Merlin came to us a bedraggled rescue kitten, whose woeful cries, as I’d began to walk away from his cage…stopped us. Right there.   Yes, The Magician had begun working his magic already.

Maine coon cat cross, photo,
Merlin Maine Coon cross cat

The sound in his cries,  was haunting and I still remember.

A very clear, “Please, Please, do Not Leave Me Here!”   It was more than enough to override my long list of what I was going home with.   I’d gone to collect a red gold tabby.  One shorthair female.  No males! No long hairs! Not 2!

The little guy was said to be of age, but I rather doubt he was more than about 5 weeks old, 6 at the tops. Thin and quite fragile, Merlin fit in my small hand.

Merlin had touch and go moments, but he kept pulling through and getting stronger. Being orphaned at an early age has left him in search of mother – lucky me,  fit the bill.

He is still a little mama’s boy, he thinks he ‘misses’ me.  Loves to be carried like a baby over on his back. And he is 6 years old.  I think he would have made a Fabulous Celeb pet… stick him in a handbag and go!

Merlin, is on my lap, now, while I type this up.  Normally,  thats a no go.  He’s too squirmy. But not today, so he can stay. Merlin is still a very slight built cat, looking more like a 9 month old not an adult.

The trouble he gets up to.  I’ve had to teach him some hand signals to “Stop” as well as, “go over there,”  plus a  verbal “no.” I haven’t yet taught him fetch, but he does goes out on the leash. So that’s a positive for him.

He has a very good understanding of the rules. But tends to be just a bit sly. If I walk too loud, he gets down from the restricted zone, looking at me with a “What’s Your problem?”  look.   Words spoken softly and gently,  get ignored.

He smiles, and does it anyway.

Merlin loves water!  Splashing is his favourite game.  Early on,  he thought it looked like exciting times and great fun to jump into the tub. Filled with water.  Filled with a person…..hmmph. No more kitties running loose in the bedroom.


This post is for an artist friend, who fell in love with my Maine Coon crossbred and I thought I’d share his story where she could read more about him.  Thinking perhaps,  one or two of you may also like Merlin and his antics.