Friday, December 10, 2010

FRIGID FRIDAY WITH DANTE

You would think that Dante, a Maine Coon with a thick fur coat, wouldn't balk at the lower temPURRatures.  After all, his Maine Coon ancestors developed such coats as a defence against the steely cold winters in Maine.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the Maine Coon coat:

"Maine Coons have several physical adaptations for survival in harsh winter climates. Their dense water-resistant fur is longer and shaggier on their underside and rear for extra protection when they are walking or sitting on top of wet surfaces of snow or ice. Their long and bushy raccoon-like tail is resistant to sinking in snow, and can be curled around their face and shoulders for warmth and protection from wind and blowing snow and it can be even curled around their backside like a insulated seat cushion when sitting down on a snow or ice surface. Large paws facilitate walking on snow and are often compared to snowshoes. Long tufts of fur growing between their toes help keep the toes warm and further aid walking on snow by giving the paws additional structure without significant extra weight. Heavily furred ears with extra long tufts of fur growing from inside help keep their ears warm."

Nevertheless, Dante has been resistant to outdoor excursions beyond the front porch of late, and even then, not for very long.

"Brrrrr!  Is cold out here!"

"Why do you do this to me, mama?  OK, I'll give you one good
pose and that's all."

"Please let me back in, mama!"

"I said, please!!!"

"O fur Ceiling Cat's sake woman!  Give a mancat a break!"

"OK.  One last time.  Got it?  Good."

And with that, mama opened the door and Dante went inside.
  And me?
I was left out in the cold.



16 comments:

Kea said...

It's been VERY cold here too, Dante. We've been going out for only a few minutes, when we go out at all. It's warming up a bit now, as we're getting set for freezing rain and snow on Sunday/Monday. What fun!

Tell your mom to just let you stay inside, never mind the outdoor photo shoots. LOL.

Purrfect Haven said...

reckon Dante has it right - why be out when you can be in the warm. Gorgeous Dante. Love Darcy and Bingley xx

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank goodness you got back inside in the warm Dante - what was your mom thinking of exposing those highly desirable furs to the winter elements!!

The Monkeys said...

We happen to think that even though you're made for the cold, you're also a very smart cat and you know it's much more comfortable inside!!

Sweet Praline said...

Sounds like Dante is smarter than his momma! MOL

catsparella said...

He looks like a fluffy, gorgeous lion!!<3 Stay warm, Dante!!

Katnip Lounge said...

Sheesh! You almost had to put on your airplane ears. Who cares what wiki says about Maine Coons...everybody knows that what you read on the innerwebs ain't true! You stay in where it's warm and dry.

Admiral Hestorb said...

I saw those almost airplane ears! And I woulda too, Dante. Gee whiz! It's COLD!

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Dante my friend, you're a wise man-cat. Rumblemum says you're wise and handsome!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Dante you could come in my door any time my friend. Our kitties don't go in and out... they are clueless to the delights of the great outdoors!

cats of wildcat woods said...

Very cold here and we would not want to go out - thick fur coat or not!

Marg said...

Dante, that was such good info about Maine coon cat's fur. It does sound like you would be warm outside but we are with you, it is much nicer in the warm house. It isn't any fun at all to be cold. Take care and have a great week.

AttieCattie said...

i am wif you Dante, why goes outside to freeze your patootie off if you does not has to??? i feels sorreh for your ancestors who was stuck out in the colds.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Mommy let me come back to look at Dante agaon. OH, he makes my sweet heart beat faster!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Dante we think that you are smart to stay close to the house when it is so cold - that cold hit too quickly so you probably are not used to it yet!

MoMo said...

The fact that you have the defences against the cold doesn't mean that you have to endure it.