The Maine Coon, a large and longhaired furball of a cat, has long been known as the “Gentle Giant” of the cat world. They are one of the largest, non-hybrid breeds of domestic cat and might even seem ferocious if not for their laid-back, easy-going, and even clownish disposition. The Maine Coon will strive to be your best buddy, paling around the house and lounging on the couch. When ranked, the Maine Coon frequently scores in the top 10 on lists of most popular cat breeds, and was adopted as the official state cat of Maine.
Though myths and legends abound, what is fairly certain is that the breed developed in the Northeastern United States, and has been present since at least colonial times. They’re physically adapted to survive a harsh winter climate with dense, water-resistant fur, longer on the rear and underside to protect them from snow. Their long, bushy tail can be curved around their face for warmth and protection from the elements, or tucked beneath them for added insulation from the cold ground. Their large feet are akin to snowshoes, heavily furred and tufted to keep their toes warm. Even so, the Maine Coon will be happiest when allowed to cuddle up next to you by a warm fire for the winter.
Appearance / health:
The Maine Coon is a large cat with males weighing an average of 13-18 lbs, and females somewhat smaller. The 2010 the Guinness World Record for longest cat was won by a Maine Coon named “Stewie”, who came in at 48.5 inches! They have a long body, a muscular build, substantial frame, and a broad chest. The legs are medium in length with large paws, which are often tufted with fur. Extra toes, or polydactylism, are not uncommon in the Maine Coon. They have a proportionally large head, a broad modified-wedge. The cheekbones are high. The eyes are quite large and slightly oval, only slightly slanted, and come shades of green and gold. In white or particolored Maine Coons, blue or even odd-eyed colors are possible. The ears are large with a wide base, and set high on the head. The ears may be pointed and often have lynx tips or other furry furnishings. The tail is long with a broad base, and very full with long, flowing fur.
The Maine Coon is a cat with a considerable, medium to longhaired coat, developed to withstand the harsh climate of the Northeastern United States. It may be shaggy, uneven in length with hair shorter on the shoulders and lengthening down the back and sides. The belly fur and britches are also full and shaggy. They may have a considerable neck ruff. The coat itself is glossy and heavy and has a natural water resistance. The Maine Coon has a slight undercoat. They can come in all possible colors and patterns.
Maine Coons are generally a long-lived and hardy breed, living on average upwards of 12.5 years. Some Maine Coons may be predisposed to a condition known as feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart. This is an inherited disorder, and not all cats positive for the gene will ever show signs of the disease. Because of their large size, Maine Coons, especially males, may be more likely to develop hip dysplasia.
Behavior / temperament:
The Maine Coon is a social and people-oriented cat, but not overly clingy or dependent. They’ll prefer to be in your company, follow you from room to room, and will enjoy investigating your activities, but they are not needy for one-on-one interaction and are content to “hang out”. They are an amicable, good-natured, and somewhat goofy companion. Their gentleness makes them trustworthy cats for a home with children, and their easy-going disposition means they get along with other pets in the home.
The Maine Coon may be slow to mature, both physically and mentally, and they often remain kittenish throughout their lives. They enjoy playing and may even be game for a little fetch, but because of their size they tend not to be overly fond of jumping and climbing. The Maine Coon isn’t overly talkative, but they do have a very small, chirping trill and a tiny meow that belies their considerable size!
The Maine Coon is more dexterous than many cat breeds, and you may find they have a fondness for opening cabinets or turning on faucets. Some like to cup food in their paw to eat, rather than eating from the dish. They have a tendency to enjoy playing with water, so don’t be surprised if you find your Maine Coon’s favorite toy floating in the water dish.
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cat allergies, matting, veterinary bills, shedding, shed alot, daily brushing, high price tag
vocal, happy indoors, Maine Coon vocalizations, biggest domestic cat, chirping, noisy meowers
The biggest cuddle pal around!
Maine Coons are one of my favorite felines to have around! They can grow to be the size of small dogs with all the personality of a cat. With their long hair it is important to develop early grooming habits. The maine coon I had was actually a foster. The short time I had with him before sending him to his forever home was a time I'll never forget. He was full of life and absolutely loved to snuggle down next to me on the couch. .
From Casey Jun 7 2018 2:03PM
We began mixing coconut oil in our cat's food last year. Within a couple weeks we could see the difference in his coat. The color pattern on his back and tail was more visible. His hair became more shiny, and he was softer to the touch. The biggest improvement for him, I believe, was the improvement in his skin condition. With just a half a teaspoon twice a week mixed in his food, he started scratching less. We're not sure if he has any skin allergies or if he just suffered from dry skin. What we do know is that he doesn't seem to suffer from any irritations since we started using coconut oil..
From Brandon Mills 4 days ago
Maine Coon named Nigel
I have indirectly owned cats my entire life. I say indirectly, because it was never my decision to get them in the first place. When I was a kid, we had probably 6 cats over the course of my childhood. We lived in Florida, and a couple got themselves swallowed whole by an alligator and others just eventually passed away, like all animals do. My first wife had two cats. My current fiancée has two male Maine Coons. One is named Mars and the other is named Nigel. Nigel looks like the one pictured here. You would think he would be named Mars, but Mars is gray and black. Anyway, I've lived with cats for most of my life, and I've even had cats I really liked and probably loved. Nigel is not one of them. Nigel is mean.
Before I get into that, let me share some positives about Maine Coons.
1. They are "show cats" so people tell me they are handsome creatures.
2. Nigel can be incredibly sweet sometimes. Every once in a while he lets his guard down and lets me pet him. He looks at me with those adorable cat eyes and for a moment i understand why my fiancée loves him so much.
3. They are very polite about using the bathroom. This is huge for me. The cat is well trained to use his box, and he doesn't pee on the floor or leave poop all over the place. As a cat, Nigel is quite tidy. This is a big selling point for me.
4. The don't shed nearly as much as you would think.
1. Nigel is mean to my female dog, Heidi. Heidi is the sweetest dog on the planet and Nigel will just come up to him sometimes and swat him across the face. Maine coons are known as "Gentle Giants" but Heidi is terrified of them. so I don't agree.
2. Nigel is needy. He does not care if you're in the middle of a conversation, on the toilet, on the phone, or sleeping. If Nigel decides he wants attention, you must drop everything and give it to him.
3. Nigel does not understand the concept of boundaries. This goes along with #2, but Heidi, for example, would NEVER wake me up in the middle of the night just so I could feed him or pet him or whatever. But Nigel wakes up my fiancée at least three times a week at around 2am, by sitting on her face and meowing as loud as he can. I find this unacceptable behavior in a cat. We had to get one of those baby crates to section off our hallway so the cat can't bother us.
4. Nigel has an auto immune disease. I'm not sure what it is, but my fiancée has to give her a pill every day. Have you ever tried to give a cat a pill? She has to hold the cat's mouth open and shoot this pellet down her throat. That's really annoying. It's not the cats fault, but this is apparently pretty common, so buyer beware.
My fiancée loves the cats, so I guess that's really all that matters. I tolerate them, and they tolerate me. My big issue is that they are mean to my dog, which I just don't like. However, they are not dirty animals like some cats, they are very smart, and they do like to play. We have a 5 year old, and the cats are just totally fine around him..
From rwither1 Dec 13 2014 1:41PM