Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A cat called what?

Today's ABC letter is 'M' and boy do I have an 'M' this time!

'M,' as in Maine Coon Cat. The cat in my photos is named Squirrel and belongs to my daughter Audrey. She and Squirrel stayed with us for several months and we fell in love with this fetching and rascally cat. Maine Coons are noted as intelligent and resourceful. So true.

First of all: her name. Squirrel was rescued from some neglectful owners by a guy named Pickle. He named her Squirrel because of her big, fluffy tail. [I don't invent these names, I just report them!] I might have named her Whiskers for the l-o-n-g ones she has.

At our house she started and ended each day with a rousing game of volleyball with her favorite sparkly ball. She'd jump on a table and wait for some poor, unsuspecting chump to throw the ball while she batted it back. Said pitcher then bent over and threw it again. Back and forth and eventually it became evident that the real workout was had by the pitcher. When I first met her she was trying to walk off with Scrabble pieces when no one was looking. She stole food whenever she could, including things too big to carry off like fried chicken or sweet rolls. Embarrassingly funny. Her favorite heist was eyeglasses. She'd rip them off, then leave them somewhere the owner would never expect to search. My glasses will forever have little Squirrel teeth marks on the sides.

We don't see this fluffball very much but even Dave, who maintains a stanch ambivalence toward cats, likes to reminisce about how she would sleep on the back of his desk chair whenever he was at the computer. I remember how she carried her sparkly ball around the house hanging from one tooth.

Maine Coon Cats, gotta love 'em!

Stop by Mrs Nesbitt's place for more 'M' words. You'll be glad you did.


KOSTAS said...

I thank for the visit and your good reasons! You have one marvellous blog with very well posts splendid photographs and excellent comments!

Ida said...

Cute. :)
You`ve got some good memories to hang on to.... :)

Granny Smith said...

I've heard of Maine coon cats, but this is first one I've been introduced to. I have a genuine squirrel who lives in my redwood tree and who always whisks away just as I get my camera focused on her.

Squirrel looks really wicked in that one-eyed picture.

With admiration (as usual) for your photography,


Neva said...

That looks like one big cat!!! I don't know much about cats bue this one is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

that's one big kitty...

Paulie said...

"M" is also for super MEMORIES! Great story. Come see mine.

Blue said...

What a beautiful puss!
I hadn't heard of the breed before, so Maine coon cat was great choice for M, but any animal posts a winner with me!

Have a good week

Old Wom Tigley said...

This is a first for me so will make a note to look them up.. beautiful pictures.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Thank's for visiting my blog and for the nice comment:) Yes Norway is a very nice land, but I'm sure that you land are nice too. I hope to visite it some day:)
Oi, I love your cat very much and you have wonderful photo's of her/he. Very nice M:)
Have a lovely day:)

hpy said...

Squirrel sounds very likeable, at least for someone like me who likes cats. Best regards from Moumoune and her daughter Nefertiti.

Andrea said...

Pretty looks sleepy.

Marianne said...

LOVE Maine Coon cats! SIL has one, he's quite the character... as is Squirrel! How funny... sparkly ball.
Sounds to be a bit of a cartoon kitty :^D

Dragonstar said...

Thank you for all this. The link to the Wikipedia made for fascinating reading. They sound like wonderful cats.