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#736986 Tips for grooming your Maine Coon

Posted by Kmperk9 on 17 June 2012 - 09:38 PM

Found this online and thought it was hilarious:

How to bathe your cat

1) First …. dress for the occasion. A 4-ply rubber wet suit is suggested, along with a helmet, face mask and welders gloves.

2) A Bathtub with a glass enclosure is preferred to the one with a shower curtain. A frenzied cat can shred one of these in about 3.5 seconds.

3) Have the Kitty Bubbles and towel in the enclosed bathtub area beforehand. No… blowdrying the cat after the bath is not suggested.

4) Draw the water, making it a little warmer than needed as you still need to find the cat. Position everything strategically in the shower, so you can reach it even if you are face down or prone in the tub.

5) Find your cat. Use the element of surprise. Pick the cat up, nonchalantly as if you were simply carrying him/her to the supper dish. No need to worry about the cat noticing your strange attire, the cat barely notices you anyway.

6) Once you and the cat are inside the bathroom speed is essential. In one single liquid motion shut the door to the bathroom, step into the shower, close the sliding doors, and drop the cat into the water. While the cat is still in a state of shock locate the Kitty Bubbles and squirt whatever part of him is above the water line. You have just begun the wildest 45 seconds of your life. Remember that cats have no handles and add the fact that he now has soapy fur. His state of shock has worn off and he’s madder than hell.

7) As best, you can, wearing welder’s gloves, try to field his body as he
catapults through the air toward the ceiling. If possible, give another
squirt of Kitty Bubbles with his body now fully exposed.

During the 5 seconds you are able to hold onto him, rub vigorously. No need to worry about rinsing. As he slides down the glass enclosure into the tub, he will fall back into the water, rinsing himself in the process.

9) Only attempt the lather and rinse process about 3 times. The cat will
realize the lack of traction on the glass by then and will use the next
attempt on the first available part of you.

10) Next, the cat must be dried. No, this is NOT the easiest part. By this stage, you are worn out and the cat has just become semi-permanently affixed to your right leg. We suggest here that you drain the tub and in full view of your cat, reach for the bottle of Kitty Bubbles.

11) If you have done step 10 correctly, the cat will be off your leg and
hanging precariously from your helmet. Although this view of the cat is most disgusting, he will be in a much better position for wrapping the towel around him.

12) Be sure cat is firmly wrapped in towel before opening tub enclosure.
Open bathroom door …. put towel-wrapped cat on floor and step back
quickly. Into tub, if possible, and do not open enclosure until all you can
see is the shredded towel.

13) In about 2 hours …. it will be safe to exit the bathroom. Your cat
will be sitting out there somewhere looking like a small hedgehog while
plotting revenge. But doesn’t he smell better?????

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#740447 You know there is a Maine Coon in the house when...

Posted by firedancer on 06 October 2012 - 09:37 PM

when you can't even use the restroom without a cat sitting in the floor beside you.

when your 6 month old kitten can almost counter surf just by standing on up on her hind legs on the floor.

when you have paw-shaped bruises all over your body from your 15lb cat jumping on you while lying down

when the cat litter box is the size of a sub-compact car ;)

when your cat carriers are actually dog carriers
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#749269 Catmountain Cat trees

Posted by trekfish2003 on 13 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

Yee HA. Our new cat tree has arrived. Custom made by Catmountain cattrees in Rockford Michigan. Specially designed for our coons. Look at this. Our coons just love it.

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#759481 Fergus - from 5 weeks to 7.5 months in pictures

Posted by Murphy'sMom on 17 December 2015 - 06:38 PM

Massey Ferguson aka Fergus will be 8 months old in a couple of weeks and weighs 14 pounds. He appears very lean. When he not he is not whiling away the days licking his nether regions or listening to country music on the radio, he likes to rape the bottom third of the Christmas tree. No ornament is safe from his considerable reach. Then he looks at us like "Hey! I am still a kitten. what do you expect? this is what I do for a living."


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#746221 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by Max_1 on 21 April 2013 - 10:46 PM

There is nothing to say about Max and his sleeping poses.. One can observe and learn.. :D

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#746184 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by AxsMan on 21 April 2013 - 12:31 PM

And Smokey Joe, chillin' on a comfy tummy :D

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#752245 and this is "Baby Jack"

Posted by Jemmalamoomoose on 11 December 2013 - 07:45 PM

Precious baby Jack is 4 months old and a stealer of hearts. A big, happy, chubby, baby....so different in type than Leonardo. I adore both these boys!!

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#750167 If I fits, I sits.

Posted by VA_brew on 11 August 2013 - 03:48 PM

This one passes several of the threads we have but I decided to put it here.... He doesn't really fit as good as he makes it look like he does....

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#749251 My life has forever been changed Pouncy is missing

Posted by Pouncysmom on 13 July 2013 - 06:51 AM

It is with great pleasure (and a little embarrassment for how panicked i was) to announce pouncy is home!!! I have been out of town at work but my sister and her dog were at my house and she said her dog went crazy barking in some bushes behind my apartment building, Maggie (the dog) ran over and scared 2 cats away and dragged pouncy out! He looks a little rough from the picture she sent me i guess five days outside will do that to ya and he was really hungry he ate two cans of food and wanted more she said! ! I cried for an hour after she called me with tears of joy!! I never imagined him staying gone that long my sister said he looked scared.I really was convinced there was a kittynapper lurking! I am guessing when i thought i heard him meowing it really was him! Lol I am not as crazy as I thought i was just crazy about my baby boy! Thank you all for the advice, kind words and listening ears! Needless to say my boy will be wearing a collar with and i.d. tag !! I cant wait to go home and pick him up and squeeze him to pieces! :)
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#748694 A very special friend for a very special little boy!

Posted by RcL on 02 July 2013 - 12:23 PM

Well, until puss arrived, my little boy who's autistic couldn't get anywhere near a cat. Something about him terrified them. But this pic says it all. I love love love this little kitty

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#747214 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by AxsMan on 14 May 2013 - 03:35 AM

Smokey had a good hour on my lap last night while we watched 'Game of Thrones' (which is excellent BTW :) )

Cool slippers eh? :lol

Full stretch

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I iz sooo sleepy!

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Now I lay me down to sleep

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#746193 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by Julie Alibrando on 21 April 2013 - 02:44 PM

A very lazy Sunday afternoon for Cooper

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#744961 Before And Now - Comparison Pics of your Maine Coons

Posted by Jemmalamoomoose on 17 March 2013 - 06:13 PM

Here is a photo of Kelimcoons Whole Lotta Love when she was 6 weeks old and then at 3 yearscookie6wks-1.jpg Lottie Queen of Everything 005 (2).jpg Lottie Queen of Everything 008 (2).jpg
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#744910 Before And Now - Comparison Pics of your Maine Coons

Posted by candes on 16 March 2013 - 07:54 PM

Today, I just came up with a wonderful idea. Lets all post pictures of our Maine Coons as they were when we first got them as babies and then as adults. And it looks like I get to be first.

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Edited to add Sasha Fierce 4 years and around 16 pounds

Teddy Bearz - 15 weeks
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Teddy Bearz - adult
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#740428 You know there is a Maine Coon in the house when...

Posted by VA_brew on 06 October 2012 - 05:31 AM

i will try to say this delicately....you know there is a Maine Coon in the house when you wake with a 20 pound cat standing on your chest with a paw that has been strategically place dead center in the middle of your b**b! Ouch!!!!!
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#746196 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by Pawsitive on 21 April 2013 - 03:26 PM

Well, Lucy not being home yet, I thought I'd post pics of the very precious & lovable Rio. I helped my daughter rescue Rio from a shelter a few weeks ago & these were taken soon after he came home. Now he lives in Boston with our daughter & he has been so much fun. He is a real character! Plays peek-a-boo in the shower, watches TV & supplies countless hours of entertainment.

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#746186 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by AxsMan on 21 April 2013 - 12:36 PM

And of course, Winnie , sleeping on her favourite spot! These days she's far too big :D

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#746183 Sleepy 'Coons

Posted by AxsMan on 21 April 2013 - 12:29 PM

Just been reading a few threads and some of the pix of sleeping 'coons are great! so I thought; 'why not have a thread dedicated to their 'zoned out' sleeping positions'?

Here's a starter - Walter when he was just a kitten - they sure know how to relax! :lol

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#744988 Before And Now - Comparison Pics of your Maine Coons

Posted by Max_1 on 18 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

First picture was taken few days after his adoption - October 2012. He is 1 year old. Second one was taken few days ago and I love his all grown up look.. He's now 1 year and 5 months...

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#738312 Pictures that make you.. Aww, Cat Facts and Funnies

Posted by elismom on 02 August 2012 - 03:02 PM

Rules For Cats To Live By

Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.

Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get door open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After
you have ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow, or mosquito season.

If you have to throw up, get to a chair or bed quickly. If you cannot manage in time, get to an Oriental rug. If there is no Oriental rug, any quality carpeting is good. When throwing up on the carpet, make sure you back up so it is as long as a human's bare foot.

If one of your humans is engaged in some activity and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called "helping," otherwise known as "hampering." Following are the rules for "hampering:"

1) When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.

2) For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book, unless you can lie across the book itself.

3) For paperwork, lie on the paper in the most appropriate manner so as to obscure as much of the work as possible. Or pretend to doze, but occasionally reach out and slap the pencil or pen.

4) For people paying bills or working on income taxes or Christmas cards, keep in mind the aim: to hamper! First, sit on the paper being worked on. When dislodged, watch sadly from the side of the table. When activity proceeds nicely, roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. When being removed for the second time, make all four legs flail around wildly in order to push pens, pencils, and erasers off the table.

5) When a human is holding the newspaper in front of him/her, be sure to jump on the back of the paper. Humans love surprises.

6) When a human is working at the computer, jump up on the desk, walk across the keyboard, bat at the mouse pointer on the screen and then lay in the human's lap across arms if possible to hamper typing in progress.

As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.

Always sleep on the human at night so he/she doesn't move around too much.

When using the litter box, be sure to kick as much litter out of the box as possible. Humans love the feel of kitty litter between their toes.

Every now and then, hide in a place where the humans cannot find you. Do not come out for three to four hours under any circumstances. This will cause the humans to panic (which they love) thinking that you have run away or are lost. Once you do come out, the humans will cover you with love and kisses and you will probably get a treat.

Whenever possible, get close to a human, especially their face, then turn around, and present your butt to them. Humans love this, so do it often. And don't forget guests.
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