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Sambuca  [Buci]


With the deaths of both Rana and Saree within a few days Kanati suddenly found himself alone having at one stage been a member of a five strong ‘gang’ of Maine Coons. I thought he was possibly a little lonely so contacted several breeders to see if they had a mature cat - rather than a kitten - who would like a new home….

So on the 2 February 2013 International Champion Atticus Sambuca - Buci for short - a pretty Black Tortie Blotched Tabby born on 16 April 2007 moved in …. BUT ‘the best laid plans etc …. Kanati was very wary of a new full grown ‘stranger’ while Buci showed no concern about anything and simply took possession of the entire flat as though she’d lived there forever.

Kanati remained suspicious of her for the rest of his life but she just settled in more and more comfortably. She quickly adopted the flat and demonstrated her natural instinct was to be a ‘lap cat’. Anywhere anytime, if you sat still she was on your lap within minutes.

A naturally very loving cat she adores attention and being close to people and loves them to join her in playing with toys. One unusual habit is that as you go to stroke her instead on nudging your hand up with her nose to run it over her head she uses your hand to rub the end of her nose, rubbing it to and fro and then possibly along he cheek.

Very much a creature of habit she has a well defined routine to a time scale that is so accurate you can use it instead of a watch.

She sleeps in her own little bed beside my pillow but wakes at about 5.00 am and goes to the kitchen for breakfast then at 7.30 she’s back to the bedroom to curl up on the bed alongside me ready for when I gets up …. frequently bringing her favourite mouse toy along as a ‘present’. By mid morning she’s ‘hovering’ close to me ready for her lunch after which she’s off to curl up on the bed for an afternoon nap. By five she’s back looking for her dinner and during the evening spends most of the time sleeping in the lounge either on a chair or lap. Then, around 10 minutes before the time I normally retires, she wakes and comes to sit on my lap for attention and fuss with the clear message - it’s bed time. Then she follows me into the bedroom and climbs on the bed where she curls up by my chin and purrs and purrs - loudly. Next, when she senses I’m is dropping off to sleep, she walks quietly to her own little bed on cabinet next to my pillow to sleep for the night ready to wake next morning and start the routine all over again.

One thing in particular fascinates her … my pc printer. The moment I switch it on she hears it and even if she’s in another room comes to ‘investigate’, if possible by climbing up to sit by the pc and stick hr nose into the paper feed.

While I’m out she sleeps on the bed but when I come home she appear at the door to greet me, then off to do a wee, followed by leading me back to the bedroom where she likes me  to lie on the bed with he and tickle her chest accompanied by her purring. But that like everything else has a pattern. One back leg drapes across my arm while the front legs wrap round my wrist to hold my hand in place where she can rub her nose against my fingers when I’m not stoking her chest.

Like most Maine Coons she very intelligent and talkative. She responds to your voice with a little meow, she always comes to tell you when she needs the litter clearing.

Unfortunately not long after her arrival and on her first routine visit to the vet they found she had a sever case of gingivitus and also discovered a large than normal lump in the bone of her jaw giving further rise to concern that she could have bone cancer. Several ‘expensive’ months later after a range of tests it was decided there was no problem just an unusual but natural thickening of the bone. With that concern removed she then had to be treated for the gingivitus leading eventually to two operations to remover her teeth - fist one side and then the other - which successfully resolved the problem.