Caturday felid trifecta: Maine Coon Cats, how to be a cat, and Sampson, a 28-pound monster cat who is not fat

One of the world’s most beautiful cat breeds is the Maine Coon. Over at Bored Panda, photographer Robert Sijka shows some magnificent shots of these beasts. (See more of his cat photographs here.)

Sijka always saw cats as majestic, almost mystical beasts, and now he came up with a way to share that image with the rest of us: “My passions are cats and photography, I do my best to combine these two things as good as possible,” the photographer shares on his website. And he managed to combine those passions perfectly in his royal-like Maine Coon portrait series.

He got the inspiration from a “photo of Dolce Vita and De La Loo – two of the most majestic black Maine Coons… photographed beautifully on a simple black background”, Robert told Cat Behaviourist. And ever since that moment, he was creating these mesmerizing portraits himself.

There are more at the site; here are just four:






At Boredom Therapy, the duo of Lisa Swirling and Ralph Lazar from Last Lemon show 25 panels of instructions on “How to be a cat.” (Note: there are three pages.) Here are a few panels:






I think we’ve met the giant Samson before, but Bored Panda (a reliable source of felid amusement) has more pictures.

Meet Samson, a 28 lbs (~13 kg) Maine Coon from NYC who is larger than most bobcats. This furball is around 4 feet in length and has even been dubbed “the largest cat in NYC.” In fact, he might even be the largest cat in the world. The current Guinness World record holder passed away in 2013, and he measured at 4.04 feet.


“Samson is a very sweet but a tough cat, who fits the term gentle giant very well,” Jonathan Zurbel, Samson’s owner, told Love Meow. “He is not fat or overweight but a strong Husky sturdy cat,” the cat dad said. “He waits by my (bedroom) door and comes in first thing in the morning to sit on my belly. He is very kind and sweet and a very well behaved cat. He is a dream cat.”



h/t: Ginger K.


  1. Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Samson looks like a great cat, but I don’t know that I would want him sitting on my belly for long.

  2. Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    My sister does maine coon cats, and my cat isn’t very good at being a cat, she comes when you call her, and smacks you if you sing.

  3. Mobius
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    My niece had a tabby that weighed in at 26 pounds in his prime. Went to flab in his old age and got to 40 pounds. Huge cat.

  4. Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Love that last picture. What a cat Sampson is!

    Uh, how big a cat box does he need?

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    …and he measured at 4.04 feet.

    How do you measure a cat to two decimal places?

    • David Harper
      Posted October 23, 2016 at 3:13 am | Permalink

      The scientific method would be to measure the cat repeatedly until you have hundreds of separate measurements. Assuming that your measurement errors follow a Gaussian (normal) distribution, the error in the mean value will diminish as 1/square_root(number of measurements).

      The main flaw in this method is, of course, that the cat will get annoyed after half a dozen attempts to measure her, and stomp off.

  6. rickflick
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    The first has a distinct mane. Very lion-like.

  7. E.A. Blair
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I’d like to edit that item on throwing up: “Consider it important to throw up (or urp up a big, juicy hairball) at night where your human will step in it on the way to the bathroom in the dark.”

    • Diane G.
      Posted October 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      My thoughts exactly. 😉

  8. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Absolutely lovely cat portraits. They look very lion-like to a degree that is startling.

  9. barn owl
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Dolce Vita is an awesome name for a cat. It would also be an excellent name for a polo pony.

  10. David Baca
    Posted October 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, if you haven’t already ,you’ll probaly enjoy Leonard Foujita’s BOOK of CATS, NY, 1930.
    Foujita was Japanese-French artist. This book of cat paintings is rare but images can be seen on the net. The book said to be “The most popular and desirable book on cats ever published.”

  11. Posted November 4, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    an absolute stunner!

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