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My outdoor Mainecoon/manx is the love of my life.

Five years ago I rescued Bob. He was starving and matted. He is definately my baby.

I realized that there would be times I would need him to come home immediately for example, I spot a racoon in the yard or a fox in the area.

I started to train him to come home now by my ringing a bear bell that I keep on my front door and my back door. As soon as he hears this he hightails it home and I give him a treat for coming.

It gives me a bit of piece of mind to know that I have done all that I can to get Bob to me should SHTF and we need to hightail it out of here. Cannot picture me leaving without him.

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Good point! If you have a far-ranging feline who only comes and goes on his own schedule, you may have to leave him behind if you have to quickly bug out.

 

My cat lives indoors and will come if you make kissing noises at her (she thinks it means "someone wants to give you Feline Greenies and tell you you're beautiful"). Getting her into her cat carrier takes about the same amount of time and force that it would to stuff a grizzly bear into a VW Bug, but it can be done quickly if you don't mind bleeding just a bit - and if we need to hit the road, that will not phase me in the least.

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ROFL I have such a vivid picture Oregonchick

I guess it isnt as hard for people with dogs. They aren't quite as independant.

This is the first cat I have ever owned. My cat actually growls . Full on GROWL like a dog.

A family of 3 racoons were at my back door and cat flap (luckily the flap wont open unless you are wearing a laser collar) but these racoons were trying. My cat Bob would not back down. He was like a growling, viscous pointer dog.

WOW! New respect

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Maine coons are the greatest. Mine is laying right here beside me and spent all day in the workshop with me. He likes to supervise. I just open the back door and yell, "hey Gus!" And he comes running with his tail straight up in the air like a bicycle flag. He likes to make sure my wife's Golden Doodle "Duffy" doesn't get out of line also. If I had a video camera, I'd make a fortune with funny pet videos!

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My neighbor walks his cat on a leash...the cat doesn't like it...kinda makes the guy look foolish trying to sweet talk and coax the very agitated cat..then again he can't control his German Shepard either..maybe he's just a friggin moron..oh I forgot to mention I don't like my neighbor.

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16 years ago the kids adopted a newborn kitten from a farm in upstate New York. Everyday when the kids came home from school, they were happy and they always whistled. To this day, all you have to do to call the cat is whistle like you’re calling a dog and sure as shooting, here she comes. 16 years… she’s had a darn good life for a barn cat!

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I dont have much to compare my Maine Coon to as this is my first cat. Its the growling that kind of freaked me out.

Is this normal for a cat? Then he does this wierd chattering when he sees the birds feeding outside my living room window. He looks like he wants to smash through the window but there is a strange noise he makes while staying zoomed into them.

He is also a tailess Maine Coon making the vets think he is a cross with a Mynx. Dont know how to spell that.

IM BUGGINGOUT - I am not sure I would trust the type of person that is into leashing a cat. That just seems wrong and takes away a cats natural dignity

 

HOSSFLY I hear ya about the maine coons being characters. My cat is very protective with me and will rush to where I am roaming in the forest at the back of my property to ESCORT me and how dare I go there without him LOL.

Everyone that meets Bob tells me he has the most personality in a cat that they have seen.

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Some (rare) cats seem fine to be on a leash, but it's NOT a natural state for most of them.

 

Your Maine coon could also be a purebred; we had one when I was a kid that had a half-tail that was slightly forked at the end (not that you could tell with all of that gorgeous fur). The vet said that one of the anomalies known with the breed was that sometimes they'd be born with odd tails - which explained why we had to rescue such a wonderful cat from the shelter! Anyway, we named her Jinx and she was gorgeous and such a great cat. If she was left alone overnight, she'd go and get one item out of everyone's room, put them in the living room, and then sleep on the pile of stuff that smelled like the family, which of course we thought was so sweet. LOL

 

Sherrie, the growling noise is fairly normal for cats who are being aggressive. Sometimes cats only hiss, or only growl, and others do a combo when they feel they have to warn off a threat. The chattering noise when they see birds (or squirrels!) is also completely normal. One of my friends called that "the chirple noise" and so that's how I think of it, even though it's just a made-up word.

 

If you want to learn more about what goes on in your cat's head and how to make sure he has the best life possible, pick up the book Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat - Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson Bennett. The woman who wrote that is basically the cat whisperer. In addition to tons of practical advice about health, diet, what's normal/what's not, she has lots of great ideas for bonding, how to change their behavior without traumatizing them/winding up bleeding, etc.

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I dont have much to compare my Maine Coon to as this is my first cat. Its the growling that kind of freaked me out.

Is this normal for a cat? Then he does this wierd chattering when he sees the birds feeding outside my living room window. He looks like he wants to smash through the window but there is a strange noise he makes while staying zoomed into them.

He is also a tailess Maine Coon making the vets think he is a cross with a Mynx. Dont know how to spell that.

IM BUGGINGOUT - I am not sure I would trust the type of person that is into leashing a cat. That just seems wrong and takes away a cats natural dignity

 

HOSSFLY I hear ya about the maine coons being characters. My cat is very protective with me and will rush to where I am roaming in the forest at the back of my property to ESCORT me and how dare I go there without him LOL.

Everyone that meets Bob tells me he has the most personality in a cat that they have seen.

 

When I was a kid I found a kitten that had been dumped in a ditch. I picked her up and carried her home. My mother was a dog person, not thrilled at the cat but , hey, I was a cute kid so, OK. I gave the kitten some milk and went running to my mom because something was WRONG! The cat was growling deep down inside. My mom laughed herself nearly sick but it WAS the first time I'd ever heard a cat purr! I was a real dorky geek as a kid (some who are unkind and unfair would say I still am!):o

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When I was a kid I found a kitten that had been dumped in a ditch. I picked her up and carried her home. My mother was a dog person, not thrilled at the cat but , hey, I was a cute kid so, OK. I gave the kitten some milk and went running to my mom because something was WRONG! The cat was growling deep down inside. My mom laughed herself nearly sick but it WAS the first time I'd ever heard a cat purr! I was a real dorky geek as a kid (some who are unkind and unfair would say I still am!):o

 

Naw Capt Bart I can tell you are still adorable LOL. Bob has been doing a different sounding purr . Its louder now. Its just the growl I heard when he defended the house from the racoons made me realize Bob is a force to reckon with. Hes not just a cool kitty. Actually he is like the Godfather of the neighbourhood. I am sad to say that if another cat has the nerve to leave his back porch.. Bob leaves his pointer dog position at the front window and goes tearing out the cat flap around the house down the street with me running like hell after him yelling NO BOB NO! Trying to save the other kitties. I have caught neighbours laughing at me while I am in the throes of saving neighbour hood kittys but Bob is a tough guy

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Some (rare) cats seem fine to be on a leash, but it's NOT a natural state for most of them.

 

Your Maine coon could also be a purebred; we had one when I was a kid that had a half-tail that was slightly forked at the end (not that you could tell with all of that gorgeous fur). The vet said that one of the anomalies known with the breed was that sometimes they'd be born with odd tails - which explained why we had to rescue such a wonderful cat from the shelter! Anyway, we named her Jinx and she was gorgeous and such a great cat. If she was left alone overnight, she'd go and get one item out of everyone's room, put them in the living room, and then sleep on the pile of stuff that smelled like the family, which of course we thought was so sweet. LOL

 

Sherrie, the growling noise is fairly normal for cats who are being aggressive. Sometimes cats only hiss, or only growl, and others do a combo when they feel they have to warn off a threat. The chattering noise when they see birds (or squirrels!) is also completely normal. One of my friends called that "the chirple noise" and so that's how I think of it, even though it's just a made-up word.

 

If you want to learn more about what goes on in your cat's head and how to make sure he has the best life possible, pick up the book Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat - Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson Bennett. The woman who wrote that is basically the cat whisperer. In addition to tons of practical advice about health, diet, what's normal/what's not, she has lots of great ideas for bonding, how to change their behavior without traumatizing them/winding up bleeding, etc.

 

Thanks for that OregonChick I would be curious if he is a purebred. Not that it matters to me simply curious. I have written down this book name and will get it. I had purchased a cat book *expensive* and threw it away. Turned out it was far too common sense. Nothing insightful.

Cannot wait to read this one.

I also went out today and bought a book you recommended on another site. Its called Dies the Fire by SM Stirling. Problem was it looked like it might be part of a series as there were several. Is this the first book. The person in the book store said it will take some research to figure it out. ie looking at which ones were written first etc. If you wouldnt mind just telling me is it a series or can I read them in any order.

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Copper is the most natural thing to use,it transmite's heat better than any metal other than gold..

Realy.. try frying egg's in a copper fry pan !!Copper does turn some things into gold..

 

Ok back to the kittens.. I dont think I could handle a moon cat ..A bit large to through over my shoulder.............

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Copper is the most natural thing to use,it transmite's heat better than any metal other than gold..

Realy.. try frying egg's in a copper fry pan !!Copper does turn some things into gold..

 

Ok back to the kittens.. I dont think I could handle a moon cat ..A bit large to through over my shoulder.............

 

YES I do agree! Cooking with copper rocks. I have a full set and I even enjoy polishing them up. Gorgeous.

I can guarantee you would love toss your big ole Maine Coon over your shoulder. They kind of just meld all over you and start doing a low belly rumbling that turns into purring lol.

Damn I love my Bob

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Our cat is ok. She's sort of indifferent and doesnt mind being in her carrier. It helps that catnip puts her in that funny cat high. Unfortunately she likes to meow a lot in the car (unless super high on catnip).

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Thanks for that OregonChick I would be curious if he is a purebred. Not that it matters to me simply curious. I have written down this book name and will get it. I had purchased a cat book *expensive* and threw it away. Turned out it was far too common sense. Nothing insightful.

Cannot wait to read this one.

I also went out today and bought a book you recommended on another site. Its called Dies the Fire by SM Stirling. Problem was it looked like it might be part of a series as there were several. Is this the first book. The person in the book store said it will take some research to figure it out. ie looking at which ones were written first etc. If you wouldnt mind just telling me is it a series or can I read them in any order.

dies the fire is a series a 3 book series its quite good if you can swallow all the wiccan stuff in it.

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I also went out today and bought a book you recommended on another site. Its called Dies the Fire by SM Stirling. Problem was it looked like it might be part of a series as there were several. Is this the first book. The person in the book store said it will take some research to figure it out. ie looking at which ones were written first etc. If you wouldnt mind just telling me is it a series or can I read them in any order.

 

It's a series - actually several trilogies, if you can believe it. Here's a link to a page that explains the order/grouping for the books. Really, the first three are the best and it gets a little less about survival and more about a new King Arthur legend after book 4.

 

http://smstirling.com/books/

 

Hope you enjoy them!

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cat.the other white meat

 

and i started the first book in that series.. barely made it a chapter and lost interest. sorry but the wiccan crap and the whole deal with the WoW reenactors suddenly becoming champions of might with their swords and crossbows just didn't catch my interest.

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