Memorial for Maki The Maine Coon Monster

May 9, 2011

Photo of Maki Handsome ProfileThis spring has been emotionally difficult for me, as I some of my favorite pet patients are no longer around to brighten the world with their charm and amiable appearance.

Maki was an amazing feline friend with a point of view that needed to be shared with the world, which he did on Cardiff’s Blog via Maki From NYC Stretches His Claws and Writes Purrfectly.Photo of Maki Couch Pose

Maki recently left us, but this fond recollection from his devoted mother (and good friend of mine) will ensure Maki is never forgotten.

Maki was my first cat, I rescued Maki from a friend of mine, who had him since he was a kitten. I was highly allergic to cats, so getting a cat was out of the questions. I have heard stories that Maki was a very tempermental cat and would often swipe at people who he doesn’t like. As a non cat lover, I was always very cautious around him. After months of searching for a new home for him, I had decided to take him as he was about to go into a Shelter. He was about 5-6 years old then.

I remember that day vividly like it was yesterday, it was around March 2005, freezing cold in New York City and I had just moved into a temporary apartment on West 53rd Street with a new roomie. Maki stayed in the closet for a couple of days, only making appearances at night like a Vampire when everyone was asleep. He was definitely not a very affectionate cat, he didn’t like to be patted for a prolong period of time and he certainly wasn’t a lap cat. He was a male cat with a lot of pride. So I just let him be for a couple of weeks. I figured, he will come to me when he’s ready. I came back from a business trip, I was sitting in front of the TV with my laptop on my lap. Out came maki, he jumped on the sofa and sat and just stared at me. I was a little afraid of him, I thought he may want to take a bite at my hand. He then laid down and rested his head on my lap. That day onwards, I knew he was ready to be my cat.

Maki had consoled me on many heartbreaks, many sleepless nights and many happy days too. At time of sadness, he would lay next to me, looking straight at me and would rest his furry paws on my face. I would tell this to many friends who have had the opportunity to meet the “Monster” side of Maki, and they would think I am making the “sweet and lovable” Maki up. But it is a front Maki have always kept- Cool on the outside, but he really was a sweet person inside.Photo of Maki Cute Face Front

We moved to Los Angeles in Oct 2005 and lived there for 3 years- he enjoyed the sunshine, I would catch him sunbathing (tanning his belly) often in the living room, sitting by the window in our LA kitchen, communicating with my neighbour’s cat and I often find him hiding in my suitcase when I would pack for a trip.

In Oct 2008, we moved back to New York City, and settled in a lovely studio apartment in the Gramercy Park area. He had the opportunity to meet some of great friends and my family from Australia. On April 2011, Maki was diagnosed with Liver, Kidney and GI Lymphoma, the news broke my heart and I still cry about it every day. I had to make the worst and most difficult decision of my life to put him to sleep on April 7th. The wound is still fresh and I miss him everyday.

Maki was more than a pet to me, he was my companion, my best friend and my one great love. He will not only be missed, he is also irreplaceable.

Photo of Maki Stretch

We miss you Maki!
Dr Patrick Mahaney and Cardiff

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Annette May 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

So sorry to hear this. You have been having a few bad months and it’s so sad when we lose a member of our family. These posts always make me cry because I can just imagine the heartbreak you and the owners go through when a pet dies. Maki RIP and god speed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Janice May 10, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Thank you for sharing your story about Maki. As someone who is also very allergic to cats, I appreciate how difficult it must have been for you at the beginning. It sounds like the sacrifice was worth two had a wonderful life together!

Patrick Mahaney May 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Thank you Annette. Being in my line of business, especially working with geriatric and cancer patients, losing them is inevitable (yet still sad).

Patrick Mahaney May 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Thank you for you comment Janice! I was never allergic to Maki, fortunately, as I used to love to hold and examine him when he was my patient.

Barbara Basharrah February 27, 2016 at 4:50 AM

This story touched my heart. After losing our beloved kitties at age 20 and 17 we fell in love with a maine coon mix at a fundraiser. He came home with us and we then searched for a female companion and found another mix that looked just like him. He stole our hearts with his playful and loving ways. He loved her on site and they were instant pals. Sadly we had to put him down this weekend. Fatal feline peritonitis. We are devastated and crying non stop. Lost a friend
Not a pet. Our Kiri misses her Lion as much as we do. We have grieved the loss of pets before but this loss is killing us. A Maine Coon is unlike any other cat we have ever had and losing him has put a hole in our hearts forever. He was
Going to be 3 in April so he was young and we didn’t get a long enough time with him. Kiri misses him so much. We are going to try to find another adoptable Orange Maine Coon so she isn’t alone while we work. Lion can never be replaced but another one needs a chance for love and to give love so we do it.
God Bless you in the loss of your baby and God Bless all who love this special breed the Maine Coon.
Barb Basharrah
Harrison Twp

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