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Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is a massive cat with a powerful muscular athletic body in keeping with their impressive size. They have large, pointed ears held wide and tall and an intelligent expression.  

The coat is long and thick and consists of an undercoat covered by a substantial glossy, waterproof top coat and have attractive tufts on ears and paws. Their tails are spectacular and should be at least as long as their body so they can wrap it around their body for extra insulation. 

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Larger stockier cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Can cope with a busy household
Generally healthy breed

The Maine Coon cat breed can suffer from:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively.
- Hip dysplasia which is where the hip joint does not develop normally. 
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency which is a disease that causes anaemia (death of red blood cells).  
- Spinal muscular atrophy which is a disease that causes loss of nerves and muscle weakness.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for Maine Coon hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pyruvate kinase deficiency and spinal muscular atrophy which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by these conditions.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 9 - 15 years
Weight:  4.8 - 8.2kg
Colours:  The Maine Coon cat breed has a variety of 64 different colours and markings. Their eyes maybe green, gold or copper - in white cats it is possible to have blue or odd eyes. 

Ratings

Family-friendly: 4/5
Playfulness: 4/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  4/5
Likes Other Pets: 5/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 4/5
Ginger Maine Coon is lying on the table

Personality

Maine Coon cats have an affectionate nature and are very playful and friendly. They enjoy human company and this makes them excellent companions for someone who enjoys sharing their home with such an enormous cat. Maine Coon cats are noted for the delightful quiet chirping sound they make. 

Maine Coon kitten is watching playfully

History and Origins

Country of Origin: United States

Originally hard-working ship’s cats, the long-haired ancestors of the Maine Coon who were quite possibly related to the Norwegian Forest cat, were brought to Maine by European seafarers in the 1850s. These cats mated with the local shorthair cats to produce offspring who were big, strongly built cats with semi-long coats and brush-like tails that resembled the tail of the raccoon - hence the name Maine Coon. These cats developed thick dense coats to withstand the extreme Maine winters and were much prized for their excellent hunting skills. Special shows were held for Maine Coon cats as early as the 1860s but the Maine Coon wasn’t imported into the UK until the 1980s. 

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