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Old 05-13-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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I am currently living in Tucson, AZ and absolutely miserable. I am originally from WNY and did my graduate school in Minnesota.

The day that I moved to the desert, I knew that I made a very poor decision....fast forward almost 6 years, and I have decided to leave it once and for good.

I have an opportunity with MMC in Portland, so work isn't a question, but more curious about the lifestyle. I am 42, single, have a few hairless cats (more on them in a bit). I am heavily tattooed (no one can tell when I am dressed professionally) and very much into art museums, theater, movies, coffee shops, people watching, low key. Will I have much of an issue finding a social circle in Portland? I know fairly broad question, but am concerned that I will get there and feel ostracized (at least that is how it has been here in AZ).

I have done some looking at feline friendly housing in Portland, and am concerned that my cats will freeze. Random, but does anyone on CD have sphynx or know of sphynx owners in Maine? I just want to make sure that they will be comfortable.


If any one has any pointers that may influence my decisions, please feel free to post here, reach out via PM, etc.
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I know nothing about cats, but tattoos aren't an issue in Portland. I know there is an art museum, but I've never been to it. Lots of theater in Portland and surrounding areas. Many, many movie theaters, cafes, etc. And if Portland starts feeling too small for you, Boston is only a train ride away. Lots of people in the area have a fun weekend in Boston then come back to the quiet of Maine.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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Are the cats outdoor cats? Sphinx might have some trouble with winter temperatures. But if they are indoor cats, it won't make any difference to them where you live - as long as you provide food, water, liter, and some attention when they want it.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Well, our neighborhood certainly has lots of cats roaming round. You surely wouldn't want to let them out for long in the winter though.

Another thing you have to be aware of in Maine: Letting your pets outside is not only a matter of weather. You've got wildlife to consider. We used to have a family of foxes in our neighborhood that helped to keep the stray cat population down. Every now and then at night you could hear them fighting out in the wetland as the cats became dinner. Other than foxes, you've also got badgers, porcupines, raccoons, skunks, and even an occasional coyote.

Even downtown Portland isn't completely immune. This is Maine. The only true traffic jam in which I've been stuck in Portland was due to a porcupine crossing the road and stalling mid-asphalt.

So you can certainly let your cats out. But I wouldn't advise letting them out to roam all day long.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Portland Fine Art Museum.....is an above average.....excellent...museum for a small city. Good collection well displayed and interesting tourning shows. The Portland Symphony Orchestra is beyond excellent......just a gem and a credit to the community.

Extensive tattoos personally give me the heebie-jeebies......I associate them with N. Korean gangster influence in Japan....and unfortuanely with the holocaust....but that's me. I don't think they will be a problem for you.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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You'll be fine here. My next door neighbor has a tattoo covering half his face and our kids play together in suburbia.
Can't speak to the cats, but there are a ton of pet owners here with no problem.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Gorham, ME
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just moved to the Portland area...sounds like you'll fit right in! Many folks I have met have tattoos as do I. I have also found the area to be extremely pet friendly, especially with IDEXX Laboratories headquartered here (world wide veterinary medicine company as well as my employer). I don't know about hairless cats, but assuming you keep your home moderately warm, they should be fine.

Good luck!
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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You will fit in perfectly and will not have trouble finding a social circle beyond the normal troubles when relocating. Plenty of unique people in portland!

You cats will be a little chiller than in AZ. You will either want to keep your heat up or buy them a sweater or a heat lamp or I've seen beds with warmers. I'm sure you can manage to think up a warm place for them Since they are hairless during the winter.
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