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The smallest feline is a masterpiece.Leonardo da Vinci

This memorial website was created to remember our dearest Bacardi Gold, a Maine Coon born in 1997 and passed away in 2011 at the age of 14 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). You will live forever in our memories and hearts.

In Maine Coons, HCM is thought to be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. A DNA-based test for the myosin-binding protein C gene mutation, which has been proven to be causative for HCM in Maine Coon cats, is now available to breeders. Among the grieving family members is my husband, my father, my mother, and Bacardi's step-brother, Sambuca and step-sister, Margherita. We know he is now playing joyfully at Rainbow Bridge.

Goodbye, our "Bacardi Baby" & "Orange Creamsicle Kitty." Fly free and without pain. We love you so much, and you will be forever in our hearts. In time, we shall see you again on the other side.