About Maine Coon Cats
Maine coon cats are thought to have originated
in Maine. In fact, the Maine Coon is the
official state cat. The other half of their
name results from a myth believing they
were the genetic result of mating between
domestic cats and raccoon's. This is an
impossibility, but the legend was born long
ago, probably due to its very fluffy tail,
and the name stuck. Although popular show
cats in the late 1800's, they saw a decline
in popularity due to more exotic breeds
being introduced into this country. Around
the 1950's the Maine Coon enjoyed a boost
in popularity as breeders began to notice
what a handsome and hearty cat they truly
Maine Coons come in all different colors,
although the most common color is the
brown tabby. Eye colors can range from
gold to green and sometimes even blue.
The physical characteristics of the Maine
Coon are that of a big, hearty, healthy
cat who obviously evolved in cold climates.
Their coats are very thick, shiny, and
resistant to water. The fur on their backsides
is thicker and becomes shorter toward
the front. The tail and ears are thicker
and furrier than other breeds of cats.
These cats are one of the larger breeds
and their feet are disproportionately
large for their size. Females typically
weigh in at around nine to twelve pounds
while their male counterparts can reach
anywhere from thirteen to eighteen pounds.
People in general commonly misjudge their
size as being much larger than reality
due to the extremely thick coat.
Perhaps one of the more interesting characteristics
of the Maine Coon is their voices. The
sounds they make almost sound like chirping.
It is strange indeed to hear such a high-pitched
voice come from such a large breed of
Maine Coons Personality
Maine Coon cats are really just big kids.
They mature more slowly than other breeds
of cats and their youthful playfulness
they never seem to grow out of. While
they are very social cats, they are more
simply just joyful observers, content
to watch their human roommates engage
in activities of daily living and sometimes
even try to help out. They are not generally
territorial and seem to cohabitate well
with dogs and other cats. Their gentle
playfulness and quirky ways make them
a great addition to any home with children.
Many owners report that the Maine Coon
can be trained fairly easily, such as
to submit to walking on a leash.
Maine Coon Care and Maintenance
While they are long-haired cats, their
special coats need no more than a weekly
brushing. Food may be left out, as they
are typically not a breed that will eat
themselves to obesity, but they are heavy
water-drinkers and need a constant supply
of clean, fresh water.
Common Medical Problems
Every breed of dog or cat is susceptible
to certain genetic problems. For the Maine
Coon, the most common problems are hip
dysplasia and cardiomyopathy. The breeder
from which the cat was obtained should
know the genetic line and what problems
have been inherent in its ancestral line.
The wonderfully playful Maine Coon is
definitely a breed all its own. It's rugged,
distinctive look, clownish antics, and
gentle social nature makes it a favorite
among cat lovers everywhere, not just
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