The Maine Coon
The Maine Coon cat originated in the 1850's. Long-coated cats were brought to the state of Maine by sea-faring travellers and they mated with the local population of shorthair cats, producing strong, healthy, long-coated animals. Because the longish fur of many of the resulting litters resembled racoons it was thought that these cats were the result of matings between the local cats and racoons - biologically impossible!
These massive animals can grow to 20 pounds and over! The image below was found when googling for Maine Coon cats... Do we love it or do we love it? (I love it)
You might look at a Maine Coon and think - what a lot of work keeping the fur tangle-free and de-matting. However, the coat of the Maine Coon is mostly self-cleaning and very little has to be done to help - the occasional tangle to untangle but it's not hard to keep at all. The Maine Coon is a gentle giant and makes an ideal house pet.
I have a Maine Coon cross which I adopted - he is called Muffin. He is large but not as large as the one in the previous picture! Muffin is black with a white nose, bib and belly. He does look funny at the window asking to come in - he jumps up on his back legs and looks as if he is in his pyjamas shouting "lemme in!" He wolfs his food down, pushes our other cat off his food, eats that too - then he goes back and cleans up his own food bowl. He loves to lie on the bed at night and dig his claws in to any bit of bare flesh he can find, this is often accompanied by a stream of dribble (Yeuck!).
Image of Muffin>
Cats - who'd have 'em? ME!
Contributed by Sonia Bryant