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Know your Maine coon Kitten.

The Maine Coon is a domesticated cat breed known as a gentle giant due to its medium to large size contrasting with its gentle, sweet, well-balanced personality. Although it started off as a mouser, it is popular as a family, companion and therapy pet that is great with children, dogs and other cats. It is second only to the Persian in popularity.

Maine Coon Traits: What to Know Before You Buy

Before you buy a Maine Coon, there are some important things you need to know:

  • This is a fluffy, medium-haired cat! You can expect to be brushing yours regularly. With its high grooming needs, you should brush it every day. However, its fur is straight and smooth and does not tend to tangle or knot.
  • It enjoys water. Unlike with other breeds, you will be able to bathe your cat without trouble.
  • The Maine Coon is the second-largest domesticated cat breed after the Savannah Cat. That means it will probably need a bigger litter box, depending on its size. Also, it is prone to hip dysplasia with age.

Maine Coon Personality

The personality of the Maine Coon is such that they’re called the “dog of the cat world.” They have traits of loyalty, sociability, affection, docility, playfulness, and intelligence.

The Maine Coon is curious and patient. This makes it easy to train. This outdoor cat became a working breed to hunt rodents, but it’s also commonly used as a therapy cat.

Although initially timid or reserved around strange people and animals, it can quickly warm up and become friendly. While not a lap cat, it does want to be near people, but it is not overly needy, either.

It is not vocally loud but makes chirping and trilling noises, which it is known for. Owners can expect responses in the form of these chirps and trills instead of meows.

A sweet tempered cat, the Maine Coon is a highly adaptable to any environment and features a heavy, but silky coat.

Maine Coon at a glance

The Maine Coon cat is considered the only longhair breed native to the U.S.

Weight range:

Male: large: > 27-32 lbs.
Female: medium: 15-23 lbs.

Eye color:

Copper, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed

Expectations:

Longevity Range: 10-15 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate, High
Tendency to Shed: High

Coat:

Length: Long/medium
Characteristics: Straight
Colors: White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Brown, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Golden
Pattern: Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Smoke, Shaded
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: High

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
CFA, ACFA , FIFe, TICA
Prevalence: Common

Types of Maine Coon Cats and Colors

These cats are divided into different types depending on coat color and pattern, with there being 84 possible types and 75 officially recognized. Here are some of the most common ones.

  • Solid color — Black, blue, cream, white, silver, brown, golden, and red (orange).
  • Parti-color — Tortoiseshell, calico (tricolor), bluecream, and tortie/white. This combination is usually only in females, who can inherit more than one color.
  • Bi-color — Parti-color, but with one color being white, such as black/white, blue/white, cream/white, and red (orange)/white.
  • Tabby — Striped cats with patterns such as classic (swirls with a butterfly pattern on the shoulders), mackerel (narrow, parallel stripes), spotted, and ticked (several bands of color on each hair and barring on the legs and tail). Brown tabby is the most common, while the ticked pattern is accepted only by certain cat associations’ breed standards.
  • Tabby with white
  • Shaded (smoked)
  • Shaded (smoked) with white