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The Wonderful Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon Cat

Here are some facts about the wonderful Maine Coon cat!


Maine Coons are native to the United States, specifically Maine. They are one of the oldest natural cat breeds in North America, dating back to the 19th century. As far as their origin, there are urban legends and tall tales, but the most realistic one is that they’re descendants of the cats brought by European sailors or Vikings. Due to their absolutely massive physical features, quickness, and smarts, they were highly prized by farmers and sailors for mousing.

Physical Characteristics

The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed. Males can weigh between 18 to 25 pounds, and females can weigh between 10 to 15 pounds. They have long, shaggy multi-layered fur and tufted ears, ideal for the cold winters. Their bushy tails, which they can wrap around their body for warmth, are as long as their bodies. They are famous for their lion’s mane ruff around their necks and ultra long whiskers. Their eyes are shining amber, green, or in between. 

The most fascinating physical feature of Maine Coons is their size. Kittens grow in size in their first three to five years, unlike other cat breeds that reach full size in a year.

If we compare this to other cats and animals:

  • Domestic Shorthair Cats: Your regular cat! They’re a mixed breed, but on average they weigh between 5-12 pounds for males, and 5-8 pounds for females.
  • Small Dogs: A small dog breed like a Shih Tzu or a Yorkshire Terrier will weigh less than a Maine Coon.
  • Medium sized Dogs: A Maine Coon is similar in size to a very small specimen of a medium sized dog breed like a Cocker Spaniel.
  • Large Dogs: Breeds like Labrador Retrievers or German Shepherds are larger than Maine Coon cats.

Note that these comparisons can vary based on the specific animal’s age, diet, and individual genetic factors. It depends!


Now, what makes Maine Coons beautiful is their majestic appearance, but their personality and behaviors really make them shine as wonderful pets. They’re known as the “gentle giants” of the cat world from to their large size combined with their playful, affectionate, and sociable nature.

They have a dog-like loyalty and can be interactive with their human family members. Some even like water and like to go swimming! Their unique vocalizations are distinct too, with a wide range of chirps and trills far beyond the normal cat’s meow.

And despite their size, they’re excellent climbers and hunters, and they are known to be smart, with some being able to open doors or play fetch! Maine Coons AKA dogs of the cat world. 

Having a Maine Coon at home looks like a mini lion, but really feels like a cuddly teddy bear. They’re unique and charming, blending the best of both cat and dog traits in a beautiful package.

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