Sunday, January 8, 2012

the coons have arrived

This regal beast is George. Lilly, his ginger-colored sister is still hiding behind the washing machine. They are in the mudroom with their litter boxes, food, and cat tree —away from the dogs for now. Thought they could use their own apartment suite while getting used to the place. In a few days I'll slowly introduce them to the wolves, but I think it'll be a while before we all get along.

I'm not worried about the cats though, they are huge! George is a portly Winston Churchill character and Lilly isn't any meek being either. I've never lived with cats this large...Here's to life with tigers.

33 Comments:

Blogger Courtney said...

Oh, my goodness, how sweet! George looks just like one of our boys, Sallah (his brother is Indy--hooray for Raiders of the Lost Ark). Congratulations, Jenna! So excited for you! :D

January 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Bridey said...

Wolves and tigers sounds like a good combo! George looks a lot like my old cat (although she was never large). I hope they settle in quickly!

January 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

He's a beauty. Looks just like my Mom's Maine Coon (I call him "the lion"). They aren't your average cat. You will really enjoy them. I had two, brother & sister (Mork & Mindy) for many years. Mindy lived to be 21. Enjoy...

January 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Tigers and wolves... Livin' life on the edge, ay? ;)

January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

GORGEOUS!!

January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Kristi C. said...

What a handsome man! You have quite the growing household. Enjoy!

January 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

He is beautiful. Hope he and his sister settle in quickly.

January 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

What a handsome fella....can't wait to see his sister! Hope they settle in soon, and the dogs adjust quickly.

January 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Amari said...

George is beautiful! I love the deep, beautiful coloring in his coat. He's quite handsome and regal!

January 8, 2012 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Lilly is still hiding. But I held George in front of Annie and and she sniffed him gently, so did Gibson. Then George swatted and both dogs backed up shocked. Annie looked demoralized.

January 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

George is very handsome! I hope he and Lily can take care of the rodent problem for you. I think you'll grow to love them.

January 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

Before you know it Gibson & the cats will be sleeping together. No home should be without cats, dogs, & all other critters.

January 8, 2012 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

beautiful. I love Maine Coons. I actually like any large cat. I predict the kitties will rule the roost in no time. Our large fluffy cat (no particular breed) is clearly the alpha dog, and our dog is Omega.

January 8, 2012 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

When George swatted Annie did he do it with claws retracted? That is the normal way ME Coons start. They keep the big guns in reserve.
He looks like my boy. You'll get lots of enjoyment from him.

January 8, 2012 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

That's a beautiful feline. I have to say, when cats are given adequate space to entertain themselves, they are really some of the most wonderful animals to be around. I love their independence!

Good luck with these beefy critters, Jenna!

January 8, 2012 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

George is a hefty beast. I think he needs a diet like me!

lilly is still hiding in the crawl space.

I have no idea about the claws, but I know he isn't declawed.

January 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Ms. Thomason said...

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January 8, 2012 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

He does look regal! I think your whole crew will be getting along in no time. George will probably rule the roost...

January 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

If I wasn't allergic, I'd have a cat, and that cat would be a Maine Coon! My nephew had one, and he was great. George is just beautiful! I hope Annie gets over feeling demoralized.

January 9, 2012 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

I suggest using a baby gate when you are home. it will let them see and smell each other; But watch careful. wolves can go through the gate ? isn't there a wood stove in the mud room? If so it may be too hot for the tigers.

January 9, 2012 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Met Lilly last night. She's smaller, not nearly as fat as George, and still runs to hide a lot, but she let me pet her and she came out to eat and use the litter box.

Beautiful cats. hope the dogs let them live here!

January 9, 2012 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

I have a feeling it will be the other way around shortly; the cats will tolerate the dogs living there. The dogs's feeling will be perpetually hurt when you show any attention to the cats, who will sneer and look smug if you reprimand the dogs. It is an eternal cycle of hurt feelings!!!!

January 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
OpenID theminddoeswander said...

What a regal head! I think they will soon prove themselves worthy farm companions, more than just decorative for certain.

January 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

The dogs will adapt. We found a tiny handful of kitten last fall, and when we let the dog sniff her, she snatched it up and tried to eat her! Two months later they were napping together. We gave the cat to a friend but still cat-sit over the holidays, and when they meet up again, they sniff each other briefly and go about their business. (The dog still chases any other small four-legged creature she sees, though!)

Patience. All will be well.

January 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Looks like my Nutmeg, also 15+ lbs, though she was a stray so have no proof of Maine Coon genes aside from her appearance. Enjoy your new buddies.

January 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Kevin and Beth said...

Jenna,
My Siberian's hobby used to be killing opossums, snakes and moles and whatever else she could catch. When a cat came with the new stepdaughter I was very worried but luckily we had spots that the cat could run to when chased while they were adjusting to each other. But slowly they became friends and one day when I walked past, the cat was curled up inside my husky's body, I almost cried. The cat even tried to groom the dog and one day she was licking the inside of her ear so enthusiastically that my husky snapped at her. Just a warning tho, no hard feelings. Good luck, Beth

January 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger RocketStarling said...

I also have Maine Coons--two brothers! They're enormous. You're lucky you have a farm for them eventually try having 30 pounds of kitten/cat running around 450 square feet of apartment. :)

January 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I have to know - how much litter box do two Maine Coons need? Wow. :)

January 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

I was wondering how it was going since they should have arrived. He's beautiful and I hope Lilly comes out to explore soon.

January 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

I love Maine Coons. Gorgeous! And great personalities too. I have a photo of "Peggy Sue" -- a Maine Coon my family had for many years -- posted here...
http://shari3139.blogspot.com/search?q=peggy
Unfortunately we had to put her down last year. She was a great mouser though and pranced around the house like a queen.
Enjoy the additions to your motley crew of critters on Cold Antler Farm. We sure enjoy hearing about them. :)

January 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Are your dogs wolves or part wolf?

January 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Are your dogs really wolves or part wolf...? Am new to your blog but as a frustrated farm girl, am enjoying it so much ...

January 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger mara61 said...

If your having any problems with your male coon not always keeping his business inside the litter box, you might look into getting a bigger plastic box (rubbermaid, etc..). I had to do that with my Maine Coon mix as he was just too big for a regular size litter box. He needed the hefty size.

He is lovely, makes me miss my Eddie. He was more black than brown and made sure our German Shepherd and Black Lab know who was really in charge. Well, he was second in command behind the little short hair female we had. She was the true boss!

I'm knew to your blog and have much exploring to do.

January 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

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