|Minke Macan lounging & posing.|
It is well-documented that I am total mush in the company of big, hunky male cats. The cat, formerly known as Mickey, and now and forever known as Minke Macan, is one of those cats. Immediately upon meeting the panther-looking cat, I was fantasizing about him moving into my house, sleeping on my bed and putting that troublesome little Charlotte in her place. He paraded around Kitty City like he owned it, and gave head-nudges that could nearly knock you over. And, just two weeks ago he moved to his forever home -- not mine -- and has settled in quite nicely.
His new family gave him a fitting name. Minke Macan means "Boy Panther" in Indonesian, they reported. Minke is the last in a long line of palace cats (miniature panthers) from the Islamic kingdoms of Java. Minke's family came to the US as part of a trade mission in the latter part of the 16th century. Minke has now settled into daily life consisting of taking over our lounge in full stretch, chasing our feet in bed and leaping to his high perch on top of the scratch tower. His adoptive parents look forward to many years of love and affection with our own royal panther.