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This Man Photographs Maine Coon Cats and Makes Them Look Like Majestic Mythical Beasts

Robert Sijka is a photographer who has created quite a following recently on his website, although his subjects may not be what you expect! Instead of turning to the super models that you will find strutting their stuff on the runways, Sijka turned to his own ‘super models’ – the Maine Coon cat.

He explained, “My passions are cats and photography, I do my best to combine these two things as good as possible.” The results are breathtaking. These cats look like mythical creatures ripped from the pages of our favorite novel – prepared for dangerous quests and fights to the death.

If you love these photographs as much as we do, be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and check out his website!

Here are a few favorites from his websites, along with some facts about his magical subjects:

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Maine Coons are huge, weighing anywhere between 9 – 16 lbs for females, and 13-18 lbs for males.

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They were named the official state cat of Maine in 1985.

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Maine Coons come in a variety of colors, including the most recognizable brown, as well as smoke, cream, cameo, mackerel and tortoiseshell.

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Pebbles, a Maine Coon, starred as one of three cats that played Mrs. Norris, Argus Filch’s dear pet in the Harry Potter films.

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It is unknown whether it is due to their water-repellent coats, but Maine Coon cats LOVE water and can often be found jumping into bathtubs rather than avoiding them.

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Maine Coons are a descendant of the Norwegian Forest Cat and a mysterious extinct domestic breed.

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The Guinness World Record holder for longest cat is held by an 8-year-old Maine Coon named Stewie. He measured 48.5 inches from the end of his tail bone to the tip of his nose.

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Maine Coons are believed to have been brought to America by either the Vikings or European sailors who had docked in New England during the 1700’s.

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It was found early in the breed’s development that many are born as polydactyls, meaning that they have extra toes. Some experts estimate that as many as 40% of early Maine Coons had 6 toes. This trait has since been bred out as it disqualifies the breed while competing in shows.

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The breed was accepted for championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1976.

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robert sijka, cats, cat photography, maine coonIn 2015 Maine Coons were the third most popular breed in the United States according to the Cat Fanciers Association registration statistics.

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Often believed to be the larges breed of cat, they are surprisingly outweighed by Ragdolls, which can weigh up to 20 lbs.

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Maine Coons don’t typically meow like we are accustomed to hearing. Instead, they make a ‘chirp’ or ‘trill’ noise, which is a mixture of a meow and a purr.

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In 2004 Little Nicky, a Maine Coon, was the first pet animal to be cloned commercially by Genetic Savings & Clone, Ltd.

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The personality of a Maine Coon closely resembles that of a dog, highly social and adoring of humane interaction. They can even be walked on a leash, and enjoy a good game of fetch.

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Their large, tufted paws act as built-in “snowshoes” protecting their feet during harsh winters.

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There is a myth that the Maine Coon is related to raccoons, but this is nothing more than a myth.

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The current Guinness World Record holder for oldest cat belongs to Corduroy, who is 26 years old and half Maine Coon.

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The breed became so scarce that it was eared to be extinct in the 1950’s, however the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association was formed to save the breed in 1968.

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