the care and keeping of your maine coon cat

Dunoe- “I dunno”

by Evan
(Des Moines, Iowa, United States)

Dunoe was picked up off the street by a shelter about a month before I adopted him.

He had some matted fur, and because he was so social they were sure he was at least three.

After I took him to the vet to get his shots, the vet said it was more likely that he was around one due to a lack of plaque buildup on his teeth.

After a month, I took him to get his follow-up and he’d gained almost two pounds! The vet was sure he was less than a year old, and he’s continued to get bigger since.

He’s very inquisitive and insists on trying to explore anything he can reach! There have been multiple times where he accidentally got stuck in a cupboard and needed to meow to get help.

His meow is usually very loud, and it always sounds like he has something in his throat. Dunoe isn’t very vocal usually, but he meows at the door if he’s left alone too long.

He loves to interact with people and will happily “trot” up to new faces to rub his face on. That said, he doesn’t like to be petted much and we’re trying to teach him to bite less- he’s got huge teeth and loves to play, and hasn’t quite learned how hard he bites is too hard.

He likes to sit next to people as much as possible, as close as he can get without touching. He also LOVES water. A little too much, actually.

He gets so excited when I fill his bowl that it spills everywhere, and then he’ll dip his paws in and lick them before tracking water everywhere in the house. Then he’ll spill the rest of the bowl and continue, until he has to come find me to get a refill.

I’m curious as to what his breed is (I’m sure he’s some kind of mix), and some people have suggested since he’s so big and fluffy that he might have some Coon there somewhere.

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