Papamoa moggy big in size,
PAPAMOA is home to one of the biggest cats in New Zealand.
Barou, named after Irish king Baru, is the mammoth maine coon pussycat belonging to Diane and Brian Helson. They retired to Papamoa from Auckland four years ago.
Barou, weighing a hefty 10.7kg, has made a career out of being plus size— he’s won many awards and ribbons galore, including the prestigious New Zealand Cat Fancy Inc double gold premier award.
The muscular kitty has retired somewhat these days, preferring to spend his days lounging around the house looking regal with his fellow maine coon pals Tee-Tonka and Rico. But he’s still showing himself off at the odd expo and he’ll be one of the stars to feature at the Pet & Animal Expo in late June with Tee-Tonka and Rico.
Brian and Diane have always loved cats and have had a number of them including an oriental show stopper called Yeoman. When he died, they went in search of a different breed.
They got him from a breeder in Auckland, who also has not heard of a maine coon larger than Barou. Diane was warned that because of Barou’s big paws, he was going to grow into a sizeable cat.
Maine coons can live up to 22 years and are known for their intelligence, the fluffy fur factor DELIVERIES