Polish shutterbug Robert Sijka decided to become a photographer after he discovered his favorite portrait subject: Maine Coon cats. His wife began breeding the massive felines several years ago, and Sijka fell in love with the breed, then began photographing his pets to show them off to the world. Today, Sijka is known for his striking Maine Coon photo series, which, according to Bored Panda, captures one of the world’s largest domesticated cat breeds in its full glory.

Sijka’s work puts the cats front-and-center: He shoots the animals against a simple black background, allowing their enormous bodies, flowing fur, and glowing eyes to steal the show. View some of Sijka’s stunning works below, or visit his Facebook page, Instagram, or website for more information.

And for a fascinating glimpse into what it's like to run a Maine Coon cattery in China, where Sijka and his wife currently live and breed their kitties, check out the photographer’s full interview with website Cat Behaviourist.

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