Introducing… ABBY the Maine Coon mix
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Abby came home this past Saturday. She is enormous - quite different than seeing her in the cage at the shelter. Her paperwork (dated Sept 2010) says she's 12-lbs./13-ozs. but I doubt it. She's got to be at least 14-15-lbs. easy!
She doesn't like to be held for any length of time, but boy oh boy, does she love to be fussed over. She's quite the character too. Especially cute is when she stands on her hind legs (like a meerkat) to look out the window. Due to her size, she cannot quite jump up to the windows to look out - she tries, I've got to give her that. She simply stands on her hind legs; something I read is inherent in the breed. It's really amazing to see.
She's pretty vocal. Her breed may chirp, and Abby does, but when she wants attention, she'll give out this massive MEOW! Trust me, it gets your attention, LOL! She's pretty low-key, yet very clownish. I've been trying to snap photos of her, but she's so fast, the pix come out in a blur. This photo was taken with a cell camera, but I will try to get some digital shots to post.
Although this photo doesn't quite show it, Abby has big tufts of fur protruding from her paws, like the classic Coon as well as her ears. Her fur is exceptionally soft, very long and her tail is as bushy as some of the pix I've seen on this site.
Abby has decided that she likes to run and play, so that's what we do when I get home from work. My brother also visits during the day to play with her. With her appetite for play (chase with humans, climbing, hide-and-seek, chasing toys and short bursts of energy zooming through the house) and a carefully monitored feeding program from the vet, Abby will be in fine shape in no time! She is truly a joy and I cherish our time together.