Growing up I would have described myself as a dog person. We had a cat, but our dogs always had my heart.
Well, fast forward through college to my first year of law school. I had moved back to Norman, OK, started school and promptly realized that a furry friend was going to be in order to keep me sane throughout my legal studies. I knew getting a dog was a commitment I did not have enough time for, and wanting to be a good pet mom, I decided to go a little lower maintenance and get myself a cat.
After searching for weeks I finally decided on JR, a 3-year-old Maine Coon rescue. I knew nothing about the breed, but a little Wikipedia research referred to Maine Coons as “dogs of the cat world” so I was sold. JR was promptly renamed Rhino Boy and a true love affair began.
Rhino Boy was the BEST! He was so sweet, friendly, easygoing, funny, etc. I could go on for days but the best way to describe him is that everyone who met him said, “I don’t normally like cats, but Rhino Boy is awesome.” Rhino and I traveled together (yes I’m that person who flies with her cat), curated his Instagram presence with the hashtag #princessrhinoboy, and most importantly conquered law school together
(he even made a cameo in my composite picture).
Two weeks after graduating I had to put Rhino Boy to sleep. He had diabetes and his organs were shutting down. It was awful. I swore off any more cats because none would compare to Rhino Boy.
After several months the possibility of being a kitty mom again started creeping into my mind. While unsure about a lot of things the one thing I knew is that it had to be a Maine Coon. I read somewhere that once you have a Maine Coon you will never want another type of cat. This statement turned out to be 100% true for me, and that is how I ended up with Gene.
Gene is my 9-month-old Maine Coon. He is a handful who enjoys stealing food and treats from his 65lbs+ dog brothers, drinking water from the fish bowl (yet never disturbing the fish) and flirting with everyone he meets. He is expected to reach somewhere around 35 lbs. full-grown and has officially turned my fiancé into a proud cat man (although he disputes this claim).
Long story short: Maine Coons are like none other. They are gentle giants who love being around people and get along well with most everyone, dogs and babies included. Both of the Maine Coons I had the pleasure of owning were playful, affectionate and always comfortable being the center of attention. The breed is so amazing and as long as our family has fur babies there will always be a Maine Coon in the mix.
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Photo Credit: Greer Inez