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      06-03-2010 01:31 PM #1
      Pulled into my driveway and this little guy/girl was laying down beside my house. It wasn't startled at all when I shut my door and boldly pranced up to me when I made a clicking sound with my mouth. I'm not a cat person, but man, this cat blew me away. It was so friendly and playful. When I walked to my house door, the cat tried to come inside, but I blocked it from coming in. I grabbed my camera and started clicking away.

      When the camera started making the rapid clicking sounds, this cat started rolling on the ground and purring. When it meowed, it sounded so soft. This was THEEE most friendliest cat I have ever met.

















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      06-03-2010 03:07 PM #2
      It has the ear tufting of one, but its head looks a little small. Does it have dense fur between its paws? It really doesn't have a pronounced mane either, which is common with them.

      Maybe it's a mix. Is this a stray or something? If it's that friendly, I hope it belongs to someone.
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      06-03-2010 03:25 PM #3
      Now that I think about it, I have seen this cat before. Two months ago, I was putting in hardwood flooring upstairs. I was in one of the rooms, sawing away with the table saw, when I saw this cat poke its head up and peek inside my window. It had climbed the tree and went on my roof. It wasn't scared of the noise, and if you have ever used a table saw, those mothers are loud!
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      06-04-2010 02:34 PM #4
      I'd say that it's a mix, maybe 50% Maine Coon.

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      08-05-2010 01:11 AM #5
      def not pure. lacks the little 'shoots' of fur that run off the tips of the ears.
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    8. 08-05-2010 02:22 PM #6
      Don`t know about the breed but that kitty has such a sweet face that you Should give it a home.

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      08-05-2010 06:20 PM #7
      Definitely a mix - has a very MC-like face, but doesn't exactly have the coat.

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      08-05-2010 06:21 PM #8
      Yeah, definitely not a purebred Maine Coon, but certainly cute as all hell.
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      08-05-2010 06:26 PM #9
      We have a purebred Maine Coon and the main characteristics are 1: Size (Mac can stretch 1200mm (about 4 feet) up the walls and he weighs 7.5Kg but is "slim" at that. 2: Ear tufts and 3: Toe tufts between each of his toes that stick out. That cat may have some MC in them but I'd have to say that here in NZ we get a lot of people "thinking" they have a MC or part MC when the only "actual" MCs in the country are being bred by only a few breeders and they don't do any crosses. Another possibility would be the Norwegian Forest Cat which is believed to be a good "part" of the original MC. Here's a quick Pic of Mac so you can compare if you wish (and one of him with me so you can see his size).

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      08-05-2010 08:58 PM #10
      wow didnt realize they grew that large!

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      08-05-2010 09:56 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Zdriver View Post
      wow didnt realize they grew that large!
      Hate to tell you but Mac's not that "big" as MCs go, he "could" (so we're told) get to about 12 to 14 Kg (26 to 30 lb !!!) and THEN he'll be BIG !!!! Incidentally they grow until they're 4 or 5 years old (a bit like Tigers and the like) and Mac's just coming up 4 this year (Nov 27th) so he may have a little growing to do yet !! It's funny actually, we're so used to his size that all we can think when we see a "normal" cat is "wow isn't that cat TINY" !!!

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    14. 08-06-2010 06:59 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by NZTIGUAN View Post
      We have a purebred Maine Coon and the main characteristics are 1: Size (Mac can stretch 1200mm (about 4 feet) up the walls and he weighs 7.5Kg but is "slim" at that. 2: Ear tufts and 3: Toe tufts between each of his toes that stick out. That cat may have some MC in them but I'd have to say that here in NZ we get a lot of people "thinking" they have a MC or part MC when the only "actual" MCs in the country are being bred by only a few breeders and they don't do any crosses. Another possibility would be the Norwegian Forest Cat which is believed to be a good "part" of the original MC. Here's a quick Pic of Mac so you can compare if you wish (and one of him with me so you can see his size).

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      I Still say he`s quite a handsome ***** cat.

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      08-07-2010 03:35 PM #13
      I have a rescue kitty named Tank that I think might have some Maine Coon in him. He's a shorthair but he's got the tuffs of hair on his ears, the face, and the SIZE. He's a 25 pound MONSTER.

      I'll post a pic if I can find one.... he hates cameras (fo' sho'!). He sees a camera, he heads for the hills.

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      08-07-2010 08:06 PM #14
      Did you always take a picture of him when you took him to the vet? Is that why he's afraid of cameras?
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      08-11-2010 04:18 PM #15
      No idea. He was afraid of cameras when we got him. He's gotten better but if I come near him with a real camera, he's gone. About the only pictures I have are from a camera phone.


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      08-12-2010 12:35 AM #16
      Aww, what a handsome little fella.
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      08-19-2010 01:00 PM #17
      Maine Coons have lynx tips (tufts at the tips of their ears). There should be a prominent ruff (mane). Look for tufts between the toes. An "M" on the forehead is common. The tail usually has very long fur. They have a boxy snout.

      These are my boys. Both are pure-bred. The brown one is Eddie. His father is a show cat, so he has many of the typical Maine Coon traits.

      The gray one is Mokie. He is a polydactyl with very prominent thumbs, another semi-common trait of the pure breed. His mother is straight from Maine.



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      08-19-2010 06:23 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Icantdrive65 View Post
      Maine Coons have lynx tips (tufts at the tips of their ears). There should be a prominent ruff (mane). Look for tufts between the toes. An "M" on the forehead is common. The tail usually has very long fur. They have a boxy snout.

      These are my boys. Both are pure-bred. The brown one is Eddie. His father is a show cat, so he has many of the typical Maine Coon traits.

      The gray one is Mokie. He is a polydactyl with very prominent thumbs, another semi-common trait of the pure breed. His mother is straight from Maine.
      Beautiful boys too !!!!

      If you don't mind me asking can you tell me how old they are, if they are outdoor cats or just indoor (here in NZ there's almost no indoor cats and Mr Mac spend half his time outside in the riverbed behind us) and (particularly) if they have shown any issues with arthritis or lameness, particularly relating to their front elbows ?

      Mr Mac (at only 3 and a half) has very bad arthritis in his front left elbow and it looks as if it's going to seriously limit his life span which is really a heartbreaking situation for us. He's a fantastic boy to own in every sense but if this becomes too painful in the future we will be forced to consider the "unthinkable" if his standard of life is really effected by pain.

      Thanks for any help you can give to a fellow MC owner and lover !!

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      08-19-2010 09:34 PM #19
      Eddie is 1 1/2 years old. Mokie is 2. Eddie is now at 16 lbs and Mokie is 15 1/2. They are strictly indoor cats. My old house had bobcats and mountain lions roaming the neighborhood and my new home is in an industrial area with lots of traffic and homeless people around.

      My mother-in-law breeds Maine Coons sometimes. She may have some insight about dealing with arthritis. I will check with her.

      Eddie was born prematurely and he had no hip sockets. He went from highly valuable breeding stock to "worthless" when the breeder discovered that. They were thinking of putting him down, so we rescued him. He has semi-developed hip sockets now, but they pop sometimes. I keep telling him to stop growing, but he shows no signs of slowing down yet. So far he gets around just fine, but I fear he may have trouble later in life. His front legs are fine, so I may just have to make some wheels for his back legs if he gets too bad.

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      08-19-2010 09:46 PM #20
      Thanks for that info. I suspect that if Mac had been an indoor cat we never would have had an issue. we're not sure if this is a hereditary thing (the breeder says no BUT that's what you'd expect !!) or if it's been caused by some of crazy crashes from insanely high places as a kitten. Would be great to hear other peoples experiences rather than relying on 2nd hand info that is hard to "qualify".

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      08-19-2010 10:43 PM #21
      I cringe when my boys jump down from tall objects because they are so heavy.

      My wife says there is a good medicine for arthritis that was prescribed for dogs at the vet office where she used to work. She said it made old dogs walk like puppies. She couldn't remember the name of the medicine, but it is effective on cats and even humans. The only drawback seems to be that it turns the skin yellow. That would actually compliment Mac's coloring, so no problems there, right?
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      08-20-2010 12:31 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Icantdrive65 View Post
      I cringe when my boys jump down from tall objects because they are so heavy.

      My wife says there is a good medicine for arthritis that was prescribed for dogs at the vet office where she used to work. She said it made old dogs walk like puppies. She couldn't remember the name of the medicine, but it is effective on cats and even humans. The only drawback seems to be that it turns the skin yellow. That would actually compliment Mac's coloring, so no problems there, right?
      Hey, we'd try anything !! We even sent his XRays to Ausi to a specialist vet there but he wasn't much help in the end. Mac's on a course of Cartrophen (which they use on dogs, isn't actually licensed for cats here !!) but it doesn't seem to make much difference, plus we've just started him on Metacam (Voltaren for cats) to try and ease the pain. We're sort of hoping that if he has a bit of pain he'll be a bit more careful what he does but he's such a big "hoon", always up trees, jumping off the roof etc etc.

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      09-18-2010 08:25 PM #23
      The Baby (aka Ruckus), we think he's at least part MC (has the M on his forehead, and I'm sure he's not a super hero).

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      09-19-2010 12:56 AM #24
      Tabbys have the "M" on their foreheads too so it's not a distinctive trait of a Maine coon.

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      09-19-2010 05:51 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by 84cgtturbo View Post
      The Baby (aka Ruckus), we think he's at least part MC (has the M on his forehead, and I'm sure he's not a super hero).
      Sorry but he doesn't look as if he has any MC in him to me, and the "M" on the forehead is nothing to do with MCs, as people have said many tabbies have it.

      Things to look for in a MC:

      1: Large protruding tufts of long fur between the toes (actually to stop ice and snow build up).
      2: Tufts of hair on the ear tips (from the bob-cat part of the breed).
      3: A mane (much like a lions) particularly noticeable in winter.
      4: Pantaloons, also more noticeable when they're in their full winter coat but look like they're wearing plus4s on their back legs.
      5: A big head, our MC is nearly 4" between the ears across the top of his head.
      6: A huge, very fluffy and usually "banded" tail (that's why they were originally thought to have raCOON in them !!), often compared to "prince of wales" feathers. Usually this tail is carried "up" like a flag.
      7: They're a BIG cat, not necessarily terribly heavy, our boy is ONLY 7.5Kg (17 lb) but he's not fully grown yet !! But he's VERY long, he can reach 1.2m (nearly 4') up the wall when he stretches out.
      8: Double layered fur with long guard hairs to keep the rain off and a warm dense underfur for warmth. They LOVE to play in the snow and dislike high temperatures generally speaking.
      9: Long whiskers to suit their overall size. Some of Mac's are over 100mm (4") long, so when you take the width of his head plus 4" of whiskers each side there's a lot of width there.

      Hope this helps some of those who wonder if their cat is a MC. Certainly here in NZ there are many people that think they have a MC or a part MC but when you look at the list or sit them next to an actual MC the answer is pretty obvious. EVERYBODY who sees Mac for the first time goes "Oh my God, I didn't realise that they're THAT big, that's the biggest cat I've ever seen". Really there's no doubt when you see an actual MC.

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