Maine Coon cats are legendary for their size. Even with this size, this cat breed is a gentle, friendly, and sweet-tempered. They easily go along with people of all ages. Maine Coon cats have a playful and silly personality that many owners adore. They are always willing to "assist" their owners. This gorgeous cat breed is a loving, loyal, and sociable companion that makes them a popular choice for many cat lovers out there. They make excellent companions for big and active families with children of all ages, with dogs and other cats. Additionally, this cat breed is very affectionate and would follow their people anywhere they go.
They are an intelligent cat breed with a mind of their own. The Maine Coons have a playful, calm, and gentle nature and dog-like qualities. They are loving and tender without being needy. They are flexible, and they have kept their hunting instincts should you need a good mouse hunter. If you can handle this giant but adorable cat breed, a Maine Coon cat might be a perfect addition to your family. Maine Coon kittens, however, are more active. But if encouraged until their adult lives, adult Maine Coon cats will remain playful their entire lives. That is why it is always a good idea to provide interactive toys for playing and keeping them entertained and for both exercise and bonding time. You can also train your Maine Coon to walk on a leash, play fetch and other simple tricks.
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Medium 6/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: Medium 6/10
- Playfulness: High 10/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: High 10/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: Low 2/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: High 10/10
Native to the United States, specifically in Maine where its name came from, Maine Coon cat is an old cat breed. It is believed that this cat breed was transported when early travellers brought long-haired cats back to the United States. These beautiful cats then mated with the local shorthaired cat breeds in the area and produced big, muscular cats with semi-longhair coats and bushy tails just like the tail of a raccoon. Because the matings were accidental, these giant cats came with various coat patterns and colours. However, it was evident that these cats were bred and produced to defy Maine's cold winter climate. They were originally kept as farm cats. This is because they were good hunters by nature and exceptionally good "ratters." As years passed, these gorgeous, large cats soon tiptoed their way into the hearts of many cat lovers who opened their homes and have them as their companion.
Today, Maine Coon cats are recognised as one of America's most popular and preferred cat breeds. Since the cat breed first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, it already has a big fan base. The cat breed was acknowledged full recognition by the GCCF in 1993.
Maine Coon cats are giant muscular cats. They have a well-developed body and sturdy, robust legs. Their big ears are tall and full at the base. Their large and round eyes are set well apart and a little obliquely. The colour of their eyes can be copper, gold, or green and do not have to match their gorgeous coat colour. Moreover, Maine Coon cats with white coats commonly have one blue eye or odd coloured eyes. Maine Coon cats have robust, rectangular-shaped, muscular bodies and impressive broad chests. They mature at a slow pace and do not reach their full size until these cats are between three to five years old. Maine Coon cats' beautiful bushy tails are commonly as long as their body.
Maine Coon cats have a glorious semi-long coat that shines glossily. Their rich and plush coats come in every colour and pattern. However, not all colours and patterns are recognised by the GCCF breed standard. Maine Coon cats can be seen in a variety of colours and patterns except pointed – those with pale bodies and relatively darker extremities such as the ears, feet, tail, face, and if male, in their scrotum. The most common colours and patterns are red (orange) or silver tabbies (with or without white), brown, and in classic which is bold, swirling patterns along its sides, similar to a marbled cake, ticked patterns, or mackerel – vertical, soft curving stripes found on the side of their body. Maine Coon cat breeders have recently produced solid coloured cats in white, blue (grey) and black.
Maine Coon cats are well-known for being gentle giants. They are brilliant and thrive in a home environment where the family can show them love and affection. This cat breed enjoys being involved in everything that goes around the house, and they learn new things quite fast. Many Maine Coons even want being taken for a walk on a leash, just like their canine counterparts.
Maine Coon cats are playful, sociable, and sweet-natured. They adore human affection and attention without being demanding about it. They are intelligent, which makes them easy to train. This cat breed is loyal to their family, but not clingy. They love being independent. Although Maine Coon cats are not usually known as a lap cat, they are relaxed around other cats, dogs, and children because of the gentle disposition and sweet temperance.
As mentioned, if encouraged as a kitten to their adult lives, Maine Coon cats remain playful their whole lives. But the males tend to become more comical and hilarious than their female counterpart as they possess more dignity. Nonetheless, both male and female Maine Coon cats are equally loving and affectionate.
Because of their origins, Maine Coon cats often choose the weirdest places to take a nap, even sleep in rough places. It is a trait that could have embedded in their wilder mind. Maine Coon cats typically do not meow like other cats, but they make this cute and sweet chirping noise to call their owner's attention. They are well-known for being very vocal. It is notable to know that a Maine Coon cat has a range of sounds which include a "yowling" sound. Furthermore, Maine Coon cats do not cope very well as an only pet in the house, especially if the owner is out all day to work.
While many cat breeds can be trained, some cats learn faster than others such as Maine Coon cats. It is best to start them young as training Maine Coon kittens are easier as they learn things quickly. However, because Maine Coon kittens have short attention spans, it can be challenging to train them.
This cat breed is well-known as highly intelligent and learns things extremely quick. Like domestic cats, they have high energy. That is why it is recommended to invest in interactive toys to keep them entertained. It is also vital to spend some quality as they adore being taken out for a walk on a leash and playing fetch, just like a dog. Maine Coon cats need to be kept busy to be pleased and contented.
Like any other cat breed, Maine Coon cats require to be groomed regularly. This is to make sure that their coats and skin are kept in a tip-top condition. Moreover, Maine Coon cats need to be given excellent, high-quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. This is especially important for kittens and older Maine Coon cats. Daily clean and fresh water is highly suggested as to encourage them to drink water.
As for their exercise, Maine Coon cats do not have any special needs. They will usually keep the same activity, such as bouts of jumping and running around the house. Investing in cat toys and cat trees is recommended to encourage them to work out some of their energy.
A Maine Coon kitten's coat tends to be thinner and shorter compared to an adult Maine Coon cat. An adult Maine Coon cat has a two-layered coat which is longer around the underbelly and shorter over the shoulder, ruff and britches. Its coat type or texture may vary depending on their colour and/or ancestral lineage. Some Maine Coon cats have a silky and soft coat that does not require much attention. Others have high maintenance coats that require daily combing and regular grooming. Remember, no matter the type of texture their coat is, regular combing should start while they are kittens and continue their whole lives. Combing removes dead hairs that would otherwise be ingested by your Maine Coon cat when he bathes, resulting in hairballs. It may sound a lot of work but don't worry, Maine Coon cats love all the grooming and attention. A "lion cut" is the most common style of grooming for this breed as it is easier than doing daily grooming.
Their nails can be trimmed every ten days to two weeks, or as needed. Regular teeth brushing with a vet-approved toothpaste are recommended as Maine Coon cats are susceptible to gingivitis, leading to periodontal disease. As for their ears, make sure to check and clean it weekly to avoid the risk of ear mites that can lead to an ear infection. If it is smelly, it is best to visit your veterinarian as it may be an ear infection that can be difficult to treat if left untreated.
Like other cats, keep your Maine Coon cat's litter box clean all the time as cats are very particular about their bathroom hygiene. If left unclean, they may do their business elsewhere in the house, or it may affect their coats' cleanliness.
Keeping your Maine Coon cats indoors, especially if you live in the city, is recommended as it would protect them from diseases spread by other cats and other dangers such as dog attacks or being hit by a passing vehicle.
Maine Coon cat's average life expectancy is between nine and fifteen years when properly cared for and provided with an excellent, high-quality diet.
Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have health problems that may be genetic. These conditions that may affect the Maine Coon cats include:
- Hip dysplasia – is a condition that leads, in severe cases, to lameness.
- Spinal muscular atrophy – is a hereditary disorder that affects skeletal muscles of the trunk and limbs.
- Polycystic kidney disease – is a slowly progressive genetic kidney disease that can lead to renal failure.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – is a form of heart disease that is congenital in Maine Coon cats. A DNA-based or genetic test is available to recognise cats that carry one of the mutations that cause the disease.
Maine Coon cats are friendly, sociable, calm, and relaxed. Those are some of the reasons why they are a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. Because they are good-natured and well-mannered, they can easily and quickly adapt to any children and pets.
Maine Coons are the perfect choice for families with children, and this includes toddlers because of their outgoing, affectionate, and gentle personalities. However, extra care should be practised all the time when very young children are around Maine Coons. It is highly suggested that any interaction with young children and Maine Coons should always be well-supervised by an adult to make sure things stay friendly and calm and prevent any mishaps and injury between the two.
Maine Coons get on well with other dogs, mainly if they have grown up together or have been properly socialised at an early age. However, take extra care when introducing a Maine Coon to dogs they do not already know.