Maine Coon Jay’s 2017 Christmas

This is my eighth Christmas with mum (see video at the end of this blog). Best years of my life – yes, I know that is my whole life! During that time we have developed a way to tell each other what we are thinking (or in my case usually what I want). In a previous blog I explained my interpretation of what certain words mean to me when mum says them. If you want a refresher here is a link to that blog:

Five Years Together and Counting


It is only fair, then, that I allow mum to say what she thinks when I say certain things. It’s all yours mum.


Thanks little guy. Jay is very communicative and has many mews and sounds that mean different things. Here are just a few of them.

  1. I will start with my favourite. Jay and I have a recliner and spend a lot of time in it. Jay lies asleep down my legs – like this:

Lying on Mum’s Legs


Then sometimes he turns around and crawls up my lap and puts his head on my shoulder with my arm wrapped around him. Then he begins to coo. This is like a purr, only with a pigeon coo sound. He rubs his head into my shoulder while he coos. I know he is telling me that he loves me. I’m a sap. I admit it.

  1. Jay makes very gentle little grunts sometimes when he is asleep and this is followed by a quiet snore which is so sweet. I know he is sleeping soundly and feeling ok. (Jay – I do NOT snore. I merely communicate with mum while asleep).
  2. Meow, meow, meow – high-pitched while running around me in a tight circle. Sounds like musical notes. This is easy. He is super happy and is expecting to eat. Jay loves his dry food. Like dessert for a kid. He likes his wet food too but once he realizes it is time for dry food, he goes a little crazy running around me and meowing. For such a big strong boy he has a very high-pitched meow. (Jay – don’t listen to mum. I have a very deep manly meow)
  3. See 3.) but only one high-pitched meow. Jay gets his dry food in two portions. If I give it to him all at once he eats (inhales) it too fast. He gets the second portion when I turn out the lights. After his first half he constantly comes to the bed and leaps up with his paws on the top of the mattress next to my head (Jay is very tall), gives his one meow into my face and then runs back to his bowl and sits there. He is persistent!

  1. A quick guttural but surprisingly quiet sound that goes from low to high in one motion. Something like a combination of a groan and a meow. It always sounds like a kid who is not getting what they want and they are saying “why not?” Once a week I buy him grass which he loves. I store it on top of the refrigerator. He goes and sits by the fridge often hoping to get some. When I run my hand over the fridge and then show him nothing in my hand, he makes this sounds and hops away. Cracks me up every time I hear it.
  2. A growl/howl means “get off my property”. Our apartment is a mostly above-ground basement apartment with lots of windows throughout and perches for Jay to see outside – one of the reasons I chose this place, for him. He watches the outdoor cats who live upstairs and squirrels and birds and he is fine with them except for a neighbourhood black and white cat that he hates. Day (or usually night) he starts this howling and races from window to window to try and banish this interloper.

Many more and then there are all the different types of purring but I’ll leave them for another time. Just don’t let anyone tell you that cats don’t have emotions or that they are incapable of expressing them because I understand Jay very well. Back to him now.

Every year mum says this is going to be the best Christmas ever and mum is always right.

We both wish you the best of the holiday season. Here’s hoping your memories are all as good as ours have been. Here is a quick video look at my Christmas journey:





  1. Cheryl Harrington
    Dec 21, 2017

    Oh, Jay, you and your mum and so lucky to have each other. I really enjoyed your Christmas post and loved seeing you in the video. Here’s wishing both of you the very best Christmas ever! And a happy New Year, too. Purrrrrrr.

    • Susan McNicoll
      Dec 21, 2017

      Thank you Cheryl for reading the post and watching the video. I think we are lucky to have each other too even though I don’t tell mum that enough. I send you a big head bump.

  2. Seema
    Dec 23, 2017

    You certainly are a cat of many mews, Jay! Looks like you’ve had nothing but the best holiday seasons over the years…wishing you and your mum yet another and all the best for 2018. ?

    • Susan McNicoll
      Dec 23, 2017

      Thank you Seema. Jay has the best time ever when our friends come over and he is already looking forward to them coming!

  3. Vennie Yancy
    Dec 24, 2017

    What a wonderful description of Jay’s sounds. Sasha doesn’t make much noise. Her “ meows” are the smallest of squeaks. Her sound used to be almost unhearable, it’s only slightly louder now, you’d have to next to her to hear it. She purrs but very quietly. She also stretches out on my outstretched legs. She will often lay across or next to my torso with her head resting on my arm. That means I can have my arm around her and hold her close. She is very affectionate. She chooses to be next to me almost all the time though she’ll go out on the small porch and watch people and wildlife below.
    She’s not food driven, eats small amounts thru out the day and night. Always has food available. Doesn’t beg when I’m eating though I will give her a bit of fish if I’m having it. She likes a bit of steamed Kale too!
    She loves to play but will not bug me. She’ll run like crazy and play on her own a lot, enjoying her cheering section, me. She’s magnificent. Like Jay!

    • Susan McNicoll
      Dec 24, 2017

      I had a friend with a mostly Maine Coon like Jay and he was mute until he was about seven or so when he could get out a tiny squeak. He was so proud of it. He never could purr although you could feel the vibration. I can imagine Sasha’s little sounds. Sasha sounds like a real treat. Giving and receiving love from them are the most precious gifts we will ever be given. Merry Christmas from Jay and I.

  4. Denise
    Dec 27, 2017

    Wow Jay, your mum sure does love and understand you (even if she was mistaken about you snoring and having a high pitched meow).

    How blessed the two of you are to have each other. Merry Christmas big guy, and please give mum a big head bump from me. xoxo

    • Susan McNicoll
      Dec 27, 2017

      I gave her a big head bump from you. She’s not perfect but she is all mine. Hope your holiday season is going well. We are both blessed.

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