Maine Coon is the largest breed of pet cat in the world. It has an amazing physical appearance and is a great hunter. This breed is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the U.S. state of Maine, where it is the state’s official cat.
In short, the breed is known as large yet friendly cat, hence it got the name “Gentle Giant”. The uniqueness of its appearance can be seen by the thick fur along its sturdy chest, strong bones, and also has two layers of fur that have longer protective fur on the top layer. It was like silk satin, and this thick fur also covered its long tail.
Historically, the first Maine Coon cat mentioned in a literary work was in 1861, in Frances Simpson’s book “The Book of the Cat” published in 1903 by FR Pierce. This author has several Maine Coons in his home and often writes chapters on this breed.
In the late 1860s, farmers located in Maine told stories about their pet cats and held a “Maine State Champion Coon Cat” contest at the local Skowhegan Fair. The majority of cats entering the competition are Maine Coon breeds.
However, the Maine Coon breed is denied temporary breed status which is one of three measures required for breeds not yet recognized by the CFA. Cat breeds need to complete these three steps in order to compete in the championship competition by the CFA. The Maine Coon Cat Club was founded in 1973 after the breed was rejected three times by the CFA. The offspring was finally accepted by the CFA with provisional status on May 1, 1975, and approved for champion status on May 1, 1976.
Maine Coon gained popularity for the next decade and win a couple of championships. In the year of 1985, the state of Maine had declared the breed as the official name for the state. Look how big the influence of these giant cats have!
The Maine Coon is a long or medium haired cat. It has a silky soft wool layer, although its texture may differ from the color of the fur coat. Some Maine Coon cats have a ruff (fur on the chest) like a male lion. For their coat, they only requires minimal grooming compared to other long -haired breeds either weekly or bi-weekly. This is because the bottom layer of fur is not very thick, it can manage on its own by licking. Their coat can change according to the season. This means the fur will be thicker in the winter and fall out in the summer due to shedding.
Normally a Maine Coon cat can be seen as a dark brown color, but now they comes in a variety of colors a total of 75 in all. It also has green, gold, green – gold and even brown eye colors.
- Weight: 4 – 9 kg
- Coat length: Long, soft
- Amount of shedding: High
- Hair Color: 75 colors are registered including white, black, orange, gray, cream, light brown, dark brown
- Pattern: Solid, Bicolor, Calico, Tabby, Colorpoint
Don’t let their body size fool you because it’s not a fierce lion. But it is the opposite, his name has already shown the attitude of a giant who is gentle and affection. They likes to spend time with their family more than being asleep. They are best to be part of the family because it does not care about his personal space or privacy. This giant cat loves to follow you from room to room as you go about your daily activities.
The breed usually prefers to hang out next to you than on top of you. Can you imagine if this cat likes to be on top of you like a Ragdoll? Of course, you can easily get tired of entertaining one let along two or even three! In addition, it is known to be very smart and likes to have fun all the time. They are very friendly, and patient with your little ones.
- Lifespan: 13 – 14 years
- Intelligence: High
- Active: High
- Vocalize: Low
Maine Coon cats are advised to get vaccinated and treated from a veterinarian for prevention like other domestic cats. There are several conditions that are more prone to them:
- Asthma (Allergic)
- Skin Diseases (Lice, Allergies, Fungal Infections, Wounds)
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , a condition inherited from an enlarged heart that can lead to heart failure and blood clots
- Spinal muscle atrophy, an inherited condition causes muscle atrophy and weakness
- Hip dysplasia , deterioration of the hip joint
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