This is a Helmi Flick cat photo special – mind you most of them are special. She describes these beauties as 12-week old Maine Coon kittens. She also says that to these cats are brown classic tabby males while the other two are brown classic torbie females (tell the difference?!). “Torbie” (tortoiseshell-tabby) means the tortoiseshell coat within the tabby pattern or vice vera! – sometimes called patched tabbies.
Maine Coons develop slowly. They reach full-size when 3-5 years of age.
These youngsters look inquisitively towards the camera but it is not quite the camera they are looking at but Ken Flick near the camera waving around a stick with a feather on the end or some other “cat tease”. He has a box full of tricks to attract and keep the attention of cats in the studio. You’ll see some cats in the studio jumping for the feather. These make interesting photographs. Helmi uses strobe lights which are flash lights. They freeze movement.
They all have strong muzzles which are white; does that make then torbie-and-white or tabby-and-white? Generally people ignore a bit of white when describing tabby cats. The ear tufts are prominent.
Most early Maine Coons were brown tabbies. Some people think the brown tabby coat best suits the Maine Coon probably because it is reminiscent of the barn and farm cats they once were.
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