We love cats.
Ok, so that may be obvious, but it is also
essential for someone doing what we are doing. There is no
question that to be a breeder (should) mean that you love cats, but
it also means you have to be responsible about it and not just
be a "collector". In our case, we happen to love Norwegian
Forest Cats and Maine Coon Cats. We believe each of their general
personality types compliment each other (which is one reason we
like having both around) and both make terrific pets
for a great many people. To be sure, there are a number of
other breeds of cats available and all of them are wonderful, but
the Norwegians and Maine Coons are very special to us.
We have asked ourselves many
times over the years, why it is we became a breeder. It is
certainly not about the money, I'm not sure you could charge enough
to cover the actual expenses that are incurred. It is not
about the "lay'd back lifestyle", there is nothing "lay'd back" about
it - you worry about every aspect of the kitten's lives and
their future. It is not about the travel to "wondrous,
off places", unless you consider visiting various state and
county fairgrounds and hotels halls, as being "wondrous,
exotic, far off
So what is it that makes spending all the time, the money, the aggravation, worry, sleepless nights, tears (of
sadness & joy), etc., something we want to do?
It is simply about
Look into the face of a
little Norwegian girl (cat I mean!) and you will see the
sweetest eyes and the most adorable face, but you'd better know,
that in about three seconds, she's going to bop you on the nose!
That twinkle in her eye means she has a bit of the devil inside,
just waiting to get out!! Oh, and she doesn't forget!!
Elephants have nothing over Norwegians in the memory
department... The boys...well the boys are "special" as my
wife likes to say. She often references something about
"riding a little yellow bus", but I have never quite understood
that completely... we have no yellow bus, or car for that
matter?? Oh well... I guess I am in the same
classification. Anyway, the boys are "majestic", in a
football player sort of way. They are generally "burly",
often suffer from the "bull in a china shop" syndrome, but also
give off the air of simply wanting to please you...they are
very, very sweet. Unlike what various articles say about
their personalities and their being a bit "standoffish", ours
seem to want to be on us as much as the Maine Coons. To be
sure, either sex is extremely loving and becomes very attuned to
the "emotions" around them. In addition, our male Norwegians have
an important job in our household - to make sure that the food
is available in the type and quantity they think is required.
If it is not, they will let you know!!
Maine Coon Cats are in a
world of their own. Like the Norwegians, they are large
and though they may weigh approximately the same, the Maine Coon is noticeably longer and lankier.
Female Maine Coon's are without a doubt, "regal". They
are more mature, often act more "grown up" than their male
counterparts. They are loving and can grow very attached
to their people. Males, well... male Maine Coons are very
much like males in other species (which shall remain
nameless)... they never really grow up. They will continue
to play, to be "clowns" well into their adult years. This
often distresses their female counterparts, but I think we all
know how that goes.
As for water... While all creatures
(great and small) require water, there are only a handful that
seem to find water as something more than simply an essential
ingredient to life - The Maine Coon is often one of them.
For them, water is something to behold... something to play with, to play
to splash into the air and where it lands, I can not care... If
you've got to drink it anyway, to stay alive, you might as well
make it into a game and see just how much of a mess you can make
with it!! We have heard many stories of Maine Coon's
sitting in a bathtub while it is being filled, or walking into a
shower, as it is running. Some of ours have done the same - at least with
the shower, but few really like to get soaked. Play with
it, yes... Take their paw and splash it around, yes... Stand in
the middle of their water dish, ankle deep in water... yes.
Swim in it... not on purpose, though a toilet does make an
interesting playground and has resulted in more than one soaked
It is very common for men
(of the human based persuasion) to like Maine Coon's. They are
"big", they are "stately" and they can be "rough and tumble-ish",
but there is another aspect that men should know about, that may
make them even more attractive to have around... Since the
Maine Coon likes water so much, any time a toilet lid is left
"up", your female counterpart will quickly notice that the cat
will play in the water and so the next time the seat is "wet",
you, the (people) male, may not get yelled at!! Of course,
if you are the one who left the lid open, that is an entirely
different problem you will be dealing with!! <G>
So...as you can see... the Maine Coon can
even bring peace and tranquility into your household!!
note about toilets. It is cute to joke
about the above, but there is a serious aspect to it as well.
Toilets, by their very nature (purpose) are a breeding
ground for all sorts of things, the majority of which are not
very good for any animal and giving access to it, to any pet
(cat, dog or whatever) should not be allowed (keep the lid
closed). In addition, the use of "automatic" chemical cleaning
additives (be they liquid, pellets, tablets, etc.) should never
be done if a cat, or dog, lives in the house. When
allowing the toilet to "soak", make sure the lid is closed and
for added assurance... close the bathroom door. We've had
more than one Maine Coon lift the lid to see what was inside...
One thing to remember
when contacting us about kittens... We attend a variety of
cat shows (whenever we can) which, right up front, take up a
number of weekends. In addition, though our cats and
kittens are an important part of our lives, they are not our
only part. We have actual jobs to attend to which, though
we might like to feel otherwise, do take up some of our
available time. We have to sleep... It may be
limited, but we have to get some, sometime. And possibly
most important of all, we simply like to have a few moments of
time for just the two of us, together, alone (HA!). If we
fail to contact you right away, please wait a day or two and if
we still do not contact you, try again. We do not mean to
"ignore" anyone, but occasionally your initial contact may come
at a moment in time when things are a bit of a "cluster" and to
be honest, we simply forget.
16 kittens and what do you get?
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