Maine Coon Cat Guide

Maine Coons are a good natured and social member of the cat family, and are the perfect family cat for those that have the space available. They are adaptable to family life and generally love affection, but do not demand it. Maine Coons love nothing more than a chase and hunting game, and play is… Read more »

Maine Coons are a good natured and social member of the cat family, and are the perfect family cat for those that have the space available. They are adaptable to family life and generally love affection, but do not demand it. Maine Coons love nothing more than a chase and hunting game, and play is vital to establish your bond. Their distinctive soft chirps, which they vocalise more than a meow, does not always match their grand stature but a Maine Coon cat that becomes your friend, will become one for life.

Facts

  • Temperament: friendly and loyal, good with children and other animals.
  • Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
  • Average Life Span: 11 – 15 years
  • Coat length: Long
  • Grooming required: Daily

The Look

One of the largest domestic cat breeds along with the Norwegian Forest Cat, growing up to 8kg in size. Their rugged and ‘weather-proof’ coat has stayed with them as they have evolved from their rural hunting beginnings.

History

Hailing from Maine, United States of America, the Maine Coon cat started its days as a mouser and a popular choice as a farm and ship cat, as far back as the early 19th century, although potentially even further. Little is known about their origins and some say that they are the descendant of longhaired cats belonging to Marie Antoinette, sent to America in advance of the doomed queen, who had hoped to escape there. The first recorded Maine Coon, was referenced in 1861 when a female Maine Coon was named ‘Best Cat’ at a show held at Madison Square Guardians, New York City.

Health

All have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic. Problems that may affect the Maine Coon include the following:

  • Congenital heart defects such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Fun Fact

A Maine coon was one of the stars of the Harry Potter movie series. Three Maine coon cats were cast for the role of Mrs. Norris, Filch’s pet.