- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers; Revised edition (January 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884480887
- ISBN-13: 978-0884480884
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,106,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That Yankee Cat: The Maine Coon Paperback – January, 1992
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“Essential for anyone who has fawned over a cat with ear tufts, a neck ruff, ‘britches,’ or a glorious banner-like tail.”
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About the Author
Hornidge contributed to various New England newspapers and magazines, was president of the Midcoast Chapter of Maine Media Women, and is the author of a children's book entitled "Christmas Tales from the Waldoboro Library. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Maine Coon people, more than any other group in the fancy, seem to enjoy word games in naming organizations, catteries, and their cats."
In Chapter 5, "Tales of the Cat", Hornidge gives full rein to Maine Coon-related word play, although she doesn't explain why some owners chose the names they inflicted on these big, shaggy beauties, e.g. Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines, Absorbine Jr., Commodore Perry, and Surfer Dude. ...
Breed characteristics are discussed in terms of 'boondocker paws', 'Elizabethan ruff', 'rectangularness', "SMART, SMART, SMART (but not stuck up about it)", 'a dry sense of humor', and 'the Medium-sized Cat in the Large Fur Coat' - not quite CFA-standard language, but easy to visualize! The photographs in this book demonstrate the great variety of the breed, not just your typical big, brown tabby. There are pictures of red mackerel tabbies, cameo tabbies, and splotched tabbies, and even a Black Smoke and a 'tuxedo cat' or two. I only wish more of the photographs could have been in color. It's very difficult to distinguish a brown mackerel from a red mackerel in a black-and-white photograph.
The book also has clearly written sections on genetics and coat color, 'peaceful coexistence' (if you own any cat at all, you'll know what that means), grooming, and first-aid.
The author has even composed a sub-chapter called 'Pot Purry' which I will leave to your imagination.
And speaking of word games and Maine Coon owners, shouldn't a Maine Coon Cattery be called a 'Coonery'?
Read "That Yankee Cat" if you're even thinking about getting a kitten. Or not. It's a hundred-and-one pages of sheer delight for those of us who are actually lucky enough to be owned by one of these gentle, shaggy down-Easterners.