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.
outgoing personalities, over-all beauty, gentle giant, friendly love children, LOVE people, long hair
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
He is no Elvis Presley, but he is The King in our house. Pugsley walks around with purpose as if he owns the house. He has always done this since he was a kitten, which is why we jokingly call him "The King." He has always been an extremely playful cat. He has always had fun with toys that are not cat toys. The mice? He pays them no mind. The birds with the feathers? Nah. His favorite toy is the plastic ring around a bottle after you have opened it. He picks it up with his mouth, puts it on his paw, throws it across the room, and then chases it. Rinse and repeat. He isn't too needy, but when he wants his attention, he lets it be known. Some of the ways he tries to gain your attention are pawing at your arm or hand, sit on you, or meow at you. In extreme cases, if you ignore His Majesty too long, he will cover your face with his paw until you pet him to his liking. He is a pretty quiet cat, other than meowing if he is out of food or if you completely ignore him when he wants your attention. The only other time he meows is if he is locked in a room somewhere. Pugsley often gets locked up in areas because he is too smart for his good. He knows which closet doors do not close completely, so he can paw the door open and jump in on a shelf. He has also figured out how to open the lazy susan cabinet and close it but has not yet mastered getting it back open when he wants out. All you have to do is follow the meow, and you can rescue him. He is pretty easy to take care. Because of his long fur, we have to brush him quite often to prevent hairballs. We brush him at least once a day. He absolutely loves being brushed. He will have the brush in his paws and rub it across his face and teeth. It is quite the spectacle. His long fur is due to the breed. Also because of the breed, he is a fairly large cat. He is about the size of a medium dog, weighing ten pounds. When people see him for the first time they often say, "That's the biggest cat I've ever seen!" The only issues we have had with him is climbing in boxes, so we always have a box out for him, like I said, he's The King. .
From jboston Oct 22 2016 6:23AM
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 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