http://fanciers.com/breed-faqs/maine-coon-faq.html. I can only say his temperament fits exactly. His belly is full of thick, downy-white hair that is so soft and he'll recline by me on his back for hours to have it rubbed. I move, he moves!
Mr. Grey does NOT like the heat--not at all! But over the years we've managed because I have a cement basement that's cool and he takes it over when we have heat waves like this one.
Anyway, I was talking about airconditioning.
He has had a few bouts with urinary tract infections, as some male cats are prone to. His first stay in hospital was 4 days in August of 2006 and he had an air conditioned suite! *laughing my ass off*
When he came home I wanted him to be as comfortable as possible, so, I rushed out and bought a nice size unit for my tiny house so he wouldn't have to navigate steps. Got it all installed in the front bedroom window, and turned it on. Yeah, my baby was going to have every comfort possible to recuperate. There was one problem: it was upstairs and he wasn't!
The airconditioner was taken out a few weeks later, never to be used again. When it's hot--he lays under the table it's stored on in the basement. End of story.
That does bring me to furry creatures, and a few that aren't--you all know this is a subject near and dear to my heart. The next time you feel hot, look at your furfriend, think of the beautiful, wild, animals nearing extinction or struggling to eek out one more day--they aren't complaining. They'll show you how to be cool!! Sit or lie down, preferably by water, don't move too much, and once in a while--thank whomever you want--you're alive and free!
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And knowing me, you'd knew there would be at least one because I thought it was just cute and irresistable! This picture is from PA wildlife.
Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-© J. Hali Steele