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Old 03-16-2006, 05:34 PM   #31
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here's a close up of my maine coon hercules. i used to use this as a desktop background:







and one of bean bean:


They say the eyes are the windows to the soul - well those eyes tell a whole story! So much personality in them...

What sweet-peas. I love maine-coon cats. Is your's huge? My friend has a maine coon and she is the most gigantic cat I've ever seen in my life - a giant furrball with legs and a magnificant tail!
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Old 03-16-2006, 05:57 PM   #32
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Heres a interesting site http://www.stuffonmycat.com
They put things on their cats.... then take a picture.
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Old 03-16-2006, 06:03 PM   #33
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Heres a interesting site http://www.stuffonmycat.com
They put things on their cats.... then take a picture.

Ohmygosh! LOL. Poor kitties!
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Old 03-16-2006, 06:20 PM   #34
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yup, he's pretty big grumble. around 25 pounds. he's a purebred, from champion parentage.

the condensed version, which is tough for me , of my cat story begins with dw's first cat, a stray that she took in. he was a huge maine coon "mutt". i fell in love with him, but when he died from a vet's negligence, i went immediately down to the shelter to get a replacement cat. we had the room and the cat setup, and were hurting from the loss of our little guy so i figured that we'd save a shelter cat.
then we got a second shelter cat to keep company a year later.

another year or 2 later, dw did her research, and then begged me to get her a purebred maine coon because she wanted a huge purring furball, kinda like her first cat. so we went to the cat show in madison square garden, hooked up with a breeder, and bought hercules.

finally, over the next coupla years, we took in 2 seperate stray kittens from the neighborhood, one so young that she had to bottle feed through her hair for a few weeks. so we ended up with 5; i guess that made me a cat ace!

recently, the most senior cat, the second shelter cat passed away. i'm glad we gave her a good life.

R.I.P. fluffy.

getting back to herc: imo, he was a tremendous waste of fur, and $700 for the first few years. he was so pompass; didn't like to be held or petted; scared of everything even though he was as big as a dog. he wouldn't eat treats unles he was hand fed. he just sat regally off in the corner, preferring to just look good, and not be bothered.

that was until my son was born, and became mobile.

ever since then, all of the other cats live on seperate floors, often on high places away from wherever the mini human terror was. all except for herc. he lets my son sit on him, pull his tail, push him around all over. all with only an occasional hiss, which of course my son loves and imitates.

so he wasn't a waste of fur afterall. kinda teaches you a lesson, ya know?
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Old 03-16-2006, 06:20 PM   #35
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My Grandmother's cat has eaten some Kayem Garlic Roast Beef before.
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:24 PM   #36
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I showed & bred Birman cats for around 5 years. Gave it up last year. It's a lot of joy but also a lot of heartache & pain. I know people think that $600 or $700 is a lot to spend on a kitten, but breeding pedigreed cats & raising them correctly is a money losing proposition, any way you look at it. Here's the URL for my web site in case anyone wants to see these beauties!
http://www.elpisbirmans.com

Bucky - if your DW wanted a purring furball, she should have gotten a Birman. One of the last ones kittens I placed went to the vet last week - the vet never could listen to her heartbeat because the purr machine wouldn't stop purring - no matter what the vet tried!
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Thanks for sharing your cat story, Bucky!! You got a touch of James Herriot in you Your kitties are lucky to have found such a good home, and I am glad your son and Hercules became such friends!! Maybe the next time can we see a pic of them together??
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Old 03-17-2006, 09:14 AM   #38
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corinne, i've never heard of birmans, i'll tell dw about them. she wants another cat since fluffy died. i'm thinking of another shelter cat: save a life, but we'll see. maybe there'll be a birman at the shelter.

and here you go urm, 2 of my boy and herc by the cats' food bowls.


"i'm not really pulling his tail"




"mmmmmm, fish butt!!!

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bucky- Your boy is so cute! Ohmygosh... and so are your kitties! Hercules looks less than impressed in that picture though.. he is probably wondering what on earth that child is doing. LOL. So cute.

corrine- those cats are gorgeous! I love Birmans.

Here are my babies! Sorry about the quality of the pics. The resolution on my digital camera was set to low when I took these..
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corinne, i've never heard of birmans, i'll tell dw about them. she wants another cat since fluffy died. i'm thinking of another shelter cat: save a life, but we'll see. maybe there'll be a birman at the shelter.

and here you go urm, 2 of my boy and herc by the cats' food bowls.


"i'm not really pulling his tail"




"mmmmmm, fish butt!!!

Madonna buona, what is your boy doing to Hercules??
They are such a pair, Hercules is almost as big as your son!! Thanks for sharing the pic, and responding to my request so quickly!! They are both gorgeous!!

Grumblebee, your babies are also precious!!
I can never get enough of cats, tomorrow we are going to a cat show and get my kittie fix... can't wait...
Also can't wait for the day when I can get my own again
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