipping:
Gail's reminder about microchipping:
"In the event the cat is found by someone with a scanner(animal control, vet, shelters, etc.), they will scan the cat looking for the microchip. They will then call the owner to let them know they've got the cat. In the event of theft, if the cat's chipped and the thief tries to pass the cat off as their own, they will be caught or at the very least, will be investigated as to why the chip belongs to someone else."

Harnesses:
Sharon writes:
"We started leash training all three of our boys shortly after they came home from the breeder and the process was seamless, they all took to it right away. We simply started by putting the harness on for a few minutes each day so they could get used to it. Once they were used to it then we tried the leash. It might take a little longer for your 10 month old, but be patient.

We walk our boys around the yard and have taught them their boundaries beyond which thy are not allowed to go. This has helped when they occasionally bolt out the door. They run to the boundary and stop. We travel with them on vacation sometimes and being leash trained helps alot. This way they can get outside when there is a safe place to do so.

We use Lupine brand harnesses with great success. (The cat Lupine Harnesses are too small for most coons. We use the one for small dogs.)"



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