Once mistakenly declared extinct, the Maine Coon cat is now a popular in the United States. Although its exact origins are unknown, we do know it came out of the state of Maine, who has now claimed it as their official state cat.
If you’re thinking of bringing one of these beautiful cats into your home, it’s crucial that you first learn everything you can about them. This will help you determine if this breed is going to be a good fit for your home and lifestyle.
Keep reading to learn more about these so-called gentle giants!
Here are a few physical traits that set Main Coons apart from other cat breeds:
- A long, fluffy tail
- A long coat that’s longer around the legs, belly, and neck
- May have tufts of fur on the ends of the ears
- Typically brown tabby in color, though other colors exist
- Large in size, ranging from 8 – 18 pounds
Despite their beautiful appearance, the Maine Coon is often sought-after more for their personality.
Here are a few of the reasons people love having Maine Coons:
The loyalty of the Maine Coon is one of the reasons they’re often referred to as the “dogs of the cat world.” Most will follow their favorite person from room to room.
Maine Coons like to catch mice. Although they will certainly help if you have a rodent issue, this also translates to an extremely playful breed of cat.
Be sure to have plenty of toys for your Maine Coon to “hunt” to keep them happy and busy.
When it comes to being comfortable around strangers and children, the Maine Coon can be a good example. Maine Coons may also greet strangers and are far less likely to hide than other breeds. In fact, you may find them loving being the center of attention.
Before getting a Maine Coon, you’ll also want to be aware of medical conditions they may face. Although this breed can live for up to 15 years, there are things that can cut their life short.
Some genetic conditions Maine Coons are prone to are:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Hip dysplasia
- Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
If you’re getting your Maine Coon from a breeder, be sure you find one that does genetic testing for these conditions to ensure your cat is as healthy as possible.
It’s also important to get your Maine Coon covered with cat insurance. Because they are curious by nature, this can get them into some problems which might require veterinary care.
If you’re looking for a big lap cat that’s social, adaptable, and fun, the Maine Coon may be right for you. Because they do well with adults, children, and other pets alike, these gentle giants can work with nearly any type of family.
The most important thing to keep in mind is they need some social interactions in their day, so if you’re going to leave your cat home alone for long periods of time, you may want to pick a more independent breed.
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