The Windy City is home to a Maine Coon feline that exudes regality. This cat is so majestic that it adorns itself with the most exquisite faux flower crowns. The Maine Coon breed has an effortless way of being charming, cool, and dignified, just like Leo. This striking Maine Coon has a huge fan base on Instagram, and it’s not difficult to appreciate why once you see his adorable pictures. While Leo basks in the spotlight wearing his crown, he’s always ready to share the attention with his siblings – Lucy, Ori, Birdie, Bunnie, and Kota. Continue reading to discover more about Leo and his delightful companions.
Could you describe Leo’s character for me? Meet Leo, also known as Leonidas, a six-year-old feline who weighs an impressive 21 pounds. He’s a relaxed cat who enjoys lounging on the couch and spending time on our catio. However, when he’s hungry or wants attention, he can be quite demanding. He’ll often come over and meow incessantly until he gets what he desires, sometimes accompanied by headbutts and paw pokes.
When did you first realize that your cat had a liking for flower crowns? Well, to be honest, I don’t think any cat necessarily enjoys wearing a flower crown – including my own cat Leo. However, he is not opposed to it because he knows he will get some treats for his cooperation. It’s sort of like paying a model for their time but with treats instead. It’s important to note that not all cats are as patient as Leo, even when there are treats involved. Out of all my cats, only Leo is willing to tolerate the flower crown. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the photos give you a brief glimpse of the moment in time. The crown typically stays on Leo’s head for only 5-10 seconds before I remove it and reward him with treats. Lastly, I want to clarify that I’m not the one designing the flower crowns. In fact, I usually purchase them from a friend named Yarely who runs @freyasfloralco on Instagram. She has an amazing talent for creating beautiful faux flower crowns.
Could you share some information about Lucy, Ori, Birdie, Bunnie Kota with me? Lucy, who is gray in color, was adopted from PAWS Chicago when she was 5 years old. I kept her original name from her previous family since she responds to it well. She is my first cat and has now turned 11 years old. Among all of my cats, she is the most independent and knows exactly how to get what she wants. Whenever she’s hungry, she’ll come and poke me. Whenever she wants water from the faucet, she’ll run over to me and poke me until I turn it on for her. And if she wants a warm lap to sit on, she’ll hop up whenever I’m sitting on the couch. Lucy is quite accommodating to new cats as long as they don’t bother her.
I welcomed Ori (Bengal) into my home when he was still a kitten from Leap of Faith Bengals located in California. Since I already gave my other cat, Leonidas, a Greek mythology name, I decided to name Ori “Orion.” However, I wanted his name to be shorter and easier to say, so I gave him a nickname that we all love, “Ori.” Currently, Ori is three years old and the most playful cat among the others. He loves running on his cat wheel and playing with Leo and Lucy, although he sometimes annoys them and receives a smack on the head. Nonetheless, Ori is also an excellent foster brother. He shows kindness to all our foster cats and kittens by cuddling and grooming them.
Meet my two furry friends, Birdie and Bunnie, who I fostered this year but ended up adopting myself! Originally named Laverne and Shirley respectively, I had to come up with new names as the rescue already had a kitten named Shirley. I chose Birdie for the tabby with white as she would perch on our shoulders like a bird and Bunnie for the tabby as she would hop over when we called her. Interestingly, another family was almost at the end stages of adopting them but pulled out, which made me so sad that I decided to keep them myself. These two are such loving creatures and have won my heart over completely. They also get along great with everyone in the house, making it a perfect match!
I have a furry friend named Kota who happens to be my first and only canine companion. When I adopted him as a pup, I chose his name simply because it had a nice ring to it. Kota has grown up around felines and seems to think he is one of them! He has been a godsend when it comes to acclimatizing foster cats to the presence of dogs. Surprisingly, he gets along better with cats than with other dogs. Kota never leaves my side and has become an integral part of my life. As for something special about Leo, despite his regal appearance in pictures, he is a total mama’s boy! Nothing makes him happier than being cradled like a baby, belly-up on my lap or slung over my shoulder when I’m standing upright.
I want to express my gratitude to Jane for being kind enough to answer my queries about her gorgeous furry friends and permitting me to showcase their photos with the readers of Cattitude Daily. If you have a friend who adores cats, feel free to share these images of Leo and his adorable housemates with them. Moreover, if you are eager to see more of Leo, Lucy, Ori, Birdie, Bunnie, and Kota, don’t forget to follow their Instagram account.