Pet Profile: The Maine Coon

By Valdette Muller| November 30, 2017 | Blog

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The Maine Coon is known as one of the largest domestic breeds of cat in the world.

The Maine Coon breed has also been called the “Great Dane” of all cat breeds, a gentle giant.

The largest Maine Coon ever recorded was named Stewie who measured 123 cm from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. That is more than four feet long! Stewie sadly past away in February of 2013 from cancer at the age of 8.

The Maine Coon is one of the oldest cat breeds and is native to America. This large, long-haired cat was first recognised in the state of Maine where it was named the official cat of the state.

These cats were held in high regard by the locals for their great mouse catching capabilities. Competitions were even held for the best mouse catcher and rewards were given out to the best Maine Coons in Maine.

The origins and history of the breed.

The ancestral origins of the Maine Coon are not well known, but there are many speculations and folk tales on how the breed became what it is today.

One such folk tales involve the story of Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, who was executed in 1793.

Before she was caught, Marie Antoinette attempted to escape France with a ship full of her prized possessions and her six Turkish Angora cats. She did not make it to the ship in time however and the ship left without her.

As for her fluffy Angora cats, it is rumoured they made it safely to the shores of Maine in the United States. They say the cats bred with other short-haired breeds and developed into the modern breed of the Maine Coon.

Looks, care and personality.
Funny Biggest Maine Coon Cat_

The Maine Coon cats are huge and have been mistaken for wild bob cats in the snowy forests and parts of America. They weigh on average between 5.9 and 8.2 kg for males and between 3.6 and 5.4 kg for females.

The height of an adult Maine Coon can vary between 25 and 41 cm and they can reach a length of up to 120 cm with their tail.

Their coats appear draped over their bodies and they have a lot of fur. Their fur is long, lush and dense and can come in 75 different variations, ranging from mixtures of red, white, grey, brown, tan, and black. A Maine Coon has a 3 layered coat which comes in handy for wet and cold weather. It is important to help out your Maine Coon cat with grooming as their fur can become quite long and matted if not brushed properly.

A Maine Coon body is solid and muscular. This is necessary for supporting their large weight and heavy, broad chest.

Maine Coons cats possess a rectangular body shape and facial features. When they grow into adulthood they are slow to physically mature. Their fully adult size is normally only reached between the ages of three to five years, while other average household cats take about one year to fully develop.

The Maine Coon is a good-natured breed that adapts well to many lifestyles and personalities.

They are social, great family or first time cats and they like being with people. They also have the habit of following people around. Like most cats the Maine Coon is not needy, and is satisfied to just observe you as you go about life.

Maine Coons are known as the “Dog of the Cat world” because of their adaptability, loyalty and good-natured behaviour.

Close a door on a Maine Coon and it will wait patiently for you to realise the error of your ways and let them in.

They are not seen as a typical lap cat, but they do like to be close by or next to you.

 

Sources: http://mentalfloss.com/article/76734/12-huge-facts-about-maine-coons

http://mainecoon.org/how-to-tell-if-a-cat-is-a-maine-coon/

http://cattime.com/cat-facts/11475-who-is-the-worlds-biggest-cat

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