As I write this, the household is considering yet another cat.
If it works out, I am seriously putting my foot down on any future additions. Seven is more than enough.
While we had no intention of getting any more cats, there has been a distinct vibe going on with “but we need a silver tabby Maine Coon” for several years (about a year after acquiring the last Maine Coon). I have to agree, it is a horrible omission in our collection of furry critters.
I don’t wax too poetic about the cats, so it might not be something y’all are aware of: that I am the male equivalent of the crazy cat lady. I honestly have a hard time saying no to kitty cuteness and I generally am all the cats’ best friend. I feed them, care for them, chastise them, clean their litter boxes 85% of the time. I love them all in their own ways, but I am especially fond of the two Maine Coons we have — mostly because their personalities are the closest to mine. And they are big AF, like mini-lions or mini-bobcats (with tails).
The other four are rescues. I have done my fair share over the decades with adopting rescues, so I don’t feel bad at all about adopting cats from a breeder — especially one I wholly trust. Since I was a kid, I’ve adopted eight rescues and helped several others out by donating food and litter for them. I wanted a Maine Coon because they are gigantic critters and you just don’t find a Maine Coon in a rescue situation. And if you do, they probably aren’t Maine Coons (see the eldest rescue we have, who is very close to having most of the Maine Coon characteristics, but not the size or certain other elements). They are unique in many ways and your typical rescued “mutt” just doesn’t have some of those desirable qualities. But I also endorse people buying rescues, especially if they’ve never had a cat before. I used to say if they wanted to save oodles of cash, but that is no longer the case — our current Humane Society rates for rescue kittens is amazingly at around $270, plus additional fees that bring it closer to $400 — during the pandemic is was close to $700-800 to adopt a rescue kitten, but now they’re full up and need to get rid of the cats they have (I assume). When the pure bred cats are $1000 from a reputable breeder (and up), it isn’t as easy of an argument to make at the peak pricing for a rescue. I’m glad to see the fees went down from that peak so more people can afford to enjoy a cat in their homes.
Anyway, we’ve worked with this breeder for our previous two Maine Coons and I know she is an ethical breeder based on experience.
This little darling came up as a lately available little dude. The breeder kept him a bit longer to see if she wanted him to be part of her breeding program and recently decided she would keep a different one from the same litter, so he’s probably top-notch in a lot of areas like our Fennekin (she was also a late release for adoption for the same reasons). If I wanted to enter Fen in a show, I probably could stand a decent chance of winning ribbons, but that’s never been my thing. And I assume that this little guy meets some of the same criteria.
If this pans out, I understand he is probably available almost immediately, so it’d involve a day roadtrip to pick him up.
We’re still waiting for a response. We may have hesitated a bit too long because, well, seven cats and the prices have gone up quite a bit from our last purchase, so there was some debate about that (I think it has to do with the quality and that males are preferred because they can get bigger than the already huge females). But it is also dinner time for some folks, so it might be just that.
I’m guessing this kid might be bigger than our other male, Wraith, who is about 20 lbs and growing for another two years or so. Regardless, if we get him, I’m going to heavily focus on leash training and acclimating to outdoors with this one so I can take him around with me like a dog. Wraith and Fennekin were having nothing to do with leash training or the outdoors, but I’m going to be a little more persistent with this one.
Now I need to consider names… One of the girls suggested Ash/Ashe. It’s better than the other suggestion of “Floofy”.