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While I've lived with a number of cats over the years, I've also had the chance to meet neighbors and friends' cats. One of the first cats I met outside of my house was a very large cat who lived with a friend of my parents in Wisconsin. We were vacationing, and very young at the time, when we met Fred the cat. It seemed like this cat was so large, that it just didn't end! So we nick-named him "Well fed Fred".
Perhaps it is from this early encounter with such an adorable beast that my love for large domestic cats gows. When the cat show came around a few years ago, I made a point of going there with my camera, to take pictures of all the cats. Some of my favorite ones there were the Maine Coon cats! The Maine Coon is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, and I believe is the largest cat they allow at their show. The largest cat allowed at The International Cat Association shows is the Savannah. In either event, these cats would dwarf Fred (if he were still alive); and Magic, a Savannah, holds the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest domestic cat (as measured at the shoulder).
Now, I've never been around a Savannah; however, I was very impressed by the demeanor of the Maine Coon cats that I met at the cat show. They were very sweet, didn't mind being approached by a stranger (that would be me), and are known in breeding circles as the gentle giant. They are very sweet cats.
Impermanence surrounds us!
Cats are living beings, as we all are, and are subject to sickness, old age and death. Every time one of the cats that I've know dies, I get to wondering how old the oldest cats live. Toby, the cat from my childhood, was the oldest to die that I've personally known. He saw me through my first years of college, and our family got him when I was about 8 years old. Toby lived about 16 - 18 years. I think that the robust training he got at a young age, what with being brought up amongst three boys, contributed to his longevity. I never imagined that a cat could live past twenty. How wrong I was!
I decided one day to check and see what the undisputed record holder for cat longevity is according to the Guinness Book of Records. Imagine my surprise when I found out that while the average cat lives about 14 or 15 years, that the oldest cat ever, named of all things Creme Puff, lived to be 38 years old! Now, today, checking with Guinness, it seems that claim was undocumented, and that the title is up for grabs! Perhaps it could be your cat! I hope so! May all cats live long and prosper!
Some more big cats!
My younger brother, Don, has at this time 4 cats. One for each of his sons, and one, I suppose, to be split between his wife and himself. They were all named by his kids, and the largest of the bunch is called Smokey. Not tall and graceful like a Savannah, but big all-around and proud-of-it like a giant fluff ball. This cat likes to ride about on Don's shoulder; and that was fun when he was a kitten, but sometimes can be a bit burdensome now!! I hope his cats live a long time too! Anyway, thinking of Smokey made me wonder what the heaviest cat ever was; and when I looked at Guinness, it was a smoking 46 pounds; about double Smokey's weight! Thankfully, Guinness has decided to end the entry for heaviest cat to prevent cruel overfeeding of cats by unthoughtful owners!
Having known a few cats, I've seen some of their antics. Mostly, it turns out, it is of the garden variety sort, you know, walking along the fireplace mantel without knocking over the vase; or jumping 5 times the cat's height into the air. Don't get me wrong, these are impressive. However, the video below is truly . . . whew . . .weird!
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I've never come across a cat that didn't strike me as unique. However, it seems that what I have encountered is just what one normally finds. Such wonder in the world that what I've seen is as fascinating to me as the various record holders and crazy cats on this hub. If you have any unusual cat stories, I'd love to hear about them!
Here's a hub I wrote about things cats love.