Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon Cat is a large breed of cat and one of the oldest breeds in North America. They are the official cat for the state of Maine, New England, USA. Maine Coon Cats are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat and can weigh up to 25 lbs, this size and power makes them formidable hunters.
Maine Coon Appearance
This is a large powerful cat that can grow up to 17 Inches tall and weigh in excess of 25 lbs. They have a solid bone structure and a muscular physique. Maine Coons are semi long haired and generally have a soft yet thick coat. The breed have big paws and extremely large powerful claws. Maine Coons are similar in appearance to the Norwegian Forest Cat and Siberian Cat however are larger in size.
Maine Coon Colours
This breed come in all cat colours.
Maine Coon Temperament
This is an intelligent breed that are relatively easy to house train. They are loving and loyal to their owners and like affection. Although not a stereotypical lap cat they will enjoy physical attention. They like to play but do not need to much physical activity in comparison to other cats. This is a breed like the Siberian known to be fascinated with water, you will often find a toy in this breeds bowl due to them playing with the water. Maine Coons also like to play with ice in water and their thick coats allow them to enjoy the snow. Like the Siberian and Norwegian Forest cat this is a vocal breed that chatter away. These similar characteristics may indicate the true origin of the breed and genetic closeness to the Northern European Forest Cats however this is not proven.
Maine Coon Health
This breed is a sturdy and generally healthy cat. They can suffer from SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) a genetic disease that is normally identified when they are kittens, this disease can cause shortened life. Maine Coons have also been associated with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy which is the most common heart disease seen in cats and Hip Dysphasia a abnormality of the hip joint.
The Cat Guide Scorecard
★ Appearance 5/5
★ Stress Caused if left alone 3/5
★ Stress Caused if kept indoors 3/5
★ Activity Levels 3/5
Maine Coon Summary
This is a physically impressive breed that makes a fantastic house cat while also adapting well to the outdoors. They love human attention but also maintain their natural independence. Maine Coons are exception hunters and should be stimulated if kept in doors. It is important to regularly groom a Maine Coon as their thick dense coat requires a lot of maintenance. A cat tree is essential as your leather sofa might not survive their long powerful claws.
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