History of the Maine Coon Cat
The exact origin of the Maine Coon cat is unknown, although they originated from cats used to catch vermin on farms in North America. The Maine Coon cat has been shown in America since the 1860s although its popularity decreased to the point of near extinction in the 1950s. The Maine Coon cat later regained popularity and in 1968 the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association was formed and the Maine Coon cat was granted full Championship Status in America in 1976. The Maine Coon cat was imported into Britain in the mid 1980s and was granted full Championship status in the UK in 1994.
Characteristics of the Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon cat has large oval eyes and large heavily furred ears that are tufted at the tip, a big rectangular muscular body with broad chest, long, thick, powerful legs and large round feet. The Maine Coon cat has a long, silky, shaggy coat that is short over the head and shoulders, longer on the front ruff, down the back and stomach and over the legs The tail of Maine Coon cat is longer than its body and bushy. The coat has a soft undercoat, and harsher water resistant top coat.
Colour of the Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coon cats were originally brown tabby but can now be found in a variety of colours and patterns except colour pointed colours and patterns, so Maine Coon cats are now seen in black, blue, cream, white, tabby, tortoiseshells and more.
Size of the Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon cat is a large sized cat with males weighing up to 18 pounds and females up to 12 pounds, although Maine Coon cats do not reach full size until 3-5 years of age.
Character of the Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon cat is intelligent yet can also be thick at times, affectionate, curious, loyal, easy going and gentle. Maine Coon cats have a playful temperament and often described as the clown of the cats. Maine Coon cats can be trained to fetch and accept a harness and leash. Interestingly Maine Coon cats seem to love water. The Maine Coon cat chirps rather than meows.
Lifespan Of The Maine Coon Cat
The lifespan of the Maine Coon cat is 12-15 years.
Requirements of the Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coon cats require stimulation with play sessions and toys to satisfy their playful and active nature as they maintain a fair amount of kitten-like nature throughout their lives. They also require regular grooming to avoid mats and tangles developing in their fur.
Inherited Diseases of the Maine Coon Cat
Although most Maine Coon cats are healthy, hereditary diseases that are known to appear in the breed are hip dysplasia and cardiomyopathy although responsible breeders routinely screen for these conditions.