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Archae

(46,190 posts)
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:32 PM Jun 2012

BIG house cats...

Pretty big ones here!

Is Rupert the cat the world's biggest kitty? Already weighing in at about 20 pounds, the giant breed Maine coon cat is three times bigger than the average cat. Rupert has also been named cat-of-the-year three times in Australia according to the Daily Mail.(Chris Scott/Newspix/Rex USA)



Stewie, a 5-year-old Maine coon from Reno, Nev., has broken the Guinness World Record for the world's longest domestic cat. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the colossal kitty won the distinction for measuring 48.5 inches (more than 4 feet) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail bone. The previous record-holder was also a Maine coon that stretched 48 inches. Stewie's owners, Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness, said they decided to go for the record after encountering so many people who marveled at Stewie's size. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal/AP Photo)

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BIG house cats... (Original Post) Archae Jun 2012 OP
Handsome kitties! Quantess Jun 2012 #1
And Maine Coons are the biggest babies. Archae Jun 2012 #2
Can you imagine how scary it would be if they were very ornery hunters and were that size? applegrove Jun 2012 #5
Actually, they're great hunters from what I can tell. TheWraith Jul 2012 #59
I have two Maine Coons ellie Jun 2012 #12
let me ask you Skittles Jun 2012 #25
Resists urge to make comment... WillParkinson Jun 2012 #41
you think I have it coming Skittles Jun 2012 #42
you got that right backwoodsbob Jun 2012 #47
They are wonderful cats. Jamastiene Jun 2012 #57
Is this cats fat or big boned? pstokely Jun 2012 #3
"Maine Coons are big babies." yortsed snacilbuper Jun 2012 #4
My ex-girlfriend's neighbor had a Maine Coon. Archae Jun 2012 #6
Cool kitties! Cracklin Charlie Jun 2012 #14
Was over a couples house that has a Maine Coon Populist_Prole Jun 2012 #7
My Maine Coon one day after adopting her Seedersandleechers Jun 2012 #8
My "awwww" woke my husband up. nt zanana1 Jun 2012 #10
that's the first Maine Coon kitten I've seen lunatica Jun 2012 #11
I remember you posted that awhile ago and I used that photo as my screensaver for a long time! Arugula Latte Jun 2012 #15
She's 1.5 years old now Seedersandleechers Jun 2012 #16
Oh my goodness!!! Arugula Latte Jun 2012 #17
Did you ever get a kitten? Seedersandleechers Jun 2012 #18
Well ... Arugula Latte Jun 2012 #26
Awww, would ya look at that face?? Granny M Jun 2012 #29
Just gorgeous! spooky3 Jun 2012 #30
That's at two days old. Bake Jun 2012 #37
she looks a lot like my Snives when he was a kitten. dionysus Jun 2012 #55
Spam deleted by Violet_Crumble (MIR Team) Vonda36 Jun 2012 #9
I had a Maine Coon for 14 years and he was the sweetest, friendliest, most loving cat I ever had. OregonBlue Jun 2012 #13
My siamese was 20 pounds abelenkpe Jun 2012 #19
I love the white spots on the ears. Demoiselle Jun 2012 #21
Me too :) nt abelenkpe Jun 2012 #27
Very sweet video. spooky3 Jun 2012 #32
20 pounds? Piffle! KamaAina Jun 2012 #20
my namesake Skittles was 25 pounds of solid black feline fur Skittles Jun 2012 #24
I have a 21 pounder - I get lectured every time we go to the vet. spooky3 Jun 2012 #34
Some friends of mine have a 28-pound hifiguy Jun 2012 #22
Go ahead, kid, pull my tail. I dare you. tclambert Jun 2012 #23
Here's my Fluff about 5 years ago... krispos42 Jun 2012 #28
Gorgeous! I always wanted to have a Maine Coon. I wonder if they like to go on walks with a leash? freshwest Jun 2012 #31
My partner had a cat that loved to ride in a car. Seedersandleechers Jun 2012 #35
Thanks for the story and sorry to hear you lost your loved ones. It's always too soon, IMO. freshwest Jun 2012 #36
What lovely cats! Wonder if they could be guard cats? nt raccoon Jun 2012 #33
Damn that's a big freakin' cat! Bake Jun 2012 #38
I tend to think the women pictured about are like 4'10, 5' tops. jp11 Jun 2012 #39
Just thought I would show ya my boy candes Jun 2012 #40
He's a good looking cat. Welcome to DU candes! bluesbassman Jun 2012 #43
He's a beauty! And welcome! nolabear Jun 2012 #44
Just gorgeous. Archae Jun 2012 #46
I had an 18 lb Norwegian Forrest Cat I rescued.. sazemisery Jun 2012 #45
Awww progressoid Jun 2012 #48
Same here sazemisery Jun 2012 #49
a childhood friend's mom bred Maine Coons, GORGEOUS creatures eShirl Jun 2012 #50
And I bet they chirped the whole time. LOL GreenPartyVoter Jun 2012 #52
Doubt he will get _that_ big but our kitten Gizmo GreenPartyVoter Jun 2012 #51
What a pair of sweeties! Archae Jun 2012 #53
They are adorable, and growing fast. She was larger than he by a smidge when we got them, but GreenPartyVoter Jun 2012 #54
I have an Egyptian Mau/Siamese mix revolution breeze Jun 2012 #56
I need to take a new photo of MY Stewie REP Jun 2012 #58

Archae

(46,190 posts)
2. And Maine Coons are the biggest babies.
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:37 PM
Jun 2012

Just like the biggest dogs are the biggest babies, Maine Coons are big babies.

applegrove

(117,501 posts)
5. Can you imagine how scary it would be if they were very ornery hunters and were that size?
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:56 PM
Jun 2012
Thank god they are relaxed.

TheWraith

(24,331 posts)
59. Actually, they're great hunters from what I can tell.
Sun Jul 1, 2012, 10:49 PM
Jul 2012

I have a cat who clearly has a little Maine Coon ancestry in him--not even close to pure bred, but 12 pounds in size at a year old, and with the typical ear tufts, bottle-brush tail, and huge feet. He's a cuddler and super sweet--he'll climb up into my arms when he feels like nuzzling, and even fall asleep cradled on his back. But he hunts voraciously and will even eat anything that the other cats bring in and drop.

Skittles

(152,851 posts)
25. let me ask you
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 04:38 PM
Jun 2012

have you ever left them in the care of someone else? I look after a Maine Coon when his people are vacationing, and that cat is spooky silent, always looking at me like he is angry as if he is just waiting his chance. His people claim he is loving, adorable, and "talks" all the time. I'm very nice to this cat - why won't he come around?

Jamastiene

(38,187 posts)
57. They are wonderful cats.
Sat Jun 30, 2012, 08:38 PM
Jun 2012

Mine was very polite and gentle. She wasn't as big as the males get, but she was bigger than the other regular house cats. She was so sweet.

Archae

(46,190 posts)
6. My ex-girlfriend's neighbor had a Maine Coon.
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 11:42 PM
Jun 2012

The cat was just a big overgrown kitten, always wanting attention.

When it head-rubbed you, you NOTICED!

Cracklin Charlie

(12,904 posts)
14. Cool kitties!
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 11:48 AM
Jun 2012

My aunt's Maine Coon used to follow me around her apartment, and every time I sat down, the cat would sit under my chair and swipe his huge paws at my ankles. He wasn't trying to hurt me, I don't think; rather, he was just trying to make sure I knew he was there. One day I walked in, and sat right down on the floor, so he couldn't get under. Poor kitty was surprised for a second, and then jumped in my lap, and laid there during my whole visit. He was nice.

Populist_Prole

(5,364 posts)
7. Was over a couples house that has a Maine Coon
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:43 AM
Jun 2012

Other than it's immense size, I too couldn't get over how friendly he was. Usually when I visit people with cats, at best it's all they can do to tolerate me petting them. This thing wouldn't leave me alone. Cool animal.

 

Arugula Latte

(50,566 posts)
15. I remember you posted that awhile ago and I used that photo as my screensaver for a long time!
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:04 PM
Jun 2012

I just looooooove that kitten (no longer a kitten, I know). So very beautiful and adorable!

Seedersandleechers

(3,044 posts)
16. She's 1.5 years old now
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:27 PM
Jun 2012

and still looks very much like a kitten. Maine Coons take 3 to 5 years to become fully grown. At almost a year.

 

Arugula Latte

(50,566 posts)
17. Oh my goodness!!!
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:49 PM
Jun 2012

She is just so beautiful and, yes, still very kittenish. I love her gorgeous plume tail!

 

Arugula Latte

(50,566 posts)
26. Well ...
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 04:49 PM
Jun 2012

We have one middle aged kitty and two elderly kitties (one with renal problems). I think we might soon wind up taking in cats from relatives who are getting a little too elderly to live on their own.

OregonBlue

(7,740 posts)
13. I had a Maine Coon for 14 years and he was the sweetest, friendliest, most loving cat I ever had.
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:13 AM
Jun 2012

Everyone loved him and he loved everyone. He was really good with kids and would never scratch no matter how much he was dragged around, used as a pillow, etc. Love them.

abelenkpe

(9,933 posts)
19. My siamese was 20 pounds
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 01:39 PM
Jun 2012

He was huge.........and fat.

I thought savannahs were bigger?

see:




I want one of those one day. No kitties for me now. Still mourning my big fat siamese.
 

KamaAina

(78,249 posts)
20. 20 pounds? Piffle!
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 01:50 PM
Jun 2012

I was personally acquainted with one who went well over 30 lbs. -- and he wasn't even a Maine coon!

Then there was Meow, the recently deceased 40-pounder.



edit: Among the living, an Oregon neighborhood was recently abuzz over a cougar sighting, which turned out to be this fellow:



spooky3

(34,027 posts)
34. I have a 21 pounder - I get lectured every time we go to the vet.
Tue Jun 12, 2012, 08:27 AM
Jun 2012

She's a big-framed, big-headed kitty who does have a few extra lbs. We're working on it. But she's happy.

 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
22. Some friends of mine have a 28-pound
Mon Jun 11, 2012, 03:16 PM
Jun 2012

Maine Coon. You practically expect him to roar and this tiny little "meow" comes out when he talks.

freshwest

(53,661 posts)
31. Gorgeous! I always wanted to have a Maine Coon. I wonder if they like to go on walks with a leash?
Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:07 AM
Jun 2012

Pets are only allowed to walk around here on leashes. I'd love to have a pet to take outside but don't want a dog, I prefer felines. I'm guessing if a dog saw a cat that big and mellow, they'd react to as if it was another dog. Am i wrong?

Seedersandleechers

(3,044 posts)
35. My partner had a cat that loved to ride in a car.
Tue Jun 12, 2012, 12:03 PM
Jun 2012

He also loved to float on an air mattress in the pool. We would take him on vacation, camping, and walks around the park. We loved that cat so much as he was one in a million. Sadly the cat and my partner both died at an early age.

Bake

(21,977 posts)
38. Damn that's a big freakin' cat!
Wed Jun 13, 2012, 09:12 AM
Jun 2012

In the first pic, he's thinking, if you drop me I **WILL** kick your ass!





Bake

 

candes

(5 posts)
40. Just thought I would show ya my boy
Fri Jun 29, 2012, 04:04 AM
Jun 2012

This here is my still growing Teddy Bearz. His nickname is loverboy. And a pretty boy to boot.

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[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/81489785@N08/7459670924/]Teddy Bearz at 2 years and growing[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/81489785@N08/]Maine Coon Fancy Forums[/url], on Flickr

[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/81489785@N08/7465608112/][img][/img][/url]
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/81489785@N08/7465608112/]Teddy Bearz, not only long but a pretty boy Too[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/81489785@N08/]Maine Coon Fancy Forums[/url], on Flickr

sazemisery

(2,608 posts)
45. I had an 18 lb Norwegian Forrest Cat I rescued..
Fri Jun 29, 2012, 04:58 PM
Jun 2012

from our veterinarian's office. He was left there and the owner never returned. Best cat that ever owned me.

progressoid

(49,606 posts)
48. Awww
Fri Jun 29, 2012, 05:49 PM
Jun 2012

Reminds me of my Mother-in-law's Norwegian (also rescued).

Sadly we had bury him recently. He died in his sleep from an unknown heart problem.

17 pounds of kitty. He never knew big he was and would think he could hide in places barely big enough for a cat 1/3 his size.

sazemisery

(2,608 posts)
49. Same here
Fri Jun 29, 2012, 06:12 PM
Jun 2012

His favorite thing was a small paper bag or canned soda box with both ends open. Would squish himself in and think he was hidden.

I still miss him.

eShirl

(18,439 posts)
50. a childhood friend's mom bred Maine Coons, GORGEOUS creatures
Fri Jun 29, 2012, 07:16 PM
Jun 2012

They had one adult male, about 2 or 3 adult females at any one time, and there was at least 1 litter of kittens each year. Sleepovers were a hoot, waking up in the middle of the night as a herd of pre-adolescents gallops throughout the house and over your sleeping bag with you in it.

GreenPartyVoter

(72,376 posts)
51. Doubt he will get _that_ big but our kitten Gizmo
Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:54 AM
Jun 2012

is eating like crazy, and is growing by leaps and bounds. We think he may have some Ragdoll in him, and they grow pretty big. He has big paws and is barrel-chested.







Archae

(46,190 posts)
53. What a pair of sweeties!
Sat Jun 30, 2012, 02:27 PM
Jun 2012


I can just imagine what it's like when they are playing or are zonked out sleeping.

GreenPartyVoter

(72,376 posts)
54. They are adorable, and growing fast. She was larger than he by a smidge when we got them, but
Sat Jun 30, 2012, 02:31 PM
Jun 2012

not any more! He is constantly snacking, and steals her wet food!

They are both sweet as can be and love to sleep on our chests while we watch TV. I have longish hair, so Gizmo burrows himself under it and kneads with his paws and nibbles on my ear!

I'm working on making more videos of them, and because I've been recording them constantly I have over 250 clips to be edited down so far. I figure they will grow fast, so why not record now and edit this fall?

revolution breeze

(879 posts)
56. I have an Egyptian Mau/Siamese mix
Sat Jun 30, 2012, 05:32 PM
Jun 2012

He weighs in at 21.3 pounds and had a 12 foot vertical leap. He used to jump up and hand by his front paws from the door jam, but I is getting older.

REP

(21,691 posts)
58. I need to take a new photo of MY Stewie
Sat Jun 30, 2012, 10:56 PM
Jun 2012

Who is Stewart Gilligan Liebowitz G EP. He's a 23-lb Maine Coon who is slightly underweight according to his vet and is mostly muscle and hair. He can (and does) carry gallon jugs of water in his teeth to play with (messy as hell; I try to hide them from him). He's a very, very sweet and gentle cat ... or it wouldn't be safe to sleep with him!

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