Maine Coon/Maine Coon
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Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 16 lbs.

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Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

July 2nd 2004


To push any heavy object up to about 5 lbs. onto the floor to see what happens to it.

When the dogs or other cats are being brushed and he isn't. He will just move on right in to be brushed!

Favorite Toy:
Pot pourri! Second favorite is the printer! Loves the cat dancer and will flip and twist in the air to catch it!

Favorite Nap Spot:
On top of the file cabinet in the workshop

Favorite Food:
Anything and he will grab my hand with both paws to get it

Pushing heavy objects onto the floor. If I forgot to close the treat jar for the dogs, Matai will paw out treats and fling them off the counter to whatever dog doesn't have one. He has emptied over half the large jar before I caught him.


Arrival Story:
I was taking care of a friend's animals while they were on vacation. On August 26, 2004 my mother passed away and I still needed to feed their animals. As I was driving down this dark country road with no lights I was thinking about my mother when I thought I saw some litter in the road. At the last moment I thought I saw it move and swerved to the left. I didn't have gloves or a flashlight with me and I was afraid to reach down in the dark to see what it was so I was going back to the car to turn it around so the headlights would shine on that part of the road when I stopped and looked back. This sounds almost unbelieveable but it was like a light shone down on it and it raised it's head and I heard a very weak meow. It was a little kitten who had all four claws dug into the asphalt of the road. Two cars had gone ahead of me and they must have driven right over the kitten, straddling it. It was so very weak. I pried its claws out of the asphalt and brought him home. I took him to the vet in the morning and he said he was covered with fleas, had ear mites, dehydrated and malnourished and not sure if he was going to make it. It took 3 days before he started to walk around and now I have a terror who loves to push heavy objects off the tables, counters, and any where else he can get to. The people whose animals I was taking care of found a neighbor near where I found Matai and discovered that the woman who was trying to find homes for a bunch of cats and kittens had actually rescued them two weeks earlier when a car litterally threw a mamma cat and her kittens out of a moving car into the side of the road near her house. Then the next day another car came by and threw another litter of kittens out almost in the same spot. She wasn't able to get their license number. There was another kitten who looked just like Matai that she had rescued first so most likely he was from that first dumping. Sadly she missed Matai and he had been 2 weeks on his own. For a 6 week old kitten to survive 2 weeks with no food or water is a miracle. I consider him to be a gift from God. After all, where did the light come from on a dark road with no lights around?

I named him Matai which is Hebrew for Gift from God. He brought my mother home but gave me Matai to take care of in her place. Matai is a wonderful reminder of my mother but my mother never pushed all heavy objects off things and break them. I sure hope he gets over that one. I have tried water in a spray bottle, Boundry spray to repel but so far I have found nothing that works. Matai is a long hair dark orange tabby and he has the thickest fur I have ever seen. Even the vet thought it was the thickest she has ever seen too. It appears Matai is going to be a very big boy. He is as big as my other cats and he is only 7 months old! I just love the dark double stripes he has on his front legs. They look like badges of courage for a tough kitty who survived some very bad odds. Additionally, the vet believes he was 8 weeks old when I rescued him on August 26, 2004. Eight weeks to the day was July 2, 2004 when I lost my beloved Siberian Husky, Kimo. So in a way he reminds me not only of my mother, but my beloved Kimo too. One on his birthday and one on the day I found him. He must be a Gift from God! Matai must be very special in the cat world because all of the female cats are in love with him as soon as their little cat eyes see him. Hannalee, the feral mother cat, just loves Matai and the two of them often nap together with their front legs wrapped around each other. I keep trying to get a picture but so far Hannalee moves as soon as I get the camera. One day I will get that picture!

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