Maine Coon


If a beautiful behemoth is what you’re seeking in a feline companion, the Maine Coon has what you’re looking for. The loyal, dignified, majestic Maine Coon represents all of this and more — and does so while serving some serious #hairgoals.

1 Maine attraction
Believed to be the oldest cat breed native to North America, the Maine Coon has made a name for herself among Mainers since the 19th century as a skilled mouser, farm cat and shipyard companion. Where she dwelled prior is somewhat of a mystery. Some say she arrived alongside the Vikings; others say she’s a descendant of Marie Antoinette’s adored long-haired cats; and still others mark her as a stowaway who arrived stateside with sea captains who sailed the ocean blue.

Maine Coon
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2 A hefty feline
She’s hefty for good reason. A native New Englander, the Maine Coon has evolved in a Darwinian, survival- of-the-fittest type of way, to live up to her working cat name and successfully survive the harsh winters of the Northeast. That said, this gentle giant is among the largest domestic cat breeds in the world, with females weighing in at 9 to 18 pounds and males tipping the scales at 20 pounds or more. And they don’t reach their full size until they’re 5 years old.

3 Think long
According to Guinness World Records, the title of Longest Domestic Cat has been held by Maine Coons for more than 10 years, with the current titleholder being Italy-based Barivel, who, at last measurement in May of 2018, measured a whopping 3 feet 11 inches!

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4 That coat!
The Maine Coon’s coat is her crowning glory. It’s comprised of not one, not two, but three distinctive lengths — a heavy and short length rests upon the shoulders; longer lengths can be found on the stomach and upper hind legs (britches); and a romantic, lion-esque ruff can be seen about her neck. Then there are the tufted paws reminiscent of snowshoes that allow for treading in cold temps. And to top it off, we have that luscious plume of a tail, which can be wrapped around her body for both warmth and protection.

5 Surprisingly low-maintenance
You’d think the Maine Coon would need a lot of grooming, but that’s a negative. The Maine Coon’s coat, while thick and long, rarely mats and requires only weekly combings to keep it in tip-top shape!

Maine Coon
Many believe that the Maine Coon earned her moniker because she’s part cat, part raccoon. While her markings and bushy tail may have you thinking the same, such a pairing is biologically impossible but an interesting concept nonetheless. Photo: Getty Images

6 Family feline
Kids, cats, dogs … they don’t call her a Gentle Giant for nothing! The Maine Coon, who possesses a lengthy life span of 10 to 13 years, is known for her friendliness, affection and compassion, so she makes an excellent companion animal for all ages — and species! Even better, the breed has been dubbed as an excellent choice for emotional support and therapy pet purposes, as she’s so purrfect at reading cues from her people!

7 Love to be loved
Maine Coons are so laid-back and loving, they’re not opposed to playing dress-up or going for a ride in a baby carriage. As long as they’re being lavished with love and attention, anything goes!

8 Easy to train
Intelligent and curious, the Maine Coon has often been described as dog-like due to her desire to play fetch and ease of learning to walk on a leash. Another canine quality she’s known to possess? An affinity for water! Don’t be surprised to find her splish-splashing in your sink, turning her water bowl into a swimming pool, or attempting to dive headfirst into the bathtub!

9 Let’s chat
Though she’ll meow and purr like any other feline, the Maine Coon is known for her cute communication skills, meaning you’ll often hear her chirp, cheep or trill to get your undivided attention.

10 Some parting advice …
The Maine Coon loves to be all up in your business all the time, so if you really desire a little privacy, you’re going to have to close a door to score a little me time. You’ve been warned.

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15 thoughts on “Maine Coon”

  1. I have a Nebelung, which is a cross between a Maine Coon and a Russian Blue. I brush him 3-4 times a day and have him professionally groomed 3 times a year. He will NOT let anyone near his tummy, so I can never brush it. If I don't have him groomed, he throws up huge fur balls regardless of how often I brush him. Because he is a rescue, I have no idea what happened to him before I got him (8 years ago), but he is not friendly at all, even to me, and runs and hides whenever the bell rings or anyone visits. He likes females much more than males when he eventually appears, but only for a minute. He is not playful at all, and does not really want to be petted or picked up. He NEVER gets closer that it takes to brush him to me. He only drinks water from the pool, never from his water bowl. But, as I tell friends, he is like many males, beautiful but useless. When I got him, I kept his name–Smokey Robinson. Who would change THAT? Next time, I think I will try to get a Maine Coon, but the entire pet-breeding "industry" kind of scares me…

  2. Maine coon in my opinion is fairly good for young kids. My kid is 2 years old can play well with the cat. One thing to remember is always be alert when your kid is playing with the cat. One time, my kid jump on the cat and the cat accidentally scratch my kid’s cheek. Minor bleeding but always be careful.

  3. Such a good article with every information about maine coon breed. I learned same new point from this. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I’m going to bookmark this blog. Thanks again.

    1. Geralyn Cunningham

      While I too enjoyed reading the article, I beg to differ on one point. Both of my Maine Coons needed a lot of grooming, and both of them hated it! One of them hated to be brushed so much that he showed aggressive behaviour to me, and rather than to have more war wounds I gave in. As a result, his fur would mat horribly and he would need to be professionally shaved once per year. This was neither cheap, nor good for his health. That said, I pray every day that they were still here on earth!

  4. I have a maine coon his name is bk he is a black and white maine coon he is my fur son he has a nickname Carman and trucker and bubba he watch my parakeets and and he is a big brother to my mom cat king

  5. Strange! I take methimazole too! For a thyroid condition – and am not in pain or any discomfort except for feeling tired…but then, I’m 88 and entitled

  6. Strange! I take methimazole too! For a thyroid condition – and am not in pain or any discomfort except for feeling tired…but then, I’m 88 and entitled, like your pet, to rest?! All best to you both, ❤ Fru Teston

  7. arlene quesnelle

    My Maine Coon is on methimazole but is down to skin and bones. He sleeps a lot. He is seventeen but still somewhat active. Is he in pain or discomfort?

    1. Strange! I take methimazole too! For a thyroid condition – and am not in pain or any discomfort except for feeling tired…but then, I’m 88 and entitled, like your pet, to rest?! All best to you both, ❤ Fru Teston

  8. Another legend mentions that these cats originally belonged to Marie Antoinette and were smuggled aboard boats bound for America as she was beheaded.

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  10. Are there any RECENT offers for young mixed maine coon kittens. The month and year I’m referring to is. MAY 2020

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