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January 9, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 3 Faves: 0

The Maine Coon

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Feline 101 Blog Series

Maine Coon Stats

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Cat of the Week: The Maine Coon

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Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon

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Fun Facts About Maine Coon Cats

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  • Maine Coons are one of the largest domestic cat breeds in the world.
  • Though the breed was first recognized inside the United States in (Any guesses?) Maine, no one really knows how they got there. While there are multiple unsubstantiated and unlikely stories to that regard, the most widely accepted is that they first came to American on the ship of Captain Coon in the 1700’s.
  • Maine Coons were one of the first breeds to be recognized by cat fancy, but they nearly vanished when more exotic breeds like the Persians and Angoras came to America. Thankfully, devoted Maine Coon enthusiasts managed to keep the breed alive. Today they are one of the most popular purebred cats to own.
  • Unlike most cats, many Maine Coon’s are fascinated by water and many like to play in it.
  • The part of Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris is played by a Maine Coon in the Harry Potter movies.

Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon

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How To Spot a Maine Coon

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They’re huge. One of the largest domestic cats you can get actually, their weight can range from a good 10lbs to over 20lbs!

They’ve got long, scruffy fur. Maine coons have a long coat that is shaggy and stands away from the body a bit (as opposed the sleek long hair of the Angora) and is shorter on their back and shoulders.

They have wide-set tufted ears. Little tufts of fur - which tend to be marked darker than the rest of their fur - stand up in points on the tip of their ears.

They’ve got an especially poufy chest, butt and tail.

They're likely to have faint stripes and an “M” shaped marking on their head. The most common coloring for Maine Coons is either predominantly brown or predominantly red (golden colored) often with white markings, but they can be black or silver or white.  Whatever the coloration though, they are likely to have faint striping.

Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon

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What To Expect From A Maine Coon

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A smart cat. Maine Coons are exceptionally bright – which can be a dual-edged sword. On one hand, they’re a blast to play with and good at understanding how their humans are feeling. On the other, they know how to play their humans to get what they want and they have a knack for getting into things. We have two Maine Coon mix cats and they both like to watch TV, which is funny because most of our other cats don’t seem to notice the TV is any different than the furniture in our living room – a sign of their intelligence, I think.

An affectionate cat.  Maine Coons are noted for their affectionate, loyal nature. If one of our Maine Coon mixes is let out before I get home, he will run as quick as he can to see me once the car is parked.  Often, he’ll become impatient waiting for me to gather my bags (for the 30 seconds it takes) and he’ll jump on the hood to peer in at me. Once he even jumped off our garage roof to greet me!

A quiet cat. Maine Coons are known to be an exceptionally quiet breed. HOWEVER, because they are so smart, if they realize they can get things from you by meowing, they’ll use that knowledge to their advantage!

An independent cat. While Maine Coons love their people, they don’t need us to entertain them and are considered one of the more independent of the cat breeds. For example, our Maine Coon mix kitten likes playing with her balls and mice so much, that when we can’t play with her, she’ll drop them down the stairs to chase them, catch them and repeat over and over.

Maine Coon Kittens

Maine Coon Kitten

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More Maine Coons!!!

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Maine Coon Kitten


SOURCES

Animal Planet: Cat Breed Directory: Maine Coon

Cat Channel.com: Living Large: Maine Coons

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3 Comments

  • I like how your blog has a lot of great pictures! Maine Coons are one of my favorite cats. I didn't put the obvious together. I felt dumb not knowing their origin is Maine.

  • Thanks Garchow! Maine Coons are one of my favorites also. How can you not love big fluffy kitties like these?! :)

  • I have 3 Maine Coon Mixes - all 3 are very affectionate and happy to see you all of the time, independent (at times), and oh so talkative, in fact, we know what's up just by the tones of the meow's........ they love to be wherever we are watching us, from cleaning the house to mucking stalls, if you look around one of them is sure to be in close proximity!

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