ABOUT THE MAJESTIC MAINE COON

The Maine Coon is one of the oldest breeds in North America, and one of the newest cat breeds on show in Australia. Its ancestry is obscure, but it is thought to have originated in the state of Maine. In fact, in October 1985 it was declared the official Maine State Cat.

Local legend has it that the breed developed from matings between domestic cats and raccoons, hence the ‘Coon’ part of the name. However such matings are biologically impossible. Some people believe that these cats are descendants of six cats sent to Wiscasset, Maine, by Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. Most breeders today think that the Maine Coon is the result of crossings between domestic shorthairs and longhairs (Angoras) introduced to America in the late 1700s by New England seamen or Vikings.

The Maine Coon is one of the largest domestic breeds. Males commonly weigh 6-8kg and females 4-6kg . They have square muzzles, high cheekbones, round eyes, large tufted ears and strong muscular legs. The long, flowing coat is heavy and shaggy, with an obvious ruff around the neck and a plumed, bushy tail. The classic Maine Coon colour is the tabby pattern, but any colour or pattern is acceptable except for the pointed Siamese pattern. This has resulted in the breeding of a wide range of colours and patterns including selfs, bicolours, tortis, tabbies, tabby-tortis (also called torbis), and shadeds.


Temperament
 

Maine Coon cats are friendly and gentle, but not too demanding. They get on well with children, dogs and other pets. They are very playful, and have a life-long kittenish disposition. They have a soft, high-pitched, chirping voice.
They are good mousers and are large enough to catch hares. Maine Coons are gentle creatures, which don’t seem very interested in hunting.

 

Health and lifespan


In America they are renowned as very tough cats possessing a good dose of hybrid vigour. Inherited problems such as cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia are seen in some lines. Maine Coons live for 13 years plus.


Feeding
 

Feeding good quality balanced raw diet will keep your Maine Coon in optimum health, along with access to  dried cat food. Fresh water must be provided at all times.
 

Grooming
 

The coat, while long and flowing, is different to that of the Persian which quickly matts if neglected. The Maine Coon’s coat is soft-textured and glossy. It is easy to maintain, and only requires brushing and combing for 5-10 minutes once a week to keep it in top condition.
 

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