The Pinetar Rag

July 15, 2007

Maine Coon Cats – Bigger Than Dogs

Filed under: Day in the Life — mcgonnigle @ 10:11 pm


This is a big Maine Coon Cat, even for Maine Coons. He’s a little overweight ( I hate that) but he is still just very big. The male Coons can run up to 20 pounds and this one is well over that. Male Maine Coons take a full 5 years to mature.

Click here to read about Riley and Martha in the top photo

McGonnigle has left us, sadly. 1999-2011

McGonnigle the Cat

Click here to see a recent video of McGonnigle at age 11. Note the tiny voice. Big cats–small voices.

Click here to see a recent video of McGonnigle at age 12–he needs combing but is tolerating children well.

I rescued my cat, McGonnigle, from bad people who lived in the apartment next to mine. I had no idea he was anything at all until I noticed that he kept changing even at 2 and 3 years old. His “ruff”, or, the fur around his head, kept getting longer and he filled out quite a bit. Then I googled “Maine Coon” one day and there was a cat that was a ringer for him! I then read up and realized that my guy was probably well over 85% Maine Coon!

They are the best cats by far. If I ever get another cat, it HAS to be a Maine Coon, no question. They are the most even-tempered. They are smart. They like to be around people they trust. They are as close as you’ll ever come to a dog, in a cat. My guy has just the strongest little will and sense of self. All the good attributes with none of the bad. But he’s not this big. My guy is only 11 to 13 pounds and that’s not terribly big by Maine standards. –fog

Mcgonnigle is a very loooong cat, as this photo attests.

Here is a good shot of McGonnigle’s tail. It defies description really and you must see it–thus, the picture. It doesn’t get tangled. It always looks like this.

Here is a shot of McGonnigle yawning, believe it or not. No, he’s not snarling because he’s hissing or yowling, he’s just yawning. But check out how his whiskers change color; sometimes growing white and sometimes growing black. They change randomly. Go figure.

[Gonnicle, in profile, in winter.]

The following addendum was written by myself in response to some pretty rude and childish comments left recently:

This is McGonnigle, owner of McGonnigle the big orange Maine Coon Cat. Since this genius has brought it up, let’s talk about this sentence: “I rescued my cat, McGonnigle, from bad people who lived in the apartment next to mine.”

There was an apartment next to mine. I was younger and trying to save some money living on the edge of the bad section of town. My apartment had one neighbor and we shared a staircase to the street. They had McGonnigle, and an even more beautiful (if that’s even possible) silver Coon. They got them as kittens in the Spring of 1999.

The landlord was sleeping with this 21 year old derelict boy’s mother and so he let the kid rent the apartment next to mine. The super told me that and also predicted that it would last, “…about six months” (he nailed it). The 21 year old boy had an 18 year old stripper, live in girlfriend. He used to smoke crack and sleep days and did nothing for money that I could see. Then he started beating her pretty regularly. She got pregnant and had a miscarrige somewhere in there and was taken out in an ambulance hemmoraging at one point.

After one beating, he must have bruised her because she couldn’t dance with the bruises and so the muscle boys over at the Bada-Bing (this is NJ – surprise, surprise) paid my neighbor a visit and completely destroyed the front door to the apartment. I walked in at lunch from work and could see the kid passed out on the floor with the kindling all over the room. This was 1pm or so.

A little while later on another night, the beating got so bad that I looked through my peep hole in my door to see the 18 year old in the hall naked, having her arm closed in the door pretty hard and you can imagine the yelling and screaming that accompanied all this. I called the police and they appeared in time to see her in the hall and that freaked me out because this guy had to know that I called.

Anyway, the 21 year old boy skipped out and the scumbag landlord who was sleeping with the kid’s mom tried to pin the apartment damage on the girl. She lived there a few more days or a week or two by herself and then she split.

I kept hearing McGonnigle crying and crying inside their apartment but I had no way of knowing who lived there. I did not know at the time that the place was empty. But the cries of the cat disturbed me because they were distressed. So I called the landlord to inquire. The super answered. I asked where they landlord was and he said “out of town and not available”. That’s New Jersey for “on the lamb” from something. The super said that the “couple” was moved out and that he’d come by and get the cat and take care of it.

So the next day after work, the cat is still in there hollering and the super had been there and gone. I thought that was odd. But the crying was distressed, like I said and I now felt reasonably secure in the knowledge that the idiot couple was gone. So I knocked and knocked and when I was satisfied that I wouldn’t be surprising a passed out hoodlum inside, I got a butter knife out of my kitchen and jimmied my way in in about 10 seconds. That I’ve never done that and yet had no trouble didn’t reassure me as to my own place’s security.

Inside the apartment was a horror show of trash and garbage. Except there was nothing edible in the garbage bags. The cat had licked every single molecule of edible ANYthing from inside of jars and everything. And there he was: McGonnigle, franticly meowing at me and his fur all matted down and looking half starved. I took him to my place and gave him a can of catfood I had for a stray I liked in the back and he wolfed it all down in about a minute and then puked it all up and then ate half of it back before I cut him off so he wouldn’t repeat that. He was starving so he loved it, naturally.

Then I did something that I still feel bad about. I put him back in the filthy apartment and locked the door and closed it. I just didn’t feel right taking the cat from THOSE people. I don’t know why but I didn’t do it. I know I didn’t have a litter box, but I recall that it was something else.

At work all the next day it haunted me. What if the super hadn’t come the other day? What if he comes back? What if he takes that cat and drops him at some pound? I was bummed. I left work and drove home and made up my mind that if Gonnicle was still there, then I was going to break back in and take him and adopt him. He was there and I did just that. I got a litter box and fed him and he was pretty smelly as a starving cat will give up the grooming to save energy. But it’s funny, you know, on that first full night when he stayed with me, I had to go to bed real early for work. I barely had time to get the cat and then go to the store and buy litter stuff and toys and then pretty much went to bed. I turned the lights out and got in bed and then I felt McGonnigle climb on my bed and go to sleep between my legs and I thought for a first night in a strange place, that was pretty cool.

No one ever came back. No one ever asked about him. I had even told others in the building that I had the cat and there was nothing left but the echo. The lease ended (mercifully) and I got the hell out of there and I still wonder why I picked that neighborhood and put up with all of that. McGonnigle lives with my parents where he has been an outdoor cat ever since. He LOVES outside. He hunts and does very well and eats and sleeps inside. In fact, I saw him today and he had ripped a bird apart and presented it to us. He was happy and proud to share it. He is a very beloved cat, as cats go. He has a very strong little will and sense of life, I can vouch for that, certainly.

To the guy who wrote the very rude comment: you’re not clever; you’re not funny–not even a little. You should spend less time watching CNN and reading the New York Times and if that went over your head, well, then, I’m not surprised.

–Fog (aka McGonnigle)

Click here to see McGonnigle recently


  1. What an amazing looking cat. I had no idea that domestic cats could grow to be so big.

    Comment by razzbuffnik — July 16, 2007 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  2. Not for nothing are Coonies called “Gentle Giants”…
    We have a mix Maine Coon ourselves: his mother was a full-breed and his dad… well… he must have had a dad but no knowing what he looked like. Our Bean Sidhe doesn’t have the fluffy tail and impressive manes of a full-blood but he does have the placid and stable yet playful character and is growing so big, at his 14 months he’s already taller than our “normal” 9-year-old felines.
    McGonnigle looks splendid, majestic even. I hope he has brought you the same tonnes of joy as Bean Sidhe has brought into our house and will continue to do so for many years to come.

    Comment by Babeth — July 16, 2007 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  3. I originally had the rule set as no fatties what so ever. Some people were unsure if their cats were fat, or just big. So I changed it. I agree with you 100%. I had a lady on my first paper route as an 10 year old, who had a cat that was so fat it wouldn’t move. She had to pick him up and put him on a desk chair and roll him around. He had diabetes, so sometimes he was hooked up to an IV. That image came back to me again as I read your post. Hopefully this will open up a discussion on the topic. Thanks for your inspiring words.

    Comment by Dan W — August 10, 2007 @ 11:17 pm | Reply

    • i love maine coons i have 3! not pure blooded thoue i have notised it takes them a while to mature even thou i am only 11

      Comment by nicole — March 24, 2011 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  4. Hello

    Oh My God, Your cat is huge!!!
    Or You are so small :-) I’ve never seen so big cat. I know it’s main coon, and they are big… But so much???
    Greetings from Poland. Do You know where it is? :-) I’m jokin’ of course.

    Comment by Tomas — December 18, 2007 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  5. Wow he’s a beauty!

    i have one also… he just got 2 years… and he’s 10kg almost 20 pounds :)

    greetings from Denmark

    and a merry Christmas!

    Comment by Nicolai — December 18, 2007 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  6. Wow he is sooooooooooooooooooooo big i want to get one
    Also my mum wants to get one but we already have a dog but i hope we can get:)
    look at it sideways

    Comment by Emily — January 2, 2008 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  7. this cat is werry cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by ana — January 12, 2008 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  8. I have three babies. They are very smart and sweet. The Maine coons like to have friends, you should get another one!!!!! Breanna is a Queen, Rory is cuddly, and stormy is our cry baby. He is finicky and sleeps on my husbands shoulder every night.

    Comment by Laurie — January 19, 2008 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  9. It was very big cat :), I have a cat but not so big :P. I dont know if we have that race in Sweden ;D but maybe.
    It was very beautiful cat you have:), and very big cat to:).

    Comment by Therese — January 20, 2008 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  10. That cat is amazing !!!

    Comment by totomix — January 30, 2008 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  11. Wow!!! Your Maine Coon is enormous and I thought mine was big… I am the proud owner of Fuzzy, the best feline in the entire world (no offense). He is about eighteen pounds and I, too, get very upset when people say he’s fat. I should have named him Romeo because he is such a lover-puss. He chirps and is better than any dog (or man) I’ve lived with; all he wants to do is sit on my lap and drink from his filtered, large dog water fountain. He’s really helping me get through these tough, single times. Good luck and enjoy your Maine Coon- they really are the best.


    Comment by Karen — February 1, 2008 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  12. I love the cat, do you know what pedigree line Riley comes from – I want one, my mum rescued one years ago and she was the most loving cat I have ever known, but I really would love a big ginger tom.

    Comment by Sylvia — February 7, 2008 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  13. We adopted a kitten last year who turned out to have some Maine Coon in her… We named her “Chiquita” since she was so small… Well, she’s getting bigger every day. The name was cute… Now it’s ironic.

    Comment by Ren — February 27, 2008 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  14. We have an awesome coon. All black. He’s only a year old and already he weighs 10 pounds. We got him from a local shelter. His name is Sirius Black (from the Harry Potter series). He plays fetch. I throw the toy and he chases it attacks it then brings it back and puts it next to me on the sofa. And repeat the process. Very much like a dog. He’s also the greatest cuddler and purrs the second you touch him. Furry as all get out!!!

    Comment by Jessica Tepe — March 5, 2008 @ 4:27 am | Reply

  15. them cats are so cute i have one

    Comment by amy — March 5, 2008 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  16. Your cat is beautiful. I like big cats. they’re cuddly. i have cat, a mix of persian and Indonesian domestic cat, he’s very cute and independent. he’s short-haired. he weight 10 pounds when he’s 6 months, i thought he’ll grow bigger, but he stopped growing. =P
    amazing cat

    Comment by Trida — March 7, 2008 @ 5:48 am | Reply

  17. My mother owns a cat that may well have Maine Coon bloodlines. I would like to submit a photo or two of her to establish her ancestry. Would this be possible?

    Comment by John Novak — March 8, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  18. I don’t know anything about purebred cats and what all it takes to establish blood. My opinion is that no photos will ever cinch it in a legal way, so don’t look for that. Solicit opinions of people you trust but realize that most people who breed are going to look down their nose at your cat with no papers.

    What I did with McGonnigle, was to google up the sites that talk about the breeds and read up on the traits and then used my own eyes to see what traits (both behavior and physical) he had. The only Maine Coon trait that I read of that Gonnicle doesn’t have, is the pointed tufts of hair at the top of the ear. He has all the other traits in varying degrees. Is he pure? Not sure. But I’d be willing to bet he’s 75% to as high as 90% Coon.

    It’s also clear to me that he wasn’t bred by a pro. He may have Coon blood, but no one was breeding him, I’m pretty sure. My neighbors abandoned him and left him to starve and I fed him and he immediately was a nice cat to me, so I immediately kept him and got him neutered and all his shots and I’m glad I did.

    My advice to you is to just enjoy this little animal and the joy he brings to you and don’t worry about exactly what he is or isn’t. You’ll never get a clear answer anyhow. Enjoy him. –Fog

    Comment by mcgonnigle — March 8, 2008 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

    • My kitten is not a maine coone, but I was looking them up & yours showed up. I was stunned at the striking beauty, & size (‘scuse me while I put my kitten down–for the 3rd time while I’m trying to type). I like your advise, “just enjoy this little animal and the joy he brings to you and don’t worry about exactly what he is or isn’t.” I don’t know what breed my yellow & white kitten is. He is growing bigger than normal for his age, & has very soft fur. He loves to be cuddled & held. And I love that about him. I named him Twinkie, for he is the sparkle in my life.

      Comment by Jkittens4 — January 3, 2011 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  19. Hi, my family recently adopted a cat from a local shelter that we have come to realize is a Maine Coon cat. He has all the physical characteristics of a Maine Coon but one thing we have read about that he has not displayed is the loving affectionate behavior. He does not like to cuddle and rarely sits in our lap or enjoys being picked up. Is this because he is still young and too “busy”? Did you find that the affectionate quality came with age or are we doing something wrong? HELP!

    Comment by Jayne — March 8, 2008 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

    • Maine Coons are prodominately house cats and like to spend time exploring the house and sleeping, most maine coons do not like to be handled as they like to do their own thing. Don’t worry that your cat won’t sit on your lap or play maine coons normally don’t sit on their owners laps or cuddle if they want to they’ll come to you! and with playing they’re basically lazy

      Comment by orlagh — March 5, 2010 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

    • Hi, I have a coon who does not like to be picked up or even sit on my lap. However, at times, he will lick my hands and face to show me that he loves me. So don’t worry, just like people, animals have their personalities too, especialy coons :)

      Comment by B — June 21, 2010 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

    • Just like those who replied before me, my Maine Coon mix likes to do his own thing. His friendliest moments are when it’s feeding time! He was adopted from a local shelter while still a kitten in November of 2003. He sometimes will crawl just under the blanket before I fall asleep and lay at my side with my arm curled around him, but won’t stay there for more than 5 minutes, purring the whole time. When he needs affection, he finds me, usually sitting in my computer chair. He stands beside me then stands on his hind legs and touches one of his front paws to my face to get my attention. He’s an awesome cat.

      Comment by Ariella — January 25, 2011 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  20. Ok, I’m no expert, but here’s my opinion. No matter what breed you have, or what characteristics that breed may be reputed to have, the cat’s upbringing and early development will be the most telling. Was he raised with people who didn’t mistreat him? And even well-intentioned kids can give a cat the heebie-jeebies without necessarily abusing him perse. Realize that poison for a cat is (1) loud, sudden noises and (2) sudden, sharp movements; both things that define kids.

    If he was handled a lot and early and was given no reasons to mistrust people, then you will have a good outcome. But realize, that he still has to trust you and his environment to be a friendly guy.

    My coon formed an instant bond with me that is stronger than anyone else and has always been that way. I rescued him when he was starving and fed him and from moment 1, he was my pal. But I have treated him like royalty as well.

    Coons, even mine, tend to form one intense bond with a human and are actually quite cool to others, even family members who he trusts! It can and has been frustrating for the others in the house who don’t get the treatment that I do.

    The other factor is indoor/outdoor. I let my guy go outdoors as much as he wants. In the Summer, he merely uses the house as a pitstop and eats there and sleeps the late mornings and early afternoon away. Then, he’s out the door to hunt things and he isn’t real clingy. Now, when I had him in my apartment, and he was 100% indoors, I couldn’t do ANYTHING without him being right in the middle of it. It was almost too intense, because that energy that he’d normally expend outside hunting mice and bunnies, he had to burn off somehow.

    The most typey Coon will be a 100% indoor guy who you have handled plenty from an early age and who trusts you and never has a bad experience when you are around. If he goes outside or had a rough upbringing, then those bets are off.

    Hope this helps. Hang in there. The beauty of a cat is that you have to wait for them to come to YOU. And that’s frustrating to most doggy people who just want blind obedience. But with cats, it’s almost Eastern in that you view yourself as just being part of the cat’s world and if you are lucky and don’t spoil it, the cat will interact with the part of his world that is you. And that’s so much more amazing than the doggy-come-here thing, don’t you think? Let him come to you.


    Comment by mcgonnigle — March 9, 2008 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  21. I also just reread your post and have to say that my male Coon is not a lapcat at all. I think Females are more apt to do that anyhow. Gonnicle does sleep with me though and he loves that.

    The picking up thing is almost universal to a cat. They don’t like it. Unless you raised him from a little kitten and picked him up so much that he totally 1000% trusts you, he isn’t going to like being picked up. And I know that’s tough, because your inclination is to pick him up but really, think about it. When you are holding him, he is scared. He is scared because by you holding him, he is not in control and can not flee a threat if one should appear. And he doesn’t trust you to flee FOR him, he wants that option himself. So realize that by picking him up you are making him mistrust you if anything and like I said in the last post, let him come to you.

    If you want to build up his trust in you, NEVER pick him up because he’s showing you he doesn’t like it, right? So anytime you pick him up, he remembers that and everytime he sees you coming, he’s thinking, “…I might get picked up and I don’t like that”. So don’t. Ever. Stick with it. Random reinforcement is the most powerful there is, so don’t do it even once a month.

    To get the cat to like you, every time you are around, he should get a nice sratch just in front of his tail, or, wherever he likes. It should ALWAYS be pleasant for him to see you because he knows that the scratchies that he likes, are coming. That’s it. No mauling like a stuffed animal. Always give him his freedom and make every encounter a pleasant one. After a while, he’ll seek you out!

    Comment by mcgonnigle — March 9, 2008 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  22. This is a beautiful Maine Coon! btw Pat, snopes says it’s authentic, although the angle, fluff and stretch of this beautiful animal may make him appear larger than he really is, but at 24 pounds, that a big ball of fluff! I have an 11 month old female maine coon, she’s about 10 pounds, about normal for this breed.

    Comment by Joan — March 11, 2008 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  23. your cat looks almost like mine except mine has more white with splotches of red/orange – he is huge – 4 feet long easily not counting tail – i found him as a kitten and noticed when he was around 4 or 5 months old he seemed to double in size every week – did not know they grow until 5 years old – i got him in 2001 – he is kind of laid back but panics easy since being out on the streeet as a small kitten so he is afraid of people and noises – as big as he is he is a fraidy cat but he is sweet – his name – buddy

    Comment by jan sterlin — March 12, 2008 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  24. What a beauty! Mine’s a 20 lb mutt-cat with enough maine coon in him to be obvious. I especially love his fluffy toes. Fat too though, becaue he lives 100% indoors (cats can’t be safe outdoors where I live.)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by K. — March 13, 2008 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  25. I lost my wonderful Maine Coon today and I am grief stricken. He was seven years old and had a heart condition that I did not know he had…it is called Feline Myo Cardopathy. He had few signs…appeared a little sluggish and went into kidney failure and died.

    Comment by Jackie Holdridge — March 19, 2008 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  26. Wow, that’s tough. I am sorry to hear it. Try and remember all the good things that he brought during his 7 years with you. He’s not suffering now. He’s chasing mice in Coon Heaven now. Hang in there.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — March 19, 2008 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  27. A little over a year ago, my six-year old daughter picked out a kitten online from a rescue site – she was 8 weeks old and a sweet puff of orange fur. She turned out to be very sickly, but had the BEST personality, so we invested lots of $$$ in getting her well. She grew into a gorgeous cat with the biggest ‘ruff’ around her neck and a beautiful bushy tail. She is a funny girl who loves to go in the snow – play in water and is an amazing huntress! Recently, my daughter brought home a cat encylopedia and found a picture of a cat that looks just like our Twyla and, of course, it is a Maine Coon. (I never realized that they could be that gingery color – so always thought she was just some kind of longhair cat.) After finding more info online about behavior and traits – including this site – we are convinced that she is a ccon and even more special than we thought…

    Comment by pj — March 21, 2008 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  28. I like the looks of Maine Coons and I like a big cat – just this weekend I adopted a 2-year old female described as a Maine Coon/Persian? mix. But she looks like all Maine Coon to me. What a doll she is – her first owner gave her to the shelter, I can’t believe it, she is so sweet and spirited at the same time. This article at helped a lot – she seems so kitten-like, and also chirps the way this article describes. I won’t mind a bit if she gets bigger and stays playful – this article says Maine Coons aren’t vertically oriented, but mine seems to climb up everything. I’m glad you saved your big beautiful cat and can’t believe what bastards people can be – at least mine’s previous owner had the decency to bring her to a shelter. With all being bounced from her first owner to the shelter to a foster mother and now to me, my cat is doing great and seems unfazed by the whole thing – she keeps that long fluff of a tail held high, and eats like the food is going to run away!!!
    – a very happy new owner

    Comment by Virginia — March 24, 2008 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  29. I had a Maine Coon, she lived to be 16 years old. She had all the traits of a Maine Coon, lovable, sweet, prissy, smart and obedient. She never became a “cat” she was forever a kitten. The most she ever weighed was 8 lbs and the last few years of her life she only weighed 5 lbs. She was a baby. I don’t know if I will have another cat, there will never be another kitty like her, she was so unique.
    She was a patched tabby with black sploches on her nose. I miss her so much, she was a big part of my life.

    Comment by Kathy — March 24, 2008 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  30. How much the price for that cat?? must be so expensive. i hope i can get one. from cats lover

    Comment by bengbeng — March 25, 2008 @ 12:13 am | Reply

  31. Your cat is beautiful. I lost my 19 month old cat last Friday. He had gone into the vet’s office for regular shots; I had Sam groomed. He came home and shut down after two weeks of back and forth too the vets he died. He had becam anemic. I am not sure what happened to him as he was just as healthy as could be. I was told how mean and hateful he was. The cat was never like that at home, he would play fetch, wanted to be around you all the time, playful and loving, loved to be held. He weight about 13lbs. He was just a baby. I would love to have another maine coon. The best disposition.

    Comment by Patricia — March 25, 2008 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  32. i like your cat. we have a maine coon (6 years old) called Cujo who looks similar to yours (ours has a very square muzzle). he was bred from 2 US Q grand champions and he is stunning. he was weighed a couple of weeks ago and he is 14 kg, he is a bit overweight, but not as much as you would expect. he is just a massive cat. My partners mum has 2 old english mastiffs and the cat bossed them about when he was on his holidays there. we are buying another maine coon kitten and we will have him first week in may. beautiful cats and i wouldnt have any other breed.

    Comment by big E — March 26, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  33. Hey, I’m brazilian and I’m SO impressed how beautiful are your cats. They’re as strong as a bull . LOL
    Do you have a maine coon cattery?
    I’d like to know, because I wan’t to buy a maine coon. I’ll be glad to have a maine coon like yours!
    Could you give me some help to get it?
    my email is:
    and my orkut is
    thanks for your help!

    p.s.: I live in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro . What about you?
    Sincerelly thanks!

    Comment by Beatriz — March 26, 2008 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  34. Hi – he’s a beauty! I adopted a kitten (5 months) in September & knew he had to be at least part Maine Coon. Vet said he wasn’t all maine coon ’cause he wasn’t big OR fluffy enough! Well, now at a year, he’s about 14 lb and getting a ruff – and has the hugest fluffiest tail! I think he’s at least 1/2!!

    He’s the sweetest thing going!! And loves to play in water.

    Comment by Jeanine — April 1, 2008 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  35. That sounds very similar to McGonnigle. He was not fluffy at all as a kitten. Not at all. And for the first 5 years, he kept changing and getting more and more fluffy and a bigger ruff.

    If your guy likes to play in and around water, then he’s pretty much a coon, you can bet.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — April 1, 2008 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  36. My wife does not like cats. But, she adopted
    a gorgeous “orange” coon when I broke my leg.
    “Fluffers” sat on my lap for 3 months as I was
    recovering from a broken leg. She loves watching a dog show on TV and playing “goal
    keeper” in our indoor soccer games.
    She is a typical Maine coon. Her new vet
    that she is obese at 18 pounds. I put her on a diet, But, I think that I’ll find a new vet.
    I don’t like anyone insulting my big baby.

    Comment by Dick — April 4, 2008 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  37. About a year ago my Husband at the time had friends that bread Maine Coons; I thought that they were too gargous so I asked if I could have one of there babies and they said sure. I got one as a present from them. He is so wonderful, I could not imagine my life without my Maine Coon. He is so loveable and even sleeps in the bed with me. When ever I talk to him he talks back to me like we are actually having the best conversation anyone could imagine having. They are the best!!!

    Comment by Mandy — April 7, 2008 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  38. YOu fucking stole the cat from the people next door!!!!! FUCK YOU YOU CAT THIEF!!!!

    SOmeone just stole my cat…who the fuck are you to take someone elses cat just becasue YOU DECIDED you could give it a better home….”what if people did that to children?”

    People like you are self righteous assholes…who think they know whats best. PLEASE DONT DELUDE YOURSELF….YOU WANTED THE CAT…AND STOLE IT FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR…if your only excuse is that they were bad??? then you had no reason to take their cat…anyway thats illegal…its called theft…unless maybe he was about to die of malnutrition or thirst…otherwise if he was dirty, needed a brushing, was outside, had some fleas, or just looked unkempt…thats not a reason to TAKE A CAT>.

    some people like to let their cats BE CATS….live outside…be part of nature, let their little instincts come out…and NOT KEEP THEM ISOLATED in an AIRCONditioned carpeted room…and let them become obese and lazy….and just be vegetable fluff balls that meow when they are hungry….

    The people that you decided were BAD????…probably were unaware of how YOU thought a cat should be taken care of . Why not EDUCATE THEM or talk to them about it instead of stealing something the probably loved very much…and were depressed when he was taken. And are you going to take the next cat they get that they will treat the same way????

    You may indeed care for the cat in a way that’s more approriate for the welfare of the cat…BUT ITS STILL WRONG TO STEAL A CAT….if the cat life’s wasnt emminently endangered.

    And since you didnt put any obvious reason….I can assume this decision was just an internal judgement based on your perception…hmmm…”he looks like his life isnt so good,

    I am going to take him…then he will be happier…that’s the right thing to do..” I would admire a cat that was handsome as that..but I wouldnt take him…

    Are you some kind of animal saviour. Are you out there searching for maltreated animals…probably not…I bet that’s the only cat you have….


    It’s awful to steal a cat when there are hundreds of cats>>>even maine coons…that would love to be in a home and outside of a place that was going to kill them….



    Comment by xpez — April 10, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

    • @ xpez, wow you’re kind of a jerk.

      I don’t know if you’ll ever see this because this post was from soooo long ago but I felt compelled to reply to this post nonetheless.

      If you were paying attention you would realize that the cat was RESCUED, not stolen! Those neighbors had abandoned him. I suppose you would have just left him to starve to death. I hope all the tongue-lashing that has been doled out on you sinks in and you think before you jump all over someone without knowing, or even acknowledging the facts.

      I feel sorry for you, you must be a miserable person.

      Comment by Hushgirl — May 17, 2009 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

    • Hey, psycho, maybe you should find out the complete story before you totally flame spray a complete stranger. While you’re at it, check yourself into an institution and leave this poor woman alone…she did a good thing. If left up to you, that cat would have starved to death.

      Comment by Jessica — June 6, 2009 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

    • xpez: Based on the tone of your comment, you must be a psychopath–get some help, please, before you hurt someone.

      Comment by Animal Lover — September 24, 2009 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

    • I am sorry for your loss in having your cat stolen. Your pain is obvious in the intensity of your anger and your jumping to conclusions about this situation. You were obviously talking not to the mcgonnigle post but to the people who stole your cat. Please take your time and consider that there could be realities different from your immediate reactions to things. I am sure you do not want to become the one who is even more guilty of hurting others than the object of your rage may be. Anger can be a valuable source of energy for positive change. Please don’t squander this energy in being destructive and hurting others.

      Comment by Judith — January 31, 2010 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

      • Nicely said Judith!

        Comment by Lew — October 20, 2010 @ 5:14 am

    • Looking at this story, and then your reaction, I get the notion that maybe your cat was stolen because you were mistreating it. Seriously, you deserve whatever you get in life and obviously you didn’t deserve that cat.

      Comment by Miranda — March 14, 2010 @ 10:09 am | Reply

    • Excuse me, but this cat was rescued!!! Not stolen!!! I’m sorry that your cat got stolen, but get into grief counseling or something. I have a two year old cat, Honey, who showed up at my house one day with his tail completely limp. He’s about the size of a three month old cat because his tail was separated from his spinal cord, stunting his growth, and also causing him to be incontinent. No one would have taken him in, and the pound would have immediately put him down. McGonnigle was starving, and bedraggled, and I highly doubt that the super would have taken it to the pound, and if he had, that cat would have been put down immediately, if not in the three week adoption time. Here’s a good theory: If there aren’t any “missing” posters, or ads in the newspaper up about the animal you have found or taken in, THE OLD OWNERS OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T WANT IT AND DON’T MISS IT.
      As for your “no obvious reason” didn’t she say she could hear the cat YOWLING???? And that it’s owners had vacated the apartment??? (Also: if the owners of that cat were smoking crack, I would have taken it before they had vacated the building.) You need some serious help if you’re willing to prosecute this woman for saving an animal’s life.

      Comment by Olivia — May 13, 2010 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • Wow, that person is a poop head.

      Comment by jenny — June 24, 2010 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

    • xpez, please report to the Psychiatric institute at once. It appears you have ceased to take your meds.

      Comment by Marilyn — September 29, 2010 @ 12:04 am | Reply

      • Nice Marilyn! I just happened upon this website and read the posts…..I too have taken in a stray MC….It’s been hanging around my house for 2 weeks in the rain & cold (of course I’ve been feeding it) He was not neutered, he was skinny from not eating and had fleas, OH one of his canine teeth is broken so I suspect abuse. Now the way I see it is, being in a manufactured home complex, that if someone loved him and missed him they would’ve reported him missing at the office, of which I work. No one came forward in this 2 week period, therefore, he is mine now and they will play hell to get him back!

        Comment by Lydia — January 12, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    • yeah, xPez will probably never see this, but, seriously, dude? If that’s your idea of “stealing” then I “stole” my kitten from from Safeway, along with her litter-mates and her dead mother. You, xPez, if that’s your real name, are a TERRIBLE and MEAN person. You would leave a cat to starve, while it meowed and meowed for help? You must be HEARTLESS!

      As a matter of fact, I have also “stolen” an animal from a “bad neighbor”. They left a dog at their house for about a week without any food, and a water faucet dripping for water. Yes, I stole that dog. No, the neighbor never came back for her.

      If saving an animal from certain death makes someone a THIEF, then I am certainly quite happy to be one.

      Comment by taj — October 10, 2010 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

    • Now this post will be 3 years later but we just RESCUED our beautiful Maine Coon and he looks exactly like the pictures here. Xpez, you really are miserable. Only a miserable person would say something like what you said to someone you don’t even know and about a situation you know nothing about. I will say a prayer for you that you will find Kindness in your nasty heart one day. I hope you don’t own any animals or have any kids!

      Comment by Madeinamerica — February 7, 2011 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  39. Ahem, xpez, if you’d read all the posts:-

    “My neighbors abandoned him and left him to starve and I fed him and he immediately was a nice cat to me”

    You’re a very angry person aren’t you!

    Comment by Wooluf — April 11, 2008 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  40. This is McGonnigle, owner of McGonnigle the big orange Maine Coon Cat. Since this genius has brought it up, let’s talk about this sentence: “I rescued my cat, McGonnigle, from bad people who lived in the apartment next to mine.”

    There was an apartment next to mine. I was younger and trying to save some money living on the edge of the bad section of town. My apartment had one neighbor and we shared a staircase to the street. They had McGonnigle, and an even more beautiful (if that’s even possible) silver Coon. They got them as kittens in the Spring of 1999.

    The landlord was sleeping with this 21 year old derelict boy’s mother and so he let the kid rent the apartment next to mine. The super told me that and also predicted that it would last, “…about six months” (he nailed it). The 21 year old boy had an 18 year old stripper, live in girlfriend. He used to smoke crack and sleep days and did nothing for money that I could see. Then he started beating her pretty regularly. She got pregnant and had a miscarrige somewhere in there and was taken out in an ambulance hemmoraging at one point.

    After one beating, he must have bruised her because she couldn’t dance with the bruises and so the muscle boys over at the Bada-Bing (this is NJ – surprise, surprise) paid my neighbor a visit and completely destroyed the front door to the apartment. I walked in at lunch from work and could see the kid passed out on the floor with the kindling all over the room. This was 1pm or so.

    A little while later on another night, the beating got so bad that I looked through my peep hole in my door to see the 18 year old in the hall naked, having her arm closed in the door pretty hard and you can imagine the yelling and screaming that accompanied all this. I called the police and they appeared in time to see her in the hall and that freaked me out because this guy had to know that I called.

    Anyway, the 21 year old boy skipped out and the scumbag landlord who was sleeping with the kid’s mom tried to pin the apartment damage on the girl. She lived there a few more days or a week or two by herself and then she split.

    I kept hearing McGonnigle crying and crying inside their apartment but I had no way of knowing who lived there. I did not know at the time that the place was empty. But the cries of the cat disturbed me because they were distressed. So I called the landlord to inquire. The super answered. I asked where they landlord was and he said “out of town and not available”. That’s New Jersey for “on the lamb” from something. The super said that the “couple” was moved out and that he’d come by and get the cat and take care of it.

    So the next day after work, the cat is still in there hollering and the super had been there and gone. I thought that was odd. But the crying was distressed, like I said and I now felt reasonably secure in the knowledge that the idiot couple was gone. So I knocked and knocked and when I was satisfied that I wouldn’t be surprising a passed out hoodlum inside, I got a butter knife out of my kitchen and jimmied my way in in about 10 seconds. That I’ve never done that and yet had no trouble didn’t reassure me as to my own place’s security.

    Inside the apartment was a horror show of trash and garbage. Except there was nothing edible in the garbage bags. The cat had licked every single molecule of edible ANYthing from inside of jars and everything. And there he was: McGonnigle, franticly meowing at me and his fur all matted down and looking half starved. I took him to my place and gave him a can of catfood I had for a stray I liked in the back and he wolfed it all down in about a minute and then puked it all up and then ate half of it back before I cut him off so he wouldn’t repeat that. He was starving so he loved it, naturally.

    Then I did something that I still feel bad about. I put him back in the filthy apartment and locked the door and closed it. I just didn’t feel right taking the cat from THOSE people. I don’t know why but I didn’t do it. I know I didn’t have a litter box, but I recall that it was something else.

    At work all the next day it haunted me. What if the super hadn’t come the other day? What if he comes back? What if he takes that cat and drops him at some pound? I was bummed. I left work and drove home and made up my mind that if Gonnicle was still there, then I was going to break back in and take him and adopt him. He was there and I did just that. I got a litter box and fed him and he was pretty smelly as a starving cat will give up the grooming to save energy. But it’s funny, you know, on that first full night when he stayed with me, I had to go to bed real early for work. I barely had time to get the cat and then go to the store and buy litter stuff and toys and then pretty much went to bed. I turned the lights out and got in bed and then I felt McGonnigle climb on my bed and go to sleep between my legs and I thought for a first night in a strange place, that was pretty cool.

    No one ever came back. No one ever asked about him. I had even told others in the building that I had the cat and there was nothing left but the echo. The lease ended (mercifully) and I got the hell out of there and I still wonder why I picked that neighborhood and put up with all of that. McGonnigle lives with my parents where he has been an outdoor cat ever since. He LOVES outside. He hunts and does very well and eats and sleeps inside. In fact, I saw him today and he had ripped a bird apart and presented it to us. He was happy and proud to share it. He is a very beloved cat, as cats go. He has a very strong little will and sense of life, I can vouch for that, certainly.

    To the guy who wrote the very rude comment: you’re not clever; you’re not funny–not even a little. You should spend less time watching CNN and reading the New York Times and if that went over your head, well, then, I’m not surprised.

    –Fog (aka McGonnigle)

    Comment by mcgonnigle — April 12, 2008 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

    • I’m curious, what happened to the other silver coon you mentioned?

      Comment by KateK — October 8, 2009 @ 2:45 am | Reply

    • Dear Fog/McGonnigle:
      I think it was a wonderful, beautiful thing you did by rescuing your beautiful Maine Coon. I too have an Orange Maine Coon (named Red after my other cat Simon’s lost friend) and he is simply adorable. I didn’t realize what his breed was until after I had taken him to the vet for his vaccinations. The vet told me that he was overweight (he weighs 18 lbs)and I should place him on a diet but when I was paying for the visit, the vet tech was admiring him and told me that she had one. So, I asked her if the vet told her that her cat was overweight and she said “No, he’s a Maine Coon. They’re supposed to be big.” I then looked up the characteristics and traits, etc. and sure enough I read that Male Maine Coons can weigh up to 18 pounds. As I type this, he is lying in a plastic bin that he’s fallen in love with after having a long conversation with me. I wouldn’t trade my guy for the world. God Bless you Fog for acting on the love in your heart. More people should do the same.

      Comment by AlyCat — March 25, 2010 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

    • Like KateK, I too am curious about the silver coon that you mentioned. What happened to the poor girl?

      Comment by Marilyn — September 29, 2010 @ 12:09 am | Reply

  41. Hey xpez!

    Hopefully you’ve learnt a valuable lesson here. Next time you see something you don’t like, do a little reality checking by asking questions first and find out a bit more. Think before you lash out.

    Comment by razzbuffnik — April 12, 2008 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  42. xpez is obviously a moron.

    Comment by .45StayAlive — April 14, 2008 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  43. Dear mcgonnigle,

    I’m so glad you rescued that cat. Our cat Jacki was also rescued by us. She was a stray kitten and has been a wonderful companion to my wife and me for 8 years now. I think she really understood that we saved her – I’ve never had such a sweet and loving cat.

    Best wishes,


    Comment by .45StayAlive — April 14, 2008 @ 2:16 am | Reply

  44. I really like your web page and I think I like your write up to the rude poster even more. I have a neice who had expressed a desire to buy a Maine Coon cat and that got me to thinking about getting one. Now that I’ve seen your web page I think I’ll go ahead and get one. They sure look good and it’s great to know that they have such cool personalities. After I get one I’ll come back and post about it. Maybe even send you some pics. Thanks.

    Comment by Mark D. C. — April 15, 2008 @ 2:29 am | Reply

  45. Oops! I forgot to say this in my last post, xpez- you are an asshole. An asshole of unbelievable ability to show your stupid personality and your lack of class. So there.

    Comment by Mark D. C. — April 15, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply

  46. My mother got a second cat from the local shelter to keep the first company. First cat (Moe) didn’t want company. Anyway, I first met the new cat(Harry) at a Thanksgiving some years ago. He was this scraggly, ugly thing and I couldn’t figure out why she would adopt him–he was a mess. My mother said “because he’s next to be put down”. This cat had some medical problems and needed meds, these he took without complaint, until he no longer needed them, an early hint at his intelligence. He ate everything-peas, American chop suey, whatever. Ended up being 21-22 lbs., non-fat mostly, bushy coat (still kind of scraggly) He was a coon cat. Smart as a whip, fun, and funny. I wish I had picked him up. He died last year, broke my mothers heart. First cat (Moe) not so heartbroken, but I think maybe a bit lonely. Absolutely great breed of cat.

    Comment by Scott — April 18, 2008 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  47. I am so in love with your cat…..I have always loved cats but the maine coon has won my heart
    I live alone and was looking for the perfect companion….I will be purchasing 2 of them in june.
    you have done a great job with him he is absolutely lovely…my brother has always call me kitty kat
    will post pictures of my new babies as soon as they arrive home…..

    Comment by katherine — April 20, 2008 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  48. We have a Coonie too that we rescued…I have never owned such a gentle, loving and spoiled rotten cat….What a beauty you have there! Our Meggie is gray/brown/white mixture. She has the most beautiful eyes. I have owned several cats but she is by far the most purrfect cat we have or will ever own!

    Comment by 5kidsrus — April 25, 2008 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  49. RE: McGonnigle

    Maine coons, on average, weigh up to 22 pounds, so McGonnigle might not be overweight. You should consider getting a Norwegian Forest Cat, or a Havana Brown. Havana Browns’ have the lowest veterinary bills of any animal in the country. They enjoy being walked on a leash, they’re extreemely friendly and playful, and they also open their eyes when they’re FOUR DAYS OLD! No, I’m not kidding. They also prefer solid foods well in advance of other cats. For more information on felines, google “books by Bruce Fogle.”

    Comment by Jonathan Hayes — April 25, 2008 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  50. where could i get a cat like that? i have a female main coon, she’s only 12 pounds though, i want one as big as yours

    Comment by kseniya — April 26, 2008 @ 2:07 am | Reply

  51. OMG, i think its beautiful. we are getting a main coon in two days and i cant wait its only 7 weeks and weghs 7 pounds i dnt know if thats big but its still cool. i think main coons are the most beautiful cats ever they are such a family cat also.

    Comment by shelby — April 28, 2008 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  52. Hi, I was reading all your stories about your great cats and thought maybe someone could help me with my problem. I have a beautiful main coon that I adopted 5 years ago from a shelter. He (Cinnimon)is a great cat, very laid back and verbal, and a very big boy. However, I have another cat (Smoke)that litterely torments him. I don’t want to put Smoke to sleep, and I know no one will adopt him, because he is sick with feline herpies. So at this time I am contimplating weither or not to try and find a good home for Cinnimon. Does anyone have any suggestions, or would concider adopting Cinnimon? I would appreciate any comments or suggestions.

    PS. So sorry you had to read that ignorant XPEZ’s comments I think what you did was a great thing. Good for you!!

    Comment by Jeanne — April 29, 2008 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  53. Re: McGonnigle
    Bless your heart for taking a chance and rescuing that cat from the EMPTY ABANDONED apartment next to yours (Did you catch that Mr. XPEZ???). I would have done EXACTLY the same thing. It is people like yourself that make the world a better place to live. The thought of anyone or any animal suffering in any way makes me sick to my stomach.
    I have recently adopted a 7 year old Maine Coon cat from a relative and I can’t believe what a beautiful wonderful creature he is to have in our home. Cheers to you!

    Comment by Heather — April 30, 2008 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  54. I love Martha. She is really beautiful!

    Comment by melinda — May 1, 2008 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  55. I have a Maine Coone too, and I love him dearly. His name is Toffee and I raised him from a baby kitten when his eyes were still closed. He was abandoned because a stupid kid picked him up from a litter of a wild Main Coon. He is my baby. It was a treat to become a Mom to a cat. I had to feed him every 3 hours with a bottle and clean him like a moma cat would.
    I applaud you for rescuing McGoniggle. I dont care what that guy says. I would beat the shit out of anyone who mistreats animals. Animals are innocent and those who mistreat them do not deserve to be alive, let alone be pet owners. That guy’s comments just pissed me off. He says that he lost a cat? I wonder if he is a bad pet owner and his cat ran away, and that is why he was so angry. Cats dont like angry people, they get stressed around that type of personality.

    Comment by Roya — May 1, 2008 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  56. That is a big cat, my wife and I just got one last month and love it. He’s a little spit fire and very friendly. I hope mine gets that big too. kudos for rescuing the cat, thats a horrible situation for an animal. How did a douche bag like XPEZ even find this site? I’d steal your cats XPEZ cause your obviously a fucking tool.

    Comment by scott — May 1, 2008 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  57. By the way, Toffee has a cat flap and comes and goes as he pleases. But being out there does not mean that he is dirty or his fur is matted down. He loves to be brushed. Also, I dont own him, he lives with us because he loves us. Main Coons need to be out there and hunt, they love it. My Toffee hunts Rabbits, Mouse, and Birds. We live in the country and he has a big property that backs into the woods. He is the king of the jungle when he is out there everyday. He is big too. Delivery people who see him often get scared and think he is a mountain cat or something. He is about 19 lbs. He is a big lug of love.

    Comment by Roya — May 1, 2008 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  58. I love your cat and have enjoyed reading through the posts. Shame about the pillock who thought you’d stolen your cat. Without you the cat would have starved. He may well be 100% Maine Coon despite being minus ear tufts. Mine is a 6 month old Maine Coon with a pedigree as long as his tail – but his ears don’t have the tufts either. They are desirable rather than essential! He already weighs 11 lbs and is one impressive looking boy!

    Comment by SJ — May 4, 2008 @ 9:19 am | Reply

  59. Good for you on rescuing that cat! Took courage. That post from the person going off on you….get a life you moron. They clearly abondoned the poor cat.

    Anyway, on to stuff that matters. Your cat is totally awesome. I had a maine coon that I rescued from a shelter many years ago. He was about 8 weeks old and lived with me in the Army Barracks at the time. My cat was so sociable with everyone and became known as the barracks kitty. After two months though..I was told to get rid of him so I flew him to my Mom’s house until I transferred to a new military installation a few months later. He lived to be almost 16 years old and was my buddy. I had to put him to sleep last September due to cancer. He travelled with me all over the United States. He weighed up to 21 lbs. I would say he had some siamese in him as he had beautiful blue eyes and they would occasionally go crossed-eyed. He also had somewhat of a temper but overall he was the greatest cat of all time. He very much liked to cuddle and slept with me everynight; I usually fell asleep with him laying on my chest. He loved to go outdoors but I only let him out when I could keep an eye on him. He got along great with my other two cats. When it’s time for another cat..I will for sure look for a maine coon first. I will say though, that he had his fair share of medical problems. He had a bout with pancreatitus and then was diagnosed with diabetes and then eventually cancer that developed in his intestines. Through all of it..he was a trooper; he was treated like a King and very much loved. I miss him so much.

    Again, kudos to you for doing the right thing and may you have many, many years with your wonderful companion.

    Comment by Laurie — May 12, 2008 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  60. Don’t let comments like that moron XPEZ get you down, you did the right thing. I should know since my introduction to Maine Coons was by rescuing a kitten also. There I was minding my own business when I suddenly had a visitor, the son of one of my best friends. He had this kitten and didn’t know what to do with it. So he came to me for help. I have heard various stories on how he came to get this kitten, from rescuing it on the side of a dirt road to taking it from people who were neglecting it. I don’t know what is the truth and frankly don’t care. This kitten was only about 7 weeks old, skinny and had so many flea’s that there were spots on his head the size of a dime where all you could see were the fleas, no fur or skin. It took a vet’s assistant over 2 hours picking fleas off from the poor guy, and this was after giving him a flea bath and spot treatment. The fleas were so bad they were endangering the kittens life. Anyone who can let a young kitten get in that sort of shape doesn’t deserve it! Sorry, but that is how I feel.

    I took him in (I had two other cats at the time) and never regretted it since. I have been around cats since I was born so figure I know a little bit about the subject. But this guy managed to teach me new lessons! He was my friend, playmate and partner from the first moment I knew him. And smart? This guy had problem solving intelligence, I more than once watched him solve dilemma’s (where is the toy hidden?). He ‘taught’ me to play fetch and used to amaze people with how good he was at the game (my cousin used to say it was a sad day when a cat could fetch better than his dog!).

    I unfortunately lost this cat this past fall (he was hit by a car so I do caution people about letting cats go outside anywhere near traffic) and have been trying to get over it ever since. That is when I did some research and realized my Chappy was mostly Maine Coon (he weighed 14 lbs when he died and was still growing). I am now the proud owner of 2 purebred Maine Coon kittens and have been loving every day since. And it is amazing how many traits these two girls have that I recognize Chappy having also.

    To those who were confused about thier cat being standoffish or not liking being held, this can be true of this breed. They like to be around ‘their’ people, but on their own terms. They are very people oriented, but not necessarily lap cats. They just need to enjoy the cat while they have them, because it can end when you least expect it.

    Take care and thanks for being a caring, considerant person. Too many people out there wouldn’t have done what you did, which is very sad when you think about it.

    Comment by Peggy — May 16, 2008 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  61. Wow, that is a big, gorgeous cat. I’m glad to see he’s living a better life than what he had before you took him in from your neighbors. Makes me want to go hug and pet my kitty now!

    Comment by Jamison — May 18, 2008 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  62. I have always had Maine Coons. These gentle giant cats are soooo intelligent… I describe them to others as “a Saint Bernard in a cat suit”. Amazing breed. Of course there are many wonderful breeds of cats but this is hands down my favorite…. there is without a doubt something very special about them. We have two. Peter the Great, 17 lbs handsome marmalade and white, we call Petie. He greets us when we come home, greets guests at the door, plays with the grandkids (very social cats), watches TV, pats me on the arm when at my computer for attention, snores, trills when I talk to him and fetches… both are very very affectionate…. comes when he is called too! Priscilla is our little Maine Coon Mix but a beauty with all the markings of a Maine Coon but half the size. She is very sweet and even smarter than Pete. I highly recommend this breed, especially folks with children. For us, they are the preferred breed, hardy too. Remember the pound. If you know your cats, that is an excellent and thoughtful place to find a lifetime animal friend. Pete is without a doubt full-blood Maine Coon…and our little Priss is absolutely a wonderful little Maine Coon Mix and… we found them at the pound! Also check out the world wide Maine Coon rescue groups. It will amaze you how much this breed is loved…. but then you know why.

    My Petie looks much like your big orange Coon.
    God Bless. Thanks for sharing. “You did good.”
    Kind regards from Kate

    Comment by Kate — May 20, 2008 @ 12:51 am | Reply

    • Kate, I see you posted your comment almost 3 years ago….I have a rescued maine coone that sounds ‘just’ like your Peter…his name is Rio, and he’s about 15 lbs., and looks like a slightly smaller version of the puffy cat shown. He has all the attributes you mentioned. Very, very smart. Was abandoned near the Grand Canyon, from what we were told, and then the SPCA San Francisco later acquired him through a swap with a rescue near the Grand Canyon…I think he’s about 13 years old….he has angora-like baby fine orange and white hair….lots of thick white hair on his chest and coming out of his paws and ears, as shown above. In his old age, he’s gotten more anxiety ridden, demanding attention every 5 minutes. Literally, he has a series of things he does to get your attention by annoying you…..he’s an indoor-only cat, as we live on a busy street…..he paws at things and picks up small objects with his mouth and drops them off tables to get your attention….he fetches, and also opens doors….he runs super fast, despite being so old….lightening speed fast….he loves to run ahead of you up or down stairs to beat you to where you are going….he demands fresh food every 4 hours like a baby…meowing incessantly as if he’s never been fed…..he also gets easily pissed off if you come home and don’t give him immediate attention, and will turn on you and swat and show how pissed he is that you’ve left….he must sit on your lap on the sofa as soon as you sit…he loves to be brushed, almost as if he were a show cat…..he tolerates and almost adores being brushed, even when it requires you to hold his head upright to brush his chin/chest….he gets along amazingly with anyone of any age, especially kids…..he loves to lick and clean kittens (I used to foster them for the SPCA and he acted like a mother cat)…he also gets along great with gentile dogs and other cats….the only issue we’ve had since day one is that he has a nervous habit of pulling out his hair on his tail and hind quarters when he feels lonely or abandoned….He’ll pull out clumps, and then it takes weeks to grow back….We’ve fed him high quality Avocat canned food with other high quality dry food, so I don’t think it’s a diet issue…hair texture is great in itself and whiskers are very strong and long….Have you had any nervous issues with your cats? A vet years ago told me that his slightly inflamed lips and freckles on his mouth showed her that he has very sensitive skin…..he also has no fleas and is treated regularly with Advantage, so that’s not the cause……

      Comment by bigcatnamedRIO — September 2, 2010 @ 12:57 am | Reply

  63. You have a great cat and promise me you do the right thing.
    Greetings from Germany from me and my 3 Coonies.

    Comment by Ramona — May 21, 2008 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  64. Sehr gut. Danke.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — May 21, 2008 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  65. Thank you for sharing the photo of McGonnigle with us. He is spectacular. I have 2 Maine coons, and one of them looks just like McGonnigle, except smaller. I showed her the picture of McGonnigle and now she is in love. Unfortunately she is spayed, so there are no kittens in the future. Maine Coons are the best. I’ve had them for many, many years, and hope to always have at least 2 in my life.

    Comment by realsister — May 22, 2008 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  66. McGonnigle thanks for the great website we are getting our first well maybe second Maine Coon tomorrow. A friend of my wife’s passed away and the family is not able to take care of miss savannah due to alergies. My mother-in-law is bringing her home tomorrow. Here’s wher it has gotten interesting. This afternoon a male Maine coon that has obviously become lost wandered up on our door. He immediately devoured a pack of wet food that my 2 normal sized cats wouldn’t eat. so he then went on his way and wandered back up just before dinner and without invitation followed us inside. So we have put him up in our office with his own food, Litter box, and water until we can get some contact information off of his rabies tag on tuesday. I am sure some one is missing this sweet boy. For those that are wondering why we brought him inside? He has been fully declawed and the neighborhood cats would maul him if he wandered too far into their territory. We live in Eastern North Carolina and we have posted him on the internet at the address below with contact information if somebody recognizes him.


    I hope we find his family. He’s a very sweet boy.

    Comment by Andy O — May 24, 2008 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  67. My daughter’s house burned to the ground last Tuesday. In the house were her Pug and 2 Cats. She is out of state so I will be catsitting for awhile. She told me it was mostly a Maine Coon cat. I had never heard of that so I came over here to Google it. He is of course huge and weighs 16 pounds and is very loveable and also loves being brushed. She has had him for 15 years now so I am going to have to keep him inside as I don’t trust all the neighbors (saved )cats not to fight with him. He was neutered early on.I open the window at night and he loves sitting on the window sill all night. I know he misses wandering over his old 3 acres. He is dark brown black and a little white.He probably led the other cat who was just a young stray out thru the cat door. Unhappily the pug was lost.

    Comment by Sue Stewart — May 25, 2008 @ 10:24 am | Reply

  68. I was first introduced to the breed by my grand fathers cat. Kat-sa, Austrian for CAT. Simply that. a stray found him one day and he swore if anyone ( which my aunt tried ) took that cat away he would “Put the fear of God into them. ” Of course it was in sharp German accents and sounded much more severe in person.
    My Grandfather had Katsa from early 60s til he died in 78, then she came to live with us she lived until 87. I will never forget the impression she made on me. The breed is one of the greatest I have found because of their rough and tumble attitudes and the affinity for water, just don’t ever leave them for too long alone, they will punish you and let me say the strength of a cat this size can damage furniture! Thank -you for rescuing him and keep looking at his eyes, it is you he wants to go home with. You he was meant to be with. Big d

    Comment by Big D — May 27, 2008 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  69. Xpez, grow up and get a pair! It sounds to me like you would prefer to hear the screams then help. Ever hear that, the screams of the helpless, well, I have being in the job of rescuing things, I am in the Coast Guard and I have heard screams before , I was in the Marines and have heard those screams too, the only thing that makes me human is I am a custodian of what others deem unworthy of life. so shut up or do what ever makes you feel good in the morning but check out of whatever never never land hotel you are in and and stop using otherwise useful internet time.

    Comment by Big D — May 27, 2008 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  70. I have a 3 year old Maine Coon cat. I just realised what breed she was and was really shocked she was such a rare and special breed :)

    We got her when she was just a kitten her mom rejected her or got killed…im not sure exactly but i bottle fed her for a few months and then put her on food. She has always been my baby :) Her coat is so soft and she is soooo snuggly!

    I recently became pregnant and now she is attached to me even more! She lays on my lap with her paws on my tummy and (i think) listens to the baby’s heartbeat because she puts her ear right up against where the baby is at and purrs and purrs and then looks up at me and meows and gives me kisses and then goes back to listen. lol

    They are truely amazing cats :)

    Comment by Megan — May 28, 2008 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  71. I would give anything to get a cat as fabulous as McGonnigle! I just lost my male persian/maine coon last week and I am heartbroken. I will looking for a new kitten this summer…hoping for a REALLY big cat! Thanks for the great pic and for rescuing the cat!

    Comment by fran — May 30, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  72. I am currently lookiing for another cat when I saw this picture. I fell in love instantly!! I want a cat this size, it would be great. I am currently looking at a white maine coon and am just worried that it will not get to be the size of your cat. Do they all grow to be that size? and if not do you know what to look for or where to go?? Thank you so much! and your cat is amazing.

    Comment by Kathleen — June 3, 2008 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  73. Ok, this is McGonnigle’s owner. Please realize that the large cat in the top photo is not McGonnigle. Gonnicle is the one below that and the other photo or 2. They look similar in color but Gonnicle is about 12 or 13 pounds, max, while that big Coon is more like 20 lbs.

    Liking a large cat is fine–there’s nothing wrong with that. I am not an expert but I believe that Maine Coons are the largest breed, and Males, of course, are larger. So logic dictates that you would get a male Maine Coon. If you truly want size, then you should contact a lot of breeders and be honest; ask them straight up that you are looking for size–I don’t see the harm. Perhaps one of them has a particularly large male champion and you can get a kitten from him.

    But really, any male is going to be a nice big, smart cat. Good luck.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — June 3, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

    • Hi all,

      I have a 1 year old mael maine coon, We’ve never had cats before always thought I was more of a dog person as we have 3. My friend breeds maine coons and bengals. Our cat (cativo) was born with 1 eye and no one wanted him and because she has all the breeding toms and queens she was worried he would get beaten up so we offered to take him. He is awesome! He rules the house I often say he owns the house we just live there and pay his bills. He brings us mice every other day which im sure he thinks is charming but theres a limit to how many you can put in the wheelie bin i think!! He beats up the dogs everyday and sleeps on my chest every night. I think Gonnigles story is amazing and hes a beauty.
      Maine coons are fantastic pets and if theyre all like mine they’re probably the nearest thing to owning a lion cub.

      All the best from scotland

      Ema and Cativo

      Comment by Ema Allan — October 14, 2010 @ 5:56 am | Reply

  74. How wonderful that you found such a good friend in a terrible cirrumstance. I have a coon that someone gave me. Bubby. I thought it was an adult cat and when I took him to the vet he told me he was about six months old. He weighed 14lbs. He his almost three now and he weighs 24lbs 9oz. The new vet says he’s over weight. But my old vet never said anything about it. All I know is that he can reach the countertop standing on the floor and he runs around the house like a madman. He is a big baby. And he loves to play fetch. He doesn’t like to be picked up either, but he’s so big I don’t like picking him up. It hurts my back. To all those who want a cat for their size, just remember that cats like people are unique. I have 3 other cats that are not coons and they just as special to as my bubby!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Gena — June 4, 2008 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  75. Hi McGonnigle,
    I want to thank you for saving that sweet baby. I volunteer for a rescue group and, unfortunately, see so much of what you described. You absolutely did the right thing. Never doubt that and never hesitate to do it again. The human trash that you described is too common in our society. Maybe someday our government and citizens will have the guts and decency to put a stop to this.

    Xpez – You are a complete and utter moron. And, probably an animal abuser yourself. How many cats have you actually rescued? How many truly abused and tortured animals have you ever tried to protect or save? The truly lazy and uncaring people are the ones who just stick their animals outside so that they don’t have to bother with them. Do you have any idea how dangerous today’s society is for animals outdoors. How dare you judge someone who risked their own safety to rescue an innocent animal when you have probably never lifted a finger to volunteer. You are a pathetic loser.

    Comment by Laree — June 5, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  76. Woe, woe, easy on xpez. We have let him know our feelings. Let’s allow for the possibility that he was doing some kind of weird comedy and that it came out badly. Let’s all turn the page.

    Now, go and give your Coon some belly scratches!

    Comment by mcgonnigle — June 5, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  77. Wow, he is such a nice guy!

    We have 3 Main coons and they are the best bread of cats.

    Once you have one there is no going back!

    Whats not to love, big fluffy, loveable and friendly!

    All of ours enjoy the outdoors although do not go very far as they are always happy to be around you in the garden.

    Comment by Fee — June 6, 2008 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  78. I had to put my Coon down back in April ’07, it’s hard to believe it’s been over one year now. He will be missed, and as you well eluded to early on, my feelings are the same. “If I ever get another cat, he MUST be a Maine Coon”.

    I give you, Sasserfras (1985-2007)

    Thanks for looking!

    Comment by Eric A. — June 7, 2008 @ 2:39 am | Reply

  79. God Bless You for saving this precious cat. McGonnigle is a beautiful cat. However, this is not why you saved him. It could have been any cat and you would have done the same. The cat was crying out for help. Thank the Good Lord that there are people like you who care. I have 4 rescued cats and 3 rescued dogs. They are healthy and happy now. McGonnigle was definitely abandoned and would probably have died/starved to death and all alone without your help. Perhaps God placed you in that particular apartment so you could rescue McGonnigle when the time came. God works in mysterious ways but always to the good. As for “Xpex”, sounds like you are the one that needs to be taken to the pound. You are obviously low class trash without a loving heart.

    Comment by ILoveMyPets — June 9, 2008 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  80. Well said. I do believe that everything happens for a reason and I do believe actually, that God was involved in getting me involved in getting McGonnigle straightened out. With out going into it, I have always felt that the cat was a bit of a reward to me for figuring something out and doing some things I needed to do. A tangible sign that He was pleased. You had to be there I guess.

    The weather just turned very hot from a coldish Spring (even though Al Gore told us it wasn’t supposed to go that way–what the heck? Raise our taxes Al, you’ve got it all figured out, eh?) Anyway, it got real hot and Gonnicle was just dying in his still-thick fur coat yesterday when I saw him. Coons’ coats are spectacular, what with the 3 layers of different type of fur. Still, it’s gotta be hot in there. I gave him the belly scratches he likes and let him have some of my ribeye. He had left a mouse on the porch so I figured he earned it.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — June 9, 2008 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  81. How you rescued McGonnigle is quite the story. Good for you, I am so happy he found a good home. Can’t help but wonder what happened to the other poor kitty.

    Comment by JavaChick — June 10, 2008 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  82. Thanks and the way I figured it went was thus: The silver Coon belonged to the 21 year old girl-beater and Gonnicle “belonged” to the 18 year old stripper. I think that even though they got both cats at the same time from the same litter (?), they each considered only one of the pair “their” cats. When they split up and the 21 yr old guy left, he had some resources I think, and his leaving was more planned and he took the silver Coon with him I think. I can’t prove it but it is likely. The girl was pretty much out on the street at that point and I think she just took away what she could carry and that’s why only one was left behind.

    I always wondered if both cats came from the same litter. McGonnigle is very orange and the silver Coon was totally strikingly silver and black. He was very contrasty and just amazing looking. They got them both as kittens and they were both the same size so I think maybe. I believe that female cats can have more than one mate per litter–in other words, two kittens born in the same litter can have different fathers and if that is so, I want to bet that that was the case.

    Funny story: after I got McGonnigle, he was 100% inside in the apartment and he just had sooo much energy and curiosity that it was ridiculous. He played with his noisy balls all night long and you couldn’t eat without him getting up on you and trying to prise the plate out of your hands! He also wouldn’t tolerate you on the computer–he would bat the mouse moving on the screen and step on the keyboard–it was tough. Anyway, one night I am watching TV and Gonnicle is fed and I am going into the kitchen to look in the fridge for something and I open the fridge door up and McGonnigle casually saunters OUT of the REFRIGERATOR like nothing was wrong! I did a triple-take~ Just how the heck he got in the icebox without me knowing it, I’ll never know but he did. He was like Houdini. He must have gone in there quickly the last time I had the door open and I didn’t notice and that’s the way it was with him–he was just in you business all the time because he was bored. I’m very glad that I can provide good outdoor stuff for him now as that’s his natural state and he loves eating the birds and mice and things.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — June 11, 2008 @ 6:55 am | Reply

  83. Your cat is gorgeous! I think mine might have a little bit of Maine Coon in him, but I am not thinking a whole lot. I think the person who left you the nasty comment just needs to grow up and get more mature, which may never happen. my guess is they have never owned an animal or don’t treat them like members of the family, which all animals should be treated as. You did the right thing, he was abandoned. He was in the apartment crying everyday after he was left there alone. I would have done the same thing, and anyone who wouldn’t have, I would say would be neglecting the cat. What the previous owners did to him is exactly why many apartment complexes and college dorms do not allow animals. Thank you for saving him, he is gorgeous and a great testament to the love and joy animals can give to us humans!

    Comment by Steph — June 13, 2008 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  84. I lost my maine coon cat.He got out of the house as we went away for the weekend.We did not know he was out.We placed posters all over.We offered a $200 reward. He was the best cat.I love him.We hope he is alive and who ever has him is treating him good.We are looking for another maine coon. we do not know where to look? can anybody please help

    Comment by Steve — June 18, 2008 @ 6:31 am | Reply

  85. Good luck getting the cat back. Hang in there. Often times, they can return days later. Someone also may be “taking care” of him and they may come to their senses: posters and flyers will help that process. Good luck. –Fog

    Comment by mcgonnigle — June 18, 2008 @ 7:55 am | Reply

  86. I have a part Maine Coon part Tabby cat. He’s big but not nearly as big as yours. We were always wondering what he was mixed with. And now we know. :)

    Comment by Avery — June 28, 2008 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  87. Do you have any pictures of him when he was smaller\younger? I adopted a cat as a 6 week old baby last year, not knowing his background and we noticed that as he’s growing (he just turned 1 year old), he’s beginning to look different from any cat I’ve ever seen before. He has the same tail as your cat and is getting longer fur around his neck. He’s a wonderful cat and I’m wondering if he’s a main coon–or at least partially one…He’s 14 pounds which is on the larger side for a year old cat.

    Cool pictures!

    Comment by Becca — June 30, 2008 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  88. I don’t have any photos of him under 1 year but I can tell you, as I lived next door, that he didn’t strike me, as a kitten, as being anything other than a plain-Jane house cat. He didn’t look “Coonish” at all until he got to be more like 2 or 3. Male Maine Coons will continue to change and fill out and grow a longer and longer ruff (fur around head) up until they are 5 years old.

    What are the giveaways? Well, smart and loyal to one person only is typical but that could describe many good cats. The clincher for me was his attitude towards water. Cats normally HATE and are afraid of water. Coons seek it out! He used to practically come in the shower with me when he was a bored, trapped-inside, apartment cat. He loves to drink off the tap as it drips. He is fascinated by water–all Coons are.

    As he gets older, you’ll notice 3 kinds of fur–the outter, topmost are long hairs that run down his flanks from his spine and when he gets rained on, it’s amazing how dry he is underneath that 3rd layer.

    Ear hair tufts are a dead giveaway–that is the only trait that Gonnicle does not have.

    Size is a big one as well.

    Fur length also is important in where and how the fur is longer. It isn’t just long all over. It’s long on the bottle brush tail and on his belly and pants (rear of the rear legs) but it hangs nice and close to the body on the sides and top. Chest is fuzzy too.

    As he gets older, you’ll be amazed at the whisker length. Good luck to you both. –Fog

    Comment by mcgonnigle — June 30, 2008 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  89. I have Maine Coons too. I have raised many from kittens and have found wonderful homes for them. If anyone would like to see how normal they look in size as kittens, I have some pics from birth to 3 years. The problem is when you fix these cats they grow like crazy. If you let them mature normally until at least 2 (the males) you will have a better result.

    Comment by Rebecca — July 2, 2008 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  90. Hey I just got a question about ur cat. I am wanting to know do you use a cat box or a sand box? lol…..My sisters friend dad might be giving me his so I might be on here to ask you more questions about him.the cat is the same color as yours.

    Comment by crystal — July 3, 2008 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  91. I have a Maine Coon. I love him. I plan to keep having this breed if I can when he is no longer with me. I have had him since he was 8 wks old. He is now 10. He has been like an angel at times when I was very ill, stayed right near me and didn’t let me out of his site. Very sweet cat, and piece of cake to train on scratching post and litter pan.

    Comment by Rebecca — July 3, 2008 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  92. For the record, Gonnicle has no litter box. He goes outside all the time. He gets let out whenever he paws the door and back in same thing. He spends 60%-75% of his time outside. He loves it. Sleeps inside in the day and out all night mostly. Cats are nocturnal. They can see in pitch black, like we see when there is a full moon and they can see in a full moon, like we can see in the daytime.

    Great to hear that your Coon stayed with you. They bond close with one particular person and if you are that person, then you really can’t explain it to people–you just KNOW. I don’t think a dog owner could come within a million miles of understanding the subtlety of that bond. Great stuff. Good luck.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — July 3, 2008 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  93. I was looking at this huge Maine Coon cat and I figure this big yellow
    tabby and white has to be a male sence it is so big, and I figure it has to
    weigh about a ton sence it is so big in size.
    If I ever get a Maine Coon I would start from a kitten, I would want a male and a female but right now I don,t have the money to get the 2 that I want.
    The kind I would like in a male Silver Persain and in a female a Cream Persain. But Like I said, I don,t have the money for 2 kittens in a Maine Coon.

    Comment by Charlotte Miciotto — July 4, 2008 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  94. A recent commenter (Becca) was looking for Maine Coon kitten pictures. We have a bunch from our cats’ early days (one set each at 4-, 8-, 12-, 14-weeks, 3 months and 5 months). Note: the 4- and 8-week pictures were taken by their breeder, who runs the cattery.

    Comment by Stuart — July 7, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  95. Sorry, two more things:

    1) This is a great post and the followup comments are fun, too! Thanks!

    2) Check out the 3-months section of our Morty and Tank pics (about 2/3s of the way through that section) if you want to see some true clowns — they were taking turns posing/sleeping (completely of their own accord, I kid you not) on our bed in the classic Maine-coon position. Note that the color of the paws goes back and forth — They actually took turns posing on the bed! We love those little critters (18 and 19 pounds so far, not yet 18 months old)! So far they have: (a) closed doors in our apartment; (b) turned on faucets; (c) just once, flushed the toilet. Now if they could just learn to scoop their own litter box…

    Comment by Stuart — July 7, 2008 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  96. I recently inherited a cat that I had been house sitting for for the last four years. When we were cleaning through a basket of magazines next to Miew’s recliner (so called because if you sit in it you have Miew on your lap!) we found a picture of a Maine Coon that looked just like Miew. I have since researched it and the only thing that he’s missing are the ear tufts. He’s a total lover (although my Calico – Kahlee thinks differently) and if he wants to be picked up he will stand on his hind legs for me and put his front paws up. I’ll pick him up and put him on my shoulder (just like a baby!)where he’ll need by back and lay his head on my shoulder. The vet that he had been taken to kept telling me that he needed to go on a diet. He was to get only two handfuls of food a day. I said forget it – he’s just a big cat – look at his paws! He’s only 15 lbs but that is a good size. I’ve since gotten all the fur clumps out of him and his curly tummy fur and he’s absolutely gorgeous – he could be a twin to McGonnigle.

    He’s been with us (calico Kahlee and tabby Molly) for almost a month and Kahlee is having the hardest time accepting him. She thinks that he’s going to get her loving instead of her. Molly (recently renamed Mr. Moll after finding out she’s a he oops!)basically ignores him except if hitting the litter box at the same time. I’ve not got Miew acquainted with my outdoors yet (in my area) and also the outdoor cats. All my kids have been strays. Kahlee I got from PetsAlive after she was rescued, Mr. Moll had been kicked out of his home also and was found by a friends father and it took Moll 8 months to let someone touch him, Miew was a stray (clipped ear) and his new parents got him from the humane society after a trip to Egypt hence the name Miew – apparently it is Egyptian for Cat. They are all about the same ages 5-8 so hopefully will become play mates but I know in the future if I ever own a bigger house…there will be more Maine Coons in it – they are gorgeous, huge and just plain lovable!!

    Comment by Gail — July 8, 2008 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  97. My best friend has a 10 pound maine coon cat and she had five kittens, her name is Kit-Kat and her kittens names are (in birthing order) malkey, nappy, pookie, boo boo, and tigger! they are REALLY hyper and then they are dead asleep lol

    Comment by Kristina — July 11, 2008 @ 1:06 am | Reply

  98. i love Maine Coon Cats they are so pretty

    Comment by Kendra — July 13, 2008 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  99. You are a very good and kind lady to have rescued that wonderful cat. I had a fabulous all black with a white star on his tummy. I rescued him in Arizona from under a public building, where his mother had a litter of mixed kittens, His name was Jamaica and he was the most gentle creature I have ever known. We got him at about 2 weeks old, so we had no idea he was a Maine Coon cat. A friend of mine was visiting, she was a cat expert. She told us what he was. He grew to be 19 pounds and when I would pick him up he would wrap his legs around my waist and put his paws on my shoulders to hold on. I would then ask him to tell me a story, and he would start “singing” in this very deep voice.I had him for about 5 years and had to move to PA, so my ex husband got to keep him. I still miss him.

    Comment by Paula — July 14, 2008 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  100. The cat is very big

    Comment by Angello — July 16, 2008 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  101. respect,
    i did the same in Ireland, and now i have wondrefull cat :)

    Comment by Kristina — July 21, 2008 @ 6:14 am | Reply

  102. Love That Big Big Beautiful Boy with All You Have EVERY DAY! While surfing google for maine coon’s I was
    set back! Your Big Boy Would have almost been my Big Boy’s TWIN! Which, we RESCUED! And did not know what we had at first! Like you seen all the changes physically and his nature. Maine Coon’s are unlike any other kitty in the world! Our Boy passed away suddenly a year ago this past Christmas! He was fine! I went out of my Dining Room to grab my pop, I wasn’t out of the room 10 seconds walked back in to rock him! Yes, you heard me right, I said rock him, He was rotten! He loved to be rocked laying on a quilt like a real baby and in fact demanded it! He would come and get me in the mornings before work and at night and stand up on those hind legs and use that one paw to touch me and a little noise came out and that was my cue to rock. God has blessed you with a jewel! If You havent done so, take him to your vet and have them do a ultra sound on his heart to see if he has the defect, the the breed does carry. Most good breeders are doing there best to breed out this horrible defect! I’m sorry I babbled, But, Thank You soooo much for Sharing your pic of Your Beautiful Baby Boy! Love Him!

    Comment by cindy — July 24, 2008 @ 3:46 am | Reply

  103. Bless you MCGonnigle for saving that wonderful cat. Thanks for posting this website. What a beautiful feline. So large and so majestic. A lucky cat and a lucky owner. My short hair barn cat Simba is also orange, but HALF the size of your Coon. Cats are the best. Simba loves me, and he loves to lay by me and purr when I’m in bed sleeping.

    Funny story for you**** Simba can come in and out of our house because of our screen door is broke on the bottome. So he comes and goes as he pleases in the Summer. This past month my Simba Bimba has been bringing me breakfast in bed. Sometimes 3 a.m., sometimes 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. I get a fresh killed mouse. But….when Simba starts playing catch on my bed and I hear a “squeak”….oh man….talk about wake up right now!!! ha…. Last week he brought me a baby Morning Dove that was still alive in bed. (I kindly put it outside in tall grass a ways from the house.) And then on another day, I went to the bathroom about 3 a.m. and felt a goosh and heard a crunch. I turned on the lights and saw a half eaten fog sticking to my sock. EWWWWW!!
    I can’t really get mad at my kittie. He’s just showing his love by bringing me the things that he loves too. Such a good kittie. Love him to pieces.
    Anyhow….Bless you and Gonnicle. Nice little site I stumbled upon. Leann

    Comment by Leann from SW MN — July 27, 2008 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  104. Wow, you have a beautiful cat–well, your parents do!

    I have a female maine coon and she just won’t gain weight–I want her fat, but she’s just as healthy as ever–not saying I want her unhealthy, but a few more pounds wouldn’t kill ‘er! She 10yrs old now and more playful than when I adopted at the age of 1 1/2yrs.

    I love your cat!! Hope both you and McGonnigle’s still doing well!

    Comment by Mika — July 29, 2008 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  105. This is a beautiful boy. I have four pedigree Maine Coon Cats. The breeder I purchased her from has a male who weighs 32 pounds and looks very much like this one. He’s a wonderful cat. This is a great breed, I love them. Your boy is beautiful.


    Comment by Xeia — July 29, 2008 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  106. Hi, greetings from Australia! Bless you for rescuing McGonnigle, you obviously know you did the right thing!

    Maine Coons are a little more rare in Australia, from what I’ve been reading they’re definitely not as common as in the US. However, my sister rescued a cat from her local dog and cat shelter a couple of years ago – he’s orange like McGonnigle but with much less white fur – and he has many characteristics of a Maine – loves to play with balls, leaps in the air like a dog, likes to follow you around but not sit on your lap, extremely long tail. Her vet says it’s quite likely he has some Maine in him. It’s a shame there aren’t DNA tests for cats to prove their breeds! I’d love to get one but they are quite expensive here in Aust (as are most proper breeds) so it will definitely be the cat to get when I come into some money!

    My parents had a cat many years ago who, when we look at photos of him now, seems like he must have had some Maine in him (he was a stray). His facial features were so like McGonnigle’s actually, but he was a massive cat too, and my dad always used to call him a “gentle giant”, so who knows?

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Comment by Melissa — July 30, 2008 @ 2:15 am | Reply

  107. Listen, don’t worry about how much percentage of Coon is your cat. Just enjoy the cat. There’s not any definitive proof anyway, so I wouldn’t go chasing it, and you’re not going to do anything different with the cat, so why worry about it? What difference does it make?

    As far as Maine Coons in Aussieland there, I would search high and low on the internet for ANY breeders working with Maine Coons. Find out if and how many. Perhaps this is a business opportunity! Perhaps you can import a couple and breed them yourself. THINK like an entrepreneur. You have already identified that there is a possible economic opportunity there (few or no Maine Coons) so chase your dream! Do your due diligence and then sieze the opportunity. As you know, the cats are amazing, and if there are none in Australia, then you would be the one breeder who has them! Think it over… –Fog

    Comment by mcgonnigle — July 30, 2008 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  108. Hi, i was randomly looking at pictures on google and saw this site. I also read your whole story on here and your cat is beautiful, and if i could ask what did this guy say? i dont understand how someone could be rude about someone helping an animal but anyways i just wanted to let you know you have convinced me to get one of these HUGE cats and good luck with yours. O and one more thing what happend to the other cat you mentioned?

    Comment by jessie — August 2, 2008 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  109. The other (Silver) cat disappeared and I can only assume that the 21 yr old boy/man-whatever, took that cat, as that cat was his and McGonnigle was the girl’s. She was 19 I think and had fewer resources/options and she left him; and that’s all a big old guess at this point.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — August 3, 2008 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  110. Bless you for rescueing your wonderful cat! If you hadn’t taken him, he would have died a miserable death, Lord knows what all happened to him when his owners were there. The world needs more people like you. I’m so glad you have this blog…your cat is AMAZING I have a kitten with some coon in him. His name is Doeheeny (magician from Drake and Josh), and we love him. Enjoy your cat! :)

    Comment by Laura Hathaway — August 3, 2008 @ 11:35 am | Reply

  111. I HATE hearing about people mistreating ANY animals. I cry my eyes out whenever an RSPCA or Blue Cross advert comes on tv. That, or I just become very, very, very depressed. One of the two.

    What you did for that cat was probably the first good thing anyone had ever done for that cat, hence it’s instant fondness for you.

    I lost my cat a few months ago. She wasn’t a Coon, but she was just as beautiful. She must have been a mix of a persian and something else. I’m not sure, we never checked. My mum and I chose her and a black and white cat from this lady that lived on the other side of town when we decided to get two cats (so they’d have company) and we loved both of them lots. We spoiled them rotten to make up for their bad experiences with humans before. Sadly Gizzie (short for Gizmo) got hit by a car and it took me two days to stop crying over the loss. I’d randomly burst into tears at home and in school and people would look at me strangely. They didn’t get how much I loved her (and most of them were dog people too). I still get depressed now thinking back to how cute and sweet she was the last few months she was alive. In the beginning she was happy, then she went from outgoing to shy and didn’t trust us and then she was loving and sweet and always wanted to be scratched and petted and stroked and generally just made a fuss of. I think she got a bit cocky at the end because she was straying farther and farther from home and I’m guessing she half expected the car to stop for her while she crossed the road. Well, that’s what my mom says anyway. I guess that’s kinda our fault then, because we treated her like a queen.

    After seeing pics of Coons however, I think I’m going to get one once I move out of my parents house (after the we lost Gizzie my mom said no more pets cuz she can’t deal with loosing them all again (we had two a few years back and had to have them put down because Bart (white alsation) became vicious (something to do with the litter) and Starlin (german shepard) was REALLY old and she had something wrong with her hip. We then got two cats a few years later and the female had kittens and we had to give them away to people and eventually the two cats because we were moving to a different country and didn’t want them in cages for three years in quarentine (moved from south africa to england) so I can understand why my mom wouldn’t want anymore pets).

    Maine Coon cats look absolutly adorable!!! Well done you for saving that cat from obvious neglect and abandonment!! *hugs* I hope you continue to do the great things that you do today :] lol

    Much love,

    Kiwi xx

    Comment by .x.Kiwi.x. — August 7, 2008 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  112. Hey, I just happened to be playing around on google tonight and googled my last name, Coons, and the pic of you and your cat showed up. I thought it was pretty crazy and clicked on it to see what the deal was with the giant cat. I read that whole bit about you rescuing the cat from your neighbors place and i just wanted to say thank you. So many people abuse animals and think that they don’t have to take care of them for whatever twisted reason. I just wanted to say you did a great thing rescuing the cat and it looks like he’s quite happy :) Thanks!

    Comment by Coondog — August 9, 2008 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  113. I just wanted to say God bless you for rescuing your cat. I don’t know why people adopt animals and abuse them. We have three animals in our house and I could not imagine ever hurting them. In fact they are my babies. Oz
    (our dog) is 7years old. Oz is a roti-bermese. Simba (our cat) is a mix,who mother rejected him. He is been with us since he was two days old. He is now 2 yrs old. and now we have a beautiful kitten named Nahla. Nala is a dwarf-tortie-calico. I really wanted a main coon but it wasn’t in the cards. I’m so glad to hear there such people as yourself who actually care about animals and their welfare.
    I hope you and your cat have many years together.

    Comment by Shaheen — August 12, 2008 @ 12:30 am | Reply


    Comment by heidi hammer — August 12, 2008 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  115. You did the right thing. I have a big orange cat (not THAT big) and a little orange cat. A big thank you goes your way from the Orange Cat Mafia!

    Re: Post #39 – Xpez is a gutless, brainless a-hole. I notice no additional posts by ol’ X. Maybe s/he realized from other posts that the way they were treating their pets wasn’t humane or cool, judging how the other 100+ posters feel.

    I wish you many days of orange cat companionship. -G

    Comment by girrl — August 14, 2008 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  116. I have a Maine Coon as well they are the best breed ever. I am on my 3rd. My first was 18 years. My second still upsets me I rescued him from a crack head neighborhood he was left sick and starving, I nursed him back to health and named him Gizmo he loved people and my sister’s German Shepard who lived with us. He loved hunting outside and was killed by what I think was a weasel called the Fisher Cat or Pole Cat. I now have Koda a 1 year old male who never goes outside, he is already 16 pounds. He loves to cuddle by my head at night he is frisky and loves water.

    Comment by Karen — August 14, 2008 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  117. I took in a neighborhood stray a couple of years ago, had him fixed, shots, etc., and I thought he was just a darned big cat @19 lbs. I took him into the vet today to have his fur shaved for the hot weather and the vet tech said “Oh, is he a Maine Coon?” I’d never heard of such a cat so I Googled it and found this site. Except for his face, he’s an almost-exact clone of McGonnigle. His name is Mane (when I name him I had no idea!…it was his white mane that earned him the moniker) and he has a broader face than McGonnigle; otherwise his coloring, build, everything is identical to McGonnigle. No black and white whiskers, though. I do have another orange cat that has black and white whiskers. One odd feature about Mane is his nose; it’s hard to describe, it’s almost like a person’s nose in that it has a hump on it.

    He’s a great cat. He really does have a temperament closer to a dog. Very loyal, sociable, not nearly as aloof as other cats.

    Thanks for the great site!

    Comment by Kevin — August 14, 2008 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

  118. Hi! I just recently adopted an abandoned cat and was told he is about a year old and was a Maine Coon mix. Never heard of a Maine Coon so I googled and found you. Some of your posts explain my new little buddy’s behaviors. I don’t know how he does it but he catches flies in mid air, he is extremely active and runs around the house like a dog would. I found Jackson the cat when I moved into my new home. He just showed up one day and would hang out with me whenever I was outside. He followed me like a puppy. That went on for about two weeks and then he was just gone. I found out a week later that a concerned neighbor had called a local shelter organization, “Castaway Critters”, to see that the cat was cared for and possibly adopted. She also let me know that neighbors who lived next door had moved out recently and left Jackson the cat behind. Without a moment to lose I contacted Castaway Critters and started the adoption process. Jackson has lived with me for about 2 weeks now but one thing I’ve noticed is that he constantly tries to get outside and he’ll even periodically cry at the door. I feel bad because it seems like he really wants to go out and be free but part of my agreement with Castaway Critters was that Jackson would always be an indoor cat and if they found out otherwise that would have grounds to take him away.
    My question to you is: Do you think Jackson will be completely happy being an indoor cat 100% of the time? I want him to be happy but I don’t want to lose him either or have him taken away.

    Comment by Phil — August 15, 2008 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  119. Hello,Nice cat. I’ll find one to buy soon. Can you recomend anybody?

    Comment by Randy — August 16, 2008 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  120. first i wanted to tell you that your cat is so beautiful and made me cry about 3 weeks ago my mother who was keeping my cat for me until we moved forced me to sign him over to a shelter where he was put to sleep and my husband and i tried to save him but got there 15 minutes too late so now we only have a small box of his remains. i only tell you this because i too owned a maine coon his name was tigger and he looked exactly like yours i got him the day after my 8th grade graduation he was abused and starving and still had his umbilical cord attached so we hand fed him and needless to say he got really large. i was feeling really depressed until i read how you saved your kitty thank you for reminding me of my angel and god bless you for saving yours.

    Comment by ashley — August 16, 2008 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  121. Absolutely beautiful cats.

    Love them.

    Went to a cat show the other day and saw one.

    Absolutley BLOWN AWAY! :)

    Courtney, 14, NZ.

    Comment by Courtz — August 17, 2008 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  122. WOW! your cat is HUGE! I want one. where can i get one. lol.

    Comment by Taylor — August 21, 2008 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  123. your cat looks just like mine hes a maine coon x persian and i just adore them they so cuddly and everything mine has just fathered a little of 7 with my other cat they are adorable

    Comment by dani — September 8, 2008 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  124. Great photos… thanks for the memories. I have a MC mix that was orange/white just like yours. Very similar face, and also overweight a bit. He came in at 23 pounds in his prime. I had him for 15 years, and I miss him dearly. They’re great cats!

    Comment by Greg — September 12, 2008 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  125. I had a maine coon cat and he was the best cat I ever had! He died a July 2007. I have been in mourning ever since. I also have a siamese but they are nothing like a maine coon. There is no cat that measures up to a maine coon. The best cat ever was. He was “my cat.” If I left the house overnight he would go through the house crying, looking for me. When we’d get up in the morning, as I would stand at the sink in the bathroom he would stand with his back to me as to protect me. He died from kidney failure. I think the vet had something to do with it but I have no proof. He died in my arms at my house. I wouldn’t want it or have it any other way. jojo

    Comment by Joyce — September 13, 2008 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

  126. geile katzen ich hoffe meine werden auch so riesig das wäre ja mal der absolute hammer ey hammer ehrlich wer so eine katze hat kann sich echt glücklich schätzen

    Comment by sarah — September 15, 2008 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  127. This is a beautiful boy.
    Great photos… thanks for the memories.
    Other big maine coon:

    Thanks for the great site!

    Comment by maine coon — September 17, 2008 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  128. Hello!!! What a beautiful cat. My husband and I adopted a kitten that was 3 months old; he looked kind of big I thought to myself, but okay. From the moment I picked him up he has been right by my side. He is like my lillte shadow. I did not find out that he was a Maine Coon until I took him in for shots and to get neutered. So what a surprize that was. I named him Rockie and he is just the most awesome cat I have ever had or seen!!!! He is so loving, mild tempered, loves to snuggle and be picked up, and HAS to be right on my lap. My 3 year old just loves him to death and Rockie is just amazing with him as well. Rockie is almost 7 months old and already as big as our 5 year old normal cat. He is gray and black striped with a huge fluffy tail and a small head, he even has the tufts on the tips of his ears. The vet said his head would catch up with rest of his body. (I really hope so) lol lol This is an amazing breed I am finding out.

    Good job rescuing him from what sounds like awful people!!!

    To the jerk that posted that nasty comment; what is your problem!!!!????

    Comment by Rose — September 17, 2008 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  129. A beautiful story and a beautiful Cat. I’m really glad you saved the poor thing, was very good of you. I wish you both all the best.

    Comment by Ewan Valentine — September 18, 2008 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  130. He is very handsom. I am glad you saved him from those people. We rescused a cat which is part main coon and there are not very many of them in Northern Ireland. It was meant to be. Enjoy the friendship with your cat

    Comment by linda — September 22, 2008 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  131. my cat looks EXACTLY like your cat!!!! If you can see my e-mail on here, you should e-mail me and i’ll send you a picture of him. He is orange just like yours, but he doesnt have any white. He was a stray when I got him – he and his brothers and sisters were found on a beach, they think that their mom died or abandoned them, because a few of the kittens except him and his one sister starved…very sad :( So i took this little man in, he was just the cutest kitten ever. I knew he was gonna be fluffy but WOW – he’s got so much hair its ridiculous. Its so funny that you said that he has some white whiskers some black, my Frank is starting to grow some black ones too! I thought it was so odd, but I guess its normal. He is most definitely a maine coon, or at least mostly maine coon. He fits all of the characteristics…but he IS very fiesty! “Gentle Giant” doesn’t really fit his description…at least the “gentle” part doesn’t. What is weird is that my friend took his sister, and she looks absolutely nothing like him – just a normal short haired black and grey tabby cat! So this is why I’m thinking he’s not full MC, but his mom or dad must have been one. He is so funny though, he still has so much energy, and he is so curious about EVERYTHING – he’s just like a dog! He’s only about a year and a half old now, and I know he’s got much more growing to do. My sister’s boyfriend fell in love with him, and when their cat died he was so set on finding a maine coon to adopt. They one’s that they finally adopted were supposed to be “Maine Coon mix” cats, but they are both short haired and nothing like my Frank. But hey, they are such good cats and they needed a good home. Anyways, sorry about the novel! I love my Maine Coon cat! His face looks exactly like little McGonnigle’s face – its crazy!

    Comment by suzy — September 25, 2008 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  132. A person who cares for another, be it cat or man is good. Compassion and service are the ultimate steps towards higher levels of consciousness. I commend you and Namaste!


    Comment by Linda — September 25, 2008 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  133. What a beautiful cat mr mcgonnigle is! Looks just like a fairy tale cat. I have a maine coon mix myself, hes maine coon with a little bit of persian. Hes just 6 months old so hes not that big yet but i hope he grows up to be a big gorgeous lion of a cat like mcgonnigle. I was really touched by the story of his rescue, gives me a little hope about mankind. Hes lucky that you were there to save him.
    Big Meow from Anne and Sigvard the cat from Sweden =)

    Comment by Anne — October 2, 2008 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  134. The cat probably burned his whiskers on a lit candle, that happened to my cat and they grew back.

    Comment by Kristin R. — October 2, 2008 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  135. You are a wonderful person. I am glad that you and McGonnigle found each other. Give him a big hug for me!

    Comment by Katie — October 2, 2008 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

  136. I stumbled upon this website, and I want to say that you cat is beautiful, and you are a wonderful person for saving him!

    I also have a Maine Coon that I just adopted from a shelter. Her name is Maui. She is so tiny compared to other Maine Coons.

    I was told that the reason the family gave Maui up is because she was being tormented by the family’s other cat. I saw this posted above by Jeanne, and it reminded me of my cat…

    “I have a beautiful main coon that I adopted 5 years ago from a shelter. He (Cinnimon)is a great cat, very laid back and verbal, and a very big boy. However, I have another cat (Smoke)that litterely torments him. I don’t want to put Smoke to sleep, and I know no one will adopt him, because he is sick with feline herpies.”

    I wonder if all Maine Coones have a problem with other cats? I want to adopt another cat, but I am afraid that the new cat will torment Maui.

    Doe anyone know anything about that? Does anyone have a Maine Coon and another cat? Do they get along?

    Also, Maui was totally declawed – which I detest. Not only for the pain involved in that, but also, you can tell that she feels defenseless, and I definitely can’t let her outside, even in my parent’s fenced-in yeard, as I used to do with another cat that I had.

    And Jeanne, please don’t put Smoke to sleep! I am sure that a shelter will take him!

    Comment by S.R.O. — October 8, 2008 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  137. McGonnigle now lives with another cat, an older, female Manx. He bosses her around bigtime and he is clearly the king of his castle. They get along, but only so long as she knows the deal. I wouldn’t worry about it. I seriously doubt that there’s anything in the breed that makes them timid, in fact, they are big cats who would usually do the dominating by their sheer size alone.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — October 9, 2008 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  138. I discovered your site while trying to figure out what type of cat we now have. There is now no guestion she is a Maine Coon. We would not trade her for anything. I have never been a cat person (my wife has had them in the past), but they had there side and I had mine. Now however, I have a cat. Her name is Kazi (shortened from Kamikazi)and she’s two. She was “dropped off” at a local attraction called Dinosaur land a few days before Thanksgiving. After 3 days in the rain hiding under dinosaurs my sister inlaw took her home. Her husband said 3 cats was enough and so she brought the cat here as my wife is a “soft touch” when it comes to animals. We at first thought the kitten might have mild shock as she didn’t move when she was put down. Then my wife put a litter box nearby, she jumped in made one circle and you could all but hear her say Ahhhh. She then explored the house and promptly fell asleep beside me on the couch. She now is an indoor/outdoor farm cat ruling over six goats, two outdoor cats, and two adult humans. She is friendly, happy, and a by far the easiest cat to live with I’ve ever known. She has Chapagne and smoke colored fur, a huge ruff,and the large fluffy tail, she also has the ear points I’ve read about. Right now she’s still small(regular cat sized)but , if they grow through age 5 she may get pretty big. Anyway, thanks for sharing your rescue story and the great picture. May your cat bring you all the pleasure Kazi brings us. Thanks again, Darren

    Comment by Darren — October 9, 2008 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  139. I have a Main Coon who is a ringer for McConnigal, only mines just a 7 month old kitten. I can’t believe Garfield will grow so big! His weighs 4.2 kg, (9lb).

    Comment by Jacque — October 15, 2008 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  140. I have a purebred Coon, she is SO beautiful! She is smoke/white/orange. She is just over a year and 11 pounds, very lanky right now, “slim” I guess. She is SO very sweet, she kisses me, sleeps face to face with me, and I cannot keep her out of my lap. Oddly enough, she’s not very bright, I don’t know how to explain it, but my husband calls her “Knuckles” as in Knuckle Head. Don’t get me wrong, he loves her as much as I do, she’s just, well, slow witted. She wants to get along with our other cat, and is tolerated by said other cat, but that cat (a shelter rescue)apparently wanted to be an only child. Who knew? They play together, but Shelby (rescue) gets mad when Sidney(Coon) gets attention. Prior to Sidney, we had a Coon mix, and she was just as fantastic, although a bit smaller, and lots smarter. Either way, I adore all cats, but I must say, I think this breed is something special! Mcgonnigle is beautiful, and God Bless you for rescuing him!

    Comment by Mol — October 23, 2008 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  141. Hiya!

    Nice pics!

    My parents’ cat looks just like yours, but only in winter, when his fur is really ‘big’! Only ‘Tom’ is a cross-breed with a rag doll. Still, they’re very much alike! :-)

    These cats are great!!

    Bye bye!

    Comment by Kim — October 23, 2008 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  142. McGonnigle is one awesome cat!

    We got our Mischa, now a big, 23-pound princess, from a breeder. I’ve had many cats and have loved them all, but I think I’ll always have Maine Coons from now on. They’re smart, lovable, beautiful, and kitten-like all their lives. The best description of a Maine Coon was left above by Kate (May 20/08)… “a St. Bernard in a cat suit.” How true.

    Oh, and to Mol who thinks Sidney is a bit slow-witted… I thought that about Mischa when she was a year old or so…either that was an act, or she was just slow to show how smart she really is. Just wait awhile, you might be surprised!

    Give McGonnigle a scratch for me.

    Comment by Dianne — October 23, 2008 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  143. Your cat is absolutely lovely! Thank you for rescuing him from such horrible circumstances. My husband and I have rescued 2 kitties ourselves, one from a situation that involved abusive drug dealers, and I think you absolutely did the right thing by saving his life. Look at all that he has given back to people.

    Thank you again!

    Comment by Sarah — October 28, 2008 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  144. Thank you for sharing your story about McGonnicle.
    He’s lucky YOU were the neighbor and had the heart to rescue him from such awful existence.

    (proud mommy of Nikolai, a Siberian cat)

    Comment by Linda Lucy S in SCV — October 30, 2008 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

  145. Great story, I loved reading it. Beautiful cat.

    Comment by AJ in So.Cal — October 30, 2008 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

  146. Wow. I really admire what you did for McGonnigle. I was told my Flash Cat was a Maine Coon, but the Vet. just called him a tabby. When I saw the pics of McGonnigle it was like I was looking at Flash. I got Flash 11 years ago for my daughter for Christmas, but when she moved out on her own I couldn’t bear to let him go (he likes me better anyway).Flash A.K.A. Mister Fluffy isn’t nearly as big as Gonnigle but he is still a very big (and strong) cat. I love him very much and he’s allways been a special guy, but it’s cool knowing that he is a special breed.

    Comment by Pat — October 30, 2008 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  147. Wow… what a beautiful cat! He is so big! We would love to post a few photos of McGonnigle on our animal photo blog:

    We especially love the photo of you (or someone else) holding McGonnigle. The photo is truly amazing!

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Comment by Critteristic — October 31, 2008 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  148. Thanks for sharing your story. You did a great thing by rescuing this lovely animal. He is just beautiful.

    I just lost my 2 year old cat, Mckenzie, on October 30. I tamed her as a feral kitten but she never lost her wild streak and would chase squirrels, usually just in the yard and up on the roof. But that day she chased one across the busy side of our house and got hit by a car. I have been heartbroken ever since. I always worried about her roaming, but she hated being confined so much, that if I blocked the cat door, she would panic and yowl and run from room to room. She needed to run free.

    I have a friend who’s son needs to find a home for his 7 year old Maine Coon cat, and she is bringing him over on Tuesday to see if he gets along with my other cat, who is a big orange tabby, very sweet and good with all the other cats in the neighborhood. I wasn’t planning on getting another cat so soon after losing Mckenzie, but if this one needs a good home, I have the space and can give him a good home. She says he liked to go for rides in the car – she opens up the back door and he jumps on the back seat, curls up, and lets her drive him around!

    Thanks again for your story!


    Comment by Anna — November 3, 2008 @ 12:19 am | Reply

  149. OMG I LOOOOOVVVEE main coons
    i have four
    1) a huge 24 pound grey male — LEO
    2) a huge 22 pound black and orange male — MAX
    3) an cream kitten (2 yrs) 17 pounds male — HARRY
    4) a little grey girl cat (2 yrs) 12 pounds — SILVER

    i know that your not supposed to have favorites, but i have had leo for over 9 years now……that’s at least 6 year longer than any of the rest. and he sleeps with me at the bottom of my bed EVERY night

    they are all amazing companions, and would recommend them for ANY one looking to buy a cat

    i would have another if my parents would let me ( i am only 16 years old)

    Comment by Georgina — November 4, 2008 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  150. To Steve’s comment on June 18, 2008… I rescued a beautiful maine coon about a month ago but my boyfriend won’t let me keep her. She is about 7 yrs old. If you would like more information about her, pls let me know.

    Comment by Dale — November 7, 2008 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  151. Nice story about McGonnigle. You did the right thing rescuing him. I’m amazed at his size…mostly his length.

    We got a stray kitty from the neighbor about 9 months ago. Oliver was so cute and cuddly, but he was barely 6 weeks old. He has since grown quite a bit and his body is so long. We continued to comment on how he just keeps getting longer, and his tail is so bushy that it looks funny. Then my wife’s boss saw a picture of him, and told her that he is part Maine Coon. So, I started doing the research and low and behold….I think he is too. I have read lots of wonderful things about this breed. I hope he turns out like a lot of readers cats have.

    Comment by Kenny — November 7, 2008 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  152. I love your cat. I would love to have him. Can you tell me where I can get one like him.

    Comment by Terrie Robbins — November 7, 2008 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  153. Wow he’s a beauty!
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    Comment by WeeD — November 8, 2008 @ 5:04 am | Reply

  154. I also have a maincoon…he is yellow like yours and is 28 pounds…but just a great cat….he almost looks identical to yours!

    Comment by kristen — November 9, 2008 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  155. Good Morning McG!

    Awesome picture of your cat. Have read all the posts, and just wented to say ‘thank you’ for rescuing him. My Maine Coon is 11 years old, the boss lady of 3 other cats and a Bull Mastiff. Meesha has been as large as 13 pounds, and as slender as 8 pounds. She is stocky – with short legs, but is 37 inches long when she stretches out. No one has mentioned how their Maine Coon drinks water – well Meesha will dip her paw in her water bowl, and lick the water from her paw. Never her face first – always the paw. She has fur between her toes which I trim about every 8 weeks. She is a brown tabby with white gloves and socks on all four feet.

    Have a wonderful holiday season, and may God continue to bless you and keep you.


    Comment by June — November 11, 2008 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  156. Yes, you are right. Coons have a strange thing with water. Cats normally are afraid of it but Coons like it. My guy, McGonnigle, drinks only from the tap. That’s right, he jumps up to let you know to turn the water on for him and then he steps into the sink and drinks his water.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — November 11, 2008 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  157. […] November 13, 2008 Oranjello’s twin? Posted by Carolyn under Animals   I’ve been thinking about how Oranjello and how large he is, and how bushy his tail is…. I thought maybe he had some maine coon in him.  So I had Clint google up some images, and we came across this blog. […]

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  158. He is beautiful. I would love to have a Maine but wonder how they would do in south east Texas.

    Comment by loni blomquist — November 14, 2008 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  159. What a wonderful story about how you rescued your big-tailed cat. I’m so happy that you and he found each other.

    I liked it so much that I couldn’t bear to read through comments and find anything idiotic, so I didn’t.

    Oranjello doesn’t have such a dramatic story, but I hope he brings Carolyn as much joy as your guy has brought to you.

    Comment by Eve — November 14, 2008 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  160. We just moved from FL to ME. We stayed at an animal friendly hotel over night on the way here. We already have three rescued dogs and two cats. They are all very dear to us. That night we saw our Mona (stray at the hotel) walking around begging for food. The next morning she made a bee line for me as I was walking out to the car. We put her in our cat carrier and she made the move from the parking lots of a Virginia hotel to our Maine home. She is a doll and a Maine Coon. I had no idea what she was until a few weeks ago. While not quite as big as your “little guy” she’s still quite puffy. They are unable to determine how old she is but she was 8 lbs and gained 1 lb in two weeks. She’s finally starting to understand that she doesn’t have to wonder where her next meal is coming from. Thank you for rescuing your baby. All animals deserve a great home.

    Comment by DaveNCec — November 14, 2008 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  161. WOw lol what do you feed it. he/she’s very beautiful and healthy. not fat or skinny, pretty features… in all close to perfect! i had a maine coon before but he was short hair and i had to give him away lol. i’m thinkin long haired and bright orange now.. thanks to you :P

    Comment by suzan — November 21, 2008 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  162. Lovely cat. I also have a big fat ol’ boy named Moon Pie. He is 8yrs old and constant companion to us and our 8 yr old Shih Tzu, Won Ton. He is 20 lbs. Anyone who is interested in getting a Maine Coon should first consider taking a look at some of the internet rescue sites or local shelters. My guy was a rescue from our local shelter. Got him as a kitten. Of course, I didn’t know he was a Maine Coon then, but he had the best personality of all in the shelter and was very loving, even then. He did have big fat fluffy paws, even as a little kitten. He is the sweetest loving cat I have ever had. He is bigger than the dog and can take him down in a “fight” when they are rough housing. They wash each other’s eyes and ears and sleep spooned together when I am not home.

    Comment by jonni — November 22, 2008 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  163. A girl we know, who’s goal in life is to find and save feline’s first brought Race-Trac to us when he was about 5 hours old and and still wet. He was found at a Race-Trac gas station. She took him home and we got him when he was 2 months old. We found out that he is a Maine Coon and we love him to death.He is now 7 months old and weighs in at a hearty 11 pounds. He is very loving and loyal to us, not to mention VERY ornery. The only thing he has not explored is the ceiling fans, but, he is trying to find a way to get up there. He watches TV with us and sleeps with us. We had a grey tabby that we had for 17 years and had to put her down on Sept.13,2007. Race-Trac was a God sent to us and we will never have anything other than a Maine Coon. We also call him Dip-Stick for short. My wife also calls him Beautimus. He is truly a very beautiful Coon. He has brought us so much happiness and pleasure.

    Comment by Dutch & Jeanie Alexander — November 22, 2008 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  164. holy crap that cat is huge how much does he weigh i have three cats but they are’nt nearly that big one of my cats is almost the same color as him and my other cats are black and white and the other is grey with stripes she is a b****

    Comment by Christina Sneed — November 25, 2008 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  165. That’s soooo cute! I wanna get one now!

    Comment by Taylor — November 26, 2008 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

  166. wow! I like main coon cats! there just big! just curious: how must does such a cat costs?

    Comment by robert netherlands — November 29, 2008 @ 6:03 am | Reply

  167. Hi all/McGonnigle
    I have just stumbled across this site and was scrolling through the comments above. I came across the awful message left a while ago by that ill-bred and venomous imbecile, XPEZ, and just wanted to say to you ‘well done’. What you did in rescuing that cat was an act of immense kindness and generosity in protection of a defenceless animal and showed remarkable courage. I share a house with a rather amazing little creature called Jingo who, although very small and rather petite is a source of love and warmth every day. Jingo is a female red tabby (who looks like a miniature McGonnigle) who, by all accounts (neighbours) was abandoned in a rubbish bag and scavenged from bins for more than 6 months. One week after i moved in to my flat, Jingo walked in timidly through my kitchen door and has never left. I would not be without her now, as she is beyond affectionate and more intelligent than any animal i’ve ever come across.
    I suppose what I’m trying to say is this: a cat choses who it wants to live with and the fact that McGonnigle was crying so violently at your ex-neighbours door to get out, rather signifies it’s longing to escape that environment and it’s distress at being there. Couple that with McGonnigle’s ‘at ease’ reaction to staying with you in your flat, i would say the choice is clear.
    If i had to guess I would say that XPEZ’s cat wasn’t stolen, per se, but more that the cat preferred not to live with the pent up anger so readily displayed in XPEZ’s e-mail.
    Anyway, I’m aware that I’m probably dragging up history here, but i only wanted to congratulate you and wish McGonnigle and long, happy and safe life.

    Comment by mandolio — December 12, 2008 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  168. hi people!
    I really want one cat like this! cau you give me information about were I can get one! please I really want one!!!
    Many thanks

    Comment by Isabel — December 13, 2008 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  169. My husband and I live in Southern California and have 2-23 month-old Maine Coon littermates; brothers I bought from a breeder in Oklahoma. They are full brothers (with papers), but really don’t look very much alike. The bigger of the 2, Sumo San, weighs about 22 Lbs.,is what’s called “cream” and white with a big white splotch on his back and has a liontine face. He’s a bit chunky, but certainly not fat. He likes to sleep on my head; he’s “the big dude” and has a mind of his own. He comes when he is called, but that’s about it. He does like to hold my hand (with both paws).
    His brother, Bootysattva, has longer, red and white fur and looks a lot like McGonnigle, but with a sort of bobcat face. He is still only about 17 Lbs., and rather slim; he’s my “baby”. He likes to do tricks; he sits, jumps from bar stool to barstool (our kitchen bar), shakes hands, stands on the table on his hind legs to “give me a kiss” (he’ll do anything for a ‘Greenie’), etc.
    I was concerned about Sumo, because even though Booty(sattva) has a full ruff, Sumo does not. I was glad to read that this can develop later.
    These cats are so different in their personalities, its hard to remember that they are brothers; but they do groom each other and play and sleep together alot.
    Like all Coon cats, they are talkers- they both have lots of different sounds, and now I can tell the “I’m hungry” sound from the “hold me” chirp and of course the “Get out of bed, you lazy thing!” call is most distinctive. Anyway- they are wonderful pets, and as they always tell me: I’m lucky to have them.
    Barb P.

    Comment by Barb P. — December 14, 2008 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  170. Well, I don’t have papers but McGonnigle and his “brother”, were just about as far apart in coloring, as you could get. His “brother” was a silver color with contrasty markings and was very striking. When the people left the apartment, that cat disappeared and Gonnicle was left. I can only assume that the two kittens came from the same litter. I suppose it’s possible they didn’t, but unlikely. It’s also possible that there were multiple Toms mating with Gonnicle’s mother and that kittens from the same litter can have different fathers. You’d have to ask an expert, though. I’m not one. The ruff can grow surprisingly over time. Don’t worry. Enjoy the cats.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — December 14, 2008 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  171. I stumbled on to this page because I just recently discovered that my cat is a maine coon cat. I wondered why he was so different. “Frankie” just turned one and he already weighs 20 pounds but does not appear overweight. He is just huge. The other odd things about him are his meow…I thought maybe he was deaf or something. I couldn’t understand why such a huge cat would have such a tiny meow. He also sleeps directly on his back with his belly completely exposed. I had never seen a cat do this. I adopted him from a vet when he was only 5 weeks old. He was a tiny little puffball then. My kids and I teased all the time that we have a dog in a cat’s body. He behaves much more like a dog than a cat. He is so very playful too. I am Frankie’s chosen one and he lets me know when it is love time. Other than that, he goes about his own business. He is my buddy beyond belief and I don’t think I could handle it if anything ever happened to him. My daughter was watching televsion one day and they showed a maine coon cat so we researched and discovered that our cat is either full maine coon or close too it. We are so lucky to have him. I would love to post some adorable photos but don’t know how. Frankie is black and white and the most beautiful cat I have ever seen. (no offense). I wonder how big he will get considering that I have read they don’t stop growing until 3 to 5 years old…..we may have to replace his cat door!

    Comment by Susan Merritt — December 15, 2008 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  172. One other thing about Frankie that I find odd is that he wants to eat CONSTANTLY! He is in perfect health but he tries to trick the whole family into thinking he hasn’t eaten. Do they normally have big appetites?

    Frankie explores the pot shelves in my house. He loves to be up high and has even jumped up on the pantry door as it opened so he could sit up there and look down on us. The top of the fridge is a fun spot to lay too. So very playful and so much personality. How could anyone ever go back to a normal cat after having a maine coon?

    Comment by Susan Merritt — December 15, 2008 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  173. The cat that is being held by the brunette woman is truly huge! Everyone is talking as if this cat is McGonnigle. Somewhere in here I think I read that this is NOT McGonnigle, but another person’s cat, and that McGonnigle is actually much smaller. I’m a little confused, and find this picture misleading. I know this is not intentional, but want to know what I am looking at. Is this McGonnigle, the one you rescued? If not, whose cat is this, and what is his name? Thanks

    Comment by ro — December 19, 2008 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  174. OK, I went back to the top for the third time, and NOW I get it!
    The huge cat’s name is Riley, weighed 24 lbs. in the pic, and the woman’s name is Martha. This is NOT YOU and the cat is NOT MCGONNIGLE.
    McGonnigle is in the picture BELOW this one, a petite coon.
    Sorry to have bothered you.

    Comment by ro — December 19, 2008 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  175. McGonnigle is beautiful! I show these photos (Riley, McGonnigle) when people ask me what Balder may grow up to look like. Here he is at about 4.5 months old:

    We had a Maine Coon cat show up on our doorstep years ago, who was a 22-pounder.

    Someone asked how you can go back to owning other types of cats after a Maine Coon cat. All our cats have been rescues, most of them young. It’s been my experience that they are sweet and grateful, especially when you hand-raise them. While the Maine Coon cats were loveable, the cuddliest ones in our home were DSH mutts. Balder is the only Maine Coon we’ve had who actually begs to be picked up and cuddled, although we’ve had a handful of cats like that which were not Maine Coons.

    Just thought I’d share.


    Comment by Lynn — December 27, 2008 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

  176. I need help.. I have 2 Maine Coons that I love but one is marking my bed – almost everyday! I cannot take the laundry anymore and I cannot give her up! I have taken her to the vet over the years to get checked for any problems, changed litter everything you can think of including Feliway and PROZAC. It is too expensive. I close my door now and miss her at night. If anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate the advice.


    Comment by Ellen — December 29, 2008 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  177. We have 2 main coons and they are adorable! My mom’s is so fat lol…she feeds it everything. She says its just “fluffy” i say i wanna shve it and find out lol but im jk of course…i love him and his name is sweetie…i could never shave him =] your cat is very very cute

    Comment by Demi — December 29, 2008 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  178. Hi Demi – Posted at 6:56. I’m not a vet or anything close to it, but your mom ‘should not’ feed Sweetie everything. Even though he ask for it – it is not good for their digestion. Cat food and cat treats or human chicken, tuna, or fish should be the only thing he eats. I only feed my Maine Coon dry or canned food. Meesha likes Eukanuba or a brand I buy from the vet when I’m in the money (Which now isn’t often!).

    Meesha is almost 12 years old, and has the spirit and agility of a 1 year old. She is now about 15 pounds after being sick for a little while. But still the lover!

    Maine Coon’s are the most beautiful cats – but there is another breed that looks just like them – called the ‘Norwegian Forest’. Also beautiful! Google them and you’ll be totally confused as to who is who!

    Happy New Years!


    Comment by June — December 29, 2008 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  179. i no speak inglish..mas hablo espanhol dondes comprastes tu gato???yo amo mucho animales del estimaciones mas quanto la cutoy???(tu gato)perdoname se no hablas espanhol…

    Comment by Byanka — January 4, 2009 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  180. Holy Cow! that cat looks like its as big as you! I don’t own a maine coon myself, yet, but have a neighbor with the most beautiful coon, they’re wicked friendly too, this big guy has no problem sneaking in through our doggy door and sleeping on our sofa if the walk across the street is too far. Good to see that someone like you took matters into their own hands and saved that beautiful, obviously mistreated pet.

    Comment by T-bone — January 5, 2009 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  181. Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous cat! I can totally relate to the bad neighbour story….I’ve lived in some pretty seedy neighbourhoods in my time. Well, I just wanted to say that I’d love to get a Maine Coon of my own some day….especially if they’re all as beautiful as this guy!

    Comment by Suzanne Dargie — January 5, 2009 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  182. i wouldn’t be able to tell a difference between your cat and mine! so pretty :)

    Comment by olivia — January 8, 2009 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  183. I think you are a wonderful person to rescue him. I can’t believe how many people leave animals behind, its heart wrenching. Maybe you lived in that area to save him, I truly want to believe that. He’s a very lucky boy.

    Comment by Roby — January 9, 2009 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  184. I read your story and I want you to know it really touched me. I too have a Maine Coone with a second one on it’s way to my home in February. I won’t have any other type of breed. My male’s name is Charlie and he’s 6 months old and is already 10.2 lbs. He’ll be a big one too. They usually are 10 lbs at 1 years old. I love him to bits. Thank you for rescuing your baby. He’s amazing.

    Comment by Christina — January 9, 2009 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  185. Hello McG!
    what an awesome cat you are! We happen to have 5 pets – three border collies, two cats – and a maine coon is definitely on the wish list. As i was at the vet’s today i met this couple with 8 (eight!) lovely maine coon kittens. They had three cute little McG toms. And one was still available! …. One question remains regarding McG’s story: whatever happened to the silver maine coon this horrible couple had as well? We never heard about that cat.

    Comment by Kari — January 9, 2009 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  186. I also have a large cat. She is about 20lbs and is almost 21 years old. so i know that they can get that large. she is actually larger than one of our dogs.

    Comment by Audra — January 15, 2009 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  187. I Love your cat he is beautiful and that is a great picture!! I want him!!

    Comment by Anne Brisentine — January 16, 2009 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  188. It was such an amazing thing for you to save this cat! I have a female maine coon (my first maine coon ever) who we adopted from an animal shelter. She had been separated from her brother and had a parasite. Today she is healthy and happy. Its so nice to know that Mcgonnigle is healthy and happy today!

    Comment by Amy — January 16, 2009 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  189. Hello,

    I just got my main coon 6 months ago, he is now 9 months old 13lbs and almost 4 feet tail included.
    when he was 4 weeks old he got an infection in his eye and had his eye removed that was a very pricey procedure , his name is popeye he is a great cat and i didn’t have any problem with payin that. he is my best buddy :) when i get up to do somethin he is always very close to me and he wakes me up when i sleep past ten wich is funny cause that is when i have class.

    Comment by Brandon — January 18, 2009 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  190. hello there!
    McGonnigle is beautiful! i love his colors! youre a wonderful person for saving him. my husband and i got 2 kittens (momo and rocco) when we first started dating last year. we got them from our old roomates coworker and never knew what kind of kittens they were until this past weekend when i had a friend visit us from out of town. she said “they look like maine coons, they have that bushy tail. do they scoop the water from their bowl up in their paw and drink it that way?” which is something they do quite frequently. so i researched maine coons a little more on the internet and low and behold they fit EVERY personality trait (rocco is very aloof where as momo is more mellow, they’ve learned to do “tricks” of sorts, and they have a huge facsination with water). meanwhile, rocco is pretty big for his size now.. he’s about 10lbs and almost 10 months old and seeing these pictures of McGonnigle and others is getting me excited to see how big he’ll get :)
    thanks for sharing and the insight!

    Comment by Stephanie Marcus — January 19, 2009 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  191. Wow, what a beauty! I have a Maine Coon as well. Or rather… I’m startin to think that he is a Norweigian Forest Cat. Look at this pic of my cat Eric: … Isn’t he a beauty? And he’s got the sweetest, most aloof temperament, yet he cuddles with me all the time! And he looves the outdoors. When he isn’t on my lap, he’s on top of the wall unit, staring out the window (for some reason he likes it up there).

    Comment by JesslynxAtticus — January 19, 2009 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  192. I’ve always known my 5 year old sweetheart was different and today her vet confirmed. She’s part Maine Coon and part who knows. She’s 18 lbs, 16″ around measured just behind her front legs and very “sturdy” Her name is Ursa because of her enormous sized paws. She loves to hide. Doesn’t matter if it’s behind the sofa or in the cupboard. Her littermate on the otherhand is nothing like her. She 10 lbs and has none of the features – facial of otherwise although she is much more nosy than Ursa.
    anyhow…beautiful photo of your kitty. thanks for sharing.

    Comment by izenears — January 19, 2009 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  193. Wow!!! What a beauty!!!! I’ve had two Maine Coons, both females, gray striped, and absolutely love them! My second, Queenie Bee, was abused and abandoned, left in an empty house after the owner(s) moved. I adopted her in Sept 2005 and it’s taken a couple of years for her to trust me, but she’s made a lot of progress. She’s as affectionate as she dares to be (but still flinches if a hand comes toward her face, or a foot comes toward her unexpectly; it breaks my heart that someone treated this gentle kitty so badly). She will curl up next to me in bed, and recently she’s taken to rubbing up against my legs if I’m sitting and hiding under a table and jumping out at me as I walk by. Her name fits, she’s spoiled – and she understands the word “treats”, she’ll come running from where ever she is for them! Kudos to you for taking in McGonnigle and loving him. It shows!!!

    Comment by Nancy — January 21, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  194. OMG, Your cat looks like a bear!! or maybe a litle pony? xD Can small childrens ride the cat?

    Comment by OMG! — January 22, 2009 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  195. ITS A DOG!!

    Comment by haha — January 22, 2009 @ 7:26 am | Reply

  196. une très jolie bête
    plus douce qu’une peluche
    plus tendre qu’un “teddy bear”
    très agréable à regarder et a toucher
    le plus joli des chats

    Comment by delphine chodyna — January 22, 2009 @ 9:19 am | Reply

  197. That is a cool story. I am glad you saved this cat. When the cat laid next to you on the very first night, the cat knew the type of person you are which is someone with a big heart and very caring person. God bless.

    Comment by Sunny — January 23, 2009 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  198. I´m Jens from Bremen,Germany.
    What an amazing coonie!
    We have two maine coones,nearly 4 years old.
    Coonies are so beautiful!

    Jens from Bremen/Germany

    Comment by Jens — January 25, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  199. I have just found out that our three year old cat named Master Chief, or Bubba, or just Chief is a MAine Coon. He is the most beautiful,loving, playful,intelligent cat I have ever had! We found him crying over and over in a neighbor’s yard three years ago. My youngest had heard him meowing and brought him home. When he told me the cat was a “calico” I was leery-not liking that coloring very much- and especially since our older, female cat,”Queenie” is hateful to other cats and dogs. No one in the neighborhood wanted him. He is actually assorted colors on top and has an all white belly and legs and (huge) white paws!!I think he is really a “tabby-white”, Maine coon. He is large but not as big (yet) as other short haired, domestic male cats we’ve had in the past. But like I told him….he’s just still my baby!!! I’ve told Bubba that he has to live at least another 40 years with me since I don’t know what we’d all do without him!!! Everyone who sees him for the first time can’t get over how gorgeous he is…though right now he needs a good combing since his massive fur and “lions mane” get so messy in the winter. For anyone who loves cats, a Maine Coon is the very best breed!!!…at least in this family!

    Comment by L.Auffarth — January 26, 2009 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  200. Beautiful cat. We have what may be a part Main Coon and the other part may have been the result of a neighborhood indiscretion. Anyway he just showed up at our door and immediately adopted us even though we already had two adult cats. We thought she was a Calico until seeing photos of other Maine Coon cats and now we are not sure. She seems to have the mannerisms of a Maine Coon but not being an animal expert we’re not sure.

    Sorry about the bug-wit “xpez”. Must have had a real bad day or a kidney stone on the move – hopefully the latter.

    Comment by Madmup 1943 — January 26, 2009 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  201. I think it is wonderful that you rescued this kitty! The world needs more animals lovers like this! My mother and I have cared for 2 full litters and rescued 2 kittens. Pete’s mother was killed while crossing the road with him, and Lily’s siblings were killed by a neighborhood male cat, my mom rescued her from a play house just in time. All together we have 6 cats, two of which are no doubt Maine Coon’s…Punkie and Rufus….Punkie looks exactly like yours, she is not as large however. Rufus is getting larger just like you describe. He’s only 2 so I’m hoping he gets EVEN bigger! They both love to come in the shower and play with me. They are truly the most loyal cats and very obedient!! Punkie loves to be carried like a baby and she drools when you pet her hehe. Good thing she has so much fur around her cute lil orange face to catch it!! But anyways……i saw the rude comment……wow………its disgusting how ignorant some people are! God bless you and your baby!!!!

    Comment by Addie — January 26, 2009 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  202. I love cats and this cat is beautiful! That was a really good thing you did to take him in…and I laughed when you told the story of him growing and growing…I can only image how surprised you were when he matured to this very large cat…

    Comment by Dee Anne — January 27, 2009 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  203. The first time I saw your picture I couldn’t believe the size of your cat (I was jealous). So beautiful. We have a big guy Gus, must be about 20 lbs (certainly not as big as your guy). Didn’t know what a big boy he would be when we got him at 8 weeks. Long story behind Gus, my daughter just wanted an orange tabby, but that is not what we have. My husband kept saying this is not a normal cat, must be some wild cat in him. He is sweet, loves my daughter more than anyone in the house even though I feed him and do all the other stuff. It’s okay, I’m second best. He does not like to be picked up, but will lurk just outside the room or where ever I am in the house. Gus is only 4 years old, so I guess he has 1 more year to go before he is done growing, can’t imagine him getting any bigger.

    Thanks for sharing your picture and story, and ignore the nastiness of some people in this world.

    Comment by marqee — January 27, 2009 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  204. I just came across your website. I am so happy to hear about your rescue of McGonnigle. There are far too many people out there who have pets and abuse or neglect them, and not nearly enough people like you who will rescue them. There is definitely a special place for people who love and protect animals…Good for you! I adopted a cat from a local pet shelter 2 1/2 years ago when one of my other two cats, Maxx, died suddenly from pneumonia, most likely caused by an infection that had been latent in him since he was a kitten. I adopted Maxx and his sister, Lexxie, when they were only 2 and 3 years old, and they had already been adopted and thrown back out on the streets twice before I found them. When Maxx suddenly went to the Rainbow Bridge, I wanted Lexxie to have another companion…she is a beautiful, very tiny (about 6 lbs) cream-colored domestic shorthair. I went back to the same shelter and told them about Maxx. The lady at the shelter picked out a huge orange and white cat that had been dumped in their doorway about two weeks earlier. She said he was about 6 years old, which would make him harder to adopt out. She put him in my arms and he immediately wrapped his big paws around my neck, put his head on my shoulder and started purring full-tilt. I was a goner….I named him Jackson (I call him Jaxx) and, as so many of the comments have said, he looks exactly like McGonnigle. I didn’t really know what a Maine coon was until I adopted him and did a google search. The resemblence between Jaxx and the other orange (or dark ginger, as they call them) Maine coons is absolutely amazing. Thankfully, Jaxx isn’t quite that big; he’s about 15 or 16 lbs, but there is a huge contrast between him and my little Lexxie. Jaxx has huge paws with large white “mittens”, enormous long whiskers, and the fluffiest tail I’ve ever seen. He is so incredibly loving and gentle. He does love to mess things up, though. As soon as I put something down on a table, chair, etc., he suddenly feels the need to get up there and stretch out until he knocks everything off onto the floor. He things it’s his duty to give me more work to do…The other trait that I’ve noticed with him that I haven’t seen with any other cat is that when he stretches out on the floor (on his stomach), he always crosses his hind feet. He looks so cute; is this a Maine Coon trait, I wonder? He also has the loudest voice of any cat I’ve ever had and he talks constantly, especially in the morning when he wants his breakfast. I would be so lost without my beautiful cats. I love dogs, too (we have a petsitting business), but no dog in the world could give more love than my cats do.

    Comment by Lexxie — January 29, 2009 @ 12:53 am | Reply

  205. That is one big main coon! I would love to put a pic of him on my website…

    Comment by brett — January 29, 2009 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  206. OH MY!

    Back in late July, my children found this scraggly little kitten in the yard, no family to be found. So we took her in bottle fed her, and took her to the vet a day or so later. She weighed less then a pound, and was in serious need of food. She quickly gained weight and started to grow, we though, boy she sure needed food. She was quickly approaching the size of our four full grown cats. With the biggest, fluffiest feet we had ever seen on a kitten.

    She was so playful, wouldn’t let anyone of us alone, at anytime. My daughter was reading a book, a few days after we found her. In the book, one character says to his “little” sister, ” You are so small, to be so hugely annoying”
    The little sisters name… Alice. Our little kitten quickly became Alice.

    At about her 4th vet visit, the vet said, “Hmmmm, you know she looks like she may have main coon in her.”

    My mouth fell open, and I said good grief, she’ll be bigger then the dogs…. I had heard of maine coons, but had not ever seen so much as a picture of one.

    She is now just about 7 months old, and is very playful. Her favorite toy? Oh the water in the water bowl… we catch her standing in it. Needless to say this really upsets the rest of the animals who prefer their water be clean and not full of cat hair. LOL

    We do love her, she will snuggle from time to time, but still prefers to chase some kind of pray around the house, her favorite is a set of dog tags, that she attacks and “kills” when ever she can get her paws on them.

    Thanks for sharing your story, and for all the others. After reading these stories my husband and I are shaking our heads, knowing our little Alice has surely got Coon in her. And although we had thought she might end up pretty big… now know we are surely going to have a big cat.

    Comment by Kelly — January 30, 2009 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  207. Wow! He is huge! Thank god you saved him! My son found a kitten on the side of the road about a year and ahalf ago. Cute as could be! He bought him home. As he grew he looks more and more like a maine coon. He is the most beautiful cat I have ever had. His name is Foggy. He is gray (silver) and very big and fluffy!!! We love him dearly!

    Comment by Michelle — January 31, 2009 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  208. Hi – I loved your post to that rude ignorant person with anger issues.

    We have a maine coon and he is gorgeous, he is called the mountain and is very shy and scared of everything so it makes life that bit sweeter when he graces you with his presence. Saying that he is fine with us just if there is anyone new in the house he hides. He’s such a baby and we love him. He looks likes McG but smaller (not that much smaller I hasten to add). We love cats.

    Comment by Corinne — February 1, 2009 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  209. Hi:)
    Its nice to read your stories about your cats:)
    But I have one question concerning big cats.
    I have a all black male Maine Coon who are 6 years now.He is a giant,but started early to have trouble with his lower back and hips.So in periods he troubles with stiffness,and I wonder if its a common problem concerning big cats?
    He is “only” 122cm with his tail,and weighs 11 kilos..He has in a way become a bit shorter the last years and I also wonder if someone else have cats who have the same problems.He was almost 140 cm at his biggest and 13 kilos..and not fat ,just muscles:)

    I am also wondering if his problems can come from his family lines?

    But he still thinks he is a small kitten at times,and are one of the kindest and most empatic cats I have seen.


    Comment by Tor j — February 1, 2009 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  210. Your cat is beautiful. My husband and I just adopted a stray from our local animal association a month ago and our Jimmy looks so much like your McGonnigle! He is only 11 months old and we can’t wait to see how handsome he is a year from now.

    Comment by Jenn — February 1, 2009 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  211. Tor: I am not a doctor. I would imagine that, just as some dog breeds, the Maine Coons are a little “overbred” and hip displacia can be a trait of the line. That’s a shame because cats are God’s gift to gracefulness and you would hate to see one be hobbled at all. But please understand that I’m a regular person with no clinical knowledge. Good luck with the 25 pounder. Say hello to Stig Byornebye (Liverpool supporter) for me.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — February 2, 2009 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  212. i used to have a cat that looked like that,
    but he was all peach.
    he passed away about a week 1/2 ago.
    theyre really loving cats,
    an mine slept with me every night.
    looking at those pictures made me think of him.
    he wasnt quite that big, because he was only 2,
    but he was a decent size.

    Comment by Kelsie — February 5, 2009 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  213. hi, i love your cat, he is beautiful and good for you for being such a great person to rescue him
    i have a ragdoll cat and people go nuts because he weighs 18 pounds, while he is so beautiful, i am criticized for his size. his sister and litter mate was 20 lbs and a beautiful orange.

    Comment by terri — February 6, 2009 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  214. Our Tux is also a rescue kitty, but he rescued us instead of the reverse…or maybe we rescued each other. My Russian Blue, Shadowfax, was dying of cancer after 16 years together. We saw Tux staring at us through our breakfast room window and thought he was the neighbor’s cat who was of similar coloring. For a full week, he stayed with us, moving from window to window to maintain visual contact (the boy has a powerful stare). After a week, I told my husband something was wrong and went outside to check on the cat. He immediately ran to me and ‘plopped’ in front of me. ‘Plopping’ is Tux’s specialty and is something like releasing the hydraulics from under a truck resulting in a collapse to one side. He presented his chin for scratching and I knew he wasn’t the neighbor’s cat. We washed him off (he was gold from all the pollen) and dried him with a hair dryer which he seemed to love. We brought him inside and he went up to Shadowfax and lay down in a submissive posture. She hissed and he moved on to the couch where he slept, looking something like a puffball that had been electrocuted then hit by a mac truck, for almost 12 hours. He was 10 pounds when he found us and got up to 18 in his full glory. Shadowfax died a month later and having Tux with us eased that loss. That was 9 years ago and he’s 18 years old now and as precious to us as one of our human children.

    Comment by Martha — February 7, 2009 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

    • that is sooooooo sweet what u didi for that cat, its nice of u to care about all Gods animals, hehe… im usually a dog person, but i can live with cats. my dag and kittewn are getting along well

      Comment by Hollie Bever — August 30, 2009 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  215. i love your cat. i want to steal him and take a nap. i bet he’s soooo soft and would be a great napping companion!

    Comment by jackie — February 8, 2009 @ 1:56 am | Reply

  216. What A beauty, I Have Maine Coon As Well So May I Suggest TO any one Who’s Got a Maine Coon (2nd-1st) Bigest out of the litter, Look At Your Fist And That Will Be The Size Of Your Cats Paw In 5 Years and
    now imagen How Big The Cat is going to be.

    Comment by luke — February 8, 2009 @ 6:32 am | Reply

  217. What A beauty, I Have Maine Coon As Well So May I Suggest TO any one Who’s Got a Maine Coon (2nd-1st) Bigest out of the litter, Look At Your Fist And That Will Be The Size Of Your Cats Paw In 5 Years and
    now imagen How Big The Cat is going to be…

    Comment by luke — February 8, 2009 @ 6:34 am | Reply

  218. Hi there :-)
    we would say thar McGonnigle is the coolest cat on earth. I showed the pictures all my friends. And now we are proud to say, that McGonnigle has a fan-club here in Germany.
    And we will beg you…. pleeeeeease more photos.
    McGonnigle is the superstar in my office at work. Over 70% of the DeskTop PCs got MCGonnigle as wallpaper.
    We love him….. The kids wearing T-Shirts with photo of him and at End of 2009 there will be a cinemafilm titled McGonnigle&Garfield – Code Red

    Ok ok… just kidding.
    He is such a cute, cool cat. I wish there would be more photos.

    Greetings from Cologne/Germany

    Comment by Alex — February 8, 2009 @ 9:44 am | Reply

  219. i have one female maine coon. She’s 1 year old and 6kgs… :-) i love her so much!!

    Comment by lin malaysia — February 8, 2009 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  220. Danke Alex von Cologne. Ich habe eine bischen Deutsch. Es ist nicht gut. Ich lernte fur meine reise nach Switzerland. Ich werde (to try) (to post) mehr Bilden McGonnigle bald.

    How did I do? I tried to say, in my bad German, “I will try to post more photos of McGonnigle soon.”


    Comment by mcgonnigle — February 9, 2009 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  221. Hi there,

    your German is very well. :-)
    Hey, Switzerland is just a step from Cologne. What about a visit here in Cologne?
    A friend of mine said, that the first picture of you and McGonnigle might be a fake. He cant believe that cats can grow up like this. My friend knows MaineCoon-Cats but thats unbelieveable he said.
    Come to Cologne and we will show him that McGonnigle is real…

    And if you dont come to Cologne just add some pics. We love him…

    By the way… My English is also a little bit worse. But it works.

    Greets from Robert Alex

    Comment by Alex — February 13, 2009 @ 5:41 am | Reply

  222. Ahhh, i am so sorry. Now i get it. The first picture is you, Martha, together with Riley on your arms. And the other pictures are McGonnigle. I thought the first picture is McGonnigle, too.

    And they are both very cute…

    How much cats have you got? McGonnigle, Riley and Callie…?
    What a dream team.

    Best greetings from “Kölle” Cologne (ok… near Cologne, but this little city nobody knows…)

    Comment by Alex — February 13, 2009 @ 6:07 am | Reply

  223. your maine coon is gorgeous. I also have one. He is about a year and a half now and a good 18 pounds. He bullies my dog! haha im only 16 though and i REFUSE to leave him for college! but really great story!

    Comment by Rachel — February 13, 2009 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  224. ilove your cat he is beautiful
    my father is looking for a maine coon his has past away due to old age. anyone who can help me with a good breeder anywhere please email me thanks

    Comment by shannon — February 13, 2009 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  225. Martha – first let me say that I love your name…it was my mother’s name and part of my daughter’s name (Martharose). Second, please ignore comments from losers as they are a dime a dozen. I spend a lot of time viewing on YouTube and people get so rude and mean, the comments become battles between them and the videos and their meanings get lost in the scuffle. Third, you did a wonderful thing rescuing McMonnigle. He is a beautiful cat. Sounds like your neighbors were real winners (I live in NJ, too!). A good thing you got out. You said you don’t know why you ever moved in there. I do. You were sent there to do the good deed that you did. Nice job! Lastly, I will tell you about Bogey, our Maine Coon. He is a lover, like you say. He purrs almost twenty-four hours a day, even sometimes when he’s sleeping. Our vet said he is a tabby, but his tail looks just like McMonnigle’s and it’s always been that fluffy. He also has the big mane. He does have stripes and I’m not sure he is 100% MC as he is only 15 lbs and is 3 1/2 years old. I guess if he has MC in him, he will continue to grow for another year and a half. We love him dearly. He has an older brother(we just call him that!), we call Harry Houdini. He IS a tabby and they look like twins if not for Bogey’s long hair, huge mane and bushy tail. I tell people that his tail is obnoxious and that it looks like there’s another cat following him around!Take care and rest in knowing that you did the right thing…no matter!

    Comment by teresa — February 15, 2009 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  226. I have a Maine Coon cat that was abandoned by the renters who lived next door to me. I can remember when the little 9 or 10 year old girl first got him as a kitten. She was so happy. A year or so later they moved and left him to fend for himself. I noticed him sitting on their porch obviously hungry and lonely. Not wanting a pet, I called the humane society asking if they could take him. They couldn’t. A few days later I lured him to my house with some food. I took him to the vet for a neuter job and to get him healthy. I’d never heard of Maine Coon Cats until the vet told me that was what I had. He is such a joy and blessing. Oh, by the way, not wanting a cat I named him “Dog”. I think he was abused as he doesn’t like his belly petted and doesn’t like his hips petted. Thanks for posting the picture of your “Dog”. Take good care.

    Comment by Steve — February 19, 2009 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  227. Hi – I lost my Maine Coon Makie last year, the last holiday in May. I must say I lost one of my best friends. He was 12 years old and I must say NOT as big as your cat but he was bigger than a small dog. I swear sometimes I thought he was human; and so did he..LOL. When my babies (twins) came along he was so gentle with them. He even got along with the new edition of the family dog. Main Coon’s are amazing animals and I am proud that my first kitten which I got from an animal shelter was Mackie.

    I am searching now to get another kitten – of course it will HAVE to be a Maine Coon. I know nothing will replace my beloved Makie, however I am looking forward to another edition to our family.

    Thanks for sharing about how you saved your cat..

    Comment by R Foster — February 22, 2009 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  228. We have an orange tabby that is about 21 pounds and he look like a truck!

    Comment by Ashley — February 25, 2009 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  229. Lady, that is one big friggin’ cat. It’s damn near as big as my dog & she’s a German Shepherd, Golden Retriever & Chow mix.

    Don’t ever feel bad for “stealing” the cat from the neighbor. You did that animal a favor. You took the iniative to rescue the cat from dying a slow death of starvation & neglect.

    As for that jerk XPEZ, he showed how much brains he really does have & the last of them went with his last bowel movement…..


    Comment by Rianna — February 25, 2009 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  230. Now I know what kind of cat our Tiger is. Even the vet did not know what he was. We got him from my in-law’s barn (his momma was a stray that camped out in their barn). We thought his daddy might have been a Bob Cat. None of his littermates survived more than a bout 1 year. Tiger looks almost exactly like your cat. He is 16 years old and weights about 13 – 15 lbs.

    Comment by Carolyn Wright — February 27, 2009 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  231. OMGosh!!

    That is a very beautiful baby!

    My 2 year old Maine Coon, named Baby, was rescued as well and looks exactly like yours- only the family she had let their 4 year old put something in her fur. Ick..She got a ‘lion cut’ shave within 3 weeks of me having her(she had to go to the vet for her updates as she hadn’t been since she was a kitten) and she had to be shaved to her skin in some areas.

    I absolutely love the fact that she is not a big momma’s girl, she waits in the window until I come home from work. She also has the personality to make it known that she is mine to anybody that walks into my house. lol

    As of right now, she is on my lap curled up with me holding her like a baby. She loves that when I’m on the computer and scratching her. lol

    Anywho, your beautiful baby is well, beautiful!

    Best of Luck!!

    Comment by Anastasia Smith — February 27, 2009 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  232. Great looking orange Maine Coon. I grew up with a Maine Coon and a domestic shorthair, both with tabby patterns. They were brother and sister. They were born in 1993, and my family adopted them from a shelter shortly after their births. I love those cats and still miss them even though I haven’t seen them since 2001 (had to give them away during a move since the landlord required a max of one cat, and our family had several by that time).

    Comment by Khendra — February 28, 2009 @ 3:33 am | Reply

  233. When my husband and I got married in 2000 we adopted 2 kittens from the pound – a black cat and what we thought was a long haired tiger. The “tiger” (named Zeus – which fits his ego) kept morphing as he got older and had some really interesting qualities. One day my husband’s boss’s boss was touring his work, saw a picture of our “kids” and remarked “oooh, what a great looking Maine Coon”. He (my hubby) checked out Maine Coons online, looked at the personality traits and mentally said “that’s Zeus and that’s Zeus….etc.” the only thing about our 18 lb 9 year old is that he doesn’t have tufts on his ears and he didn’t get the “Maine Coon cats like dogs” memo (much to our Belgian Tervuren’s chagrin). We refer to him as either our “designer imposter” Maine coon or “I can’t believe it’s not Maine Coon” cat. His tail up means “it’s time to pat Zeus and nothing else”. He’s just great and we love him.

    Comment by Tamara — March 1, 2009 @ 6:45 am | Reply

  234. Hi,

    What happened to the other cat?

    Comment by ceejade — March 3, 2009 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  235. OH my god::: What a beautiful cat. I have NEVER EVER seen a cat so HUGE. I mean in length and everyting he is beautiful. I would love to have him. How much do they cost to get a kitten like him???? thanks

    Comment by jo davis — March 7, 2009 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  236. You have a beautiful cat. Ours looks exactly like him and is named Major. We also rescued him. He loves our cocker spaniel (bathes her and our other cat) and I actually think he thinks he’s a dog, too! Having had cats all my life, I can say I’ve never had one like this! He’s daring, a clown, affectionate, uses the litter box, on command (used to go directly into the toilet, until he once fell in!), watches T.V., loves chicken, fish, eggs, steak, among other things.
    When we got him, he had a baby blanket (baby receiving blanket), and still drags it around the house. He also thinks he’s still nursing (my shoulder stays wet!) At 62, we’ll always have to have a Maine Coon cat!

    Comment by Ginger — March 8, 2009 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  237. It’s a wonderful thing you did rescuing that beautiful cat!! God bless you!!

    Comment by Al — March 8, 2009 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  238. When the cat takes a dump do you need a rubbish truck 2 come and collect its ditrys?

    Comment by louis roberts — March 11, 2009 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

    • allright, I know you’re excited about Liverpool’s win, but really, it’s late; put down the bevy and go to bed!

      Comment by mcgonnigle — March 11, 2009 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  239. I want to meet YOU and your MC> I lost Kelsey, a gorgeous male, about 2 years ago. He woke me up about 3 in the morning and died in my arms. I am still devastated. I found this pic of you some time back and was stunned. By the lady and the cat. I hope you write me back. SM

    Comment by stan mullinnix — March 11, 2009 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  240. Great Cat,

    I had a Maine Coon for 4 years and someone poisoned him, it happened when I was out of town, and my neighbor let him lay in her yard
    for 16 hours, refused to take him to the vet for me….finally I was able to get in touch with a friend who came and got him and took
    him in while I was frantically driving home to get to him….20 miles from home the vet called and told me he didn’t make it…broke my
    heart…he was about 18 pounds but still growing….Maine Coon Cats are the coolest animals ever. I was a dog person my entire life, and
    then one cold winter day he wandered in as a kitten (someone dumped him) and adopted me basically..His name was Bongo, and he was entirely
    too cool…Maine Coons…incredible….fantastic. And, there is a happy ending to this story. After Bongo died my girlfriend wanted to
    get me a new one, but it was to soon and nothing would have replaced Bongo. Then in September we happened to stroll into Pet Smart, and
    there was a little Maine Coon….nobody even seemed to know what they had (gees, you only need to see their tails, right?)…and I snatched
    him for $60 (a breeder will charge you $500-$1000). Someone had dumped him and his sisters into a rubber bin, taped the top closed and
    left them in a parking lot on a 95 degree day (people are such assholes)…he had almost died and this was the first day they had him
    in Pet Smart…so lucky me…I got a new one…and he is so cool. I named him Mingo…

    Here are pictures of Bongo..

    and are some movies of Mingo taken about 5 months ago, he is much bigger now, already going on 10 pounds and he is only 10 months old.

    Comment by Michael — March 11, 2009 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  241. My Main Coon is IDENTICAL to yours in face, underbelly, legs and paws and tail. They look like identical twins except my kitty only weighs about 13 lbs. He just looks like a normal sized full grown cat. He cannot exist without one of us being in the same room. I’m retired and able to be with him all day on most days and he loves that. He follows us around like a dog, he wants dinner when we have dinner and wants what we have to eat, he loves to stick his head in a half full glass of water and lap it up even though he has fresh water in his own dish. I have never had a cat quite like this one and HIGHLY recommend Main Coons to anyone who lives alone…you will never be alone again. The best part is that these Main Coons CLEARLY communicate to you exactly what they want and when and seem to understand every word I’m saying to him. They are remarkable companions and pets and my cat MUST be a direct decendant of your cat. Let me know your email address and I will insert a photo of my boy so you can see how identical to your cat. Thanks for sharing your baby with us.

    Comment by Jim H. — March 16, 2009 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  242. Girl, you have a beauiful cat. I only own Maine Coon Cats. You rescued him, what a shame his breeder was a bad one. My Breeder interviews people to take her cats. If you suck, you don’t get one! She is Grandma, the new owners are mom and dad.
    God Bless you

    Comment by Trish Otto — March 19, 2009 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  243. Hello,

    What a wonderful cat you got.I am sure you are loving him every minute of your life. I too have main coon cat 8months old. He is such as joy to have him around and play with him.

    I did read all the posts especially the way main coon cats drink water from their paw. Acutally I would like to request all the main coon/cat owners to make sure your cat drinks enough WATER every day as it very important to have water otherwise they will die early due to KIDNEY FAILER. As I learnt this from my Vet Hospital when neighors cat got admitted into emergency due to kidney failer due to lack of water.

    Please take it seroiusly as WATER is very important to cats (especially as they eat dry food )and make sure they drink enough water after every meal.

    I bought a water fountain from PETCO and my cat drinks water from it very easily. I use luke warm filter or spring water and change the water every 2 days. In the begining my cat was not drinking water at all but I made him drink and now when everever he is thirsty goes and drinks water from his fountain.

    PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR PET make your cat drink enough water every day. Which will help him stay healthy and live longer.

    Also one more suggestion do not keep changing cats diet as it causes stomach upset and makes him week.

    I use natural choice or Hill’s Science diet, they are very good for semi solid food.
    For dry food I use ROYAL CANIN

    Thank you
    Letha, M.A

    Comment by Letha — March 23, 2009 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  244. i had gotten a free kitten back in october. long-hair, bronze tiger. had no idea that she was a maine coon. shes bout 6months old. 35in. my mom loves her-(circa’s) long whiskers, and my brother makes fun of her racoon like tail. circa’s also got the mark of maine on her forhead.

    Comment by bstetzel — March 26, 2009 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  245. I rescued a sick cat from the euthanasia list at the pound today. I think that he must be a maine coon mix, as he is very large and fluffy. He is also very very friendly. It is such a shame that a cat like him would end up being euthanized just for having the sniffles!

    I certainly think that you did the right thing in rescuing your cat. I’m a little confused, however, about your comment about CNN and the new york times. I’m not sure if this is a stab at liberals or if it is just sarcasm, but if it does in fact have anything to do with political leanings then I think you are mistaken in assuming that people on one side or the other of the political or intellectual spectrum are less capable of caring for animals. Loving an animal, and doing the right thing for it, doesn’t have anything to do with who we vote for or what newspapers we read. I read the new york times every day and I still would’ve done what you did in your situation- “theft” is justified by the situation. I know many other people who don’t read the new york times who also would’ve done the same.

    I may have just misinterpreted your comment, however. Excuse me if I did.

    Comment by Molly — March 27, 2009 @ 4:10 am | Reply

  246. McGonnigle is a gorgeous-looking cat! We rescued a kitten two years ago from a seaside cafe that was closing. The owner was unable to take the kitten with him to his new home. I took it to the vet on the way home for a health check and shots, and she said it was a Maine Coon, and male. I had to think of a name for him on the spot so called him Jake. I’d never heard of the Maine Coon breed before, even though we’ve always had a cat or two in the house. He is now 3 years old and huge, but so much fun. I think he’d been chased around a bit at the cafe and is now frightened of people outside our immediate family, but with us he is wonderful company. His profile is a dead-ringer for McGonnigle, and so is his tail. His fur is absolutely ideal for the winters here in Canada, and his big feet are like snow shoes in snow. His long belly fur however, always comes back with icicles. He has us trained though,he goes straight to the bathroom (checking that his servants are following him) jumps onto the counter top and waits for his rub-down. I’ve been told that Maine Coons love water. Ours definitely does.

    Comment by Jan — March 28, 2009 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  247. Hi FOG,

    I’ve seen the photo of Riley (right?) above many times, and thought how much he looks like my Campos, but didn’t know the breed. Now after seeing McGonnigle I am certain I have a MC. Campos even has the ear tufts, plus everything else you photo’d and described.

    Like every cat I’ve ever had, Campos was a stray. Living in the country on a ranch you get animals dumped on you all the time; we feed 5-15 outside cats every day (plus our three indoor/outdoor cats), and spay the ones we can tame.

    Campos was abandoned at the house we rented from my parents; my mom found him when the orange tree “meowed.” We moved in and took over. But I’m glad you pointed out above that a cat’s early experiences count more toward their personalities than their breed. Campos was not treated well; thus, he is wary and even crabby. But when he reaches out to us he is loyal, affectionate and gentle. He’s an old soul and I’m completely in love with this very old man.

    Thanks for explaining Maine Coons, and I bow to you for doing the right thing — TWICE — when it was scary to do so. Kudos.

    — Laurie LaGrone

    Comment by foolery — March 30, 2009 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  248. thats one big furrball

    i have a main coon, Milo, we adopted him from the toronto humane society and had no idea he was going to be this big (he’s 22 pounds)but when he was about 4 he grew into his ears and paws which were huge in comparison! thats when we googled main coon and found out he must be one.

    He is very smart! he churps, grunts, and has a very loud meow! i love my creature.

    Comment by Kimberly — March 31, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  249. Love your pics! I am happily owned by my MC mix Sam. He looks a lot like your Mcgonnigle- but he’s only at 17 lbs so far(he’s only 3). He’s the coolest cat I have ever had- totally not a lap cat, but also not aloof. He “talks” incessantly at me and knows how to play fetch. We are working on a few behaviors and he already has a handful of commands down pat. Like so many MC’s he’s highly intelligent! I love when I come home from work he will sit by my feet and wait for me to pick him up and love on him. Hopefully he will not get too much bigger, as this becomes more and more difficult! :)

    Comment by ttswismis — April 1, 2009 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  250. wow, that person that said you were a cat thief was a douche.

    we have a maine coon as well. we found him in a shelter, put there by a landlord who found him abandoned in a house. probably people like those who lived next to you. we love him, and he is the best cat. he sleeps with us every night and follows us around the house. he is still small, but is only one year old. we can not wait till he grows larger.

    Comment by beeghly — April 1, 2009 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  251. Woah! I just found out my cat is part Coon. That’s pretty epic. It was hard to tell with Fii ( my cat) because she was a stray kitten and was prabobly bred on the street by random passer’s by cats.
    Fii’s mum was a really thin Tabby cat and she had four kittens on my pool cover (♥). I think it as during the night, because the mum was dead when I got out side but there were four little kittens (whom I named Fee Fii Fo Fumb) My boyfriend and I called the vet and we tried to keep them warm while the vet came over but three kittens died when she finally got there.

    Anyway, Fii is now 4 years old yesterday! and she’s about 15LBS the last time I weighed her. She’s not as big as your cat. She’s grey with white stripes and she looks so silly because her neck tuft is so long compared to her small face. She looks like a sunflower!
    Fii says hi!
    ( and also I feel kinda bad for Mr. Zspez because he had just lost his cat and it’s an understandable reaction. Still he was very mean, but people should just ignore him and let it go. He’s just sad.)

    Comment by Nessa♥ — April 1, 2009 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  252. I first found the pictures of Mcgonnigle while looking for confirmation that the newest addition to our family might be at least part Maine coon cat. I first saw him on my back porch, just a little guy, I figured maybe 6 – 8 months old, but really skinny, with matted fur. I went out and he came right to me, when I picked him up, he turned in my arms until he had his head resting on my shoulder like a baby. He sounded horrible, his breathing sounded so congested. I took him next door as my neighbor has animals and I thought he might be hers. She said she had brought him home after rescuing him from an abusive situation (a statement I did not doubt, just from the looks of him!), but couldn’t keep him, and didn’t want to bring him into her house for fear he would give her cat and dog whatever he had. She had plans to take him to the local cat shelter, but I couldn’t stand the idea of that, so she gave him to me and I brought him home. And yes, into the house with the other cats. Maybe not the smartest idea, in case he was contagious, but he was so little, and so sick, and so clearly needed love and attention, there was no way I could leave him outside. I did try to limit his contact with the other cats until I got him to the vet, but every time he got a chance, he was trying to play with them or even chase them. He had a lot of attitude, even while he was so sick. And he was obviously extremely tough to have survived his life so far, and to even want to play while in such bad shape, so I named him Chuck Norris. After his trip to the vet, and many dollars and much medicine later (he had an extremely bad respiratory illness, just short of pneumonia, a severe case of ear mites, a really severe ear infection, lots of worms and battalions of fleas!) he has recovered completely and I don’t know what I would do without him. He still likes to lay with his head either on my shoulder or tucked under my chin and sleeps on me more often than not. Even while I’m on the computer, he expects me to hold him in my arms so that he can nap. He will also sit on my shoulder when I’m in my recliner to finish his grooming before he takes his nap. I just hope he doesn’t get as big as some of these posts suggest is possible. If so, I’ll have to start lifting weights just to be able to hold him! Oh, and he also looks like he could be the offspring or much smaller twin of mcgonnigle, everything is just the same from ear tufts to extremely fluffy tail. If I could figure out how, I’d add a picture so you could see. Anyhow, just had to say how much I enjoyed reading about your mcgonnigle.

    Comment by Faded Lily — April 2, 2009 @ 3:49 am | Reply

  253. heehee omg that is the biggest cat in the world im going to get a maine coon cat tooo i hope its as big as yours because itd jjudt plaine awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by lizzy — April 8, 2009 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  254. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THAT IS A BIG CAT!!!!!!! Im getting one too and hope it’s that big!It is so cooooooooooooool! But im getting a kitten and i’ll have too wait 5 years to see how big he grows!

    Comment by cc — April 8, 2009 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  255. We have a 1 yr old who is already half the size of our Lab. He used to sleep with the dogs in their kennel because he thought the Lab was his Mama. She’s the one who carried him around and cleaned him up after our son got him. Our other cat was not happy to have a kitten in the house. He plays rough with the two dogs, but can’t give enough loving to his people! He’s so much more outgoing than our American Shorthair who is only willing to love on me. Our whole family is hooked on the Main Coon bread, now. BTW, our Scooter is the spitting image of your baby, although he’s not as big…yet.

    Comment by Tammy — April 22, 2009 @ 1:20 am | Reply

  256. We adopted Buster from Brazos Valley Feral Cat Allies when he was 4 months old.
    He was anything But feral. What a sweetheart he is.
    The people at BVFCA didn’t know he was mostly Maine Coon and told us he would have medium length hair.
    So we kept noticing his hair kept getting longer and longer.
    He’s about 5 and a half now…..and Very “woolly”.
    We call cat hair “pelt feathers”. :-D
    Also he Likes to be brushed, which is a blessing.
    I don’t know what we’d do if he didn’t like it.
    We used to have a female cat who would hiss, growl, and spit when you tried to brush her.
    All our cats have/had all their claws, and you had to steer clear of hers.
    I bought thick leather welding gloves early on to wear while brushing her…..Her name was Zephyr, but she answered to “Heifer”.
    Long story, but she wasn’t fat.

    Comment by TX_Wench — May 2, 2009 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  257. You are a good person. I would not have done anything different than what you did. My wife owned a male Maine Coon when we got married and he and I became good friends. He always slept on my legs at night and if I layed down on the sofa he would settle down on my chest purring away until we both fell assleep.

    Comment by Mark — May 2, 2009 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

  258. we have one she is huge and solid white. beautiful cats!!! <3

    Comment by max — May 4, 2009 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  259. Is this a cat or a lynx?

    Comment by nitrofurano — May 11, 2009 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  260. Where does McGonnigle sleep…..anywhere he wants! : )

    I always get a kick out of seeing this cat. Its a beaut.

    Comment by Chris — May 12, 2009 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  261. We adopted a kitten last year from the SPCA. He was so cute and friendly that I knew he was the one for us. He’s now year and half. He’s about 16 lbs of pure muscle. I think he also has some Maine Coon in him. He has many of the characteristics and just like yours only seems to be missing the tuffs at the top of his ears. The vet thinks he’s overweight, but even after putting him on a strict diet, continues to get larger. He is tall enough to reach the top of the kitchen countertops. We have to make sure not to put anything close to the edge or he try to knock it off. His paws are very large and his fur is just starting to come in. He was listed as a short hair, but its has gotten much thicker this past winter. He also looks very similar to your cat. Orange tabby with white patches on his underside. He’s a great cat and now helps us take care of the 2 new kittens we just adopted. He rather lick them to death than anything. We just have to make sure he stays out of their food or he will put on too much weight.

    Comment by Marie — May 12, 2009 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  262. Wow, beautiful cat. Cant get over the size. I have a male who definitely has maine coon blood in him. Got him from the SPCA about 13 years ago. Would not want any other breed again

    Comment by Helen South — May 14, 2009 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  263. thats a big cat…………………. what the heck are you feeding it? fish………….? tuna……………..?

    Comment by selena otero — May 14, 2009 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  264. Hi, I don’t usually reply on these things but after reading xpez’s rant I felt I had to. You did completely the right thing by rescuing Gonnigle. I wish more people would step in and save animals. Having a pet isn’t a right, it’s a privilege but idiots like xpez don’t seem to understand that. If a person isn’t treating an animal properly then they don’t deserve to have one. Waiting until the animal is dying is waiting far too long.

    Comment by Rebecca Armstrong — May 15, 2009 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  265. Beautifull cats! I think I have a Maine Coon… at 7 mounths he looked full grown. He’s now almost nine mounths. I would’ve done the same if I was in that situation.

    Comment by Kayla — May 19, 2009 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  266. Hello from Singapore in Southeast Asia. I just lurve this cat with the strange name. Lady, is that a cat or a tiger? Are u sure??? (Heehee). And can u write up another posting, please, telling us how u feed him (with what! how many kilos of fish!) and how u take care of him (how much shampoo a week must u use? how many brushes a month, and how do you clean up the mess of his hair all over the sofa and bed!). And lots more pictures of this Big Mc. I had a cat once with the same colour and stripes, but only about a fifth of the length of beautiful Mcgonnigle. I tot a taw a giant puddy tat! I did! I did!

    Comment by reme — May 19, 2009 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  267. Wow! That’s a big cat but what’s even greater is the rescue. You are a very brave woman and I applaud you for your bravery and convictions. It sounds like something my daughter would have done too-and told me about it afterwards. I found your blog because she’s just rescued a Maine Coon. Her second rescue of the same breed. She told me to google it and I found you! I’m glad you got out of that god awful place and took Gonnigle. I suspect he’s already paid you back too! Don’t take those jerks who write in obnoxious remarks too seriously. Obviously they’re ignorant and lack class.

    Comment by NEMarineMom — May 21, 2009 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  268. My 14 y/o son & I enjoyed your site and pictures of McGONNIGLE. We found you while researching Maine Coon’s. Our rescue kitty, now 5, is mostly maine coon. We looooooove his personality, loyalty, size and fluff.That big tail is always up!Every morning he jumps in our roman tub and calls us to turn on the water.He’ll wash and ‘move’ the water around with his furry paws, drinking some too. They are quite the characters.

    Comment by leni — May 22, 2009 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  269. Hi I have a main coon cat but he is black and gray he is also a very big cat and I love him with all my heart along with my other cat snickers and she is a calico. My main coon cat is named bob by the way.. and one more are a very good story writer that would have made a really good book seriously..My name is haley and im 13 and I LOVE CATS! hehe

    Comment by Haley — May 22, 2009 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  270. I read your story, and my sweetie, “Noogies” and I have one too. When a mobile classroom was in the process of being removed from the property where I worked, the guys found a litter of kittens. One had been cannibalized, and all had ring worm. They caught one little male in a live catch trap and the he-men were afraid to touch him. I put on gloves (he was hairless from ring worm), took the little mess and wrapped him in a towel. He began to purr as I held him close–we’ve been in love ever since. Noogies became a beautiful gold and white baby. His skin is entirely pink, so he still looks like a kitty even though he is now 13 yrs-old. He is kind, easygoing, and loving. His only predilection is he will run to get in front of you as you walk, then though himself on the floor before you to demand attention…problem is–it is hard not to step on him!

    Comment by C Yang — May 23, 2009 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  271. This has sent shivers up my spine as he is the absolute DOUBLE of my cat Avid who I lost in October.

    Comment by Kim Hill — May 27, 2009 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  272. Do maine coons get along with other cats? Because I was wondering because the MC is bigger than the other cats, will they be jealous or fight? We were going to get
    a brother and sister MC and we have a cat already.

    Comment by Stuie — May 31, 2009 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  273. And how are they with dogs?

    Comment by Stuie — May 31, 2009 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  274. Maine coons love dogs…….

    …..Especially for dinner….. ;D

    Comment by Bruce — June 3, 2009 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  275. Congratulations on your wonderful cat! I took my two teen-age daughters down to our local Humane Society shelter, last Christmas, as I told them that they could have a kitten for Christmas. We came home with two! We got a mostly-white Abysinian-type & our other kitty is what we THINK must be at least part Maine. He is an 11 month old tabby & weighs 24lbs!!!! He is GIGANTIC! He is so much fun to play with, but really annoying at night when we’re trying to sleep, ’cause he comes to our bedroom doors & yowls at us to come play with him. Our other kitty just ignores him as much as possible, now that he out-weighs him by about 18lbs! He loves to play with the dogs that come visit, but he really doesn’t like water; we tried to give him a bath & he did some Matrix moves that we haven’t seen outside of the movie! (My sister thinks that he must be part dog! We got him a dog-chew toy & he hauls it all over the house!) All my little nieces & nephews absolutely love him.

    Comment by Syrie — June 19, 2009 @ 1:50 am | Reply

  276. xpez, or X-Pest,
    The difference between a dog and a cat is a dog sticks to the owner while a cat sticks to its territory. With the exception of the Maine Coon Cat of course.

    No matter how badly you treat your dog, it would return to you. However, if you treat a cat badly enough (enough == very very badly), it would forsake its territory and move on to kinder pastures. A cat that find that it cannot handle the violence would avoid the source of violence.

    Xpezt, your cat was not stolen. It moved on. Apparently to avoid you and the violence so evidenced in your verbal expressiveness.

    In most states, at least in Maine (may be not in Alabama where you probably live), if the case stood in court Ms Fog would not only win the case, but would be applauded by the judge and animal control department for rescuing the cat, even if she had to break in. While its former owner would have been prosecuted for animal neglect and cruelty. It’s just similar to any case if you heard a human baby crying next door for more than 5 hours and you broke in and found the baby neglected – would the court punish you or applaud you?

    Hmmm … I’m tracking Xpez on the net to see who you are. Matching your language you displayed here, you seem to be an avid online game player.
    BTW, we have a 15 lb girl Maine Coon.

    Comment by Wicked Sinful — June 19, 2009 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  277. McGonnigle looks JUST like my cat! My cat is an ex-shelter cat and has a simply fabulous lumpy personality. I’m glad to know what breed causes his half-grown lion looks.

    Regards to you.

    Comment by B — June 21, 2009 @ 4:48 am | Reply

  278. We have a wonderful grey male main coon of about 13 pounds and almost nine years.He’s not full blood but from looks and character traits may as well be.His name is tig and is a much loved part of the family and knows it hehe.

    It was awesome to read your story and wonderful that you saved mcgonnigle from his fate.Put in the same postion as you I would have taken the same action and ‘stole’ the cat ..good for you.Congratulations on saving mcgonnigle enjoy what is a beautiful animal and i’m sure a great friend.

    Comment by Micheal — June 23, 2009 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  279. Your Boy is beautiful….
    I have two boys & everyone always comments on the size of them, but McG makes Dylan & Jacques look like kittens. I have been told that they are ‘heavy’ – but the vet is wrong. Dylan weighs 17kg’s and Jacques 15kg’s They are not in the least fat!

    I love their strong personalities, and they both ‘speak’ to me all of the time. Dylan even does tricks, he will sit & give a paw.

    I would have done exactly the same as you did! You have made my day, knowing that there are good people still out there! Good on you.


    Comment by Nicola Peel — June 23, 2009 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  280. OMG…I have the same cat!..He looks just like my Lenny that I adopted from a cat rescue here in Des Moines they could be twins. I wish I could post a pic of here for you to see.

    Comment by Traci — June 23, 2009 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  281. McConnigle is beautiful. He looks a lot like my Maine Coon. We found him stranded on the side of the road. We had no idea what he was until we took him to the vet. She saw the telltale traits of a Coon. My big boy, Hamlet loved to be picked up. As long as I scratched him under the chin, I could hold him forever. He was also a lap cat. The minute I sat on the couch, he would be on my lap. He walked away one day about two years ago, never to be seen again. He was about 15 years old, so we figure he went to be alone to pass away. I miss him.

    Comment by Michelle — June 24, 2009 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  282. I have a cat named Kiki who is Maine Coon but very small especially for a male. He is very kittenish!

    Comment by Amanda — June 29, 2009 @ 7:32 am | Reply

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  284. Thats awesome… Im waiting to get my cat sometime this week… super excited!

    Comment by vixen — July 7, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  285. WOW, i got told by this bread by a friend at work and i have to say what a beautiful cat, i love cats more than humans most of the time, and i can honestly say what a picture, took my breath away, never come accross one in england, but to tell the truth never knew they were out there, pure loveliness xxx

    Comment by nikki buckley — July 7, 2009 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  286. Wonderful story, wonderful cat, wonderful person.

    Comment by Rick Barett — July 10, 2009 @ 2:24 am | Reply

  287. Our Maine Coon looks so much like yoursm, but a lttle smaller. What a great story! They are the best pets! Like a dog, but not the trouble! I work from home and Fluffer greets all my clients! They love him! I so enjoyed reading your story of your Maine Coon!

    Comment by Lynn S. — July 14, 2009 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  288. Nice website. I’d like a Maine Coon (or two). Do you guys think it’s safe to let them go outside? I’d love for them to roam and hunt like they should, but I live in a very hot climate, and there are strays that wander around my neighborhood.

    Comment by Kate — July 17, 2009 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  289. What a sweet story!!! Your kitty is beautiful! Anyone that interested in a Maine Coon, should look into the many rescue groups out there.

    Comment by Angi — July 20, 2009 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  290. Someone where I work had a pic of you and your cat, and I thought it was a fake until I found it.

    Beautiful cat indeed. I came in late and am a little confused. I’ve read the story of Mcgonnigle, and keep seeing references to Riley. So which one is which, and who is the big cat in the pic? Riley, or Mcgonnigle?

    I have two cats myself. One of which is pretty big but no where near like yours. That one is a 7 year old Tabby tom with the same colorings as yours. He weighs a good 15 Lbs. The other is a little female 6 or 7 Lb. gray Tiger that I rescued last autumn. My best guess is she’s just now a year old.

    Comment by Byron — July 25, 2009 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  291. Beautiful cat. He is strikingly similiar in appearance and size to my yellow maine coon. Mine is very large and we get a lot of comments on his size, although he is not overweight. My cats name is Simba, like the lion cub from Disney’s The Lion King and the name definitely fits. Simba is like a little Lion Cub. He is not quite as big as yours, but definitely longer than your average cat. Just to give you some examples I feed him on our kitchen table (an average hieght kitchen table) and when he wants to see if the food is in the bowl before he makes the jump he will stand on his hind legs and put his paws up on the table top, standing up and looking all the way up onto the table and at that point he is only stretching to about 3/4 of his length. Also, at this very office chair I am sitting in right now in my computer room I sit in an average height office chair and sometimes he will wander in here and stand up and come press on the top of my shoulders to come see what I am doing (which can really scare the crap out of me when I am home alone and not expecting it). He is such a lazy cat too. Just kind of lounges all day and night. Cool little kitty. What a life. The only problem is that he sheds like crazy! But you gota take the good with the bad I guess.
    Thanks for sharing your pictures of your beautiful gato and the story too giving some background on how you go him.

    Comment by James — July 31, 2009 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  292. …ignore the sicko retard, stece, above. the internet will always invite the stupid to carelessly write any and few thoughts that they have.

    anyway, do you happen to have any photos of your adorable cat when he was a kitten? I have a possible maine coon mix who is also orange, and was wondering if I can compare to see any signs that he may actually be a maine coon.

    Comment by jennie — August 1, 2009 @ 11:08 am | Reply

  293. i was just looking up random pics of cats online and saw a maine coon cat, and i have officially decided i want one. they are huge, adorable, and beautiful: exactly what i would really want in a pet. [i no the first sentence kinda sounds snottish in selfish, but its true!! : D]

    Comment by kate — August 8, 2009 @ 1:15 am | Reply

  294. Melody&Ilost our No. 1 draft pick to caner, Uncle Stocky, he was goregous. A Barabra Ray,breeder Mainecoon, show quality, she is retired. We would to find the breeder of Riley Martha, please tell us where you got him,Sincerely, Melody& Tim

    Comment by Tim&Melody Gurney — August 20, 2009 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

  295. would you give that sweet cat a big for me. I love cats, my 2 cats died of diabetes in the past couple of years. Now with a small child I need to wait awhile. I plan on getting an orange cat, the siamese have always been in our family. Jasmine, little bob, ashes 1@2 sweetie, dusty, sawyer, molly and now we have 2 dogs, penny and adore.

    Your story was bad were you use to live, I just signed a least and hope everything will be ok. I divorced a very abusive man, I just hope he will go way for our safety. You live and learn, I had a very good lawyer.

    Cats make me so at ease they are truly from Heaven.

    God Bless,
    Noel :)

    Comment by Noel — August 23, 2009 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  296. dat cat is so fake

    Comment by b9 — August 25, 2009 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  297. Gorgeous cat!! I would like to have one too.


    Comment by Alex — September 3, 2009 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  298. This made me reminisce, and cry over my own Maine Coon, Simba. We had to put him down when he was about 12-13, he had something wrong with his somack and couldn’t eat, we took him to the vet, but in the end he just was in too much pain, At his largest he was 22 lb. when he was sick he went down to 16 lb.

    He was an inside-outside cat too, and loved to bring us birds, especially blue-jays, even though they would dive bomb him if they caught him. I recall one winter our house became infested with mice, so he and my golden retriver and Simba’s brother-in-everything-but-blood, Red, went hunting. Red would sniff ’em out and catch them if he could, and Simba would get the rest. Together they had caught at least 13-16 mice, but that’s a guess based on mouse bits.

    My mom was so surprised how Simba grew into his hand, because when he was a kitten he could curl up into he hand, yet when he was full grown … Well YOu know how big they are!

    Your McGonnigle looks nearly like Simba, except Simba was a grey-dark grey-white kitty. But the tail, face, and chest fluff are the same.

    Thank You for posting this lovely article about your Maine Coon. Keep saving the world, one cat at a time~

    Comment by Spam Lady — September 3, 2009 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  299. He’s a lovely little man indeed!! I have a ginger Main Coon too and love him to bits, he to was left behind by someone and we were adopted by him in 2006. We call him our DogCat, because that really is the personality of MC’s. Lovely story, glad that you rescued him.

    Comment by SunniBoi — September 9, 2009 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  300. AAAAaaw beautiful cat….we have one he is 9months 2morrow & he is so huge already….when I saw the pic of your cat….I got excited I can’t wait until Shadow gets that big….& I think he tries to open the cabinets @ night!!!

    Comment by Equasha — September 11, 2009 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  301. Ah, I love the Maine Coon. I’ve had cats all my life, but never any real races. They look so big and furry and cozy, I love them!

    Comment by Lilleblack — September 13, 2009 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  302. Howdy, ma’am…

    Love the story here regarding Mr. McG. My intention is to have a couple of MCC’s join my household soon…hopefully a bro and sis….

    One small comment–when you have swine that post here…see what you can to to just delete them.

    No need to dirty your hands with the foul of mouth and soul….


    Comment by Mike — September 14, 2009 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  303. To anyone who thinks that cat is fake because he is so large he is not. I grew up in Michigan and while walking up to the store I passed by a woman’s house with two of the biggest cats I had ever seen. They were sitting on the sidewalk by the side of her house. The owner told me that they were Maine Coon males. We had a Maine Coon female but she was only eight or nine pounds. She said that the one weighed 50lbs and the other 30lbs and they looked it. The bigger one was as big as a medium sized dog around the size of a Border Colley. I never forgot it because I was absolutely astonished. I have never seen domestic cats that large before or since then.

    Comment by Charlene Femminineo — September 14, 2009 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

  304. I had an orange maine coon… exact replica of McGonnigle named Max. The youtube clip made me tear up a bit. He died after eating a mouse that had been poisened. It was a friday night, and we literally had no money at the time. He was just three years old when this happened. He died over three years ago and I still miss and think about him. I swore he was actually in love with me, and must have been a person trapped in a cats body. These cats have the most amazing personality!

    Comment by D Rae — September 25, 2009 @ 12:22 am | Reply

  305. I gasped when I saw these pictures of McGonnigle the Cat. They look IDENTICAL to my cat Bizzy. He’s just come back from the vets this afternoon actually, where the vet there was so intrigued by how fine his fur is, she did a blood test, sent it away to have it analyzed and it turns out he is half maine coon and half persian!

    Comment by jess — October 2, 2009 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  306. I recently found a kitten (about 5-6 weeks old) in the road right in front of my apartment complex driveway (actually this was back in May). If it hadn’t been for the lady I was waiting to cross the street so I could pull out into the road I’m pretty I would have otherwise not seen him and run over him. I wasn’t even sure if he was alive when I first saw him, he was just laying on his side and not moving at all. I couldn’t even really tell if he was breathing. Once I stooped down to pick him up he raised his little head and looked at me, thank goodness. Its a miracle that he didnt’ get run over as the was in the middle of the lane on a rather busy street. I took him back to my apartment and introduced him to my wife who had a couple months prior brought home another stray that was hanging around the restaurant she works at. I told her, “Its my turn now!” We had no idea what kind of cat he was until my wife recently started looking into breeds. We believe he is a Maine Coon as he has many of the physical characteristics of a Maine Coon and all the correct temperaments. This is a great article on the Maine Coon. One of the things the article hits on is that a Maine coon is typically not a lap cat, but they will always be around or helping you with whatever you’re doing. Smokey as we named him since he is mostly gray but with a white stripe that runs from between his eyes across his bib, chest and entire underbelly, each foot also has a section of white on it, taught us to play fetch with him. We have all kinds of toys that he loves to play with but discovered that what he likes best are rubber bands. He found the bag of rubber bands on my desk one day as was evident by the rubber bands that were everywhere on my desk chair and all over the floor. A few days later he brought one of the rubber bands to the sofa where my wife was sitting and dropped it next to her. She picked it up and he proceeded to swat at it while she was holding it. Once she was tired of the playing she threw the rubber band a few feet away. Smokey immediately chased it, attacked it and then promptly brought it back to my wife to repeat the whole process. He is not a cuddly cat but is very loving and always in the middle of things or just watching the goings on. He gets along beautifully with our other cat, they are practically inseparable except when Smokey’s playful antics because too much for Sir Rey and he has to retreat to a quiet place and take a nap. I love both of my cats but Smokey is definitely something special. He is playful and intelligent… and as I’m discovering when my wife and I look at him and go, “What is he doing!” he is quite the ham. I only wish my nephew listened as well as Smokey does…I only have to tell Smokey no once.

    Comment by Max — October 7, 2009 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  307. P.S. Your cat is beautiful!

    Comment by Max — October 7, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  308. I’m sorry, this is going to be long, so skip if you want to but I really need to write this for myself. As a form of therapy. I’m sure many of you understand.

    My husband and I rescue cats but have the inability to give them away! Our first introduction to the Maine Coon was a cat we found at the local shelter. We went to the shelter to pick up a cat that I had heard about on the radio, that was attacked by a dog and had lost an eye. We felt for the little guy so we went to adopt him. When we took him out of the cage he didn’t really seem to hit it off with us. It turns out he fell in love with the lady running the shelter. She agreed to adopt him herself if we adopted another cat in his place. As I was walking along the cages I saw this big fluffy gray cat that reminded me of a cat I had as a kid, so I called my husband over to look at him. The lady opened the cage and he LAUNCHED himself into my husband’s arms. That was that. We didn’t choose him, He CHOSE my husband! (We later got him a tag from that said “I rescued a human.”) The shelter had chosen the name “Leo” for him. Perhaps because he looked like a giant gray tiger with that main of his! That night we brought him home and introduced him to our other three cats. My husband likes to describe what happened next as the battle in the movie 300. All the cats backed him into a corner but he held his ground and fought his way out. My husband then decided that he had earned the movie (and real life king of Sparta’s) name, Leonidas. how perfect that the shelter called him Leo!

    He was much bigger than our other cats and was extremely fluffy! So we looked up breeds online and found that he was at least half Maine Coon. He was a gentle giant though. Just a week or two after bringing him home, the neighbor found a kitten in another part of town that was being chased by a pitbull. They knew nothing about cats so of course we brought him home. He had spunk! We named him Gremlin. He walked right up to Leo and slapped him across the nose. We were terrified of what Leo’s reaction would be but he bent down and started bathing Gremlin! From that moment the two were INSEPARABLE. Leo bathed Gremlin constantly, made sure he ate and snuggled and slept with his paw around him. We thought this was odd for a male cat, especially one that had lived wild (and he had the cuts and tears in his ears to prove it)! But it was like they were meant for each other. Even when Gremlin grew up (he’s 14pounds but not an ounce of fat on him!), Leo would still bathe and snuggle and sleep with his paw around him. My favorite picture is of the two of them squished into a rather small catbed, their paws and tails dangling from it as they could barely fit, and Leo still has his paw wrapped around “his son” despite the fact that he was by then very grown up. That photo is bittersweet to look at because at the beginning of this year Leo became ill. They said he was severely anemic, though they couldn’t say why. He needed a blood transfusion. So we brought in his “son” Gremlin. We thought Gremly would save his daddie’s life and for a while Leo got better and stronger each day. But then he deteriorated. His kidneys failed and his big paws became swollen with fluid so that it was too painful for him to walk and he kept peeing on himself. My husband and I made the hardest decision of our lives, to put him to sleep. I cry just thinking about it, even though it was in April. We don’t have kids, I’m too ill to carry a child. Our cats ARE our children and we’re perfectly happy with that. We live out in the country and have lots of space so we created a cat cemetary in the back yard (my husband picks up dead cats from the sides of roads and brings them home for a proper burial). Leo is burried there, with a huge concrete statue of a Maine Coon. It’s so big that I can look out of the back window and see him. The memories of his passing hurt greatly, even with time. My husband made him a lovely coffin and we burried him with my husband’s favorite towel and a can of tuna that Leo really loved. He was our introduction into the world of the Maine Coon. I wonder how his son Gremlin took it so well. My husband assures me that it’s because Gremlin can still see his daddy. Cats are more in touch with that kind of thing than humans, I suppose. My husband also feels he has a connection to Leo that some people would scoff at. But while I agonized over the right time to put him to sleep, my husband told me when. He said Leo had told him he was ready. I know that sounds crazy to some people, but that cat and my husband shared a deep bond that only old fighters can (my husband is an Infantryman who served in Iraq). He says that sometimes he dreams of Leo and one time he was sure he awoke to him licking his face. Whether it’s true or not, it dulls the pain. When I really miss him I talk to his son Gremlin and tell him to give a message to his daddy in Heaven that I really love and miss him.

    Shortly before Leo died, we moved into a big house in the country. We looked around and realized we didn’t have enough cats!! The place was so empty and needed the life that only cats can bring. So we went online to and I searched and searched and the second I saw the picture of a kitten named “Noah” I just KNEW he was supposed to be my baby. Even though he was at a shelter in another state, 5 hours away, he was going to be mine. We drove to Bowling Green, Ky (we live in TN) and went to the foster home that the shelter was keeping a lot of cats at. We fell in love with one after another for a million different reasons. Instead of coming home with one cat we came home with 6! We just couldn’t let them be put to sleep! And the foster lady told us that for every cat you take, you save two. One that goes home with you and one that she can rescue from the shelter where they’d be put down. Their fee is $75 for one cat and only $5 for a second. They were nice enough to give us all 6 for only the price of two! And all were fixed and chipped too. I know some people get upset when people adopt kittens from shelters because older cats get put down, but they were so hard up they were putting kittens down too! But we only adopted one kitten, my noah that we call No-No for short (cause he was a naughty kitten!) and the shelter said they called him “No-Zilla” like Godzilla, because he was the sweetest little terror. The other 5 cats were older cats. Tigger (was originally named “Tanya Tucker” after the country singer) is 12-13. Her owner died and the owners family didn’t want her so they abandoned her at the shelter. She was so traumatized that she lost all of the fur on her belly and on her back legs! The foster lady was sure no one would want an old, “damaged” cat, I loved her immediately. She’s a beautiful, petite tortoise-shell Calico and she’s now named after my father’s beloved tortie. Dayln was picked by my husband because we found him sleeping on a chair, on his back. And when my husband started petting him, he gave my husband a bath! that was that, my husband had to have him. It now turns out that he’s actually slightly mentally retarded but he can feed himself, use a litterbox and is the most loving cat you could imagine. So what if he’s not bright, it’s not like he has to go to college! Tiger is a beautiful orange tiger cat. He was returned to the shelter several times. It was his last chance and my husband won’t give up on a cat. I now think I know why he was returned, he has a habit of peeing on our bed if his litterbox isn’t spotless. Even though we have 7 litterboxes, the one in the master bathroom has to be up to his standards or he pees all over us in the middle of the night! Now that my husband is temporarily deployed to another army post Tiger pees on his side of the bed even after I’ve JUST done the boxes 5 mins before. The vet says that he is mad that my husband is gone, because he has chosen my husband as his human. Needless to say, he spends a lot of time outside, which he actually prefers since he has woods all around to hunt in. Woody, cat number 5, is very shy and sweet. He’s defiently my husband’s cat (you know how they seem to choose their human?). And last but not least, Hobie. As for the names, aside from changing Tanya Tucker to Tigger, we kept all the shelter names, I guess we never really thought of anything better! We were about to leave, thinking we had seen all of the cats there, when my husband mentioned Leo and how he loved that he was a Maine Coon. The foster lady lit up and said she had a Maine Coon up for adoption in her bedroom but she never thought anyone would want to adopt him because he was so big and because he didn’t do anything (she said he was more like a “furniture ornament” than a cat you could interact with). She brought us to her bedroom and enthroned on her bed was Hobie. This is exactly how my husband likes to describe him, “21 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal!” And it’s true. He was the biggest cat I’ve ever seen in person. He’s massive, mostly black with a white belly and a white streak across his nose and lips. His fluffiness is unbelievable. His tail is as big as some other cats. And his whiskers are immense. He looks like a really fluffy medium sized dog! For the first year we had him he stayed to himself, sitting in the window. They tell us he’s probably 11 years old but he doesn’t look it. You can tell he lived the life of a wild tom cat before they caught him though. He has a huge chunk missing from one of his ears. I can only imagine what he did to the other cat!! After about a year with us he changed. He became increasingly friendly. He wanted more and more attention and interaction. It’s come to the point now that he climbs on me in bed and sleeps next to me. It can be a bit intimidating looking over at this huge creature hovering over you! And he does bite once in a while. If you’re rubbing him too much on the belly and you ignore his squeaks of protest, he’ll nip at your hand. But otherwise he just wants love. He makes a weird chirping sound that I’ve never heard come from a cat and he does it constantly, especially when he wants your attention. I love to rub is massive white paws with all the fur in between each of his toes but he doesn’t like his paws played with! He also has the funniest purr. A friend described it as a fat man struggling to breathe. I don’t mean offense by that, he said it not me, and I’m quite plump myself. But it’s an almost wheezing kind of purr, like he’s struggling, but he’s not. His fur is so long and so SOFT. And being mostly black, it’s VERY shiny. My husband called Leo “Big Fluffy,” Gremlin is “Big Sexy” and Hobie has earned his nickname, “MEGA FLUFFY!”

    We now have many more cats, but we’re thinking of adopting another Maine Coon. This time we’d like to raise him from a kitten. We’re looking for breeders in the South if anyone knows of one.

    Comment by KateK — October 8, 2009 @ 4:45 am | Reply

  309. The Maine Coon cat is a breed of big cats is the largest of the cat breeds that exist today.
    A size example:

    Comment by Leo — October 10, 2009 @ 5:34 am | Reply

  310. what a gorgeous cat. what’s funny though is my cat looks so much like that. he must be half tabby half maine coon. because he is lager than our dog, and everyone who see’s him thinks he is enormous. I admit is a little chunky. but the vet said it was a healthy weight for his size. but he looks so much like that.

    Comment by ashley. d — October 12, 2009 @ 5:14 am | Reply

  311. wow that cat is super big i cant believe it bye bye

    Comment by angelique martinez — October 13, 2009 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  312. I would just like to say that I had come across your story while looking up the Maine Coon cat and am happy that there are people like you in the world. I my self am a cat and animal lover and am constantly rescuing dogs and cats from all over New Jersey. I praise all people who are willing to help out any animal in need.

    Comment by Dawn — October 14, 2009 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  313. hello catlovers,

    i have a maine coon too.
    i saved her from people that lifted her up on her ears.
    she is very tiny for a maine coone becouse they did`nt give her enough food to eat.
    i am the only one that can hug her and touch her head.if anybody els wants to hug her she makes a noise that looks like screaming.
    she is almost 6 jears old and still a bit scared of other people.

    my love to all the cats in the world.

    Comment by danielle — October 15, 2009 @ 6:31 am | Reply

  314. Your cat is beautiful. You are a very good person, a wonderful human being. Your heart is at the wright place. Thank you for loving this cat.
    Josette from Québec Canada

    Comment by Josette — October 18, 2009 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  315. Your cat is beautiful. I have a 17 lb. Maine Coon. He used to live down the street with some really nice people, but they were having a really hard time financially and had to move. Unfortunately, they left Caspian behind. He adopted us after about a month, But he still really misses them. He often spends his afternoons down at thier house waiting for them to come back.

    Comment by Sophia G. — October 18, 2009 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  316. I remember I have seen this photo for many years ago, when we were about to have our ovn very first maine coon. And I never have forgotten how big you cat is, our got HCM and never really put on weight. I googled maine coon and always saw that photo, but I never found the paige it was from untill now! And it was really fine to finally read about that huge maine coon of yours. I really miss my cat, he died now this weekend and only got 5 years old my little baby. So i googled “maine coon” again and at last I found the paige your picture is displayed on. Just wanted to tell you, that photo brings back very many beautiful memories when I first met my maine coon when he was a kitten.

    Martha :)

    Comment by Martha — October 21, 2009 @ 5:22 am | Reply

    • Hi Martha,

      Sorry to hear about your Maine Coon. I am tracking HCM in Maine Coons, and would be interested to know the ancestry of yours if you are willing to share the information. You can contact me via e-mail at if you’d like.


      Comment by Ellie — April 29, 2010 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  317. oh my god!

    your cat looks identical to my cat!!!

    except my cat (sargey) is half the size!!!!

    my nanna found him in a rubbish bin years ago! he was about a year old.
    sadly my nan died just over 10 years ago..

    my aunty adopted him and had him until a year ago. she moved to queens land which is a REALLY hot part of australia. and obviously he is too old to move there so now i have him!!! :)
    he is soooo happy here in melbourne with me!

    and he really is identical same color same face there both really fluffy.. sargey meow’s ALOT.. does mcgonnigle?? it really annoys my mum but i love it! he has character!!

    i dont no what breed he is do you think he is a maine coon too? but just not big?

    write back to me if you can!

    thanks for putting these photo’s up! he is so cute! :)

    jessie xx

    Comment by jessie — October 23, 2009 @ 2:22 am | Reply

  318. My daughter found ARK (Almost Road Kill) on Nov 4, 2005. She literally drove over the top of him, hence the name. The next day she took him to the vet, he weighed in at under 1 pound and was estimated to be 8 weeks old, we were told he was a Maine Coon. Three weeks later on his return visit the vet told her “I never thought I would see this cat alive again” We had to hold his head for him to eat, he was so week. Shortly after my daughter moved out & he became my cat. He greets me everyday and wants his time in my lap and he loves to be held and walked around almost like a baby. He is very affectionate, he doesn’t meow but trills. My husband thanks he is a Norweigen Forest cat since the “M” is not to prominate. His ruff is so very full he looks like a lion only various shades of gray and white and its as though someone put black eye liner on him and around his nose. He plays fetch, knowes “sickem'” (thats when his pal Rusty, another one of our cats, is in the house, they play) and he can usually be found lying within a few inches of my feet, you don’t need a dog with cats such as these.

    Comment by Bobi — October 28, 2009 @ 1:12 am | Reply

  319. wow, I love your cat! This make me miss my Maine coon……I wish we could have pets at college……

    Comment by Elephant Bones — November 3, 2009 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  320. Hello. I used to have a cat, Arnie, who looked EXACTLY like your McGonnigle. I had to have him put down a couple years ago, but he was such a great cat. Enjoy your guy there!

    Comment by Adam Peters — November 5, 2009 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  321. What a wonderful story about how you rescued your cat! For all he went through, I am glad that you are the one who found him.

    Comment by Brian — November 9, 2009 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  322. I can’t believe how much your cat looks like my cat, Daniel. Daniel is about 11 1/2 lbs but tall and long (not underweight though). If I didn’t know better I would say that these were pictures of him, even down to the random black whiskers mixed in with the white. If you’re interested drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you along some pictures!

    Comment by Kay — November 11, 2009 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  323. I had a Maine Coon named Champ. Champ was a gorgeous and handsome cat. He was a great hunter and was absolutely sociable. When he meowed, sometimes it sounded like a hooo hooo.

    Comment by Dennis — November 23, 2009 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  324. i got a a main coon from the pound and she is soooo cute but when i got her the women from the pound said they are calm but mine is the most crazy cat iv ever had but she is so friendly”are any of yours relate to this?”

    Comment by Ellie — November 24, 2009 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  325. hey how much each day are you sapost to feed them?

    Comment by Ellie — November 24, 2009 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  326. Gracias por las imágenes.Es un gato maravilloso, eres muy afortunada de tener esta hermosa criatura junto a ti. tu gatito es un sueño para quienes amamos a los felinos.

    Yanet de Chile

    Comment by yanet — November 25, 2009 @ 8:07 pm | Reply


    Comment by mallory a.k.a brooklyne — November 30, 2009 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  328. Thank you for rescuing him. I rescued some cats that a former tenant left. She was feeding them and just left them. I could only adopt 2; the rest I had to take to the pound. It killed me to do that but I tried and could not find them homes.


    Comment by madelyn — November 30, 2009 @ 10:05 pm | Reply


    Comment by Ellie — December 3, 2009 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  330. i also have a maine coon,not purebred but he is alot maine coon cuz he has the fluffiest tail(that’s how he got his name,Fluffy),loves water,silky soft fur,the ear tufts,tufts between the toes,the silly meow,all the characteristics of one….we love him dearly as we do our other 2 cats,dog and guinea pig.we are animal lovers and i am so glad to have came across your page and got to see your beautiful cat…..

    Comment by jenn — December 12, 2009 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  331. A baby ,send him to me if you want
    bert netherlands

    Comment by bert — December 14, 2009 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  332. oh yea i heard that allot of mix breads have funny meows i love my main coon shes almost a year old,her tail is so fluffy and it has these cool stripes so all the kids at night think shes a raccoon.

    Comment by Ellie — December 17, 2009 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  333. this cat is amazingly beautiful. i had a maine coon for years and i miss him so much.

    Comment by rockstarsmc — December 23, 2009 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  334. yea my main coon is sooo pretty too because she looks like a raccoon shes brow with black spots and strips all the way to her tail and then he tail has these raccoon strips,but nothing can be as beautiful as that big cat.

    Comment by Ellie — December 23, 2009 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  335. Hello!!

    I saw the pic you have at the top like 10yrs ago. I have had a mix and a pureblood. Had no idea what a Maine Coone was until a friend identified my mix. He was my first. All of 11 lbs but he had all the markings and temperments. His kidney’s failed (not from mistreatment but his prior owner “collected” cats and so none of them saw the vet or were well taken care of) when he was 5yrs old. Broke my heart. He absolutely clung to me. So much so that if I left him for more than one night he’d go into a panic. So, he learned to tolerate car trips and even flew with me for a trip back home. He sat very quietly at my feet. Poor thing.
    My baby girl is full blooded. 20 lbs and beautiful. I have had vets tell me that she’s fat and nothing more than a long hair domestic. I changed vets at that point. I found a vet here to id’d her right away as a Maine Coon and she cuddles and coo’s at Katrina when we go in for her shots. Love the vet.
    My mix, he did more of the typical maine coon things, played fetch, chirped a lot, wanted to either be in my lap or right under my feet at all points. My pure blood wants to be in the same room with you but will make sure that she is just out of reach. She didn’t talk hardly ever (no chirps or anything) until we babysat two siamese for 10 months and then she learned that they got food when they meowed (not my training and I tried to break them of it)
    I always tell people that Maine Coons are the BEST breed and they work well with non-cat people. So calm and cool and never a pain in the neck!

    McGonnigle is beautiful!!!! I’m sure my furball would appreciate it if we let her out but there are eagles and birds of prey everywhere near us and I’d never forgive myself if something happened to her =(
    Happy New Year!!

    Comment by Cyndi — December 30, 2009 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  336. Awesome story – props to you for rescuing him, he’s a beauty!

    Comment by Iain — December 30, 2009 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  337. We loved your story about your big boy and his rescue!We have a big orange cat too and didn’t know his breed. We have been watching the show “Cats 101” and recently accidently discovered (last month)what we believe to be the breed of our BIG boy Satch. We now think he is a Maine Coon, a breed we didn’t even know existed until that show and now by reading all of your comments and seeing photos are confirming this more and more. We rescued our Satch (short for Sebastian) from the horrible bitter cold from our back yard. We have many ferile cats around us which have somehow navigated to our yard in the past 20 years but none have touched us as much as this one. He was so tiny and appeared to be the runt of the litter yet had huge feetI could hole his with just two fingers under his armpit. His eyes had not yet turned from blue so we knew he was very young. Looked like his mother had abandoned him although he was still of nursing age, curious!. How he survived is a mystery and so amazing to us. It was a very cold wet winter and kittens body temperature cannot drop below a certain degree, yet this baby was of nursing age and alone for weeks and survived in the winter and nearly eaten alive by fleas which can kill a kitten, especially one so small. He was filthy dirty from trying to find food and shelter for his survival and I think he damaged his eye sight somewhere in the process. He was so afraid of us and put up a good long chase but finally we caught him, brought him in to bathe him, feed him and provide him with some safety and warmth.The sink was filled with his blood from his flea infestation so much so I though he was injured at first, I had to bathe him 3 times to get the blood off. After he was clean I tried to hold him close to my neck under my hair to comfort the little guy. At first he pulled away but within 5 minutes he was suckling at my neck. He stayed in our deep jetted bath tub at first with a warm box, blanket, food and cat box. He wouldn’t trust us for a few days but would peek his little blue eyes (now gold) around the box to see us. He used the catbox the first time and was forever trained. He NEVER went on the floor after the first time I placed him in to use his box.
    I knew there was something special about this cat but couldn’t figure out what was so powerfully drawing us to him. We were not seeking another cat as we had two spoiled purebreds ragdolls of our own.(that was enough) We chose the ragdoll breed because they are loving lap cats, always underfoot and affectionate, but they were no match for this “over the top”, loving, devoted, child-like, diry liitle stray who was oh so sweet…and grateful to us.(and he didn’t cost a dime)
    If you want a cat, buy one. if you want a loyal forever friend, rescue one!

    We had rescued so many cats over the years and gladly either, nursed them, found good homes for them or had them fixed so we would not increase the cat population in our neighborhood which was already so high, but we never kept any of them. This little boy just wouldn’t let go of us. He was immediately tamed, comfortable and settled with us in only a short time. We just finally gave in and against our better judgement-kept him. He was the most grateful, loyal and giving cat I have ever met. He knew we saved him and showed his appreciation daily. Unlike our spoiled girl cats- who like us, this boy is passionately devoted forever. By the way he never did get over that suckling at our neck thing even though he is as big as a house now.

    As time went by he grew by leaps and bounds (now at age 4 nearly 20 lbs.). We thought he was just a male tabby but when we saw that cat show there were just too many attributes to be denied. The “M” shape on the forehead, the color, the big white main around his neck,the bushy tail, the long crazy whiskers, the “dog-like” behavior,the size, the loyality and especially his eternal youth etc etc..I don’t think he will ever grow up!. He follows me from room to room almost to the point of annoyance. He watches my every move. If the family is all in one room and he is is another he will soon come to where the action is and where “his” people are. He is a glutten for affection and attention and demands it often. He will fall asleep with his head in your hand and touch your face with his paw ever so gently to let you know he is there saying “don’t leave me” He loves touch and your complete focus on him. He won’t drink out of a water bowl the ordinary way. He must either dip his paw in first and lick the water it off his paw or pull the bowl to make it splash up on the sides of the dish and then proceed to lick it off the sides of the bowl. He is comical to a fault especially where he is “high” on cat nip. He finishes his stash and then eats the girls amount as well as he think ALL THINGS belong to him especially HIS people. We laugh at him often for no apparent reason and consider him “comedy in fur”. He is very easy going and gentle but then can turn and rough house with best of them, teeth and all. He thrives on this and won’t leave if there is rough play involved. He is not cat-like in this respect.He has many nick names and answers to all of them. Satchee, satchmo, mo mo, fat boy etc…anything to be noticed!
    We are so glad to finally learn Satch’s breed after all this time. It now has somehow raised his status from “ordinary mutt”(although he’s not ordinary) to fine breed; although we would love him the same It’s nice to know that his “odd” behavior is now defined more clearly through his breed discovery. Thought you might gleen from our experience as we did froms yours. We would love to learn more about this breed and hear your questions or comments about Satch or your Coon.

    Comment by Anna -Oregon — January 3, 2010 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  338. What a great rescue story! I feel like I can really relate (well, maybe mine is not as epic)…

    About 5 months ago my aunt sent out an email to the whole family – they found newborn kittens in the yard and were looking for homes (of course, my aunt got so attached and wanted them to go to family and friends!). I had never owned, or even really knew or liked, a cat before and was not in the least bit interested – I’m a busy grad student and didn’t think I had the time or money to devote to any pet. But my cousin, whom I share an apartment with, brought the runt of the litter to live with us and I fell in love. When it came down to find a home for the last kitten in the bunch, I snapped – I couldn’t bear the thought of him being given away. I wanted him! Luckily I was recently engaged and my fiance Mike had owned cats since childhood, so we excitedly took on this strange kitten that neither of us had even seen before. The cute furry little orange fuzzball (known as Whiskey) amazed me – low maintenance, loves company, loved playing with his brother. Knowing nothing about cats, I had no idea how smart, affectionate, even tempered, and hilariously playful he was in relation to other cats until my fiance pointed it out. The other thing Mike marveled at CONSTANTLY was the size of his tail! When I saw other cats I couldn’t help thinking “where’s the rest of it? you call that a tail??” Finally starting to realize my kitty really was something special (especially when he looked like other full grown cats at the tender age of 5 months), Mike’s aunt mentioned that he sounded like he had Maine coon in it. I promptly hit the interwebs and was SHOCKED at the giant kitty that shows up first on google. It looks like my little Whiskey on major steroids – right down to the coat, colour and huge luxurious tail! Reading on wikipedia was like reading a description of his temperament. I have no idea what his dad was like or how much ‘coon’ he may be, but there is no doubt that is where he gets many of his distinctive and loveable traits. We really lucked out with this kitty! (I fear I can never own another cat because it might not live up to him!)

    And to see a fellow owner who had the same wonderful surprise after doing a similar internet search, (and who has similar enthusiasm for their cat’s magnificent tail)… well, it just makes me smile :) McGonnigle is such a handsome kitty and I hope Whiskey looks like him when he grows up!

    Comment by Jenna — January 4, 2010 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

  339. i also have one of these cat she is amazing her name is delilah and she is luckily a female and hopefully she doesnt get that big

    Comment by Me — January 7, 2010 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  340. I looked up your information because a friend just send an email with this picture on it. I showed my boyfriend and he thought it was photoshopped. I bet him that it was not. I have a Maine Coon, Astro, 21 lbs who is like my child. He is not overweight, but he did recently seem to grow a bit more. He is going to be 5 this year. Even with him in our household, he didn’t believe that it was a real picture. I read your story and you were brave to save him. Sounds like a hairy situation. I’ve lived in some interesting neighborhoods myself and it can be scary. Those distressed cries of an animal cannot be ignored. Your story had a happy ending and I loved the little video update. The negative/hateful comments on here are posted by people who seem to ignore the protocol that is expected in such a setting, respect. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Take care!

    Comment by Astrosmom — January 10, 2010 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  341. Great Story. Nice to see the world has people like you who care about the animals we share this earth with. Mcgonnigle is a beautiful cat.

    Comment by Paul — January 12, 2010 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  342. Oh my gosh this is a carbon copy of my UT!

    Comment by Lisa — January 13, 2010 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  343. WOW people can be so mean.. This cat is beautiful, I’m not a cat lover but after reading these comments, how is it any different than rescueing any animal that has been abused and left for dead? I’m glad this cat had a happy ending, most animals don’t….

    Comment by carol — January 14, 2010 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  344. You’ve got a beautiful cat

    Comment by Matt — January 15, 2010 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  345. i have a maincoon from the pound her and her four sisters were abandoned by there mom so wen i went to the pound i had a special connection wit her and she is sooo play full she looks fat but maincoons are naturally big but she doesn’t look as big as any other so plz tell me if u think a one year old cat is healthy and not to skinny for a maincoon at nine pounds!!!!

    Comment by Ellie — January 16, 2010 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  346. Love your story :)

    Comment by Fritz Hohenheim — January 17, 2010 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  347. To commenter “xpz”. In the almost two years since your obviously disturbed comments, have you sought help with managing your anger? It’s a shame you can’t appreciate the depth of human kindness towards animals. I rescued my first cat at 12 yrs. old, and many more since then. Cats are protected from all sorts of diseases and all sorts of predators [that includes some “human sickos”] when limited to a comfortable inside exsistance. You might do yourself a service by seeking help for your ignorance about feline sustainability in the wild. The fact is; Feral cats have a much shorter life span, with much more suffering from disease and roadkillers than home harbored ones. You have much to learn.

    Comment by TomCat — January 20, 2010 @ 2:14 pm | Reply


    I have several cats… and all have been adopted as strays. While I only have one Maine Coon… well she is the most amazing cat there is! We found her when she was about 3 months old. Kibbles aka PRINCESS is petite at only about 10 pounds now. She is about 13 years old. She has a very sensitive stomach (doesn’t keep a lot down), so she’s never grown to be very big or very heavy. But she is the most beautiful grey/silver angel. I know the day will come where she will no longer be with us. I dread that day as she has been the love of our lives.

    There is no cat that is more lovable than a Maine Coon. They are priceless!

    Comment by Kim — January 26, 2010 @ 2:04 am | Reply

  349. What a beautiful boy! Thank you so much for rescuing him!

    I think my (smaller) cats might be his long-lost relatives. My girl cat is marked just like McGonnigle, and her papa has a tail just as poofy.

    Comment by Jean — January 27, 2010 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  350. Hi, read the first part of your story but too afraid to read on about the silver main coon cat… But I just rescued a red main coon from the cold winter. Took close to 2 months to get him to trust me and get him into the house. Today was vet day – and he was a perfect gentlemen – sweet to all, just scared. Weighed in at 13.4 lbs. Was healthy with exception of ear mites…. Thank you for your story and for saving a sweet nose. Good luck!

    Comment by Diny1 — January 27, 2010 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  351. Oh my god this cat is the biggest HOUSE cat I’ve ever seen. My cat is long like that and he is a Main Coon. Not that big though… a lot smaller. He is black and beautiful. Okay enough about me! Well good luck taking care of that beast!! lOL JK

    Comment by Chloe — January 31, 2010 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

    • I also Have a main coon Cat…She does not like to be held but follows me from room to room.She like to be petted as long as you don’t to it do long..She doesn’t like children and will hid when they are here.
      She does love to get a bath and will go to the tub and let you know when she wants one.She loves for me to talk to her but wants me to keep my distance..She will sleep next to me but it is all hands off…Sometimes she lets me scratch her and use body language to tell me where to scratch…She is black and gray with a very dark shinny wide black stripe all the way down her back.Her name is Baby and she was a year old this past June..Baby weighs 13 lbs..Baby loves the vet and seems to be a favorite at Pet Smart…She will shake hands with you just like a dog..She is the queen of the house and it is her house ..She just lets me live here as long as I do what she wants…Thanks to all of you who stood up for Mcgonnigle..She deserves a medal for what she did..We all should pray for Apez..Apez must have been abuse himself at one time to have so much anger…I would love to see him deleted..Children comes her too and they shouldn’t have to be exposed to his foul mouth..I wonder if his choice of words show the way his parents lived their life around him…People that had a decent up bringing don’t usually talk that way…He must have been curse at growing up..My nine year old grand child read this and asked me what did some of those words meant…..I was in high school before I knew what a curse word was.I used it when I got home thinking I had learned a new word…I found out real fast what it was and we didn’t talk that way.It is ashamed he doesn’t have any respect for others.I would love to shorten his tongue so he could never talk like that to another person or animal…

      Comment by Donna — February 2, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  352. Just read your story and seen the pictures of your beautiful cat, well done for rescuing him. My boy ‘Darcy’ looks almost a double of your one though not quite as long.
    Have you read the book of ‘Dewey’ the library cat, he was a smaller version of your cat, beautiful, great story but very sad at the end….
    Well done againe for saving this beautiful cat, you deserve a medal!

    Comment by Kathy — February 4, 2010 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  353. Hi—what a wonderful website this is! I normally don’t post comments but I was inspired to do so after reading your rescue story. I am sitting here with my big orange boy (on my lap, of course), Calvin, who looks just like McGonnigle. I adopted him from a shelter when he was 8 weeks old and will turn 3 yrs next month (weighs about 20 lbs now!)….by far the best cat I have ever had (and I’ve had cats all my life). I initially wanted to name him Opie (after Ron Howard’s character on Andy Griffith) but my son suggested Calvin, since he has a cat named Hobbs. Calvin, it is, so Opie is now his middle name! He has the sweetest disposition—he’s extremely nosy and my best buddy. He gets along well with our other two rescue cats, even though they were already adults when he was introduced to them. He even bathes them at some point every day. He LOVES to be brushed, I tell him how beautiful he is as I brush and I swear he knows what I’m saying. Everywhere I go he follows, even if it’s for a minute. Unbelievable. As soon as I sit down, whether on the couch or at the computer, he’s on my lap. He sleeps next to me every night. He lays by my side on the couch. He watches me from atop the refrigerator when I make my lunch for work in the mornings. I have this pink blanket from when I was young that he has now made his—he sucks on that blanket and makes “bread” and purrs very loudly when he does this. I’ve never seen anything like it…..I could go on and on. Some refer to Maine Coons as “Gentle Giants”, he is just that. I had also been told that orange male cats in general are special but when you couple that with a male orange Maine Coon it truly is extraordinary. He is so trusting and such a loving soul! He head butts me when he wants my attention for something, anything. (yes, he IS an attention hog!) which I find so amusing. He has brought nothing but joy to my life, I think my husband thinks I’m crazy although he thinks Calvin is special, too. Just wanted to share my story with you. I’m so glad you rescued McGonnigle! Imagine how boring life would be without our fluffy feline friends?!

    Comment by Italia — February 8, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  354. Dear Italia,
    Just read your posting about Calvin.Hope you get this blog. How wonderful he sounds and how wonderful you sound when you talk about him. He reminds me of our boy Satch (now 4yrs old). I wrote a long story about Satch earlier on this site, it is towards the bottom of the list. How familiar Calvins habits and disposition sound to us.Your’re right! these “Coons” are a unique breed.We are the lucky ones.

    Comment by Anna- Oregon — February 9, 2010 @ 1:22 am | Reply

  355. I was just surfing and found this wonderful website on Mainecoons. I work at a trucking company in Virginia and happened to be on the yard, where they park their tractors, and saw this scrawny muticolored cat walking around. She seemed friendly and when I called my husband and told him they were going to “shew” her off, he told me I could bring her home to keep Kitty (another stray we rescued) company. Well, that was 2 years ago and we recently found out she is part Mainecoon. After we got her home and she started eating healthy, she blossomed into the most beautiful, fluffy affectionate cat ever. We named her “Two” since we got her after Kitty. Then we rescued another cat from a sewer and named her “Lucky”. I love all 3 of our cats, but, I must say Two is the most easy going and affectionate one. She loves to sleep on our bed by our feet, curled up to our backs or between our legs. She is one of the greatest cats I have ever had. I am so glad I was working the day I was fortunate enough to have found her. Come to think of it, they sure do go through a lot of food. I think now it may be Two eating it all :)

    Comment by Mary — February 9, 2010 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  356. I forgot to tell you that I am so happy that you and McGonnigle found each other. I think all animal rescuers are wonderful people. Taking in a pet, whether you get them from a pet store or find them roaming the streets, or in your case abandoned in a house or apartment, is a lifelong commitment. I applaud you and others who have saved an animal’s life and given it a warm, loving home. Your story is absolutely appauling, but, at the same time heartwarming. I hope you guys have a lot of memories and affectionate times with each other. You both are lucky. Everyone remember, have your pets spayed or nuetered so there aren’t more McGonnigle’s, Kitty’s, Two’s or Lucky’s out there living a life of neglect.

    Comment by Mary — February 9, 2010 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  357. Wow you are a great person, i am a cat lover , i have 2 cats a both pure breed Himalayins and its nice to know people like you are still out there a lot of people now dont care enough about cats i get that a lot , if i say ” i have to go home first to feed the boys” some people say there only cats they can wait thats just mean cats need love too , so good for you your a hero !!!

    Comment by Deana — February 24, 2010 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  358. This is McGonnigle’s owner, inasmuch as anyone can “own” McGonnigle. You don’t “own” a cat really. You simply treat it well, and the cat, and you, decide to occupy mostly the same space and from time to time your paths cross physically and your interests become intertwined. Gonnicle likes the scratchies in front of his tail, on his belly, behind his head, under his chin, etc, and you like giving the scratchies and hearing the purring. I never liked the concept of ‘owning’ a pet and I think dog people are much more into territory and ownership, while cat people understand maybe more viscerally, that having a cat is more of an agreement than the idea of owning a chattel. At least it should be, anyway, imo.

    But that’s not what I wanted to write about. I have been reading all these posts about what a great person I am and I just have to say that while I felt bad for the cat and would have worked to free him, my main motivation was to adopt him about 5 seconds after I freed him and fed him. I’m not Gandi–the comments are over the top! I didn’t sacrifice anything. I got a great cat out of it, so, in a way, it was a selfish act to go get him, because ultimately, I wanted to adopt Gonnicle, so I did.

    I don’t deserve the over the top praise. Having this orange guy running around has repaid me a thousand fold over any “cost” to me of rescuing him. His antics are the reward. I don’t deserve any special reward–the cat is the reward. Seeing him healthy and enjoying life and not couped in an apartment, but beging outside and being a “whole” cat, as God and nature intended, that’s the reward. It was a bargain (and still is). Thanks for all the kind words tho!

    Comment by mcgonnigle — February 25, 2010 @ 7:51 am | Reply


    Comment by tammy — March 1, 2010 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

    • I was uncomfortable reading this comment. I’m really hoping that you didn’t take the cat against anyone’s will. –Fog

      Comment by mcgonnigle — March 1, 2010 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

      • ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL CAT! Last year my 9 year old tuxedo cat died and after several months I finally decided I needed another little creature around the house. At the local pet store I bought what they called a domestic short hair ginger cat. Well – in no time at all I was mesmerized by this strange little animal. He had fur on the bottom of his feet – something I had never seen before – and I started to think something was wrong with him because his tail was so enormous. Unlike previous pets he wasn’t a cuddler and every chance he got he was playing in water. At 10 months now he has blossomed into this gorgeous creature who looks unbelieveably like your McGonnigle except mine has a tail twice the size. I now believe the pet store didn’t know what they were selling to me – he definitely has Maine Coon in his ancestry somewhere. He’s the most pleasant, happy and friendly animal I have ever owned and if he is indeed Maine Coon – then that’s the breed I want to stick with. The tail amazes everyone who sees it – he’s really a beauty!

        Comment by Mason — May 12, 2010 @ 7:18 am

  360. Thanks for sharing your story and your pics. I ended up with Oopie, who had been starving in a nearby basement at 18 months of age. When he first came to live with my roommates I had no idea that he had such a strong personality — or such a beautiful coat. Oopie adopted me (and rejected my roommates) because I let him sleep with me and I laughed at his antics, and had plenty of things around that he liked to play with. I didn’t have toys at first. He would simply fish out crumpled-up notes from the recycle bin and toss them around. It’s great to read more about Maine Coons’ special characteristics to help me understand (and appreciate) his quirky and lovable behavior. Oopie’s only a ten-pounder, but he shares all of these behavioral characteristics.

    Comment by tanya — March 1, 2010 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  361. Well what a wonderful thing you did. There’s a special place for you in heaven. I too have a maine coon cat and I adore her!

    Comment by Angie — March 3, 2010 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  362. I’m not sure why your Maine Coon cat does not want to be with you but I respectfully disagree with the last comment that was sent in response to your question. Maine Coons are known for the the exact opposite of what the last writer stated. He said they were lazy, into themselves and like to be alone exploring around the house etc.. This is soooo opposite to the “norm” for this breed. If you look at the other comments you will see how alike most of these cats are. They adore people and won’t be without them. They are highly interesed in being “in the know” when it comes to their home and their people. They will follow you and want to be with you almost to the point of annoyance. Are you sure your cat is a Maine Coon? this is not typical behavior for them at all. Wish I could be of more help but I will say I think his comments were not correct. Best wishes.

    Comment by Anna — March 5, 2010 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  363. leuke kat maar groot

    Comment by lady — March 17, 2010 @ 5:35 am | Reply

  364. my maincoon is not that big but shes only like eleven moths old so shell probably grow and i’ve noticed that she doesn’t like wen you hold her really and if you pet her for to long time shell start playing and bitting your hand and her belly is very sensitive but she always fallows me every where i go and will come up to me and will sleep against me but you cant pet her or else shell leave or start playing with your hand.I LOVE HER though she is the best cat in the whole wide world, i got her from a shelter, her and her five other sisters were abandoned and so i adopted her i wish i got them all after i found out what a great cat she is.

    Comment by ellen — March 17, 2010 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  365. Oooooooo.Na każdym innym zdjęciu oprócz 1, wygląda identycznie jak mój!!!!!!!!!!!Słitaśny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Ola — March 19, 2010 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  366. Yesterday a friend sent me just the picture with no other information. I am so glad I found this! I am a retired journalist and recently started my own blog (link above). I looked at the photo hard for evidence that this was a tampered image. Although I could not find any such evidence, I remained in awe! Your story freaked me out although I am too familiar with such circumstances.

    I could not get the video link to work and you did not say how much McGonnigle weighs or provide any other stats. Is he a record holder?

    Comment by C.J. Gallagher — March 22, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  367. I mis-read…McGonnigle is the Catzilla and the rescue story is about another cat. Makes no difference, people who rescue animals can move to the front of the line of good people.

    Comment by C.J. Gallagher — March 22, 2010 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

    • Yes, you are correct. The really large cat is Martha and is written up on snopes. McGonnigle is my guy, and yes, he was the focus of the story. He is a great cat. I’m very lucky to coincide with him. –Fog

      Comment by mcgonnigle — March 22, 2010 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  368. Does yours wag his tail when he sees you – Maine Coons do that? My cat is my dog – well, my dog is a terrier (or “terrorist” as the groomer says) which is saying it all. Moomoo is affectionate and loving and smart ( a very good hunter outside, he would not touch mice in the kitchen, we figured he thinks they’re pets and part of the family). And the things he tolerated from my youngest child when she was a baby, never ever hurting her in 3 years till she learned to be gentle. Whenever I am sick, he is always right there, laying by me, making me more comfortable. Though not as large as Martha, my, that is a big cat! he tops off 15 pounds and he did grow till he was 5. He is the size of my 20 Lbs terrier, who tries to eat him time after time, but he is always a perfect gentleman and just ignores her, although as I said is as large as she is and can hunt like a tiger. He even brings her hunting bounties once in a while.
    He disappeared a year ago and was found by a nice couple 3 months later (he came to their home and sat on their lap being his affectionate self), they figured he belongs to someone and brought him to the pound where they found the chip – please, chip your treasure anyone who has not done do yet! When we came to the shelter, he recognized us – after 3 months of absence! I am not sure my dog would do it, anyone who gives her a bone is her daddy. He was purring and making strange rumbly noises and would not go away from us. The pound people said he was snatched by a local – people in Maine would steal a Maine coon,as it is a status thing to own one. Again, chip your cat, it is cheap and will save your so much heartache!

    Comment by Sasha — April 1, 2010 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

  369. Hi there.
    I just saw those pics of your cat and i fell in love with it instantly as I love bobcats especially.
    I also have to say, that you are very cute yourself ;)

    bye bye, m
    Berlin, Germany

    Comment by m.k. — April 10, 2010 @ 7:36 am | Reply

  370. Wow what a great person you are….. I truly think you are a great person, and this is coming from a dog lover. Please send me a email I would love to here how the cat is doing and where you are in life…. you have to be blessed for such a kind act.


    Comment by Don — April 12, 2010 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  371. Your Mcgoonigle is absolutely fantastic. I have 2 Persian cats, but I have always wanted a coon cat. They are really hard to find. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Patricia Callahan — April 15, 2010 @ 11:33 am | Reply

    • Patricia,

      Look them up at or search the web for maine coon breeders or rescues. I found several just the other day on Petfinder and have searched and found rescues on the web. I had a maine coon and as soon as I have the time to groom one, I’ll get another. Hope this helps.

      Comment by Michelle — April 15, 2010 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  372. I have this cat. female, she is beautiful, just like yours. ours is 10 month old. I didnt believe how big she has gotten.

    Comment by Pam — April 16, 2010 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  373. Wow, what a great cat story,and ending.It brought tears to my eye’s.I think you did the right thing.God will hug you for that one.If only we had more people like you.Good work.

    Comment by Rita Rogers — April 17, 2010 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  374. I am doing a research for a project about dogs, and I found your blog very interesting. Thanks for the info

    Comment by DogBreed — April 17, 2010 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  375. Seven or eight months ago I rescued a kitten that had been hit by a car and suffered a contractured leg, facial/eye injury, and was terrified of people and life. I brought him home and took him to our vet who is holistic (homeopathy, acupuncture…) along with the traditional western education. She is superb to say the least. Right at first she said that western training recommends amputation for a limb with contracture. I refused. I gave his leg/body daily massages, and within a few months he was fitted for a leg brace. The shoulder has completely cleared up as well as the knee. Now we are down to just the wrist and toes. His nature is so docile and trusting that he completely trusts me with caring for his leg. Last month I found out that he is a Maine Coon so I started doing some research about the breed.

    Oliver (Ollie for short) is AMAZING! I have never had a cat like him. He is smart as a whip, sweet as can be, loving, affectionate, protective, and gets along with everyone and everything (we have another cat and a dog). He loves his toys. He takes his naps in the dogs toy basket. I brush him every evening (this is especially his favorite time). To say that I adore this cat is to say the least! Maine Coon’s ROCK! He is more like a dog than a cat and I have had lots of both in my many years on this planet. This is the cat for me.

    Comment by Brooke Smith — April 20, 2010 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  376. I enjoyed your story. Just 5 weeks ago a cat appeared at our door. We live in a condo and he was following everyone and anyone from their car to their door trying to find someone who would take him in. By the time he got to me his cry was a loud bleat and he was literally begging and tripping me as I walked. I alreasy have 2 older cats and certainly did not need another but for an instant there did not seem to be any decision to make, I opened the door and let him in.
    for three days he ate, slept and sat on our laps talking and talking. He wanted to tell his story to anyone who would listen. I thought, I have never heard a cat talk so much. For the next three days he slept and ate and did not say much. We would try to play with him but he acted like he did not know what playing was all about. When he woke up on the 7th day he began to play. He has claws but never uses them.

    He is just about the sweetest cat we have ever known. A young male. Think he is at least partially Maine Coon. Beautiful markings; black and white with black mask and goatee. Pink nose. Extra long fluffy tail and oversized paws that have tufts of fur sticking out from between his toes and ears. He has no desire to go outside. He seems happy to be inside with us.

    I found your site and story when I was looking to see what other Maine Coons looked like.

    Comment by M.J. Rehn — April 25, 2010 @ 9:08 am | Reply

    • Yes, that’s a Maine Coon alright. Your new family member sounds wonderful. I hope you have many happy years together. Your cat will amaze you every day.

      Comment by Brooke Smith — April 25, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

    • That’s so neat! My guy must have bodacious claws, too- but he can pat and pet you and you’d never know they were there! Sounds like you’re his lucky human!

      Comment by Mandy — July 3, 2010 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  377. My grandma had a beautiful Maine Coon but when he was young he got really sick and it eventually made him stop growing. He ended up being very small for an adult male Maine Coon but he had the heart of one. After he died I really wanted to get another Coon but ended up with two abandoned kittens I found under a neighbors porch. They’re just as cuddly if not as fuzzy :)

    Comment by Melrose — April 27, 2010 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  378. hello there!
    i love cats and i have at home 2. one Turkish van 6 years old and the other one is Maine coon 9 months.I love them and they are part of my family. When i am sick (some time) they stay close to me more than other times.They understand me better then every one. With the animals i understand how much God love us. He create the animals for us. And specially with the cats :)
    greetings from Tirana!

    Comment by suzi — May 19, 2010 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  379. Love your rescue story! I have always had a “soft spot” for the big, long haired orange boys. :) So what ever happened to the other cat in the apartment? Your boy is gorgeous and so lucky you found him and got him out of there. There are so many “throw away” pets in the world. It is heartwarming to hear happy rescue stories like yours. I too, love the breed although never have owned one myself. I’ve always wanted a Maine Coon, but all my pets are rescues. I just have never gone to a breeder. Well, last summer I was in search of a new kitten as my old boy had passed away. I was hoping for a Maine Coon or mix, but settled on a little long haired brown tabby kitten that needed a home.

    I think I found what I was looking for. “Cooney” has turned out to be the most wonderful cat and if I’m not mistaken, probably a Maine Coon mix. He is so personable. If you look at him, he purrs. He LOVES everybody (my child, my other cats, my dog…) And, did I mention the size of this kiddo? He is 9 months old today and weighs in at just over 13 pounds. He is not overweight. He is long and tall. His coat has changed twice now, in the short amount of time I’ve had him. He is getting a mane around his neck and his tail gets thicker and thicker. The fur is starting to stick out between his toes. Oh, he is beautiful and is just the sweetest guy. I absolutely LOVE him! :)

    Comment by Courtney — May 27, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  380. Howdy. Wow I can’t believe that size of ur cat! Thanks for showing the pictures. You’re an angel what u did to McGonnigle :). I’m babysitting a Maine Coon cat for the first time and amazed at this kind of breed. I’ve lived with two tuxedo cats for years when I was young.

    Comment by Lizzy — June 2, 2010 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  381. Hello,
    i just found your web side. I also have norw. and a small maincoon mix. The one main coon male i had was very big similas to red on top but he died So iam looking for a main coon Baby that we become this size. Can you reccoment some breeders that are breeding with big animals tanks for your help

    Comment by Elke — June 19, 2010 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  382. This is the smallest cat i have ever seen!

    Comment by Joel Debrab — June 19, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  383. I’ve had many (probably 30+) cats since I was five and by far the Maine Coon is my favorite! I’ve never had one of my own until I adopted Venus two years ago. She’s over 11 pounds at the last vet visit. Coons are sooo big and loveable!!!! It’s great to know there are others who care about our furry friends, too!

    Comment by lolly — June 21, 2010 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  384. Great site interesting reading –
    I have a black/brown Maine Coon, Curiosity, that is going on 2 years old. He was the only kitten born from “Blackie” and presumably another feral coon. He is about 17 lbs and massive. Pretty much every cat we ever had has grown to larger than life proportions, not over weight just large and he is no exception. What an amazing cat. We had an outbreak of fleas that that kids brought in and have had to do extensive cleaning and spaying inside and out – Curious just sat through an hour long session with a flea comb. A few deep growls followed by a disdained snorts then excepting sighs and finally playful twisting purring and loving headbutts. Only other cat that will headbutt – alot, when he is happy outside of our Himalayan that passed.
    Super even tempered with children and only clashes with our young stray lycan. They are all indoor cats but Curious is a mouser on a level that is unheard of and with an intelligence that is shocking – We have a good sized deck and garage that sometimes gets mice visits. If the other cats play with a mouse Curious will hang back, it’s not his and he can’t be bothered other than to passively observe. What the others sometimes do is simply play with it and sometime present it to us – just what we need a mouse that they think they killed that is faking it or in shock ready to run in our house. When this happens we point in it’s direction and ask Curious to “Get it”. Permission granted. While i have never seen the full hunt as he does his lone wolf thing the outcome is either gone and eaten or a lifeless offering at our feet. While I never got him to play fetch he will find a toy that he has his mind set on in any location with uncanny ablity and will fetch it, usually pausing long enough to flash us a grin with it in his mouth before trotting off. He is back in his summer habit of softing us in bed in the morning – thankfully I like to sleep on my stomach and this translates tp a great back massage at 3 am and some of the loudest purrs.

    Comment by ED — June 30, 2010 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

  385. We have an awesome Maine Coon mix as well. He sadly lost his amazingly beautiful plume of a tail in an accident :( But he is everything your McGonnigle is! He’s like our dog! He follows us when we walk around the block, he asks to be let in and out (outside trained himself- no litter boxes for us!), he’s amazingly patient and mostly placid with the kids and my husband (another kid lol), he talks frequently and loudly to let you know exactly what he wants or just to tell you how much he loves you and appreciates your companionship. however, he is completely useless as a mouser or bug catcher! We haven’t had any mice, but we have spiders and miscellaneous bugs all the time and he could completely care less! I wonder if this is his personal temperament or a Maine Coon trait? It really contributes to his enormous laziness! Oh, and the other thing I’ve wondered about is his relationships with other animals? He’s never met an animal he didn’t like (with the exception of the dive-bombing mockingbirds that he gets fed up with, roughly quarterly, and has to take out! lol), so he gets along with all of the neighborhood animals- male and female, neutered and un-neutered… He’s had 3 “best friends” from the neighborhood in the 4 years that we’ve lived here that he pals around with and invites in for a snack regularly. I’ve found out that he hangs out at their houses, too! 2 of these cats were VERY male bullies who fought with all of the other cats in the neighborhood and were not friendly to me or my children! His current bff is either a neutered male or female (absolutely cannot tell with all of the fur!) who showed up 2 weeks after his former bff (a rough, very male cat that everyone around the neighborhood avoided) that’s just as docile as he is. They lay in the yard together and chase and roll around and eat and sleep together, and he invites her in for a meal at least once a day. She belongs to a neighbor down the street but now spends waaay more time in my yard than her own! Anyway, just wondering if that’s a breed thing or an individual thing. It’s pretty funny to see him standing back when there is a cat fight, calmly watching from a distance as if to say, “What is the matter with you people?! How can you be so uncivilized?!” Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics and your story.

    Comment by Mandy — July 3, 2010 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

    • Oh! And one other thing! This guy has never hissed, snarled, growled, NOTHING! He “talks” alot- that loud MEOW to tell us he needs something or a softer one to say he loves us, but he has never once gotten his hackles up and hissed or swiped at any one or anything in anger. I’ve wondered if that was a Maine Coon thing as well, or if he’s been sneaking lithium from some place…

      Comment by Mandy — July 3, 2010 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  386. I have rescued cats and dogs and then relocated them into fantastic homes.
    This part Maine Coon I has touched my heart in a way that no other cat can.
    I would love to be considered as a foster home or placement for a Maine coon
    that needs to learn to love again because of mistreatment. Just like the people
    Hearts & Hooves sees I also do the same to animals that have a desperate need to learn to love and trust again.
    Veronique Matthews, near Austin, Texas
    512-376-7667 ranch/cell/text

    Comment by Veronique Matthews — July 6, 2010 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  387. Hi,
    I have just myself resuced a ginger maine coon.
    We believe his owner had died and he was in such a state, a massive adsess on his head, covered in fleas, had worms and had knots the size of tennis balls.
    I checked with vets and pet shops to see if anyone had reported him missing and told local authorities about him so if his owners came forward i would give him back ……. but i heard nothing.
    I have had him for 5 months and just got him tagged and he is my pride and joy.
    Maine Coons are lovely breeds i am very proud to be an owner of one.

    Comment by Rebecca — July 8, 2010 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  388. Lucky you that he came into your life! I rescued one too, and I am completely smitten with my kitten! I didn’t know he was a Maine Coon until about 4 months ago, when I realized that he was not just any ordinary cat. He is almost a year old now (I think). Easy going, sweet nature, affectionate to the point of silly, great retriever (plays fetch!), and wonderful to travel with. Did I mention that he is quite handsome? He haas an enlarged heart, so he will be going to a specialist in the next few weeks to see what can be done. Does anyone have any suggestions about this? I hear it is a common trait with the coonies.

    Comment by Brooke Smith — July 8, 2010 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  389. Your cat is beautiful!

    Comment by Jasmin — July 21, 2010 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  390. To McGonnigle,

    You don’t have to explain yourself to that s jerk.
    He, or she, is calling you deluded meanwhile that person is delusional think they are righteous. If an animal is in any kind of harm, whether it’s life threatening or not, the right thing to do is to ALWAYS remove that animal from the harmful situation.
    You did the right thing and I commend you.
    I used to work at a vet clinic and saw tons of cases where people only brought their animals in once every six years because they just didn’t care. Once a dog had come in to be spayed and the poor thing had a uterus infection so bad it took hours to operate on her.
    Good for you for doing what you did.
    You wouldn’t leave a child in a situation as such; you would call children’s services right? Well no one should leave an animal in conditions as such either and if you have the mean to give that cat a more appropriate and healthy life then by all means, you are doing the right thing.
    Good for you and good for McGonnigle.

    Comment by rae — July 30, 2010 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  391. That is soooo crazy, i just was going to browse the internet to see if my cat was really a maine coon or not. I questioned if he was rag doll just because i heard they were large and the are floppy when you pick them up and they role over on their back to expose their belly when get close to welcome belly rubbing. So when i saw ur image come up you are holding fog the same way i hold Seuss. The picture where you show hoe long he is…Its a dead ringer for our Seuss. Except ours is all black. Another ironic thing is you named him Mcgonnigle AKA Fog. My cat too has two names. lol. Are is Seuss AKA Alex….Why? because we game him to my daughter for christmas when she was 3. and since she was 1 she had this fascination with baby jesus in the manger. Meaning she used to steal him from my mothers nativity scene and play with him…we could never find him until months later when we went to move her bed or something of that nature and we would find him hidden. She would actually hide him regularly and we would find him through out the christmas season but inevitably we would not be able to find it at some point and baby jesus would pop up later in the year. So We thought we cant name it jesus cause thats like sac religious, so we thought in spanish “jesus” (haysoose) and than i thought well if we yell for him we would say Hay haysoose….so we shortened it to Soose…Hay…..Soose. So its Seuss. And Alex is because my daughter like madagascar at the time and named him alex after the lion. So why MCGonnigle?
    Everything you say when explaining your cat it our Seuss to a T. And i always say he the closest thing to a dog he even plays fetch. he is awesome. Thanks for the confirmation.

    Comment by Alanna — August 1, 2010 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  392. i think that what you did is wonderful its to bad there cant be more people like you. you gave that cat a second chance and its an amazing thing it just made my day reading that story! i am a cat lover and i am thinking about getting a main coon sometime in the future they seem like amazing cats , well every cat is ! anyways i think what you did is wonderful .

    sydney carter

    Comment by sydney carter — August 7, 2010 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  393. […] He’s the longest cat I’ve ever seen — nearly three feet long. At the moment, he’s really skinny, but he could top 18 pounds once he’s been properly stuffed with Fancy Feast. One of my friends suggested that he might be a Maine Coon — the most gigantic breed of house cat ever. […]

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  394. wouaaa c’est un chat manifique je reve d’avoir le même mais c’est dur a trouver
    grosse peluche rousse vraiment tres tres beau ( very nice )

    Comment by tracy — September 4, 2010 @ 5:10 am | Reply

  395. awesome story. my neighbor had a cat that seemed very much like a dog also…she didnt know the type of cat it was, because she found it as a stray…i googled “cat that acts like a dog” and found your page.

    very cool.

    Comment by james — September 5, 2010 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  396. I have a 3 year old Main Coon, who at her heaviest, 11lbs, three months ago is losing weight and shedding an excessive amount of hair. She’s not acting sick. Eats and drinks well. I took her to the vet yesterday. She had a thyroid test done and it came back ok and other blood work is ok also. Vet didn’t advise me on what I could do. So I purchased EVO dry food and WELLNESS wet food, also PDG Food Supplement.
    Any advise – I don’t want to lose her, she’s so sweet!

    Comment by Valerie — September 16, 2010 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  397. Hi Valerie,

    My Maine Coon was actually throwing up and had diarrhea. After weeks of tests done by the vet no conclusions were drawn. So I put him on probiotics (just the human type that are pearls at the most grocery stores or drug stores) to straighten out his tummy and switched him over to baby food (he prefers chicken) in the morning and a dry food made specifically for Maine Coons at the pet food store. He is fine now, but it was pretty scarry when he was sick. Oh, I also used a powder product from the pet store that was enzymes and probiotics to add to the food when switching to protect his intestines and tummy. Did your vet check for hairballs? There is stuff you can give her to help her digest the hairballs. Brushing her everyday can help with that. If you have any questions, you can email me personally. Good luck with your kitty.

    Comment by Brooke Smith — September 17, 2010 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  398. haloo i’m from indonesia.. when i first saw this picture i just surprised this cat soooooo BIG..
    i like cat verymuch.. but i have never seen before like that, so big.. :)
    u must be happy have a cat like that,
    how cat in your home?

    Comment by putra — September 17, 2010 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  399. I have a 16 month old Maine Coon who is just the cat’s meow…his name is Nefertum (Nefe for short) and I love him to pieces. He flew all the way from Mississippi to California with me and is now 20 lbs. He is a beautiful grey tabby with black legs…he likes to turn over furniture and run up the walls in my apartment…

    Comment by Liz Collier — September 17, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  400. Hi,
    Random question maybe – but are you a nurse on the cancer unit at NIH? If so – or of anything relevant could you let me know. My Dad was a patient at NIH and I saw this pic and remember him sending this photo around saying this was his “nurse.” Now that I see it is all over the internet I was just wondering if maybe it was a forward and not what he thought at the time. Thanks!!! :-)

    Comment by ashley — September 20, 2010 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  401. I have a pure breed Maine Coon. He is just over 25lbs. When the service guys come to my house, they always want to take a picture because he is the biggest cat they have ever seen. Most people laugh and will comment that he looks like a lion.

    My kitty, was bred as a companion cat. He is not scared of dogs or strangers. He follows me around and likes to hang out. He is a lap cat and even likes to lay on me.

    Regardless of the breed or type of cat you have, if you want them well socialized, they must be handled regulary by different people. That is how my breeder socializes all of her cats. She is known as one of the best.

    McConnigle, shoot me a mail if you want to see a photo of him.

    Comment by Pac NW — September 29, 2010 @ 2:09 am | Reply

  402. In fact, I saw him today and he had ripped a bird apart and presented it to us. He was happy and proud to share it. He is a very beloved cat, as cats go. AND YOU ARE HAPPY ABOUT THIS??

    Comment by LAURIE CARASSO — October 2, 2010 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  403. Laurie…that’s what cats do. They think they are doing a good thing…it’s their animal instinct. Ever watched United Kingdom, Animal Planet, Mutual of Omaha. I don’t think she meant anything bad about birds. After all she rescued this cat from a most certain cruel and brutal death.

    Comment by Terrie — October 4, 2010 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  404. McGonnigle is one majestic baby!!! I have two female Maine Coon baby sisters; they are my 3rd and 4th Maine coons. Their Granddaddy is about the same size as McGonnigle, and yes they are Gentle Giants. Maggie Mae and Roxie Rae have their own sweet personalities. Maggie the “Princess” weighs in at 13.5 #’s is my talker, Roxie my “Love Bug” at 13#’s I sometimes think she have rag doll in her because she becomes limp when I pick her up. I’ve not measured them when they lay out on the floor belly up like the week wash but I will next time just to see how long they are.
    I love all animals, I’m the kind that will stop on the side of the road to rescue a turtle out of the road, but my Maine Coons are just my loves. I can pick up my girls anytime, but I also keep them inside other than going out on the screened in porch…which they love especially when one of the salamanders “Bonnie and Clyde” are out there. They don’t let me out of their sight when I am home, which is most all day now that I am unemployed.
    It night they go to their bedroom for the night. I say “let’s go nite-nite” and they take their little furry butts right upstairs to their room. They greet me and visitors at the front door and love having guest especially if they are carrying a purse. When I keep my 7 year old nephew they cuddle up to him too.
    Good for you for saving this cat from what was certain to be a cruel agonizing death. Shame on anyone who mistreats all animals.

    Comment by Terrie — October 4, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  405. So I believe I may own a Maine Coon cat (or atleast part) and I’ve been googling information about them and found this post. He has the characteristics of the breed and a lot of the personality traits (fascination with water, loyalty, etc) and obviously the body structure and silky fur that never ever gets knotted! his name is krueger and we adopted him from an agency a few years ago so there wasn’t much information on him and we always just thought he was long haired. but he has the fuzzy little ears and the exact tail of a maine coon and a “mane” type of thing around his head. he’s only three so there is a chance i suppose that he will get even bigger but he is already so big and very long! he weighs around 15lbs now and he isn’t fat at all, just very muscular and such a sweet baby. we don’t let him outside (i live off of two very busy roads) but he loves hunting things like flies and house centipedes whenever he finds them and like you said your kitty presents his huntings to you, so does krueger, as if it is a prize hahaha!

    anyways, your cat is so beautiful and the story of him is heartwarming. i am an animal lover to the max (i can’t even eat them!) and i especially love cats and i am so happy you saved him because he seems like a special little cat <3 i live in new jersey and i know how awful things can be here but i'm happy to hear you are out of that situation and that your kitty is doing well. they are such a beautiful and unique breed of cats for sure!

    Comment by Erin — October 14, 2010 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  406. omg youre a babe, mcgonnigle:) id introduce u to my beautiful maine coon princess only if she didnt consider herself to be a .. human being:P no joke! she seems soo posh and stuck up in everything she does. Walks about with her head up high all the time, totally convinced that she owns the place and were just there to serve her. Shed literally start ‘shouting’ at u if she wanted something or somethings was not going her way (eg. she decided to have a nap on ur lap and ure getting up). But this is all soo funny, and she is absolutely adorable, follows me about everywhere, always has dinner wen the whole family has it, sleeps and wakes up wen we do demanding cuddles as soon as she wakes up, cuddles in as soon as u sit down:) Had a couple of different cats before, loved them all, but none of them was as cuddly, as loving and as loveable as my beautiful maine coon princess:)

    Comment by hannah mccordile — October 18, 2010 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  407. Nice kitty. The owner’s pretty fetching too.

    Comment by Tom — October 20, 2010 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  408. Красивый котяра!!!

    (I fed this into a translator and it is Russian for beautiful cat.)

    Comment by Юлия — October 24, 2010 @ 7:52 am | Reply

  409. I have a cat that looks just like this. He is 44″ long, same exact markings. I’ve had vets tell me that he is not a Maine Coon. He is 25 pounds when he’s thin. Extremely friendly and talkative.

    I’m very sorry McGonigle had such a tough time of it before you rescued him. I hate to think about the way some people treat their pets. Mine was named, tongue in cheek, “Little Boy”. He had a sister who was about 1/4 of his size, and silver. I will never own another cat that is not a Maine Coon.

    Comment by Kevin — October 29, 2010 @ 12:32 am | Reply


    Comment by Violet — November 17, 2010 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  411. We just rescued a stray Maine Coon cat! He barely weighs in at 5 pounds, which makes me wonder how old he is! He’s certainly mellow, until the knitting yarn comes out! Then it’s totally time to kill the yarn! He’s hilarious to watch, though…and so friendly.

    By the way, how did you get the matted fur issue solved? I’m still working on trying to get all the tangles out of his fur.

    Comment by Susan — December 13, 2010 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  412. What a terrific story! You were truly Mcgonnicle’s angel!! We are beginning our first adventure with a Maine Coon. He is 4 months old, silver and white, and we have named him Chewbacca. We have had bengals in the past (which are also great cats) and we have a miniature Schnauzer. We have had Chewy for a week now and he is so easy-going it’s as if he’s always been here.

    He is so cuddly and smart and I we are all head-over-heels in love with him-as are our other cat and the dog. Once again, thanks for sharing your story and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

    Comment by Kimberly — December 31, 2010 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  413. I also have a Maine Coon. My daughter picked him up as a kitten, eating out of a trash can at a storage place in Idaho. She subsequently went into the Army and asked me if I could keep him for “awhile”. That was 10 years ago, and he is the most beautiful cat in the world. ( I know, we all say that, right? ) But, he is more like a dog than any cat I have ever known. He is so loving and friendly (if he knows you) but he has also chased big dogs out of my yard !!! He’s a great hunter, and loves to share his bounty. I absolutely adore this cat, and am so grateful that she decided to leave him with me for “awhile”.

    Comment by chi kennedy — January 5, 2011 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  414. I’m so glad to hear that you rescued McGonnigle. I have an orange and white Maine Coon called Loki. He has a beautiful ruff and a long fluffy tail and he’s really smart. People are always surprised when he’s told to stay or go home and he does, he also rolls over. He likes to sleep belly up and shows off his soft luxurious belly fur. When we go down the lane to our friends’ house Loki always comes with us. He’s always welcome there because he’s so good. He even enjoys the backyard bonfires that we have on a regular basis. He visits with everyone. We have to put out an extra chair for him because he’ll steal yours when you get up. Thanks for rescuing McGonnigle. If it weren’t for you who knows what might have happened to him.

    Comment by carole — January 30, 2011 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  415. This is a cheerful web page to read. I was the owner of a Maine Coon until last Monday. He died less than two months from his 16th birthday. I had him for almost 15 years. It took me several years to determine his breed. His name was Merc, short for Mercury. At his healthy weight, he was 15-17 pounds. His was bigger than many of my friends’ dogs. We called him “Big Fella” or should I say that I often called him…. “Big Sexy” because he liked to flirt with the lady cats that would come up to our windows! I adopted him in California, and took him to Utah, Florida and my permanent home of Charlotte. He was solid gray, with green eyes, and a black tip nose. Every night, until the last couple months of his life when he got too sick, just minutes after I went to bed, he would find his orange play toy fish, tied to a toy fishing pole, and drag it across the house to my bedroom, jump up, and kneed on me for 5-25 minutes. He always trilled his meow while dragging his fish, until he jumped up on the bed. Eventually, after many years, and often two or three times a night, the plastic toy fishing pole fell apart, but he still used the fish. We buried it with him in his grave, with a pair of blue jeans that he always loved to sleep on when I wore them. He loved laps, especially if they had denim. My parents grew close to him, as I often would leave town sometimes for several months on business. My mother’s psychiatrist shared with her a few days after Merc’s death, that psychiatric research indicates that owner’s of Maine Coon’s have the hardest time dealing with the death of this breed of cat, more than any other breed of cat. I smiled when I heard this. You know this breed is special, when they are hard to lose. This page keeps warm memories of Merc alive. Thanks for sharing your story about McGonnigle.

    Comment by Todd Fuller — January 30, 2011 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  416. How does a rational adult respond to an obscene spammer troll such as bighairypussy? Is there a way to keep him/her off this site?

    Comment by catch22 — February 4, 2011 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  417. wow i love your cat i saw the pic and fell in love i and now tryin to find one as big as yours i am having no luck all the ones i saw did not look like a real coon cat so if you dont mine me asking where did you get yours

    Comment by margaret — February 6, 2011 @ 1:16 am | Reply

    • I’m in St. Pete FL. Just talked to SPCA yesterday, lady there has 4 Coons up for adoption. I’m looking at 1 of them or another non-Coon but LARGE cat. I just don’t know what the behaviour of the larger than normal non-coon cat is…..

      Comment by T Ed — July 30, 2011 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  418. I loved the story about you rescuing the cat from the crackhead neighbors (wish I could say ‘only in NJ’ but that wouldn’t be true.)
    Sounds like you and the cat were lucky to find each other!

    ps- the little kid in the video who petted the cat under the bush sure looked funny in the first frame! Guess he was about to sneeze.
    All the best!

    Comment by paul — February 14, 2011 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  419. I also loved the story about you rescuing your cat from the crackhead neighbors.
    I adopted a cat 7 months ago, I was recently single and wanted a companion. Maxwell, my cat, had always seemed a little different than other cats I had in the past. Well, the past two days I had 3 different people say “oh, you have a maine coon cat”. I replyed with “I don’t know what your talking about”. I have never heard of a maine coon cat before. I was curious so I googled it. I can’t believe it. I have a maine coon cat. He is the love of my life, and has such a cute personality. I have some questions if anyone could answer them.
    Maxwell does not like strangers, anyone who comes into my house that he does not know, he actually growls and if they try to pet him he hisses. Is that normal? I have had him since he was 6 weeks old and he is quite pampered. My roommate and I joke that its maxwells house and we just live here. I don’t understand why he would act like that? He is soooo loveable to me, he follows me around and sleeps right next to me. He is quite playful with my roommate and I. When my Mom comes over, he loves her as well. Is it something that I am doing? I feel sorry for my friends when they come over and he acts mean. I had one friend call him the “devil” cat. He has never bit anyone, he just does not like strangers. I welcome any “nice” feedback.
    He is 7 months old and weighs 12 pounds, has the long hair and beautiful tail. I’am not sure how much maine coon he has as I got him from someone who posted free kittens on craigslist.
    Is there anything special I should be doing for him? I just got him fixed and microchiped.
    I am so glad I found this website!!

    Comment by Melissa — February 16, 2011 @ 10:24 am | Reply

  420. We have two Maine Coons, brother and sister, two years old and weighting in at just under 2 stone each (28lbs) they are huge but very gentle they love being with you whatever you are doing and love water, sitting in the bath or sink is their favourite past time. Great story just keep up the good work well done you….

    Comment by Gray — February 19, 2011 @ 9:54 am | Reply

  421. What you did for McGonigle is absolutely brilliant, well done you for putting a smile on my heart : )

    Comment by Larry — February 24, 2011 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  422. he is a beautiful cat. i have a 3 1/2 month old girl named mia. she is very naughty. i absolutly love these cats and plan to have many more in the future. thanks for sharing :)

    Comment by amber — March 10, 2011 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

  423. Lol, I don’t know what he said, and don’t care! I think you are a very brave and thoughtfull person! I have a MAINE COON as well, AND I LOVE HIM!!

    Comment by Sam — March 10, 2011 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  424. I rescued a lost, starving cat who was in the neighborhood, wandering for days, which turned out to be a Coon. We kept her after exhausting every effort to find her owners. she’s about 2 years old and she’s a beautiful white and silver color. We named her “Hope”. After finding out she was a Maine Coon, I read up on their characteristics. She fits them all to a tee. The dog-like behavior is incredible to witness. When I pull in the driveway at the end of a workday.. I can always count on her being in the picture window meowing, as if to say “Daddy.. you’re home!!”. When I walk in the door, she runs to my feet ans sprawls out to get a good belly rub. Her favorite thing to do is chase a ball (of tin foil). I’ll throw it down the hall, she’ll give chase, knock it around a bit, then run back to my feet and wait for the next throw. She’ll bring it back occasionally, but we’re still working on that. As someone said in the posts… at dinner time, she’s on my lap begging to be patted and scratched, which gives the impression she wants some lovin… but in reality, she’s hungry. She does seem to be more attached to me than my wife, but still is “friendly” with everyone else. The attachment to me took about 2 weeks. She loves to be picked up by me or my wife… and attempts to climb up to my shoulders. I think she thinks she’s still a kitten and can do that… but she settles and rubs her face all over my shoulder, and sometimes my face. She’s average size for a cat, about 12 pounds. I’ve had many cats in my lifetime.. Siamese used to be my favorite (still love them too though).. but this one? This one is like no other animal companion I’ve ever had.

    Thanks for sharing, it’s been very interesting reading about others’ experiences with this awesome breed.

    Comment by Steph — April 11, 2011 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  425. My sister has a Beautiful Maine Coon cat that has been their baby for 5 years. With their jobs they now are never home, have had a baby and just do not have the time for their cat as they used too. Anyone know of someone who would want her and give her a great home? Her name is Angel and she is a very pretty cat the same color as McGonnigle. Please email me if you know of anyone or would like more information – – Thanks

    Comment by Cindy Backer — April 20, 2011 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  426. Oh my. My 21Yr old was right. We have a Maine coon. Was a mammas day present 4 yrs ago this year and he he was about 8 weeks old when I got him. I want to know are all Maine’s complete mamma boys with female owners or just that way? …..mine is the hottest but a fraidy cat . Not around me tho.Hides until mamma comes home. I loooove my mojo

    Comment by sandy — April 25, 2011 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  427. I love your article, I have 3 cats, one is a main coon. Beautiful breed and mine wieghs about 30 pounds and is just as big as yours. Also orange and is named Pumpkin. Your story is hilarious and I really enjoyed reading it.
    Greetings From Toronto, Canada


    Comment by Emily — April 29, 2011 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  428. I always see this picture… I have never read the story. Brought me to tears. We recently adopted a maine coon/persian mix who looks allot like McGonnigle
    He is a lucky boy you chose to live in that home. I always say everything happens for a reason.

    I did not see nor did I look for any rude comments. How could anyone leave a rude comment. That’s ridiculous!
    You are a brave girls and should be proud of yourself.

    Comment by Toni — May 6, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  429. I also recused a Maine Coon that looks just like yours. Mike is male and has grown to 20 lbs … Would not EVER have anything but this type of cat.

    Comment by Jack Wade — May 11, 2011 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  430. Awww, what a DOTE!
    I love cats and hope I too can own such a sweet Maine Coon some day :)

    Comment by LadyChuckles — May 18, 2011 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  431. wow! That cat actually looks like he’s bigger than a dog – but mind you, not any dog…

    Comment by peter — May 22, 2011 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  432. Perfect specimen! Who is the breeder of this magnificent giant cat?

    Comment by Venita — May 24, 2011 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

  433. OMG! If my cat (a Maine Coon we think) grows to be this big, I think we will need a BIG kennel. How exciting!!! LOL May need to get an extra job to pay for the food!!

    Comment by Aidan Voice — June 11, 2011 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  434. Thank you for your heartwarming story. I first saw a Maine Coon about 20 years ago when I was working at an animal shelter. He was brought in by the police department’s animal control unit because he was judged a potential danger to public safety (!) due to his large size and wild appearance. He was a complete mess with hopelessly tangled fur full of burrs and dirt. It was my task to clean him up as much as possible so that he could be checked by the vet. I was told to be very careful because he might be feral — don’t look him directly in the eyes, touch him cautiously and be prepared to back off, etc. etc. Well, about an hour later I was still working on the first layer of tangles — and I realized that this cat was completely calm and trusting, despite being abruptly pulled out his habitat and handed over to a strange person who was yanking on his fur with a steel comb! In fact, after a while he even started to purr a little bit. I was so amazed; I had to tell the head of the shelter about this extraordinary cat. She took a good look at him (slightly cleaned up) and said, “Oh yeah, he’s a Maine Coon.” I’d never heard that name before. Now, remember that 20 years ago the MC was barely recognized as a proper breed; they were considered “barn cats” for a long time. When we adopted two kittens from another shelter about a year later, I didn’t have any idea that they were part of this special breed until…the fur ruffs got fluffier and the tails got puffier and they were very cuddly, affectionate and BIG. We had two Maine Coons! or partly MC anyway, because of course they weren’t purebred. Like some of the other posters have said, this is the only kind of cat for me. I love Maine Coons (especially if they’re rescued cats).

    Comment by Chrissie — June 14, 2011 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  435. xpez is obviously a troll, pay them no mind. You did a wonderful thing and you know it. We have an 8-month-old part coon cat. He looks all coon but I know from seeing his mother at the rescue shelter that she was a short-hair domestic. His daddy must have pure-bred, because he looks and acts 100% coon. He is a joy. He is the most intelligent cat I have ever had and I have had 2 coons before him. He is simply amazing! I have a feeling he is going to be pretty big. At 8 months he is almost the size of an average male domestic adult.

    Comment by Dean — June 20, 2011 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  436. After a friend said the stray I am “fostering” is a Maine Coon, I hit the Google…and…poof! …this came up. That’s our Monster Kitty in the picture! After 6-months of good care & decent food, he’s close to 20 lbs now and does just what you say: he talks incessantly & follows me EVERYWHERE! We have had many cats over years, but no dogs — my husband remarked just the other day that Monster Kitty is as close to owning a dog as we have ever come. I thought our Siamese had fabulous personalities, but this guy is hysterical.

    Thanks for posting such lovely photos & great stories!

    Comment by MC — June 22, 2011 @ 12:06 am | Reply

    • It’s been a few years since I checked in on your website…still brings me much joy. I’ve had a maine coon named “dog” for about 3 years. He still doesn’t like his tummy or hips petted but just loves to have his head petted…at times he will chirp and make an almost bird sound when I have it right. It’s actually been in the last year that he will jump into my lap. we have a cat cave where is toys are stored…when he feels like getting them out he’ll string them all over. If I put them away he will come into the house and look like “hey, where’s my toys…I had them where I wanted them”. Best wishes to all of you Coon Kitties…

      Comment by Steve — July 29, 2011 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  437. hi,,,,i ‘m from malaysia,,,i have a pair of that kind of cat,,,MY wife bought them from her friend,,,and i still new with cat,,,that why,,,,
    any way you got a pretty cat,,,and big,,too,,,hehehhe,,,good job,,,,

    Comment by HL Tang — October 11, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  438. Wow so many entries. I did not finished reading all the posts. Congratulations, your cat is sooo cute. Hope to see new photos of your cat. Is it normal for maine coon breed to become big like that or is it because of over weight? Anyway what type of kibble and meal you give him everyday?

    Comment by shukri — January 23, 2012 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  439. these cats are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by savanna — March 8, 2012 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  440. There is nothing in this world that is more beautiful than the face of a Maine Coon Cat. I am a lover of the Maine Coons and will have no other breed than the maine coon. They actually are very intelligent. Mine thought she was a dog. She would fetch and bring it back to me, she wold hear my car coming around the corner and be at the front door waiting for me wagging her tail. She wouldn’t drink her water from a bowl or dish, it had to be in a glass, like I drank from. She would only eat up on the counter and my husband or I had to be there with her. She was definitely very sociable, and not a loner. They are the most human-kind animal I have ever been around. If you know of a breeder anywhere who is expecting a litter, please let me know. I am looking for another baby girl, as my baby passed away last month with lung cancer and we are still terribly devastated. We would like a Blue (or Brown) Classic Tabby with a white bib!

    Comment by Nancy — April 15, 2012 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

    • Nancy
      You can check the internet and google the breeders in your area. That’s how we found our purebred ragdolls. I am sure there are breeders out there for M.Cs also. Our Maine Coon was a kitten from a ferile mothers who abandoned him; much to her loss and our gain.He hasn’t left our side (literally) since. Good Luck!

      Comment by Anna- Oregon — April 16, 2012 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  441. Hello,

    You’re Coon & you are great :D !

    We are going to visit a Maine coon kitten soon with the hope/intention of having them as part of our family. We have two children, one domestic/non pedigree cat and a small dog. Any advice about them would be great. Also any thoughts on if a run is necessary or whether just letting them in our garden (secure) when they are old enough would be ok? Are they likely to ‘run’ off or are they loyal and come back or just not really interested in wandering off?
    Thank you.

    Comment by Jo — April 20, 2012 @ 4:42 am | Reply

    • I am a firm believer that whenever possible (and it’s not always possible), a cat should be allowed to go outside and BE A CAT. To hunt; to mark territory; to fight; to lounge under bushes outside. Cats are nocturnal. You let them go out whenever they want, and they will stay out all night. They will get in fights and need medical attention at times. Of course you spay and neuter, but you otherwise let them be. All my cats had no litter boxes. They cried to go out and we let them out with few exceptions. They come in for morning naps, sleep and meals. In winter, they don’t go out as much and are more active and people oriented. When the weather is warm, you might not see them all day. You have to deal with ticks and prevent fleas, which begin the tape-worm cycle. If they eat prey, then tape worms can be a problem.

      To answer your question: you either let them out on their terms completely, or you don’t. I don’t think there’s any in between really, that wouldn’t amount to torture. The cat wants to do what he is programmed to do. Being able to sniff it and see it and yet not do it? I wouldn’t want to do that to my guy.

      And indoor cats may live longer, but they will be more likely, obese, which, to me, is a sin. Cats are God’s gift to grace and speed and to have them be fat is just plain wrong. That’s my opinion. Good luck.

      Comment by mcgonnigle — April 20, 2012 @ 9:53 am | Reply

      • Just to let you know that we saw the kitten today and we have reserved him and should be bringing him home in a couple of weeks :D

        Comment by Jo — April 21, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  442. Thank you for your helpful reply and honest opinion, it’s much along the lines of our own values/thoughts so that’s comforting. We shall let you know how we go on.

    Comment by Jo — April 21, 2012 @ 1:58 am | Reply

  443. We picked up our red tabby boy today :D we’ve called him Archimedes Allen (or just Allen for short)
    ……………..and also his Sister :0 !! Who is – Butterfly Kisses (Maggie). Both are settling in very nicely and we look forward to them growing into these beautiful & majestical gentle giants.

    Comment by Jo — May 12, 2012 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  444. I love Mcgonnigle! I swear he looks EXACTLY like my orange maine coon, Goober. The profile picture (in winter) of Mcgonnigle is uncanny! Except, Goober was born with a crooked, stump tail which is basically a fuzz ball that shakes like a pom pom when he’s excited. I have a special place in my heart for maine coons, especially orange ones. I think it’s wonderful what you did for this kitty.

    Comment by eunice — June 2, 2012 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  445. ada yang ngerti shampo agar bulu kucing persia cepat panjang gak?

    Comment by johnson — June 12, 2012 @ 12:01 am | Reply

    • understand there is a shampoo for long hair persian cat fast not?

      Comment by mcgonnigle — June 12, 2012 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

      • I never had to shampoo Gonnicle. I combed him at times, but you really don’t even have to. The Coon’s fur is basically tangle free and maintenance free. It always amazed me that he never got poop on his long “pants”, but he never did. I miss him.

        Comment by mcgonnigle — June 12, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  446. i bought a maincoon from someone but ive read that main coons are calm and hes very hyper also i was told hed get up to 50 lbs and been reading that hed only get up to 17-20lbs but he looks like a maincoon and looks bigger than a regular cat. just curious if i could get some info on main coon kittens hes about 7 weeks.

    Comment by ashlee — August 19, 2012 @ 10:23 am | Reply

  447. I have a cat I rescued from the SPCA named zeke, he looks just like McGonnigle I would say he’s purebred but I dont have papers and he doesnt have tufts on his ears… doesn’t really matter to me. he can be very affectionate and talkative.. plays fetch. and just hangs around the house being a cat

    Comment by Kyle — September 29, 2012 @ 2:30 am | Reply

    • awesome! who cares about papers. he sounds like a great guy to have and I’m missing gonnicle just thinking about it. you’re lucky. enjoy every day with him!

      Comment by mcgonnigle — September 29, 2012 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

      • I’m so sorry to hear your cat passed away. For so many years, when talking about pets with friends, I would google pictures of your cat to show everyone. my heart goes out to you, I know you miss him.

        Comment by Eddie — October 7, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

  448. OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Your beauty looks just like mine…I rescued him as a kitten as well as another “regular domestic kitten” and they always compared the 2. Well fast forward almost 3 years and shes 8lbs and hes almost 18! All along theyve been saying I over feed him and hes overweight! How can that be when I have 3 in total and 2 are all of 8lbs and hes 18?? I agree theyre so loyal and affectionate. Hes started having some urinary issues but i think he wasnts me home more so he knows what to do to keep Mom running!

    Comment by Harlems Mom — October 4, 2012 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  449. Is that really a cat? I have never seen a cat that big. Are they dangerous? I just learned a new thing about cats today. Thanks for the enlightening blog post.

    Comment by Wood fired pizza ovens — October 22, 2012 @ 12:18 am | Reply

  450. I love my cat this much. Your cat had the best tail ever.

    Comment by Brenda — February 20, 2013 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

  451. WOW! He’s a beauty! Great job rescuing him too. I’m on mt second mainecoon also. I never saw or heard of this breed either. Until a co-workers wife asked if I could take their 8 year old cat. I had her only 5 years then she sadly passed away. Their truly gentle giants & minature lions.

    Comment by Michael Mikulovsky — May 16, 2013 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Peter Griffin — July 25, 2013 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  453. well i just read everthing you whote and i think you really are a nice person for doing that for that cat but anyways
    i just would like too know what those people said too you

    Comment by robbie — October 7, 2013 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  454. Gorgeous. What happened to the silver one?

    Comment by harriet — February 22, 2014 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  455. Wonderful cat but…outdoor cats kill more than 1 billion wild birds each year in the US. We are losing too many of our wonderful songbirds and other birds to outdoor cats. Keep them indoors or get them a bell for their collar. Do not be an irresponsible cat owner!

    Comment by Catskillbirds — February 27, 2014 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  456. “He hunts and does very well and eats and sleeps inside. In fact, I saw him today and he had ripped a bird apart and presented it to us. He was happy and proud to share it.” Wow, How Wonderful!….great for the cat, horrible for the bird!

    Comment by Catskillbirds — February 27, 2014 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  457. So, I have a question. I have a (part) Maine Coon. I don’t feel like I feed him much, about 1/2 cup of dry food and 1/2 a can of wet food per day (and maybe a few too many treats some days cuz he’s just too cute). The vet thinks he should be between 14 and 15 lbs, but he’s 18.5. He’s 8 years old, but has been big since I got him at 3.5 years old. It seams really hard to get him to play. He prefers to watch the action, not participate. At his last vet’s visit, his glucose levels were slightly high (one point above the “normal” level). Does anyone have some hints to help get him to a normal weight?

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