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 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Our Maine Coon tipped the scales at 24 lbs at the vets earlier. He has a head the size of a catchers' mitt and legs like a Basset Hound. He sleeps 23.5 hours per day and the spends the other 30 minutes lying on his back taking in the ceiling. In spite of his girth, he has a meow like a 3 week old kitten. Due to his girth, he snores like an old man with emphysema. At the moment, he is sleeping on our bed atop "his" blanket. He barely eats much each day and vet says he may grow more due to his breed type! Seriously?

Not a topic with a lot of depth but it is a snowy Saturday and I am watching "Legally Blonde"....need I say more?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Our Ragdoll used to be 20 lbs, but we've gotten him down to 16. He's old, 17 yrs, so, we don't worry so much about his diet like we used to. The fella has lived a long time and we spoil him now.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Our Ragdoll used to be 20 lbs, but we've gotten him down to 16. He's old, 17 yrs, so, we don't worry so much about his diet like we used to. The fella has lived a long time and we spoil him now.

Ragdolls are awesome Mike. So glad your boy is living a long happy life. A friend of mine rescued a young male Ragdoll and named him Milo. He is about 2 years old and weighs 23 lbs. He was sorely mistreated by his previous owners (de-clawed along with removal of the first knuckle). The vet who did this should be @#$@$#!

Anyway, after patience and a lot of effort he has become the lovable lump that Ragdolls are. The first time I met him I held him like a baby in my arms with his head flopped over my arm. What a wonderful cat. He now lives peacefully with 3 Siamese - as peaceful as 3 Siamese can be that is!

Keep spoiling your beautiful boy! It's working!

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)




Love this. He is not quite that fat - but close.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 5:02 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Our Maine Coon tipped the scales at 24 lbs at the vets earlier.

There was an article in one of Saturday's UK newspapers about a Maine Coon that was (from memory) 21 or 22 lbs - so not quite as big as your kitty. And he was HUGE! Our cat has held steady at 4.5 kilos (about 10 lbs) for a few years, so she's a relative midget next to yours.

Which is a relief, because she's started launching herself off my lap rather than just getting down and that's a lot of equal and opposite force directed through two small feet. If she were twice as heavy I think I'd be in hospital.

TG

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Our Maine Coon tipped the scales at 24 lbs at the vets earlier.

There was an article in one of Saturday's UK newspapers about a Maine Coon that was (from memory) 21 or 22 lbs - so not quite as big as your kitty. And he was HUGE! Our cat has held steady at 4.5 kilos (about 10 lbs) for a few years, so she's a relative midget next to yours.

Which is a relief, because she's started launching herself off my lap rather than just getting down and that's a lot of equal and opposite force directed through two small feet. If she were twice as heavy I think I'd be in hospital.

TG


TG, thanks for sharing the story. To me, your 10 lb. kitty is a normal weight lol. Our other 2 weigh 7-8 lbs each and are healthy. We have always been worried about this guy's weight but have been assured by the team of vets over the years that he is in the normal range for his bread and bone structure. We try to play with him often but he is a bit passive (uninterested?) When he lies flat on his belly with his legs tucked under, he looks like a huge tortoise! In all honesty, he moves like one too.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Back in the late 1970s through the 1980s, a huge, local grey/black/white cat was always hanging around the neighborhood. He was very friendly and liked being around people, so we began to feed it on a regular basis.

He was usually there sitting on the porch waiting for his food. if you didn't feed him immediately, he would stand on his hind legs and look at us through the screen door to remind us he was there and was hungry. If we still didn't feed him immediately, he would leap on and onto the screen door, so I would have to go over and pry his claws out of the screen to free him, and then I would feed him. In 1985, I had to move to South Carolina for a new job and never saw the cat again.
My niece was in elementary school in New York and loved to visit us just so she could play with the cat.

Several years ago, I was curious as to what type of cat he was and via the internet, found out he was a Maine Coon. Ironically, I was thinking about looking up Maine Coons on the internet just yesterday. This morning when I went outside before 5 am, I opened the door and a neighborhood cat was sitting at the door.

I miss that Maine Coon cat a lot.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I remember about maybe ten years ago, watching a story about this huge fat cat that could barely walk. The owner would move it around in a wheelbarrow since the cat could barely make it. He would also feed the cat biscuit batter.

Just a few days ago I read this story about a 36 pound cat named "Meatball":
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/02/here-is-a-photo-of-an-arizona-shelters-36-pound-cat-named-meatball/

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Back in the late 1970s through the 1980s, a huge, local grey/black/white cat was always hanging around the neighborhood. He was very friendly and liked being around people, so we began to feed it on a regular basis.

He was usually there sitting on the porch waiting for his food. if you didn't feed him immediately, he would stand on his hind legs and look at us through the screen door to remind us he was there and was hungry. If we still didn't feed him immediately, he would leap on and onto the screen door, so I would have to go over and pry his claws out of the screen to free him, and then I would feed him. In 1985, I had to move to South Carolina for a new job and never saw the cat again.
My niece was in elementary school in New York and loved to visit us just so she could play with the cat.

Several years ago, I was curious as to what type of cat he was and via the internet, found out he was a Maine Coon. Ironically, I was thinking about looking up Maine Coons on the internet just yesterday. This morning when I went outside before 5 am, I opened the door and a neighborhood cat was sitting at the door.

I miss that Maine Coon cat a lot.



It is amazing how much of an impact an animal - stray or pet - can have on you. I love your story. The nails of a Coon tend to be very sharp and thin compared to other cats - not sure why. He must have been a bit of bulk to pry from the screen. Feeding him was so kind of you and he probably lived a good life due to your kindness. News of your big heart must have spread over the Bridge and back - thus your early morning visitor! smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

I remember about maybe ten years ago, watching a story about this huge fat cat that could barely walk. The owner would move it around in a wheelbarrow since the cat could barely make it. He would also feed the cat biscuit batter.

Just a few days ago I read this story about a 36 pound cat named "Meatball":
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/02/here-is-a-photo-of-an-arizona-shelters-36-pound-cat-named-meatball/



Bad owner for doing that. I saw the story of Meatball as well. I think Meatloaf would be more appropriate!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

EDWZOOMOM:

I promised myself if the situation arises, etc., I'm going to get another Maine Coon.
About eight years ago, on the cover of PARADE magazine for a story about adopting pets, there was a cover photo of a kitten that looked like our neighborhood cat. I looked closer at the photo and ironically the kitten was from the animal shelter where I used to live before I had to move to South Carolina.
Hopefully, the situation will present itself so there will be another Maine Coon.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

EDWZOOMOM:

I promised myself if the situation arises, etc., I'm going to get another Maine Coon.
About eight years ago, on the cover of PARADE magazine for a story about adopting pets, there was a cover photo of a kitten that looked like our neighborhood cat. I looked closer at the photo and ironically the kitten was from the animal shelter where I used to live before I had to move to South Carolina.
Hopefully, the situation will present itself so there will be another Maine Coon.



That story about the kitten gave me a bit of a chill. How amazing if it had been the same kitten. I hope the chance does arise for you to adopt a Maine Coon. It sounds like you are the kind of loving owner shelter or orphan kitties are looking for.

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2014 - 8:17 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Heading to the vet tomorrow with fat cat and his two compadres. Have you ever tried to buy a cat carrier for 24 lbs of feline? The funniest part is that my husband nixed every carrier I found online saying it was too small. Well, I headed to the local pet store and found one with the dimensions we agreed would be comforable for the Maine Coon "King". My son assembled it and it took my breath away at how big it is. It is hilarious. It can easily accomodate the other 2 cats along with the dog across the street. I told my husband that HE is going to carry that one into the waiting room tomorrow and answer all of the questions that are bound to ensue.

The saga continues.....

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2014 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

A carrier fit for a King! smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I'd love to see the big-ass carrier and big-ass kitty -- any pictures you would be willing to share?

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



He is truly the King and I will try to upload a photo if I can figure out how.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Spooky isn't quite as large as a Maine Coon, but he is a big fella.





 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

That's a pretty cat, MikeP.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Spooky isn't quite as large as a Maine Coon, but he is a big fella.







A beautiful cat Mike and I so love the name. I am still trying to get the posting pic thingy.

We were told most sternly by this new vet that the King is overweight since the last visit and we must stop all snacks and limit the amount of daily food. We happily agreed - all with the exception of the King that is.

Seriously though, he needs to lose 3 pounds and he has gone down to 22. His target is 19 so let the games begin....

 
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