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Maine Coon

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Devoted, loving and playful.

Where I'm From

Could a cat from Maine in the USA have mated with a racoon, to produce a large long haired cat with a tail like a racoon?

The answer is no. What is true is that this unusual breed did originate in Maine in the USA, most likely in the 1850's, when longhaired cats brought back by sailors mated with domestic shorthairs. The result was the Maine Coon, a big strong cat with a distinctive, large and bushy, racoon like tail.

Today the Maine Coon is one of the world's largest breeds of domestic cats, and is America's second most popular breed.

What I Look Like

Maine Coons are considered the 'gentle giants' of the cat world. They can weigh up to 15 kilograms, and typically have a solid, muscular body with a broad chest.

Their distinctive thick, dense coat is soft and silky and comes in a wide range of colours, but the most common pattern is brown tabby.

Their heavy all-weather coat requires regular combing to keep it smooth and healthy.

How I Act

Maine Coons are often said to be more like a dog than a cat because they love to play fetch.

The also lack the aversion to water found in most other cats. They can often be seen splashing in the sink or scooping water up with their paws from their water bowls.

Maine Coons are curious by nature and want to know everything that is going around them. They are loved for their playfulness and devotion to their families.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.