Have you met the Maine Coon?

tabby maine coon cat on blue background
03 February 2021 Pets4Company

Meet the feline royalty of the State of Maine.

Tachenical heet:

  • Origin: United States, Maine
  • Average Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years
  • Stature: Medium / Large
  • Weight: 6 to 8 kg
  • Height: 25 to 41cm
  • Length: 100cm (from nose to tail)
  • Kittens per Litter: 4 to 6 kittens
  • Coat: Solid Colors (black, blue, blue-gray red, brown, cream and white), Partial Colors (tabby and turtle)

 white and orange maine coon streaked cat with tongue out and stretched paw

Origin and History:

Although there are numerous theories as to its origin, the Maine Coon cat is believed to be the descendant of long-haired cats brought by sailors and traders to the State of Maine, in America, which will have crossed with local cats of short hair around 1850. The result of this crossing would result in kittens of large size and developed musculature, of medium to long fur, with tufted tails similar to those of the raccoon, resulting in its name from the combination of Maine (State) and Racoon. Some theories make this species descended from the Norwegian Forest cats taken by Vikings to America.

Considered a native species of the United States, they quickly became very popular with records of shows dedicated to the Maine Coon in 1860.

 long mane gray maine coon cat lying

Features:

With a friendly and playful personality, the Maine Coon cat likes to live with humans and is a good pet for the whole family with which they establish a strong relationship. They are careful with children and, although they are not considered lap cats, they like a good affection from their owners. They are also peaceful with other animals without showing territorial behavior.

The Maine Coon coat is long, thick and consists of two layers, being shorter on the shoulder blades and longer on the chest and belly. This coat is ideal to survive in cold environments and suitable to the temperatures of the State of Maine! Although long and dense, the Maine Coon coat does not need extra care, however, it should be brushed two to three times a week to avoid knots in the fur or digestive problems resulting from the cat swallowing the hair when it does its hygiene. Removing the loose hair allows the skin to breathe and to not accumulate oils which prevents infections from developing on the skin.

The tail, long and hairy, is almost as long as its body.

Tufts of hair grow between the toes and paw pads. The ears have long, spiky hairs that give them the appearance of a lynx.

Its large structure is due not only to the fluffy coat, but to a whole set of large bones and well-developed muscles.

They reach maturity at about 3 or 4 years old, maintaining their playful and active personality and are known for having a “dog personality”.

You need space so they can spend energy and some essentials to its size, such as buying a bigger scratcher. Although peaceful, they are a species with a high hunting instinct that they express through play with threads, balls and stuffed mice.

 white and orange maine coon cat outdoors on top of a tree trunke

Associated Health Problems:

This species shows some tendency to develop hip dysplasia resulting from its size, weight and structure.

Another potential problem is spinal muscular atrophy which translates into muscle atrophy, muscle weakness and a shorter life span.

In love with Maine Coon? Find out more about this noble feline in the video "Maine Coon Cat 101 - Watch This Before Getting One (Full Guide)" from the YoutTube channel Facts About Cats