Maine Coon Cats – Breed Information

maine coon cats breed information

The Maine Coon is one of the oldest naturally occurring cat breeds in North America. 

Tracing their ancestry to early 19th century Maine, these cats were well-suited to withstand New England’s harsh winters.

Due to their considerable size and dense, heavy coats, but also their social temperament, Maine Coon cats are also known as the “Gentle Giants” of the cat world.

However, these cats have traits that transcend beyond their size!

In this article you will learn everything there is to know about the Maine Coon cat breed!

The history of Maine Coon cats

Although nobody is certain of their precise ancestry, and where their progenitors came from, Maine Coons are thought to be native to America due to their presence in Maine since the colonial days, possibly even longer, when they were already known as Maine cats.

There are many legends regarding the breed’s origin, some of which are more plausible than others, but concrete evidence is hard to come by.

maine coon tabby with white

The first and most common myth surrounding their beginning is that Maine Coon cats originated from matings between semi-wild, domestic cats and raccoons, thus the name Maine Coon. Despite being biologically impossible, this story gained popularity because the cats genuinely have bushy tails and their most common coloring is a raccoon-like brown tabby pattern.

Another popular imaginative theory claims that Maine Coon cats are descendants of the six white Turkish Angora cats that belonged to Marie Antoinette. When planning to escape from France during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette sent her cats overseas to Wiscasset, Maine, smuggled by a captain named Clough. The queen, unfortunately, lost her head on the guillotine and her cats lived with the captain in Maine. 

multicolor maine coon cat

A more credible theory is that Maine Coon cats are offspring of bobcats (red lynx) and domestic cats, unions which could explain the breed’s ear and toe tufts and their impressive size. 

The last legend tells that a sea captain named Coon brought longhaired cats with him on his excursions to America’s northern coast during the 1700s. Supposably these cats mated with the local population whilst on shore. 

This last story might hold the truth, as breeders today believe that Maine Coon cats originated from a pre-existing cat population of shorthaired domestic cats and overseas longhaired cats brought to America by the Vikings, or possible Angora types of cats that accompanied the New England sailors on their ships. It was very common for seamen to use cats to control rodent populations on sailing ships, and these cats were known as mousers. 

The foreign mousers went ashore and established themselves on the farms of the early settlers, and due to Maine’s severe climate probably only the strongest and most adaptable cats survived. Therefore, as a result of natural selection, the Maine Coon evolved into big, strongly-built, semi-longhaired cats with dese water-proof coats to withstand the cold. 

Whatever its origins, the Maine Coon was one of the first breeds to be acknowledged by the late nineteenth-century cat fancy and quickly rose to popularity.

Maine coon cats history

The first reference to Maine Coons in cat literature appears in “The Book of the Cat” a classic cat book (published in England in 1903), primarily written by Frances Simpson. In this book, F. R. Pierce, an American from the State of Maine, wrote a chapter named “Maine Cats” from her personal knowledge and experience with the local population of ‘Maine cats’. 

In this chapter, she authenticates the presence of Maine cats in Maine well before the Civil War era in 1861, before she owned her own Maine cat named “Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines”.

At that time Maine Coons were already competing in cat shows and gaining adoration in Boston and New York. In May 1895, a brown tabby female named “Cosey” won the Best Cat award at the Madison Square Garden Show, the first major cat show ever held in the United States.

Due to their popularity in cat shows, when the CFA (Cat Fancier’s Association) was formed in 1908, the Maine Coon was the fifth breed registered.

However, in the early 1900s, more exotic breeds like Persian, Angora, or Siamese cats were introduced from England to the country, decreasing significantly the Maine Coon’s popularity for the next five decades, nearly declared extinct in the 1950s.

And after nearly being an extinct breed, with the dedication and perseverance of breeders, the Maine Coon cats were accepted for championship status with CFA in 1976. TICA granted the breed Championship level in 1979.

In 1986 the Maine Coon Breeders and Fanciers Association was formed.

Since 2015, in TICA, the Main Coon cats born with polydactyl paws are accepted for Championship Status and acknowledged as a separate breed with the name Maine Coon Polydactyl.

These gorgeous pictures of Polydactyl Maine Coon kitties have been sent to us by the Royal Poly Coons Cattery a cattery specialized in polydactyl, odd-eyed, and other rare Maine Coon traits.

Polydactyly is a relatively common trait in Maine Coon cats. The extra toes can be found on the front or rear paws, and the number of toes can vary from one to several per paw. Some cats may have only a single extra toe, while others may have as many as seven toes on one paw.

The extra toes do not cause any physical problems for the cat and are not considered a health concern. Some owners of Maine Coon polydactyl cats may find that their cats have an easier time grasping and playing with toys, but this is not a consistent characteristic. It’s important to note that this is not a problem or defect, it’s a genetic variation of the Maine Coon cats.

Today the Maine Coon is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world, surpassed only by Ragdoll cats. 

General characteristics of Maine Coon cats

Maine Coons have developed by going through a “survival of the fittest” evolution to be able to endure the harsh Northeast climate. All their characteristics serve a purpose or function.

Today a Maine Coon cat is known for its huge size, rugged appearance, and long bushy tail. These are all important features, but there is more!

The Maine Coon is the largest breed of domestic cats, looking natural yet remarkably attractive!

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Maine Coons have a hard-muscled body with substantial boning, a voluminous chest, and a broad head. Their ears are big and pointed ending in Lynx tips, and these fluffy furnishings extend beyond the outer edge of the ears to protect them from freezing. Their feet are long with tufted paws to allow them to walk on top of the snow. 

The tails of Main coons are covered in long fur, full and flowing from the base to the tip, and sometimes the tail it’s even longer than their body. They use their tail to wrap around themselves for warmth and protection.

They have large expressive eyes, slightly oval but appear round when they are wide open. The color of their eyes varies between green and gold, but blue and odd-eyes are accepted in coat colors with white and particolors.

The unique coat of Maine Coos is what gives them their shaggy appearance. Longer on the ruff, stomach, and britches, and shorter on the back and neck, the coat is semi-longhaired, heavy, and dense but glossy and soft to the touch. Their coats fall smoothly and are water-resistant.  

Typically, Maine Coons often do not attain full maturity until they are 4 years old. At maturity, a male Maine Coon cat weighs between 13 to 18 lbs. The female cats weigh on average 9-13 lbs.

See here the full TICA Maine Coon Breed Standard.

The personality of Maine Coon cats

maine coon personality
Overall temperament: friendly, intelligent, and gentle.

The warm, lively, and sociable purrsonality of Maine Coon cats makes them excellent pets. They are great companions for someone who appreciates having such a large cat in their house since they enjoy being around people. 

Even though they are highly people-oriented cats, Maine Coons are not overly dependent on their owners. They prefer to “hang out”, be near their humans and follow them around rather than asking for their undivided attention. They love investigating whatever activity you’re engaged in, always trying to “help” when they can. 

A Maine Coon will be a friend to you, but rarely be your helpless baby and definitely are not typical lap cats, truth be told they would not even fit in your lap. 

Known for their intelligence and loving nature in addition to their beauty and despite their intimidating size, Maine Coons are recognized for being friendly towards just about anything and are particularly good with children, dogs, and other cats.

maine coon playing

Since they are intelligent and trainable, often described as “dog-like“, a Maine Coon cat will provide their owners with countless hours of entertainment, many of them indulging in playing “fetch”. They will happily learn tricks or play with puzzle toys and are usually relaxed and easy-going cats.

Contrary to other cats which are more vertically oriented, Maine Coons prefer to stay and chase objects on the ground. They stay playful well into adulthood, prone to silly behavior and displaying kitten-like behavior probably because they develop slowly over three to five years until they reach full maturity. 

Most Maine Coon Cats are fond of water. They love watching it, washing their paws in it, or just playing with it, so don’t be shocked if you occasionally have an unexpected visitor in your shower or an apt assistant by the kitchen sink when washing the dishes.

Maine Coons are rarely meowing and are instead renowned for their lovely, soft chirping sounds, which do not really fit their size but significantly increase their cuteness. 

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The colors and patterns of Maine Coon cats

Maine Coons have a wholesome variety of traditional colors and patterns except for the pointed ones. There are around 75 different color combinations with or without white markings, and they are accepted in classic tabby and mackerel coat patterns.

The most common colors and patterns are brown, red, or silver classic tabbies, but recently breeders have developed solid-colored Maine Coons that can be fully black, white, red (orange), and blue (gray). A magnificent pattern also found in Maine Coon cats is the tortoiseshell pattern, a rare color variation of the breed.

How to care for a Maine Coon cat

Having a purebred cat requires extra care in all lifestyle aspects. They need attention, regular grooming, a proper carnivore diet, and of course lots of things to play with and scratch.

Below you will find out what you need to do to take care of a majestic Maine Coon cat.

Grooming, nails, ears, eyes, and more

Maine coon cats grooming

The coat of a Maine Coons does not mat easily, that is if it’s regularly groomed. Even though these beautiful cats are covered in heavy, two-layered coats, most of them have silky coats that don’t need as much attention as other fluffy cats. On the other hand, Maine Coons that have a more cottony coat are more high-maintenance requiring daily combing and regular grooming.

A cat detangler spray and a good grooming comb should make your work easy and stress-free.

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The nails of a Maine Coon need trimming every week when the kitten is still growing and every two or three weeks as an adult cat. Before you attempt cutting your cat’s nails you need to do some research and make sure you are cutting them in the right direction and you are not harming your cat. 

To be honest, I never trimmed any of my cat’s nails, but then again, my cats are from the streets, not pure breeds. Nevertheless, a cat’s claws are what help them climb and hunt and if the cat also goes outside it might need to defend itself sometimes, so claws are important. If the cat has a high-quality scratching tower to climb and scratching toys, their nails will keep sharp and shed by themselves. Haven’t you ever found cat nail peels around your house?

Check your cat’s ears frequently and if they appear dirty wipe them out with a soft moistened cloth, damp cotton balls, or a damp cotton pad. 

From personal experience, it is very important for your cat’s ears to be clean, especially if they roam around outside. If possible acquire a flea and tick treatment that also combats ear mites.

Ear mites infestation can lead to ear infections and even worse, lesions or abscesses from too much scratching. Dobby had an ear infection on his left ear only and scratched his way into developing a pus-filled abscess in just one day! I had to take him to our vet to be put under anesthesia and the abscess to be drained. He was two weeks under solid antibiotics, and for about 5 days he had an open wound on his face for the abscess to fully drain. Not to mention bleeding on pretty much everything I own… 

Also with a soft damp cloth, you can remove any eye discharge from your cat’s face, just make sure to use different sides of the cloth to prevent spreading any possible infection from one eye to another. 

To prevent any gum diseases you should try brushing your Maine Coon’s teeth at least once a week. And it’s best to ask your veterinarian for advice on how to do it. 

brush teeth maine coon cat

I don’t brush my cat’s teeth, they won’t let me, but I do take them to the annual veterinarian check-up and get their teeth professionally cleaned by the vet.

Keep the cat’s litter box clean, cats really don’t like a messy litter box to the point where they will not use it anymore. 

People say that it is best to have as many litter boxes as the number of cats in the household, but in my experience, if the litter box is clean, two cats can use the same litter box without fuss. I clean my cat’s litter box twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

It is recommended to keep a Maine Cooncat as an indoor-only pet as this will not only protect them from catching any unwanted diseases, getting attacked by other animals like dogs or coyotes, or being hit by a car, but also will lower the risk of somebody just stealing your cat. I am guessing a lot of people would love to have a Maine Coon cat that they don’t need to pay for.

Nutrition – The best food for Maine Coon Cats

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Nutrition is the most important part of raising a cat to be happy and thrive. Feline nutrition is key to having a healthy cat. Based on the diet you feed your kitty you can maintain its health and pristine appearance.

It is important to do your research before purchasing any cat food, no matter if it’s kibble, wet, or raw, and especially if you decide to feed a homemade diet.

Maine Coon Cats need to eat proper high-quality food, consisting of mainly animal protein and minimal carbohydrate content. A balanced diet that contains all the added necessary nutrients and vitamins that are indispensable in feline nutrition. 

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It is important to provide your cat with fresh water daily, especially if you feed a kibble diet. Cats normally get their hydration from their food, and dry cat food lacks the hydration a cat needs.

Also, cats are not big water drinkers, so keeping their water bowl fresh and away from their food bowl might entice them to drink more. A drinking fountain usually works best at encouraging cats to drink more water every day.

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The health and most common diseases in Maine Coon cats

Maine Coon cats are generally considered to be a healthy breed, but like all cats, they can be prone to certain health issues. Some of the most common health concerns in Maine Coon cats and mixed-breed Maine Coons include:

  • Hip dysplasia: This is a congenital condition in which the hip joint is malformed, leading to arthritis and lameness.
  • Heart disease: Maine Coon cats are at risk for developing a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is a thickening of the heart muscle that can lead to heart failure.
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD): This is a genetic disorder that causes cysts to form in the kidneys.
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA): This is a rare genetic disorder that affects the nerves controlling the muscles of the body, leading to muscle weakness and atrophy.

It is important to note that regular veterinary checkups and screenings can help to detect and manage these and other health issues in Maine Coon cats. Also, it’s recommended to keep up with their vaccinations and feed them a balanced diet.

Maine Coon Kittens

Maine Coon kittens

Maine Coon kittens are adorable, fluffy balls of energy. They are known for their large size and playful personalities, even from a young age, and can take up to 4 years until they reach full maturity and can easily gain 2 pounds per month during their growing cycle.

​​These kittens are highly social and affectionate and will bond closely with their owners. They are also known for their intelligence and can be trained to do a variety of tricks and tasks.

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Maine Coon kittens are normally available after 12 weeks of age, once they are weaned, physically stable, and have received basic inoculations and examinations. 

10 Fun Facts about Maine Coon cats

Maine Coon the largest cat breed in the world

The largest domesticated cat breed in the World! 

Maine Coon cats are the largest domesticated cat breed that can weigh up to 18 pounds (8.2 kg) and measure between 10 to 16 inches (25 – 60 cm) tall, and up to an impressive 40 inches (1 meter) in length.

 The official state cat of Maine since 1985.

Maine Coon cats are the official state cat of Maine, USA. The Maine Coon cat was officially recognized as the state cat of Maine by the Maine State legislature in 1985. This recognition was due to the breed’s historical significance and popularity in the state, as well as its status as the largest domestic cat breed in the world.

They have cool nicknames: the “Gentle Giants”, and the “Dogs of the Cat World”

Maine Coons are known as “gentle giants” due to their friendly and docile personalities, but also often referred to as the “dogs of the cat world” because they are very sociable, vocal, and affectionate with their owners.

Maine Coons are water lovers!

Most Maine Coon’s like water and will happily take a bath. They have water-resistant coats due to a genetic mutation that gives them longer guard hair and a denser undercoat.

They have extra toes!

Known as Polydactylism, this genetic trait is very common in Maine Coon cats since birth. Maine Coon cats born with extra toes on their paws are now considered a separate breed identified by TICA as Maine Coon Polydactyls. Talking about adaptability, it is believed they were born with extra appendages on their paws to help them use their paws as “natural snowshoes” during snowy Maine winters.

They come in every color you can think of!

Maine Coons have around 75 different color combinations accepted by cat fanciers associations including white markings on the fur, and they are accepted in a variety of coat patterns including classic tabby and mackerel. 

Intelligent cats

They are known for their intelligence and can be trained to do a variety of tricks and tasks, and it has been observed that they sometimes fetch balls, open doors, and sometimes even walk on a leash.

One of the most popular cat breeds in the world

Maine Coon cats were not only popular during the 19th century when they were originally bred as working cats, used for hunting and catching mice on ships and farms, but are also very popular today as one of the most owned cat breeds in the world following only the Ragdoll breed.

The first American breed presented on a Cat Show

Maine Coon was the first American cat breed to be exhibited in a cat show and has been exhibited in the United States in the 1850s.

Praised Award Winners in cat shows!

The silver collar and medal awarded to Cosey, the cat that won the “Best Cat” award at the Madison Square Garden Show in May 1895 can be found on display at the Feline Historical Museum at CFA headquarters in Alliance, Ohio.

The difference between Maine Coon cats and Norwegian Forest Cats

The difference between Maine Coon cats and Norwegian Forest cats infographic

Some cat breeders believe that the Main Coon cats and Norwegian Forest cats are distantly related and the Maine Coon is most probably a descendant of the Norwegian Forest cat’s predecessors that traveled overseas to America with the Vikings.

Even though Maine Coon cats and Norwegian Forest cats are both large, fluffy breeds that are known for their friendly personalities and loyalty to their owners, there are some key differences between the two breeds:


  1. COAT: a long, flowing coat that grows longer around the mane, stomach, and hind legs and is often described as “shaggy”.
  2. BODY SHAPE & FACE: Rectangular body shape and face features
  3. NOSE: A Maine Coon’s Snout curves outward near their eyes
  4. EARS: Large, more rounded, and less pointy ears, ending in distinctive “lynx tips”. The ears sit higher on the cat’s head giving them a more upright appearance.
  5. EYES: Oval-shaped eyes, that appear round when wide open and are set wider apart.
  6. LEGS: Even-length front and back legs
  7. PERSONALITY: Tend to be more sociable and outgoing
  8. SIZE: Larger in size, with males that can weigh up to 18 pounds


  1. COAT: a thicker, more waterproof, and even-length coat covering all body which gives them a fluffier, more full-bodied appearance. 
  2. BODY SHAPE & FACE: Lean, triangular body shape and face
  3. NOSE: Their snouts come down from their head in a singular line 
  4. EARS: Their large ears are heavily furnished, but they sit lower on a cat’s head and further apart from each other to prevent excessive heat loss.
  5. EYES: Slightly oval, set at a slight angle with the outer corner higher than the inner corner
  6. LEGS: Hind legs longer than front legs.
  7. PERSONALITY: More reserved and independent cats
  8. SIZE: Generally smaller, with males weighing around 8-15 pounds.

Frequently asked questions about Maine Coon cats – Owner’s Interviews

Our intention is to always give our readers the best cat-related information possible, so we gathered answers to the most frequently asked questions about Maine Coon cats from actual cat breeders of this pedigree. 

All our sources are owners of TICA-registered catteries, so if you are looking for Maine Coon kittens, we recommend the breeders below with trust!

  • Sherry Strack – the owner of Cass Coon Cats – a Maine Coon cattery with European bloodlines based in Canada. TICA and CCA-AFC registered. 
  • Emily Jarrett – the owner of Zeus Pride Maine Coon Cattery, from Minnesota, registered with TICAzeus pride maine coon cattery
  • Elena Mikirticheva – the owner of Dream Coon, a TICA & WCF registered and certified Maine Coon cattery, USDA APHIS licensed and based in Virginia. 

What is the difference between American Maine Coons and European Maine Coons?

‘European Maine Coon cats usually have taller ears and ear tuffs (Lynx-like ears) and big square jaws. Their tails can be a bit longer and bushier than the American Maine Coons, but this is not always the case.’ – Sherry Strack

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How big do Maine Coon cats get?

‘The Maine Coon is the largest breed of domestic cat. The male Maine Coon will typically be larger than the female.  We have females in the 15 to 18 lb size and males over 20 pounds.’ – Emily Jarrett

‘The males usually weigh about 22-25 lb (in rare cases up to 30lb), females between 17 to 22lb.’ – Elena Mikirticheva

‘The European Maine Coons are significantly larger than other domestic cat breeds. Their length ranges anywhere from 48-76 cm, while the height is about 25-40 cm. The weight ranges from 3.6 to 12 kg, with the males being larger than the females.’ –Sherry Strack

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How much do Maine Coon cats shed?

Maine Coons do shed. But with the type of coat and the amount of hair my big cats have, I do not think they shed any more than a typical household cat. I do not brush my cats every day, but I do finger brush them, and then at the end of the week, maybe a bit longer than that, I will actually get up the actual brush.’- Sherry Strack

They do shed fur from their beautiful coat.  With weekly brushing, you can keep their coats free of knots.’ – Emily Jarrett

They shed like any medium or long hair cat. It’s depending on the nutrition also.’ – Elena Mikirticheva

What do Maine Coon cats eat?

‘Some people feed a raw diet to Maine Coon cats. I use high-quality kibble and can food and think that this makes a better transition for the cat and new owner because most pet owners are going to do the same.’ – Emily Jarrett 

‘Mostly dry food, canned food, and natural raw diet (beef/lamb), boiled chicken and turkey.’ – Elena Mikirticheva

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What is the best food for Main Coon cats?

‘The best food for Maine coon cats is natural raw food, but it’s not easy to maintain.’ – Elena Mikirticheva 

‘I definitely recommend feeding my cats and kittens well-known name brands, and quality pet foods (i.e. Royal Canin, Orijen, Hill’s Science Diet, etc.) Having said that, I am not saying you need to buy your cat food from the Veterinarian’s office, but that you should NOT just pick up any food for them that you would find down the pet food aisle in your grocery store.’ – Sherry Strack

When do Maine Coon cats stop growing?

I love staying in touch with the families that bring one of our Maine Coon cats home and I am always surprised by the amount of growth that takes place in that first year. Maine Coon cats can continue to grow for up to 5 years.’ – Emily Jarrett

European Maine Coons will continue to grow for 4 to 5 years, before being fully grown.’ – Sherry Strack

‘The Sweetest and smartest cats ever!’ – Elena Mikirticheva

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What is the temperament of a Maine Coon?

‘Temperament is the best reason of all to have a Maine Coon cat!  If well-socialized, they are incredible family pets.  They have a pleasant disposition and are friendly and loyal to their owners.  They are also curious and playful thought their life span and can be trained to walk with a harness.’ – Emily Jarrett

‘European Maine Coon cats are usually very sweet-natured and get along well with people and other pets. They are known to be the dog of the cat world, as they have a friendly canine-like disposition, which enables them to bond with their family members. They want to be with their people.’- Sherry Strack

How long does a Maine Coon cat live?

‘With proper health checks, food, and love the cats can live anywhere from 12 to 15 years of age. If you were to do a search on the internet you could see some Maine Coons living up into their late teens and their early 20s.’ – Sherry Strack

‘A life span of 13 to 15 years is considered to be typical for this hardy breed.’ – Emily Jarrett

What problems do Maine Coon cats have?

‘If the cats have had all of the necessary vaccinations and health checks are done by a registered Veterinary, the cats should be resistant to getting rabies and other prominent bacterial and viral infections. Maine Coon cats are considered a hardy breed, but there are some hereditary health issues that they can be prone to. These include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy.’ – Sherry Strack 

‘Teeth/gums problems, hairball problems, eye entropion (rare cases). – Elena Mikirticheva

Are Main Coon cats good pets?

‘My answer is…of course they are. I just love the temperament and playfulness of my cats and kittens. Besides their sweet disposition, and their desire to always be near me, they make me laugh, and put a smile on my face. I just love the end of the day, when you can finally sit down and relax, whether watching TV or reading a book. They love to cuddle near me or on me. It is then my duty to pet the cat, while he/she purrs away, my troubles from the day.’ – Sherry Strack

How much do Maine Coon cats cost?

‘I can only give you the price I charge for one of my European kittens, which is $2,000.00 CDN. Other breeders have set their own prices. If a kitten is for breeding purposes, the price gets higher.’ – Sherry Strack

‘Cost can depend on the lineage of the cat and the work that the breeder puts into the care of the kittens.  If you are receiving pedigree and registration information you will likely pay around $2000 for a pure-bred Maine Coon.  Consumers should beware of scams!  Maine Coon cats are popular and scammers steal photos and create websites that advertise a kitten for around $700.  Unfortunately, people seldom see any kittens as a result of these scams.’ – Emily Jarrett

Before getting a Maine Coon cat – recommendations for new owners

playful maine coon cat

Before getting a Maine Coon cat, there are a few things that new owners should consider. Some recommendations include:

  • Researching the breed: Maine Coon cats are a unique breed with specific characteristics, personality traits, and care requirements. It’s important to understand the breed’s personality, size, grooming needs, and potential health issues to ensure that you are prepared for the responsibility of owning one.
  • Finding a reputable breeder: It’s important to find an accredited breeder who will provide you with a healthy and well-socialized kitten. A good breeder will be able to provide you with information about the kitten’s health and genetic history and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • Preparing for their size: Maine Coon cats can grow to be quite large, and they require a lot of space to move around comfortably. Consider whether you have enough room in your home for a large cat and whether you’re prepared to provide them with enough food and litter.
  • Grooming needs: Maine Coon cats have long and thick coats that require regular grooming. Be prepared to invest time and effort into grooming your Maine Coon cat to keep its coat in good condition.
  • Cost: Maine Coon cats can be quite expensive, especially if you purchase one from a reputable breeder. Be prepared to spend a significant amount of money on the initial purchase price, as well as ongoing expenses such as food, veterinary care, grooming supplies, and toys.
  • Lifestyle: Maine Coon cats are active and playful, so they need plenty of toys and interactive playtime. Consider whether you have the time and energy to provide them with enough mental and physical stimulation.

In summary

Despite their size, the Maine Coon is sweet-tempered, gentle, and friendly.  Known for their intelligence, trainability and loyalty they get along with just about everyone. They have a clown-like personality, a fondness for water, and are willing to ‘help’ their owners in any activity, yet aren’t demanding constant attention.

The Maine Coon is a beautiful and loving cat that you will treasure having in your life.

Social by nature, their affectionate nature makes them excellent companions for large, active families of all ages that also enjoy having dogs and other animals, including other cats. 

We hope we helped you find out everything about this breed and if a Maine Coon is right for you and your family!

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