Residents in a San Jose, Calif. neighborhood received quite the shock when they learned that the giant cat sitting in the window of a residential home, which they presumed was a bobcat, was, in fact, your basic run-of-the-mill house cat.
“I get people who knock on my door to say, ‘I’m very concerned you have a wild animal in my neighborhood,’” owner Colleen Pizarev told ABC News. “I live by a park and get a lot of foot traffic in front of my house and people will knock on the door and express concern that I have a wild animal in my home.”
The cat in question, though larger than many, is every bit as tame as your everyday tabby: he just happens to weigh 27-pounds, measure nearly four feet in length, and eat up to a pound of food a day. Meat being his preference.
“He eats about a pound of meat,” said Pizarev. “When you get a Maine Coon they are very clear, he can only eat meat. He eats chicken and I buy it in bulk and then freeze it. Chicken, pork and turkey are his favorites. They can’t process regular cat food.”
Called Spock, the Maine Coon, now four-years-old, was adopted from a breeder by Pizarev at a young age, and he never stopped growing. Regardless of his large and in charge size, he is every bit as gentle as he is curious. Oh, and he happens to have a YouTube addiction.
“They mature slowly so he’s still a kitten, technically an adolescent,” said Pizarev. “As a typical adolescent, he’s addicted to YouTube. He really enjoys it. He’s an indoor cat so we like to help him think he’s chasing squirrels. It puts him to sleep. We call it his bedtime stories.”
While his fondness for YouTube can be called downright adorable; Spock has a tendency to be one heck of a demanding roommate.
“He does not like doors closed. He does not like to be alone,” said Pizarev. “Maine Coons are extremely social. If you go in a room and shut the door, he’ll open it. He’s been doing that since he was about a year. When he’s on his hind paws he can put his paws on the counters in my kitchen.”
Another thing Spock is prone to doing? Breaking things. A lot. According to Pizarev, he’s like a mini earthquake that never stops rumbling.
“You have to earthquake-proof your house in California anyway, but I’ve lost more things to Spock than the earthquake in 1989,” Pizarev said. “They are so big but they are just normal cats so they have no idea that they’re like these feline wrecking balls. When they jump up on a table the table goes over. And they’ve got enormous paws. His paws are 2 inches wide.”
While Spock’s size may give passersby a reason to pause and do a double-take, there’s nothing to fear when you spot him peeking at you out the window, as the only things that really get him going are squirrels and opossums – and chances are, you’re not walking by with either.