Capone The Coon?
I got Capone from a flier at a local gas station. My boyfriend and I wanted to get a kitten for Christmas, and we chose the name ahead of time.
When I saw Capone's black and white tux and puffy appearance on the flier, I was sold! His litter was mixed: 2 short-haired grey/black tabbies, 2 long-haired grey/black tabbies, and him. He looked exactly like the momma cat, who was lounging with a boxer pup in the background of one of the kitty pictures.
We began to notice right away that our kitten was not like other cats. He was super playful and interactive with us, and acted more like a dog than a cat.
Sometimes it was frustrating because he was in "attack mode" a LOT! He seemed to always want to play, and he had no trouble initiating play with Vinny and I by ambushing us, or hiding on the far side of the couch. If we peered over the couch arm to see what he was doing, he would pop up and smack our lips!
He quickly impressed us by learning to fetch and come when called. Later, he learned to sit, give high fives, and lay down.
He also guards my bedroom door at night like a dog. If I go to bed before my boyfriend, he will lay outside the closed bedroom door until my boyfriend comes upstairs for the night. Then, he goes down and guards the main front door to our townhouse.
Even though sometimes he is kind of over-opinionated on occassion, he can be VERY sweet, especially if I am sick or not feeling well. He will curl up on my shoulder and not leave my side until I am better.
One of my favorite things about Capone is how he talks to us. He has a wide range of sounds and he chirps and trills and really carries on, especially if it is time to eat!
He also loves fresh water, and would prance and whine inside our bathroom to turn the faucet on for him to get a drink. We eventually got him a water fountain because we worried he might not drink enough if it's not fresh or running and we didn't want him to have an UTI complications.
Another thing is that he is BIG, way bigger than any other cat I ever had. I even made him an extra big litterbox out of a 35 gallon rubbermaid container because he seemed to have a hard time getting comfortable using a little litterbox. It kind of reminded me of a fat man trying to use a camper toilet! (not that I have ever witnessed such a thing). I googled "extra large litterboxes" and found that most of them were advertised specifically for large breeds like MCC's.
The other thing is that Capone is only 3 years old right now, and I swear he has been growing the whole time.
Finally, after describing his behaviors to people, I met a woman who had Maine Coons. She saw his picture and said, "oh, I didn't know he was a Maine Coon Cross" and pointed out that he appeared to have the "M" on his forehead, although it's hard to see because he is black. I started researching MCC and almost choked - the personality lists described Capone perfectly. I called my boyfriend and read the list to him and he said, "OMG, Capone does all of those things!"
For the most part, I am already convinced he is a Maine Coon, and after having Capone, I don't think I ever want another breed of cat.
But it's always nice to have some other opinions, so feel free to leave yours, and thanks in advance for taking time to read about my baby, Capone.
If you have a Maine Coon, you know how unique and different they are. You know you have a special cat!
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