We have what I call North American Alley Cats, but I have friends with Maine Coons, and they are quite cool critters!
Searay, I'm so sorry for the loss of your family member. I'm finally having to accept that our guys are getting elderly--two of our girls were diagnosed hyperthyroid last month, and I'm hating having to face the fact that yes, they are getting older (both are 14). And have you ever tried to pill a cat? This is what I look forward to every day: http://www.nanceestar.com/CatPill.html