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Repost: Tom(cat) of Maine



Robert Sijka

Friends, I have some very sad news. Our tiny, fierce, lovable Covid rescue, Abby, has gone to the great scratching post in the sky. My little floofy darling got out over the weekend, and met with a terrible accident. We are devastated. Today’s repost (because I am too sad to write) about Maine Coons is dedicated to her.

8/16/16: Our dear departed 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!

27 thoughts on “Repost: Tom(cat) of Maine

  1. Oh Donna….I am so very sorry….sending you Peace.

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  2. Sending supportive thoughts

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  3. I’m so, so sorry. We had a Maine Coon 20 years ago… smartest cat I’ve ever had. Lots of love to you and Mare. ❤️

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  4. Our four legged family members are truly family. Makes for great memories.

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  5. Oh man, I’m so sorry. Cats can really inspire a fierce love for them, and it’s never easy when they go.

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  6. I have a rescue Pit Bull mix dog. I have no idea how she would react to a cat. Been thinking about getting one. Sorry to hear that you did your best with yours but they went on. I have lost track of the animals that I have lost in my years. HUGS — Hal

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  7. Donna–I am so sorry about Abby. Getting a kitty is the best day ever. But losing one…there are no words. Rest in peace, little one. 💔

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  8. So very sorry for your loss, I feel your pain.

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  9. Sincere condolences. They worm their way into our hearts, and leave huge gaps when they’re gone. Hugs.

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  10. So sorry for your loss, Donna.

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  11. I’m sorry to hear about Abby, I wish I’d had the chance to meet her!

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