The Maine Coon cat is one of the oldest breeds in the United States, and it’s the official cat of Maine.
There are different theories about the origin of the breed. The first theory is biologically impossible, as it says the breed originated from breeding semi-wild, domestic cats and raccoons, but it originates from the cat’s bushy, brown tail. Another theory is that the breed sprang up from the six cats that Marie Antoinette sent to Wiscasset, Maine, when she planned to escape France during the French Revolution.
Most modern breeders believe that the Main Coon cat breed originated from breeding domestic cats with foreign longhair cats that were introduced to the state by seamen. This is the most plausible origin of the cat breed.
Appearance: These cats are large, big-boned cats. Males often reach between 13-18 pounds, and females weigh between 9-12 pounds. These cats grow slowly; they do not reach full authority until they are about 3-5 years old.
- The coat is glossy, heavy, and water-resistant; it requires weekly grooming.
- The tail is long and bushy; it can wrap around the cat when he curls up in a ball to protect him from the harsh, cold winters.
- The ears are heavily furred on the inside of the ears and the tips.
- The feet are like snow shoes- big, round, and tufted with fur.
Maine Coon cats come in a variety of colors to include black, cream, white, tabby, tabby and white, blue and white, tortoiseshell, calico, and ticked tabbies.
Temperament: The Maine Coon cat is highly people-oriented, but it is not overly-dependent upon its people. The cat likes to hang out with humans, investigated their activities, but they are not considered lap cats.
These cats generally get alone with children, dogs, and other cats.
Maine Coons are easy-going and relaxed cats. Males tend to be clowns, and females tend to retain their dignity. Both genders remain playful throughout their age.
They are not prone to climbing and jumping, but they will often play “fetch” like a dog.
Health: Maine Coons have an average lifespan of about 12.5 years. They are prone to hip dysplasia, polycystic kidney disease, and cardiomyopathy (which ranges from minor heart murmurs to severe heart complications).