Pa­pamoa moggy big in size,

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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

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