The Maine Coon is one of the biggest breeds of domestic cat, and is often described by its owners as a gentle giant. Easy-going, affectionate and loyal, these cats enjoy spending lots of time with their owners and get along well with children and other pets.
The Maine Coon was made the official state cat of Maine in 1985, and they are still a popular breed across all of America, as well as in Europe and Japan. With their bushy tails, large paws and semi-longhaired, waterproof coats, the Maine Coon is naturally designed for cold, snowy weather. Paired with a strong hunting instinct and exceptional intelligence, it’s no surprise that these cats made for popular farm cats and mousers for our North American ancestors.
The Maine Coon is one of the biggest breeds of domestic cat. Also known as American Longhair, Maine Shag or Snowshoe Cat, it is one of the oldest natural breeds of cat in North America and is native to the state of Maine, hence the name.
Maine Coon kittens are slow growers and do not reach their full size until five years, where most other cats take just one.
A full-size adult will be between 25cms and 41cms high and 120cm long. Males weight up to 16kg, with females weighing up to 13kg. The longest cat in the book of Guinness World Records was a Maine Coon measuring 123cms.
Maine Coons come in all colours, with the most common being brown tabby and their fur is dense and water resistant, due to the cold winter temperatures in their native region.
They have long and bushy tails.
Maine Coons are nicknamed “gentle giants” because of their sociable nature. They have above-average intelligence and are easy to train. The cats are cautious around strangers but loyal to their family.
The Maine Coon is independent but usually comfortable around children and other pets, including dogs.
The cats are playful and rather noisy – they’re known for frequent meowing and some owners insist they talk back to them!
Maine Coons really do live up to their breed. Lovable gentle giants. As long as you trim his nails that is.
The Maine Coon is a heavily boned, muscular cat. Originally she was an outdoor cat, and later became a working breed who kept barns and homes clear of rodents. The head is large with tall ears. The profile shows a slight dip under the large eyes. The chest is broad, and the legs are thick.
The coat of the Maine Coon is heavy but silky. An interesting characteristic is that the coat is shaggy and drapes longer on the stomach and behind the legs (britches) but is shorter over the shoulders.
The Maine Coon’s nutrition should be carefully controlled. This breed has a tendency to become soft or overweight if not carefully monitored.
The Maine Coon must have adequate exercise. Cat trees and perches should be available and she needs adequate running room. She loves interactive play and she will play with every family member. Being a larger and heavier cat, she can knock things over without meaning to do so.
The Maine Coon's coat needs daily attention. She should be brushed to make certain that her fur does not tangle, and she should be combed to smooth her coat. Usually this grooming is easy to do if she is trained at a young age that this is fun.
My mum has a Maine coon. She is gorgeous and very affectionate. She likes to sit on laps. She does go outside but not that much out in the winter. In the summer she hides under the bushes and chases mice and baby birds. She comes out all covered in leaves because of her long fur!! One of the main things about Maine coins is that they are large. I think the boys especially are!! They are also quite overbred so make sure you get one from a reputable breeder as they can have health problems. Anyway she is a very lovely quiet cat. I would love a Maine coon of my own!
We own 2 Maine Coons, a kitten and a mature female cat.
I would say the older female cat is very unaffectionate and would never seek out human company. The male kitten is however mad to be cuddled and hugged - he sleeps most nights on DH shoulders, snoring and stretching his way through the night. He is a total dote.
They are more prone to disease - keep vaccinations well up to date. Buy from reputable breeder - we travel abroad to get our cats (to SW England) and can pass on name of breeder if you pm me. We have always found she puts the cats interest first and is very passionate about genetics, health etc
We have had 2 Maine Coons, 1st was a boy - from a rescue - he was enormous, and the most gentle, affectionate, soft lump you could ever wish to meet. He lived until he was 18, and other than developing diabetes when he was around 16 (vet nurse showed me how to do his injections and he did very well) he didn't have any health problems at all. We now have a girl, she's 6. She's very stand offish, won't stand for being petted, and is the loudest cat I have ever known! She hasnt had any problems either.
She is also extremely beautiful. Both of mine have made full use of cat flaps and were/are excellent hunters.
I personally wouldn't have "indoor" cats, but have no beef with those that do.
I have two Maine Coons - they are now 12 years old. One enormous ginger boy and, his sister, a lovely grey girl. They're both completely cuddly and loving. I've never known them bite or scratch either. When my DD was about 2 and going through "the biting phase" she bit the boy on his leg - hard enough to make him yowl. Even then, he just got up and walked away - he didn't spit, scratch or bite her.
They have very loud purrs and also "chirrup" for attention/to find each other. Apparently, they can be trained too although, really, who has time?!
The girl cat rushes to DD if she is crying too. The cat is better at telling whether they're real tears or not - if the cat's not there, the tears are usually not entirely genuine!!
Not had any health problems with them although they did become quite stressed when I introduced the devil cat into the fold (unwanted, part feral kitten - ugliest and most annoying cat you will ever see). The Maine Coons are noisy but the small beast is the noisiest cat ever (vet thinks part Siamese).
The only thing I would say, though, is that you may need to groom them occasionally. Mine hate being groomed but end up with clumps and knots of fur which then have to be cut out if I don't.
I love Rag dolls too, I would love a pair of these bishboshone, they have the sweetest faces. DH has his heart set on a Maine Coon, he likes the idea of a big honey monster, I was hesitant at first until I looked more into their personalities. This could be the only pet we have until we hit retirement age so really keen to get the right one to join our family. Has anyone had any problems with furniture destruction at all? Also, sorry, Do they malt more than a normal cat as they have such long hair?