Friendly, furry, and intelligent are general attributes of many cat breeds, but Maine Coon cats are especially friendly, furry, and intelligent. In fact, they’re quite adaptable and seem to get along with everyone (kids, dogs, and other cats included). They also have one of the longest and most beautiful coats out there and even enjoy playing fetch and walking on a leash! For these reasons and more, Maine Coon cats are among the top three cats registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.
The first Maine Coon cat, named Captain Jenks, was first referred to in a written account back in 1861. Thirty-four years later, a brown tabby Maine Coon won Best Cat at the Madison Square Garden Show. Before that, people speculated that Maine Coons were mixed with raccoon (biologically impossible) or the Norwegian forest cat. However, no matter where or how they came to be, Maine Coons continue to be immensely lovable and popular.
Looks Aren’t Everything
Maine Coons have lots of different coat colors and patterns. They can be a solid color or a combination of two or more colors, tortoiseshell, tabby, tabby and white, and more.
While their coat is longer than the fur of other cat breeds, it does not typically mat. However, weekly grooming is imperative to achieve their famously silky coat.
Since we’re on the topic of aesthetics, all cats can be prone to periodontal disease. Be sure to keep your Maine Coon looking his or her best through weekly brushing at home along with regular professional dental cleanings.
Maine Coon Cats Rule Because…
We love Maine Coon cats, and we’re confident that others enjoy them for these 5 awesome reasons:
- Family friendly – Maine Coons are super sweet. They love a good nap on a lap, but they aren’t highly demanding of your time and attention. Generally speaking, Maine Coons are not flustered by dogs, strangers, children, or other animals. They’re one cool, collected breed.
- Communicative – Sure, lots of cats meow to ask for food or attention, but Maine Coon cats make delightful little sounds like cheeps, trills, and chirps (more like birds instead of giant cats).
- Size – Many Maine Coons can weigh up to 25 pounds! Add to their size a luxuriously thick coat, and they look even bigger. Who doesn’t love a sweet, super-sized feline?
- Inquisitive natures – Maine Coons are distinctly curious about their surroundings and create games out of seemingly boring objects. They can even be trained to do tricks!
- Healthy – While all breeds can inherit health problems, Maine Coons are widely perceived as one of the healthiest cats. However, because of their size, they’re predisposed to hip dysplasia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Knowing these things in advance can help you care for your Maine Coon and prevent possible health issues.
We love all pet breeds, but Maine Coons are certainly among our favorites. If you ever have any questions or concerns about this wonderful breed (or reputable breeders in our area), we’re always here to help.