A few months back a friend of my daughter noticed a cat in her backyard. It had been hanging around for quite a few days. After speaking with some of her neighbours they believed she had been left behind when her humans moved away.
They tried to coax her in but she wanted none of that. She was willing to eat the food that was put out for her but she would not come in the house. The friend kept a special eye on the stray and soon realized she she was pregnant.
There was a wood pile in the back yard and the mama cat decided she would have her litter there. She had five. All of the little ones survived and through the power of social media they all went to good homes. One little male came to my house to live.
Coed (Co-id) is his name. This Irish word means woodland dweller. We thought that appropriate since he got his start in life in the wood pile.
Two days after he moved in we went to the Veterinarian for a check up. Just to make sure he was ok and to start his shots. Imagine my surprise when the vet asked where I purchased the Maine Coon Cat. I, of course, said you must be joking. This is a barn cat, a mixed breed. No, she said, I believe this is a Main Coon.
Well flash to a few months later and yes he is showing all the typical traits of a Maine Coon. Chances are he is a mixed Main Coon but there is no way of telling for sure.
He has tuffs of fur on the tips of his ears and extra fur in his paws, his tail is super bushy and long, his body is long. This breed does not finish growing until they are about 3 years old – he is not quite a year old and can reach my hip with his front paws when he stands on his back legs and my hip is 39inches high. Add his tail length and he is almost twice that long when he is stretched out on the bed. He has a couple of different layers of fur which is typical for the beed and his rough around his neck is filling in nicely.
He loves water, another trait of the Main Coon breed. Don’t leave the shower door open or you will have company in there with you! The tap on our bathroom sink is a lever type and now has an elastic band on it so the cat can not turn it on. However, if someone forgets to put the elastic up when they are finished using the taps, Coed will go in and turn the tap on and can be found in the sink with the water dripping on his head and his paw batting the drops.
He has the best personality, he will carry on a conversation with you. He has quite the vocabulary and like all Main Coon’s he chirps. He also does the backwards meow which almost sounds like he is saying “Oh No”. Although he likes pats from whoever has a free hand, he is a real momma’s boy who likes to be close but not necessarily on your lap, unless of course you are getting ready to go out and he feels the need to help you accessorize your outfit by adding a layer of soft cat fur.
He loves to sit on my desk with me while I’m working. He will extend his paw for me to hold and rub and he likes to lay his head on my arm and have a little nap while I type away on the keyboard.
They say to gather all the essentials you will need before you sit down to write. In the below pictures you will see that I have done just that.
-Coffee, my writing fuel in an inspirational non spill mug – wouldn’t want it to spill on the computer!
-A laptop opened and ready to go.
-And, of course, my writing partner close to ensure I am working but also to listen when I need his help to work out a plot problem. The purring in the background is an added bonus, music to get the creative juices flowing.