Cherie Davies and Clive Bennett
welcome you to their WEB site
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. We
thought he was possibly a little lonely so contacted several breeders to see if they
had a mature cat -
So on the 2 February 2013 International Champion Atticus Sambuca -
Kanati remained suspicious of her for the rest of his life but she just settled in more and more comfortably. She quickly adopted us and demonstrated her natural instinct was to be a ‘lap cat’. Anywhere anytime, if you sat still she was on your lap within minutes.
Unfortunately not long after her arrival and on her first routine visit to our 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 -
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. She sleeps in her own
little bed beside Clive’s pillow but responds immediately to Cherie waking in the
morning and joins her as she goes to the kitchen ready to ‘share’ a taste of her
breakfast before having her own meal usually followed by a game. Around 7.30 she’s
off to the bedroom to curl up on the bed alongside Clive ready for when he gets up.
By mid morning she’s ‘hovering’ close to him 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
evening meal and during the evening spends most of the time on Cherie’s lap. When
Cherie goes to bed Clive’s lap becomes the focus of her attention although when it
gets very late she moves to curl up in a chair. Eventually, at the time Clive normally
retires, she wakes and goes back to sit on his lap for attention and fuss with the
clear message -
In April 2020 she stated to lose weight and was diagnosed with diabetes needing insulin
injections twice a day, to which she quickly responded and returned to good health
However in June 2022 she suddenly developed a swollen lip which, although not displaying any change in her normal behaviour, progressed over 4 weeks to a cancerous tumor and sadly on 23 July she suddenly deteriorated and aged 15 years and 3 months we had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend and companion who will live on with us for a long, long time.
R.I.P. International Champion Atticus Sambuca
16 April 2007 -
Maine Coon Cats … 'The gentle giants'