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Never owned a cat before and he succumbed to an angelic Maine Coon kitten — 4 Comments

  1. I think that anyone choosing a beautiful kitten/cat whether from a shelter or breeder, with no knowledge of cats, is going to have some problems down the road. We’re all attracted to beauty, and that may mean we use our emotions rather than logic. Cats have unique needs, and behaviors. Getting a cat based solely on looks, breed. and or personality, with no prior knowledge of cats has some inherent challenges that are better handled by people who are educated in cat care.

    I hope this person gets some basic information, although even that is pretty extensive. I think the biggest problem with regard to cat guardians, is lack of knowledge, even among people like myself, who, having had cats for years, only recently began to seriously study feline needs. This actually came from experiencing undesirable vet behavior, and has led me to become a CAT Advocate. I no longer blindly trust vets, as I have for years. That’s been a very important part of my education. People who don’t fully put their trust in doctors, will with vets. We feel helpless and vulnerable with our pets. We need to know that vets are operating on opinion or educated guess. One vet will say something different than the vet down the street. So, it’s important to beware and informed, as much as possible.

    I have a beautiful cat, but she was a semi-feral that I’d fed, before taking her to a shelter for possible adoption, when she was almost a year old. After a month in the holding cage, they told me that she would be killed because she was “unadoptable” due to her fear of people. I couldn’t let this happen, so I begged my landlady to let me have her, if she stayed in my room. That was over 8 years ago.

    She’s had some problems, mostly due to vet behaviors, but she’s healthy now, and on raw food. I trained her to a halter and leash when I first got her, because she wanted out desperately. Her name is Mitzy because she’s a Polydachtyl with Big Mitts.

  2. Nearly 20 years ago I brought home a little black kitten from the shelter, and had absolutely no idea what breed he was. He grew into a large Maine Coon with striking features and the most remarkably complex emotions. As with most Maine Coons, he was gentle giant with intelligence to boot. If I told him “No, Buddy!” just once, he remembered it for life and never repeated his infraction. If I raised my voice a little too high at him, his feelings literally would become hurt and he would go off and sulk. He could become difficult, though, if he felt not enough attention was being paid to him or he wasn’t feeling well, and would communicate his displeasure in a way most people would not appreciate. I didn’t mind, though — in fact, I really enjoyed the company of pet with such well-developed emotions.

    There was a big hole in my life when he passed away at the age of 16. My other cat just didn’t have a similar personality and couldn’t fill the void, so I ended up searching the shelters for Maine Coons. Unfortunately, no Maine Coons could be found in the shelters and I ultimately ended up going with a Maine Coon breeder. Unfortunately, the Maine Coon kitten I brought home developed FIP and passed away.

    I am a big supporter of cat shelters and nearly all of my cats have come from shelters. However, I also see a need for cat breeders in that they may support cat breeds with personalities that might not do well in a shelter atmosphere. If there weren’t breeders around to keep the lines going, cats like my Buddy may cease to exist. I, for one, think the world is a better place with difficult (but smart!) cats!

    • Great comment Rena. I certainly understand your point. There is a place for cat breeders but I have doubts about there place in the world when people are euthanising millions of rescue cats. That said I’d love to own a purebred cat. I do have a conflict in my mind over this. Your Maine Coon sounds very special. He sounds as if he was genuinely more intelligent than normal.

  3. I agree with Michael on everything (what a shock that is) and yeah it’s hard not to praise this kitten’s looks, but there does have to be more to it. I would and have felt for cats who’ve had serious problems, but if an otherwise healthy cat like this would develop no personality, I’d rather have passed on her. Again, I would even care for a daine brammaged cat her whole life, but to pick a cat solely on looks is not what our world needs. Often the “mutts” of the world have wonderful personalities. I had a Maine Coon who was pretty much a runt, but his personality still makes me think of and miss him long after his death now. He was “just” a stray. Lastly, yes there will be a learning curve for the man. I hope he’s up for it.

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