Handsome Maine Coon with Rare Coat

This cat photograph is another “Helmi Special”. This is a very handsome male Maine Coon with a super coat. If I allow myself to anthropomorphise cats for a minute it seems that he is wearing formal dress on a night out. That is what Helmi says. I can see where she is coming from.

Everything about BlaznArrow Comanche looks perfect. Debbie and Alex McKniff raised him. He has a magnificent plumed tail and Maine Coons should have a plumed tail. I wonder if this cat’s name was inspired in anyway by his tail?

“Fur long and flowing” are the words of the CFA breed standard for the tail. It is probably fair to say that BlaznArrow Comanche has a classic Maine Coon tail that fully meets the breed standard.

Handsome Maine Coon Cat

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I don’t want to get too philosophical about a beautiful photograph of a beautiful cat but when people write about handsome or beautiful cats as I am here, we are anthropomorphizing the cat.

This is because we are judging the appearance of a cat by human standards. I am sure that cats don’t see other cats as we do. They don’t pay much attention to a cat’s appearance in respect of attractiveness. If a cat is big then that is noted by other cats and he may become dominant but issues of appearance are not about attractiveness. It is about attitude and size for cats. That is my impression.

I’ll return to the concept of human beauty for the last sentences of this post. What about the coat type of this superb cat? Well the coat seems to be a diluted red tabby and white. That is a layman’s assessment. I am open to correction. As Helmi has never seen this type of Maine Coon coat before in ten years of cat photography, we can conclude that it is rare for a Maine Coon.

If I was being brutally honest the coat looks a bit “girly” on a boy cat. That is definitely turning a cat into a human.

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Handsome Maine Coon with Rare Coat — 14 Comments

  1. Some speak of the Maine Coon as being ‘the cat on the end of the tail’ in this case it is especially true what a magnificient cat and tail!!!

  2. All cats are beautiful and I find it very sad that some are considered too beautiful to be allowed to live life as a cat likes to live, with freedom to enjoy doing what cats like to do in the great outdoors.
    But that’s this world now, all about humans having the power to do what they will to animals, by ruling their lives.

    • Ruth I agree in principal however do you think that say for example if someone lives in a flat because through circumstance they cannot live elsewhere they should be deprived of living with a cat? I do agree that wherever possible a cat should be allowed outside but if enough stimulation is provided, many hours of company and love whether that be the company of another cat (ideally) or a person is this scenerio so wrong? Just my thoughts thats all…..

      • No I don’t think that Leah, because there are so many cats needing homes and no true cat lover should be deprived of giving one of those cats a home.
        I know full well that in some places it’s impossible to let a cat live the life they were meant to live so they have to accept whatever fate decrees for them and they do accept it, they adjust.
        All I’m saying is that it’s a sad world where because of dangers outside because of human progress and because of bad people, all cats can’t be allowed their freedom.

        • I do see what you mean Ruth I would love to set my Oz free but by doing so I know he would be either savaged, stolen or knocked down by a car in no time at all and I couldn’t bear that. I take him out on his harness and we also have a cat pen where he can get some fresh air. He is loved and we play together all the time. He does just what he wants but with the one exception which I regret with all my heart; I can’t let him out 🙁

      • He would NEVER go outside.
        But, ruling the roost?
        No, but maybe second in command here.
        Damon, the hoarder, has the kingdom all sewn up.
        I’m just grateful he allows me to live here!

  3. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and its ALL subjective…. is it anthropomorphizing to be judgemental about a beautiful coat being too “girly” or is that homophobic? LOL!!! We humans ‘breed’ animals to have particular attributes that please us for whatever reason, and the animals DO UNDERSTAND beauty and ugliness BECAUSE OF HOW WE TREAT THEM. Have you never seen a dog or horse preen after its all polished up?? I have. And it is very obvious. As opposed to when they are shaved to get the hairmatting out? Embarrassed kitty!!!

    • and the animals DO UNDERSTAND beauty and ugliness BECAUSE OF HOW WE TREAT THEM

      So you mean cats understand ugly or beuatiful behavior? I guess you mean that. Good point.

      I was being a bit cheeky to say his coat was girly. Definitely out of order.

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