Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 13, 2014
Thomas was actually a roommate's cat. He was a gorgeous orange coated Maine Coon.
Oddly enough, Thomas had allergies - fortunately not to his own coat, but to the dander from the other cats in the house.
He had an excellent temperament and was very friendly. He was not declawed, but didn't try to sharpen his claws on anything anyway. My roommates kept his claws trimmed, though it was a bit of a difficult task because of the extent of fur on the tops of his paws.
His coat was constantly shedding, and we were used to stocking up on the sticky rollers to remove his hair. I would advise not purchasing any light colored clothing and potentially using slipcovers on furniture to prevent the need for constant vacuuming.
The Maine Coon, for all its size and glory, can be a bit skittish (hence my roommate naming her cat Thomas, after the Doubting Thomas from Jesus' Apostles), and may not fair well during thunderstorms.
He required regular brushing, 3 - 4 times a week as well as regular bathing (which he was not a fan of).
Overall, the breed is absolutely gorgeous and is an excellent cat, provided you have enough room for a miniature lion to roam around. They are very loving animals and are good with children as well. The biggest downside to owning a Maine Coon is the time and effort required to keep the coat in manageable condition.