welcoming our Maine Coon kitten!

Well, we did it.  We adopted a cat!  We’re probably the only veterinarian’s family who hasn’t had a whole passel of dogs, cats, and other animals since vet school.

I guess the idea of adopting a cat started this spring.  I mentioned it could be fun to get a cat, and Elliott immediately began looking for Sicilian Maine Coons.  We both already loved these cats after Elliott cared for a rescued Maine Coon in vet school.  They are known for their beautiful long-haired coats, talkative and almost dog-like personality, gentle and friendly attitude towards children, playful and personable natures, and their unique looks.

By “unique looks” I mean that they look a bit wild, perhaps because of the manes around their necks (especially pronounced on males) and tufts of fur at the tips of their ears.  See what I mean in this photo?

Perhaps needless to say, Lena loves her!

So far we’re thrilled with her personality.  She spent the first five months of her life with the family that owns her parents, and this family also has multiple children as well as two huge mastiffs.  So she’s not only used to people… she loves them!  We had a houseful of adults and kids over last night and she was happy to interact with everyone, wandering around between little legs and curiously watching the children’s games.

She’s sitting behind my head on the couch as I write this, watching me type and purring up a storm.  Already this cold winter will be warmer with her next to me as I write blog posts or knit or read.

Oh… and her name.  We finally picked a name last night.  It is Siena.  She’s named after the beautiful Italian city of Siena and also for the burnt orange color (ie. sienna) mixed into her beautiful coat.

 Welcome, Siena!  We’re so excited for many years ahead with you, our beautiful kitten.
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16 Responses to welcoming our Maine Coon kitten!

  1. Maggy October 22, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    How fun! I never knew that about Maine Coon’s…good to know. We had a cat growing up and I loved her, but I admit that cats can be so…rude. When Kurt and I got married we got Lucy and I moved over to being a dog person. ..with a soft side for cats. Siena makes me a believer! So glad you got her in time for the cold weather :)

  2. Maggy October 22, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    woohoo! My comment worked!!

    • Becca October 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Glad Siena makes you a believer!

      Were you having trouble posting comments before?

  3. Di October 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    She’s adorable! my friends have a Maine Coon kitty called Miss Jones and she is lovely…although I have never met her in the flesh. She was bought in London and transported back to the States when they moved back.

    • Becca October 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Di, we thought about getting a rescue Maine Coon kitten in the States and then transporting her here to Sicily, but it ended up being the same cost-wise, and we liked the idea of having a kitten grow up with us. She’ll get her own transatlantic flight in a couple years when we move, probably back to the States. :-)

  4. Erica October 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Siena is beautiful! I love that she has that wild look to her, but is just a lovable softie at heart! Such a great addition to your family! And, yeah, how did you not have a pet before now with a vet husband. ;)

    • Becca October 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Honestly, we’ve come close to adopting MANY animals MANY times. :-)

  5. Emily October 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    What a cute addition!

    • Becca October 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Thanks, Emily! She’s sleeping at my feet right now. I feel like I just adopted a new child!

  6. Ashley October 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    I think Siena is the perfect name!!

  7. morgan October 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    so cute! and think that’s a perfect name!

  8. helen-ramblingthoughts.blogspot.com October 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    What a lovely cat!

  9. Sal August 22, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    I found your blog as I was looking for information about maine coons and living in Sicily, I googled the terms “maine coon and Sicily” and your blog came up. Interestingly enought, I also an an American who lives in Sicily and works at the Navy base in Catania. I’d love to adopt a Maine coon so I was interested in your experiences with that type of cat. I also had concerns over the fact that the climate here is sooooo hot…does it bother the cat if he chooses to stay outdoors? ANy info you can pass would be appreciated

    Take care,
    Sal LoMonaco

    • Becca January 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

      Sal, I’m so sorry I am just replying to this comment! Our Maine Coon has been fine in the heat and in the winter. She is generally indoors, but sometimes our indoors isn’t much cooler than outdoors! Please feel free to contact me (I’ll do better next time!) if you’d like to know the people that we adopted her from. We’ve been very, very happy with her and have had her for over a year now.

  10. Chris December 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi there, beautiful Maine Coon!
    I am in Malta and looking to find a Maine Coon, do you know of any breeders around Sicily?
    Thanks :)


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