My not so gentle giant, MAXIMUS
by Gwendolyn Edwards
MAXIMUS & GWEN
HI!....I "inherited" a Maine Coon a couple years ago, from a friend who had a baby, had to move, and the cat didn't fit the new life. 🙁
That said, I kind of understand why now! He is absolutely off the charts for the size of most Maine Coons. He weighs in at OVER 30 lbs. He's a little overweight, but not bad- he's just very long with GIANT bones. I've attached a picture - you won't believe it.
I am completely, madly IN LOVE with him. And I am a DOG person- I've never really liked cats!
But in the past few months he's become very hard to live with. He has always been very lovable with me and very loyal. But recently, he has started trying to attack me. He is not playing- he is coming after me and doing this growly snarly thing that's scary!
Through process of elimination I've been trying to figure out what could be causing it. The only thing I've found is that he seems to get agitated if his bowl is less than half full. (It's never empty, but if I never let the bottom of the bowl show through- he seems a little more relaxed.)
This is no small (or inexpensive) feat because the big guy eats as much as a HORSE.
I'm in love with him and definitely in it for the long haul- but I live alone, am a petite girl, and honestly- the big guy scares me sometimes!!
Haha. Love some advice! Or feel free to just tell me all about how you fell over when you saw how big he is.
Hi Gwendolyn.... OMG...He is massive. I was shocked when I saw the photo. I think he is the biggest domestic other than F1 Savannah MAGIC that I have seen.
Thanks for visiting, sharing and asking. So, I wonder what is wrong?
My initial thought when I read the bit about him suddenly becoming aggressive was that he might be in pain, in discomfort, which is making him unhappy and irritated.
Is he walking OK. Maine Coons can suffer from Hip Dysplasia ("dysplasia" means an abnormal development). It can cause painful arthritis.
Now, if he has arthritis it would be very irritating. His enormous size also points to putting more stress on the joints which may encourage arthritis. I am just thinking out aloud and this is guesswork except that I am relying on known diseases that can be inherited by this very popular breed, which must be a decent starting point.
Another idea...Many cases of unexplained aggression are brought about by environment stress which leads to heightened fear and distress.
He may be upset if you are trying to diet him. He may like his food too much due to some kitten experiences. You diet him as a result and he becomes distressed.
Thyroid problems can cause a cat to become aggressive too. Is his coat thinning?
You have isolated the possible source is his food. He is hungry it seems. As you say the first thing is to isolate the cause.
I'll come back to this page soon as I have to go to the gym right now...!