the care and keeping of your maine coon cat

Our Beautiful Catty LaBelle

by Geneva
(Pikeville, Kentucky)

My what big eyes you have!

My what big eyes you have!

Sadie, our beloved feline of more than 15 years had just gone over the rainbow bridge. We knew we could never replace her but wanted to give another kitty a loving home.

I searched through Petfinder and up popped two big beautiful eyes. (although it was not the most flattering pic of her) but I fell in love with her story.

Her previous mommy was elderly and had grown too sick to care for her any longer and had to go live in a nursing home.

Catty had been voluntarily surrendered by the lady's family because they could not keep a cat where they were renting.

Catty was naturally confused and scared in the shelter and she kept to herself.

She turned her back to the world and didn't flirt or charm the many visitors at the shelter.

For 52 long days she stayed there. She was on the "act quickly" list when I found her.

My husband and I, both professional working people, each took a day off from work and drove three hours and two states away to bring her home.

The shelter staff said that no one had ever even inquired about her in all the time she had been there. I think this is because she was so shy at the time.

Well she is not shy anymore. She is from the top of her head to the tip of her tail she is 39 inches (not counting her outstretched front paws.

When she runs you can hear her coming before she gets here. She's big but not overweight. She is beautiful and loving without being clingy.

We are busy spoiling her terribly and loving every minute of it. She is 10 years old and a senior cat (another reason others did not want her) but to us she is PERFECT.

It wasn't until we got her home that we fully realized just how stunningly beautiful she is! Plus she is so loving and has impeccable bathroom manners.

She is perfect for our home.

We thought we were rescuing her ...but, in truth, she rescued us. Meet our lovely Catty LaBelle.


Penny P
by: beatrice Goodman

When we rescued our M.C.mix we were told she was very "shy, quiet, and didn't do people". Well - after 4 years we - my husband and myself can tell you that they were all wrong.

She is vocal and certainly lets us know what she wants! She has her likes and dislikes and if she likes you - she is right there.

if she doesn't she is gone. She has impeccable toilet habits and is very fussy about what she eats.

The "P"at the end of her name is for perpetuity. She had been through one family and fosters and we told her that she was here to stay with us for better or worse and it has been great!!

Another last-minute rescue story
by: Susan Mercurio

I also went to the pound to adopt a cat and I really wanted the one that was meowing at me, but I noticed the one in the next cage, who was lying in his litter box (I figured that he didn't like the wires on the bottom of the cage) and he was due to be euthanized the next day!

I tried to take him that night, but I hadn't brought enough money, so I talked the staff into holding him till the next night. He wasn't a Coonie; he was a tuxedo DSH, but I had him for the next 17 years, and he was the best cat of my life.

Lucky family!
by: CherylG

I can't believe it took that long to find a home for this beautiful girl! Congratulations to the new parents - sounds like a match made in heaven!

Beautiful Girl!
by: Dennis-Sioux City IA

Bless you for rescuing that sweet little girl with the crooked smile, she looks like a sibling to my two boyz. She is a twin to my Tucker.

by: Anonymous

What a beautiful senior lady. Please always remember the other half of the story, the elderly lady who misses her sweet companion, and who would be forever grateful to you for giving her a loving home.

Beautiful Coon
by: Michel

Your cat is really beautiful. I wish her a long happy life. We have two Maine Coons and they are adorable.

From an admirer
by: Anonymous

She’s beautiful. If I could, I’d give her a smooch.

Beautiful story - thank you for sharing
by: Anonymous

Right after 9/11 my Maine Coon was born in a shrub and abandoned by her mother. At first I didn't know what it was as she was still covered in placenta.

As a rescuer all I knew was I had to save whatever it was that was screaming. I fed it KMR (mother's replacement milk) every two hours, got a weight watchers scale to make sure she was gaining weight.

She was the size of a Q-tip when I rescued her. I am now in love with Tara, my beautiful 16 lb. female Main Coon. The relationship we have is indescribable.

I don't know what I'd do without her. I am so sorry for your loss but God Bless you for giving this beautiful cat a loving home. Deb from Delaware.

Good for you (and her)!
by: Susan Mercurio

I am so happy for you and your Catty! Obviously, she was waiting for you to come get her. You were meant to be together.

Beautiful Catty ❤️
by: Sandra Sylvia

What a beautiful girl ❤️ I have a rescue Maine coon tabby he's from California he's 2 years old and much like your Catty is very loving and full of life he lives with my other two rescue cats and my four Golden's

Great name -- great kitty!
by: Marianna Burt

Absolutely love your story and Catty LaBelle's name is the best I've come across in a long time. She's very lucky that you saw her potential although she had shut down.

Makes one sad for those cats who don't get the chance to show their true selves after such a crisis.

by: Cindy

I love her eyes! She is a beauty, and I know she's happy in her home.

They Rescue Us... Enjoy Her 😘❤️😉
by: Valerie Pardy

Well miss Catty LaBelle... those eyes are windows to your soul pretty lady 😘❤️❤️❤️. You deserve this family to live out your days left teaching us silly humans how special you are.
Your so pretty enjoy your new mom and dad😘 and all the happy loving years yet to come beautiful girl ❤️😘😉.

Valerie, Enzo & Stoli 😘❤️(They are rescues to😉❤️)

Beautiful face
by: Catmother

Thank you for giving this beautiful Catty a home. She looks so much like our beloved Minnetonka who passed two years ago at 15 and 8 months.

Rescues are wonderful!
by: Deborah

My two Maine Coon mixes were born under a bush to a feral mother, so taking them in as kittens was very easy.

But my wonderful daughter, when she graduated from college and moved 300 miles away for her first grown up job, adopted an 8 year old domestic short hair cat who was the longest staying resident at the shelter she went to.

She wanted a cat who really needed a home. And little Mora is giving my daughter all the love in the world.

I wish adoption of older pets was thought of first more often. You guys are wonderful!!

My sweet Wendy
by: Carla

I have a mixed Maine Coon and she is the best thing that ever happened to me, my, how we love our fur babies!

Catty's Home
by: Terri

I makes my heart happy that such caring people gave beautiful Catty a home! Thank you for sharing her with all of us!!

Your beautiful blessing!
by: Beverlyna from Vancouver, Canada

What a wonderful inspirational story. I cannot imagine a life without a Maine Coon.

My black Maine Coon, Noire (french for black) is 18 now and healthy. A Maine Coon's life expectancy is 22-24 years and when she does pass over the rainbow Bridge, I will adopt a senior cat.

I am a 71 year old Senior and a kitten Maine Coon would outlive me. Noire is the most beautiful, loving, smartest cat that I have ever had. Life without one would be very lonely. May you have her for many, many years.

by: G. L. Garner

What an inspiring story. She's beautiful and I'm sure so thankful that you chose her to be part of your family. Many people look over the senior kitties, but they bring so much love.

Congratulations of your new beautiful kitty. She's lucky to have such amazing parents.
Bless you all.

Stunning girl
by: Violet

You have a stunning girl with the most beautiful. Eyes. I am looking for a similar girl. However you won't find them in a shelter inSouth Africa. We are on long waiting lists and pay quite a bit for them. Have three. Enjoy her

Sweet Face
by: Grace

She is so pretty. I love those eyes.

What I think of your cat
by: JoAnn

Those green eyes are gorgeous. Very pretty cat!

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