Thursday, August 23, 2007

Bill and His Maine Coon Cats

Bill and his Maine Coons

Bill has a passion for design and a passion for his cats! The Maine Coon is a pedigreed breed which has long been professionally recognized by the ACA (American Cat Association). Bill and Matt’s cats, Spike and Zsa Zsa are two classic examples of purebred Maine Coons.

These beautiful and loveable cats are one of the largest in size of all cat breeds, often reaching a scale-tipping weight of 25 Lbs.

Spike, or “Big Fatty” as Matt calls him; weighs in at 21 lbs. and was a former California State champion on the cat show circuit.

Maine Coons are very dog–like in their behavior are extremely friendly and affectionate. They enjoy the water and occasionally eat with their paws “raccoon style.”

Contrary to myth, the large cats are NOT a result of cross breeding with raccoon or bob cats, but do have an interesting history of origin.

Probably the oldest breed of cat in North America, it is believed that the Maine Coon is a descendant of prized Angora cats belonging to Marie Antoinette that were shipped ahead to North America for safe keeping during the French Revolution. The Exile of Marie to The New World did not happen and the cats were turned loose. Local wild feral cats mated with the French Angoras and now they freely roam our house in Rancho Mirage, California. Every once in awhile, you can also see them at the offices of William Miller Design in Palm Desert, California.

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