If you’ve seen a Maine Coon in person you know just how striking they are. If you’ve only seen a picture and wondered if it was photoshopped, it probably was not. These gentle giants are the largest domesticated cat breed. The history and origins of the Maine Coon cats are full of mystery and speculation. It is believed that they are the oldest breed in North America and specifically native to the state of Maine, where they are the official state cat.
These majestic cats make for amazing pets and we will tell you why. This article will give you at least 7 reasons to want a Maine Coon cat.
1 – Maine Coon Personality
These lovely cats are well known for being very vocal. They yowl, howl, chirp, trill, and make other loud vocalizations to communicate. However, they seldom meow.
Maine Coons possess above-average intelligence which makes them easy to train. They are often referred to as the dogs of the cat world because of their many dog-like personality traits. They play fetch, greet their owners at the door and they play a lot.
Males tend to are more outgoing, goofy and comical. While females are playful, majestic but are shyer around strangers. Affectionate but not needy, Maine Coons are also talented at entertaining themselves for long periods of time. They are independent and social at the same time. Most of them love water and tend to have a fascination with it. They have easy-going personalities that are easy to fall in love with.
2 – Maine Coon Size
Maine Coons are the largest domestic cat breed. They’re big-boned and muscular. Maine Coons can reach sizes of up to 40 inches in length and their tail alone can measure up to 16 inches. Males are larger than females. The size of a full-grown male Coon cat is typically 15-25 pounds, while the female averages between 10-15 pounds. The height of the male cat is 10-16 inches and the female can stand at about 8-14 inches tall. Their growth period is longer than any other breed. Most breeds reach their full physical maturation at about 2 years of age but a Maine Coon will reach its full physical maturity at the age of 4. They are also far bigger than most toy dogs.
3 – Maine Coon Lifespan and health
They live as long as an average cat. Their life expectancy is about 10-15 years. Maine Coons are a relatively healthy breed. They are a breed that has the least amount of health issues. However, they do have genetic predispositions to certain diseases. One of the unique health issues that a Maine Coon cat may face is spinal muscular atrophy.
They are also more likely to inherit or develop feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy than any other breed. There are other diseases such as hip dysplasia and Polycystic Kidney Disease that can be inherited as well but they are not only found in Maine Coons but also in many other breeds. Although it is rare, it is possible that you may adopt a Maine Coon with one of these predispositions.
4 – Maine Coon Appearance
The most noticeable trait of these beautiful cats is their ear tuffs which resemble those of a lynx. They also have large neck tuffs like lions and tufts of fur sprouting from between their toes. An extra long bushy tail resembling a raccoon tail with its thick fur. If you’ve ever heard that raccoons and Maine Coons are related, that is a myth.
They come in 84 different colors and pattern variations. The Maine coon has seven distinct color classes: Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Smoke, Shaded. The most popular colors for a Maine coon are White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Brown, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream and Golden.
The eyes of a Maine coon are Copper, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed but light-colored variations have been known to have striking blue eyes.
Undoubtedly they are absolutely gorgeous, extremely unique and unlike any other cat breed.
5 – You’ll Never Be Alone
You can expect them to always greet you when you come back home from a long day at work. They like staying by their owner’s side, especially while the owners do their house chores or relax.
That also means that they will always be in the way and you will have a permanent furry shadow going anywhere you go. Your bed will no longer be your own. A Maine Coon generally wants to sleep with you or keep you awake. As it happens some Maine Coons are lap cats and some aren’t.
6 – Maine Coon Grooming
Despite shedding less than other long-haired breeds, they do shed a lot. The good news is that the Maine Coon’s coat is less prone to matting than other long-haired breeds. Nonetheless, it does require regular brushing to keep clean and distribute natural oils throughout the fur.
As with all cat breeds, Maine Coons also need regular nail trimming and teeth brushing. If your Maine Coon is polydactyl (has an extra toe), nail trims are especially necessary to prevent ingrown toenails.
7 – They Are Gentle Giants
Despite their very large size Maine Coons are very gentle, affectionate, and loving. They get along particularly well with other Maine Coons and dogs. Maine Coons are patient cats and show great tolerance for babies and children. They get along great with all other animals because they are not aggressive. Their laid back personality is impressive. They tend to be a playful bundle of joy.
A Maine Coon is an ideal pet, not only are they playful and affectionate but they get along with all other pets. You really can’t go wrong with a Maine Coon, they have it all, looks and brains.
In terms of care, Maine Coons are not much different than a regular cat. They need a much bigger litter box and food that is high in protein. It is important to keep in mind that each pet has its own personality. It is entirely possible that you may have a Maine Coon that is nothing like described in this article.