A torn paper collage of my sister's Maine Coons
(it's fine, she won't read this unless I post it on social media, which I won't.
Breeds prone to HCM include Maine Coons
, American Shorthairs and Ragdolls.
People from all over the UK took their marvellous moggies to the two-day show hosted by The Viking Cat Club at Sports Connexion and kept the judges busy as they cast their expert eyes and hands over a number of different breeds, including Siberians, Maine Coons
, Norwegian Forest Cats, Exotics, Sacred Birmans, British Shorthairs, Cornish Rex, Burmese and Siamese.
Ranging from ragdolls to Maine coons
, the moggies are aged between four months and two years, explaining their playful high-jinks as they run wild in their specially-designed playground.
, which have a shaggy coat and distinctive pointy ears, are one of the largest domestic cat breed and the state cat of Maine in North America.
Chapters reconstruct the little-known history of this heavyset feline, stories of rescuing or living with Maine Coons
, Maine Coons
in literature, tips for caring for a Maine Coon
, and perhaps most importantly, how to ensure that one's prospective pet comes from a responsible, registered breeder who cares about the animals, and not a "backyard breeder" who eschews animal welfare for a quick profit.
The Burmese and Singapura breeds had the least diversity, she said, while Siberians had the greatest, along with Norwegian forest cats, Maine coons
and Japanese bobtails.
can weigh up to 20 pounds, and have medium-long hair with a bushy tail, and hair on the tips of their ears.
There will be many breeds of cats at the show, including ragdolls, Maine coons
, Abyssinians, Siamese, American shorthairs, British shorthairs, Oriental shorthairs, Devon Rex, Cornish Rex , exotic shorthairs and longhair folds.
Helena and Eric have no fewer than eight cats - three Norwegian Forests, four Maine Coons
and one "moggy".
I already knew Maine Coons
were a big breed and that they could have quirky ways like dogs and I quite liked the sound of that," she recalls.
Previously, genetic mutations have been found in Maine Coons
and Ragdolls, which led to genetic tests for screening before breeding.