Introducing Saxon and Star Maine Coon Kittens
by Marion Jackson
(Auckland, New Zealand)
Maine Coon Kittens - Star (left) and Saxon.
After having Dexy, a beautiful, loving and gentle Shaded Silver Chinchilla, who sadly passed away one week before her 19th birthday, we decided to introduce two Maine Coon kittens into our life...
...and life will never be the same!
We got the kittens from the same breeder, but different litters, when they were 12 weeks old (they were born two days apart). We've had them for 11 weeks.
Saxon is a blue with cream boy and Star is a brown tabby female.
Upon arriving at our house for the first time Saxon settled in within half an hour. Tail up, checking the place out, and was the epitome of confident! Star, on the other hand, was a little bit shy, but that didn't stop her being extremely playful and very inquisitive.
My partner and I fell immediately in love with Saxon. He is a real charmer and as the weeks went by it was hard not to love him even more. His antics constantly make us laugh and swoon. He is a real smooch, very regal looking, loves everybody and is a bit of a goof ball. We've had a loving relationship with Saxon right from the day he moved in, and the feeling is mutual.
Star was always reserved and would disappear if people came to the house. Most people didn't even realise we had two kittens. She would wiggle and squirm if you picked her up and would often be found sleeping in a dark corner somewhere, all by herself. I hate to admit it, but after the first month my partner and I actually discussed returning Star to the breeder. She simply wasn't what we were looking for in a cat and she didn't seem to comply with everything we had read about the Maine Coon breed. Needless to say, we were a bit disappointed.
Star is an exquisite looking cat and very pretty. She always looks like she's smiling. She loves to play for hours by herself. A very independent little girl. Of course, my partner and I didn't have the heart to return her, after all, she wasn't a 'bad' cat, just different to what we expected, so we decided to accept her for what she was and kept her.
Just two weeks ago, Star began to change. And what a change! Literally over the last two weeks she has turned into a fabulous, friendly, firty little cat! Full of energy and fun! She has started following me around the house and has invented a 'special' meow for me when she can't find me! If I hear her doing her 'double meow', I just have to call her name once and she comes running! She also has this crazy tail - it's like it's too heavy and she can't hold it up properly! The vet's checked it and there's nothing wrong with it, but it give her extra character because it's always flopping in crazy directions! Star is an absolute delight and a real little angel. Oh my God! I can't believe we ever considered returning her to the breeder! Star just took a little longer to settle in and now that she has she is huge competition for Saxon in the smooching stakes!
At 23 weeks old, Saxon weighs exactly 4kg (8.8lb). He is very tall, like a gangly teenager. Hence, he is quite clumsy - it's like he's still getting used to his body and his limbs. We gave him the name, Saxon, because we knew he would be a big cat one day and need a 'big' name. He has a cute white stripe on his nose, white gloves on his front feet, and white boots on his back legs. Star is not far behind, at 3.8kg (8.4lb). She is a lot shorter than Saxon and is nicely in proportion. Her name came about because I decided that Dexy was the brightest star in the sky. Star has gorgeous classic brown tabby 'butterfly' markings. She is a beautiful looking cat.
Saxon and Star are soooo completely different to each other and they are each totally fantastic in their own way. My partner and I feel like we've hit the jackpot as we have two unbelievably fabulous, outgoing personalities living with us. They adore each other (the breeder put them together as soon as she knew we would take them both) and we adore them. We couldn't imagine life without either of them.
So far, we have only spent 11 weeks with these two young 'hooligans' and I get tingles when I think of all the years we still have ahead of us. I can't wait to see how big they get and I'm looking forward to watching their personalities develop even more as we all get to know each other better. We are very blessed to have found two such wonderful animals.
If Dexy could be here too, life would be perfect.
Hi Marion: Love your story and these cats. Particularly the way you accepted Star for what she is and received the reward....Michael.