Yes, we are the crazy cat people! And we’re both sitting here wondering how that happened?! It started innocently enough; we both had always wanted a Maine Coon cat – the operative word being ‘a’ . . . as in singular. Maine Coons are larger than normal kitties weighing in at nearly 20 pounds, some even closer to 30. They’re beautiful animals, will play fetch, very family oriented and have great dispositions; you can Google Maine Coon for more information if you’re interested.
SPARKY: We found a reputable breeder within driving distance and fell in love with 2 all white female sisters but when we went to pick them up, there was Sparky – cute as a button and just full of energy – couldn’t pass him up, so we ended up bringing him home too. One of the sisters passed away a couple of years ago from kidney failure, rare for this breed.
WINNIE – AKA ‘WINIFRED P WIDEBOTTOM’: Winnie is a BIG girl (hence the aka) and not the least bit graceful, nor does she remotely care that she’s not graceful; she’s a bit of a tomboy and doesn’t like to be groomed. Our sister-in-law calls her “Paula Deen” because of her white hair.
BEL RAGAZZO – AKA ‘RAGZ’: Ragz came to Smith Bites the year after the other 3 and is the largest of the Maine Coons weighing in at almost 20 pounds; he’s a complete touch-me-not unless it’s on his terms – in which case the moon and sun have to be aligned and in the 7th House . . . name that tune . . .Ragz is serious and focused, but really just wants to fit in.
HOOPS – AKA ‘THE HOOPSINATOR’ CUZ SHE HAS FOOD ISSUES: Hoops was an outdoor cat, born here to one of the ferral cats in the area; she had a litter of kittens and then we discovered that she had two very large puncture wounds in her neck. We brought her inside to nurse her kittens with the intent to get her well enough to find a home for her along with her kittens. Almost a year later and many trips to the vet for surgery, antibiotics and treatments, she’s finally healthy. The kittens found a home . . . and as you can see Hoops is still here . . .
MISSY ANN – THE OLDEST OF THE BUNCH: Missy Ann was here when we purchased the house 9 years ago; she’s always been an outdoor cat and has never liked being inside. She was recently attacked by either a raccoon or another ferral cat and had two very large open wounds on her backside, both of which required surgery. And now I just can’t put her back outside again . . . can you tell there’s a pattern developing here?
LIL BIT – CUZ HE LOOKS ‘A LIL BIT LIKE SPARKY’ HE’S ALSO DESPERATELY SEEKING ENTRY INTO THE HOUSE: Lil Bit just showed up on our front porch a year ago and has never left. He thinks if he looks cute enough, I’ll let him inside. I’m not looking him in the eye . . .
Sigh . . . so that’s how we ended up with all these cats; and I’ve now developed cat allergies . . .