Heather Rome is a retired veterinary nurse who moved to Peak Hill six months ago. Heather started pet sitting in Western Australia and there began a life-long love affair with Maine Coon cats. Maine Coons come in 78 different colours and are native to America. “The story goes that Marie Antoinette fled to America to escape the revolution and her cats escaped into the Maine forest and bred with the natives” Heather said.
The laid back cats don’t reach maturity until four years old and some cats can grow to 10 kilos! Heather, who has been breeding for 21 years, currently has 3 Maine Coons, 3 domestic cats and 6 kittens but previously had 35 cats in WA, “I was a bit of a crazy cat lady!” she joked. Heather is keen is share her love of this type of cat and encourages any potential pet owners to consider adding one to their family.
“Maine Coons are the largest domestic breed of cats and are truly the ‘gentle giants’ of the cat world. They have rectangular bodies, a large head with lynx tipped ears and large tufted paws. Their coat is also slightly oily which makes them easy to groom and stay looking good” she said.