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Hello from Western Canada

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I am on Vancouver Island in BC and I have one cat so far. He’s a stray I picked up from a parking lot as a kitten; I brought him home, had him vaccinated and vet checked and named him Sohni. Previous to him I had a large orange male named Bonkers who died suddenly at age 12. What an awful day that was. The first time I have had an animal of my own pass away. I found him in the morning and assumed he was still sleeping, and went into so much shock when I realized he was gone, my parents had to come help me. I hope that I am more able to deal with pet death now that I have been through it once, it’s such a shame that they can’t live as long as we do.

Since I am almost finished grad school, have had the same job for 13 years and just won a fairly large scholarship, I am debating buying a new kitty. Since my family and I have rescued so many strays, I have decided to treat myself to a purebred. So far I have narrowed my choice down to an Egyptian Mau, but when I was younger I always, always, wanted a Maine Coon. I still like the MC’s but the Maus are just so pretty and athletic, and have such an interesting history. The ones that I met recently at a local specialty pet store just won me over (no way would I buy a cat from a pet store, but the owners of this store are breeders of Bengals, Scottish Folds and Maus). I have met Bengals, Siamese, Burmese, Scottish Folds and Persians, and I have done extensive research into breeds. I am in contact with a number of Mau breeders and am trying to make my choice of a few kittens.

Since there are almost no Maus around, and because a number of the breeders I have talked to have offered to mentor me, I may even buy a show quality female. I already breed and show German Shepherd Dogs, and I am more than aware of the responsibilities.

Anyway, that’s me. I have a horse and a fish tank, two German Shepherd Dogs plus my cat. I basically work to support my animal habit, and they are all pretty happy with the arrangement. I also love computers, reading, watching movies (both film festival kinds and Hollywood hits), and walking in the woods.

It's neat to find this site and I am learning lots.
post #2 of 22
Hi and Welcome to TCS!! So sorry to hear about your Bonkers. I can only imagine the pain you felt. We are glad to have you here and hope you can submit some pics soon.
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Welcome to The Cat Site!
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Hi, welcome to TCS!
So glad you've joined us!
We are a wonderful community of cat lovers.
I truly hope you enjoy your time here with us!

As you learn your way around our site,
if you have questions, I would be happy to help you.
Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name,
then send me a Private Message.
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post #5 of 22
Welcome Sohni and family

to TheCatSite and we're sure glad you've joined us here -- sounds like you know and love your cats, all right, and while "Rescued" is our favorite breed here, we hope you will adopt a beautiful cat of your choice and that the new cat and Sohni bond and have wonderful lives together with you! My favorite neighbor adopted a Maine Coon from our local shelter; I've seen a great video on YouTube of an Egyptian Mau and his person, who says a neighbor offered him the kitten and he and his girlfriend accepted him. Anyway, whatever you decide, THANK YOU for loving cats and rescuing Sohni -- we'd love to see pix of him! -- and for your future care for another cat, as well!
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Hello and Welcome from Ontario. Hope you enjoy your visits to the TCS.
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Welcome to TCS!
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Hello & welcome to TCS. The Mau is a beautiful cat, they were roadtested on a local home show on tv a couple of months ago. Look forward to seeing pics of Sohni, what does his name mean?
post #9 of 22
Welcome, neighbour! We'd love to see pictures.
post #10 of 22
And welcome from another West Coaster (mainland)

Hope you enjoy your time here -- it's a great community.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Sohni's name... Well I was watching a show, I think it was What Not to Wear, and there was an east indian girl named Sohni featured. I also like Sony electronics and it seemed to fit him.

This is him keeping my GSD, Chloe, company.

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Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
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Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Good luck with finding your purebred, we have two Singapuras as well as three beautiful moggies here.
post #14 of 22
Originally Posted by Sohni View Post
Sohni's name... Well I was watching a show, I think it was What Not to Wear, and there was an east indian girl named Sohni featured. I also like Sony electronics and it seemed to fit him.

This is him keeping my GSD, Chloe, company.

Welcome from the central interior of B.C. it is so cute how they snuggle up,
post #15 of 22
Aw, Sohni is beautiful! Chloe looks very nice, too.
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Hi & welcome to TCS! Good luck on your search for your new furbaby!
post #17 of 22
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It is cute, but Chloe could care less if she had a cat on her. My chihuahua is less happy to have a cat try and snuggle, especially since Sohni is now twice as big as she is. Sohni just loves everything that moves, and hang it if they don't love him back.
post #18 of 22
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I've already learned a lot from reading the other topics.
post #20 of 22
Sohni is adorable
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post #22 of 22

Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Hope to see more photos of your fuzzy babies! They are darling!
You are lucky to live in B.C., that is where we would like to live someday...

Best Wishes to all of you! Enjoy the site & the forums
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