Last year after my 19 year old cat passed away, my husband and I decided to get another cat. I'd heard a lot about Maine Coons, so we agreed on the breed. We also decided that since we both worked full time, that we didn't have time for kitten antics like shredded toilet paper rolls. So an adult cat it would be. After looking around on the internet we found the Maine Cat Coon Rescue. Sarah Weston told us about a special cat named Santa whom we went to meet.
Santa was a 12 year old beautiful black Maine Coon with gray belly fur. She had been raised in a house where she was chased and tormented by two dogs. This poor kitty put the T in Tense. She was hyper alert for any noises, sudden movements, and of course, any sign of dogs. Sarah had kept her in a separate location from the other cats so she would have a safe, quiet environment. By the time we met her, she would occasionally come to people for attention, but then would suddenly hiss, hide, or run away. But we were up to a challenge so we adopted her and took her home.
For a few weeks she sat at the top of the stairs surveying the landscape. If she heard a dog bark, or even heard the word 'dog' on tv, she would react with hissing and hiding. We would tell her calmly that 'everything was ok'. It did not take long for Santa to realize that she was in a safe place, and in a short period of time she felt secure enough to come by to get petted. Her little ventures for attention became longer and more frequent. Finally we started to even hear purring! It took a few months, but before long she was even sleeping with us at the foot of the bed. While Santa is probably always going to dislike loud noises and sudden movements, our little rescue kitty has become a loving and wonderful adult cat and we really enjoy having her with us. We tell her that she is a good kitty and I swear she knows exactly what we are saying!
About 7 or 8 months after we got Santa, we decided to get another cat. Having had such great success with the rescue, we contacted Sarah and she told us about another adult Maine Coon, a 10 year old named Margo. She was also black with a white tuxedo. She too came from a broken home and had ended up at the rescue. Almost immediately Margo made herself at home in our house. She was quite the opposite of Santa, from Day 1 she was loving, purry, and following us around the house. She loves attention and comes when called, but most times she starts following you on sight and rubbing your legs so calling her isn't necessary, she is your friend and she is going where ever you go! She loves to play with toys, and one morning she even presented me with a live baby mouse. She was quite pleased with herself. (I released it outside).
There is a lot to be said for adopting a rescue cat, and for adopting older cats. Kittens are cute and full of energy, but that isn't for everyone. We have found that adopting an adult cat was the perfect choice. They are litter trained, know their names, and can be trusted not to climb the curtains or do silly kittenish things. Also having lost their prior homes, they are more receptive to finding a loving home. I believe you definitely get more back from an adult cat coming from the rescue. They just need some love and a safe environment for them to bloom into wonderful companions. So if you are thinking of adopting, please consider an adult cat! Call Sarah, she is the best, she will find the perfect cat for you!
At Maine Coons & More, we commit ourselves to finding the perfect forever home for each cat we rescue, and we looked long and hard for the perfect home for these two cats. Two of twenty seven cats surrendered as a result of a domestic abuse case, these two girls were shy and needed a very particular forever home - and we found it!
After a string of cats with poor health conditions passed through her life, my grandmother was growing weary of the heartache it brought. We had all suffered a great amount of loss over the past year and a half on top of this, with the family business and her house catching fire, which displaced her for a year. Now, back in her home, my father and I plotted to surprise her with a new furry friend. While she initially protested, she kept cat food in the cupboard and a box of cat toys around just in case.
She had previously had a larger cat and we thought a Maine Coon would be perfect. After checking around we applied to Maine Coons & More and everyone we talked to was so nice and eager to help. We were introduced to Freckles and she was just beautiful. After some messaging back and forth, we were told Freckles had a sister, Georgie, who was a bit more timid but would blossom if she could come to a nice quiet home. Why not?!
Sarah helped us surprise my grandmom and she was over the moon. She had told us that the girls are a bit scared and it will take them several weeks to get acclimated. Also, she said that most likely, Georige would never be a “lap cat.” Within the first day, they were both on the bed with my grandmom - so much for several weeks! Now, almost 2 months later, Freckles is the welcoming committee when anyone comes in the house with her quiet meows. Georgie is still a little stand-offish when there are guests in the house, but very much wants to be involved with everyone and even flops over to show her belly. My grandmom couldn’t be happier – thank you so much letting these girls be a part of our lives!
I had the best experience with my adoption process through Maine Coons & More. When I reached out to the rescue regarding whether or not there were any kittens available, I was told about (my now kitty) Bane. They were very honest and said he was a little kitty crazy and sometimes a bit too playful with other cats. I then explained that my cat is a bit crazy as well, and clearly was becoming bored in my house without having another cat to play with. After talking about both of their crazy personalities, we decided they may be the perfect fit. They are now inseparable and are totally perfect for each other!
I REALLY appreciated the fact that Sarah took so much time talking to me about whether or not my home would be a good fit for Bane. There are so many animals in need of new homes, and rescues are often desperate to make room to save more animals. They could have easily jumped at the chance to place him in a home regardless of his personality. I was so glad to see that this rescue truly cares about the well-being of their pets. Sarah made it very clear to me that if it did not work out with Bane and my other cat, I could bring him back to her where he would be safe. I could not be happier with my experience!!
Our poor cat Otis (a 10 yr. old, male, Maine Coon mix) lost his brother with whom he was very close. The grieving was hard for all of us. After three months, we felt it was time for a companion(s) and we got in touch with Sarah. We favored Maine Coon mixes, and she found two bonded brothers who were in a kill shelter.
She kept them in her house to socialize them, and when they arrived in our house they had perfect temperaments – they just went around the rather upset older cat while continuing to try and engage him to play. After his initial dismay, Otis started showing signs of being interested in those playful “things”, and now the three of them chase each other around the house, wrestle, sleep, and eat together. We can thank Sarah for the perfectly sweet cats and we are sure Otis has regained much of his youthful vitality because of the perfect match she helped us find!