Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jun 14, 2015
I got Poochie from a friend who was no longer able to take care of him. He was about 7 years old and a hefty cat, even though my friend had him on a fixed schedule for eating. He was easily a 15-pound cat, larger than any of the other cats I have owned, although he didn't seem to eat any more than my other cats.
He was also gorgeous, with a very soft, thick coat that required daily brushing. He did have issues with his claws; they were very sharp and tended to curve back into the pads of his paws, so regular clipping was necessary.
He rarely meowed, although he did have a funny, throaty meow that sounded more like "Maoooo." He was very affectionate but mostly enjoyed lounging around the house on warm, padded surfaces.
Sadly, he wasn't a very healthy cat despite being taken to the vet regularly as a kitten. My friend obtained him from a breeder of Snowshoes and I have to believe the common wisdom is true: purebred animals are not as hearty. He died at 13 years of age, much younger than any of my other cats, from kidney failure. It was a heartbreaking and unexpected illness, which colors all my happy memories of Pooch with sadness. He was a wonderful cat to have, but I don't think I would own another purebred cat, whether Snowshoe or another breed.