Maine Coon cats are almost more like canines than they are felines. Larger than average domestic cats, fluffy and mild-mannered, these kitties would even be up for taking a walk on a leash, and letting the little ones pull on their tales. Whether a house-mate for an elderly couple, or the newest addition to a family of five, Maine Coons prove they integrate easily, becoming an important part of the family. Find out why this is such a popular breed.
Facts About Maine Coons
- Maine Coons originally came from the north eastern region of the Unites States.
- This breed is the only breed officially attributed to being indigenous to America; they have also been called the American Longhair cat.
- They were attentive hunters who earned their keep in colonial America working as mousers in family homes and barns.
- The coloring of Maine Coons can have a variety of coat colors from solid white or black, to black-and-white, silver tabby, cream colored, orange-and-cream, etc.
- They don’t mind water. Their thick coats are water resistant, giving them a high tolerance for being out in the rain and harsh weather conditions such as snow and sleet.
- Laid-back, like the Great Dane, the giant of this domestic species tends to be a calm companion. They are easily pleased and do not often get riled up.
- They are affectionate and playful. From batting paws around the dog’s head, to rolling around under the table, this breed likes to goof off at times and display affection by cuddling for hours on end. (In fact, Maine Coons are so affectionate, they fit in well with any family, children beyond the age of toddlers, and they enjoy all the petting and preening they can get!)
- The Maine Coon is not only a more intelligent cat breed, but also a vocal one. Known as one of the “chatty cats” they will chirp, chatter, meow and yowl when it’s time to get someone’s attention.
- They mature more slowly than other cats, but are one of the largest breeds. They growing continually until the reach their maximum size around the age of 3-5 years old.
- The largest domestic cat ever on record was a Maine Coon named Stewie who reached 48.5 inches long from his nose to his tail!