What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Tom(cat) of Maine:



Robert Sijka

Our dear departed cat, Henry VIII, was a medium-haired Maine Coon, and although he and I were kind of thrown together at first, his disposition, sense of humor, good looks, and dog-like attitude utterly charmed me. I loved him completely, and all those great qualities conspired to make me a life-long fan of the breed. When our house is finished and we move back home, we’re planning to rescue another Maine Coon and wait for the hilarity to ensue.

If you’re not familiar with the breed, they’re gorgeous. They’ve got long- or medium-length hair and come in all colors and patterns. They often have taxi-cab-yellow eyes, and tufted ears. But what makes the Maine Coon distinctive is their extreme size. They’re the largest breed of domestic cat by quite a wide margin. Adult males average between 17 and 25 pounds, and they can grow to more than 3 feet in length from nose to tail. Henry used to stop next to my chair and reach up to pat me on the cheek while keeping his hind feet on the floor. He didn’t even have to strain to reach my face.

Animal photographer Robert Sijka has an abiding love for the big cats, and he has made it his mission to “combine these two things as good as possible.” He combines them plenty good, indeed. I loved all his photos, but the closeups showing their giant, fuzzy feet made my heart hurt.. Missing our big boy something awful today.

I almost forgot! If you’ve got a place in your home for a massive feline with a sense of humor, there are Maine Coon rescues all over the place. Here’s a link to the U.S. network, and I’m sure there are similar networks in other countries as well.

All photos are the property of Robert Sijka.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

16 thoughts on “Tom(cat) of Maine:

  1. Don’t you just want to give them all a big cuddle? Our vet thinks our tripod cat is part Maine Coon which would explain his bulk and his extreme fluffiness.

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  2. He sounds like a great beautiful friend.

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  3. I hate being allergic to cats (although I have one, but it wasn’t my choice, she just moved in with us and is an outside cat–something I made clear to her but she signed up anyway). I knew a Maine Coon once and he was glorious and regal–king of the neighborhood.

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  4. Your fur baby sounds awesome! Love the photos! I’ve wanted a Maine Coon for a really long time. Hopefully, one day I will!


  5. Oh, thank your for this! I’ve had two Maine Coons over the years, both loving and with strong, independent personalities and one with what I swear was a human sense of humour. Their independence led to their demise, however. Desite my best attempts, they would not stay in at night – one we think was taken by coyotes, one we know was taken by raccoons underneath our bedroom window. We live in a rural area, so as much as I’d love to have another Maine Coon, I couldn’t subject it to that risk. Sticking to domestic short hairs for now.

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    • That’s so sad! Himself wasn’t a huge fan of the outside. He preferred to watch through the screen. He once “stalked” a swan that was hanging out by our dock, and when the thing saw him and started running at him, he moved faster than we’ve ever seen him. We told people he left a Henry-shaped hole in the side of the house trying to get back in. We laughed ourselves sick over that.


  6. Beautiful.

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