The Maine Coon
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The Maine Coon Cat is a solid,
rugged cat and North America's oldest natural longhaired breed.
cats are prized for their striking beauty, large size, sweet personality
and silky all-weather coat. Considering the breed’s intelligence and
clown-like antics, it’s no wonder they have become a favourite among cat
Their temperament is incredible and they
have been nick-named "THE CAT FOR DOG LOVERS" as it is not unusual for
people to teach them to play fetch and to respond to commands such as sit
or lay down. They are intelligent and very social. They will most often
follow you from room to room and
many like to "talk" to you.
Most breeders today believe
that the breed originated in matings between pre-existing shorthaired
domestic cats and overseas longhairs (perhaps Angora types introduced by
New England seamen, or longhairs brought to America by the Vikings). Maine
Coons' long coats resemble their European counterparts, the Norwegian
Note: Slow to develop, the Maine Coon takes 3 to 5 years to reach full size and weight. Maine Coons take 5 years for their full looks to be developed (fur length/final color/shade, facial expression, etc). Final adult eye color develops over the course of a year and sometimes longer. Final adult temperament is highly influenced by and dependent on nurture, training, discipline (positive reinforcement) and the individual’s environment and life experiences during these formative years (just like children).
Most all of our kittens have easily exceeded the below size standards by the time they reach maturity. Our females mature to around 18 lbs on average and our males to around 22 lbs with many reaching 25 lbs. The information below is quoted per TICA (The International Cat Association) and CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) the world's two largest cat associations and what is considered to be the average size of Maine Coons at maturity.
"Maine Coons male cats, at maturity, can average 13-18 lbs. Maine Coon female cats average 9-13 lbs"
"The males average around 12 to 15 pounds, with some going 20 pounds or more. The females are smaller, averaging 9 to 12 pounds."
Everything about the Maine Coon points to its adaptation to a harsh climate. Since the Maine coon is the result of “survival of the fittest” adaptation, the breed is muscular and broad chested with substantial, muscular legs. Its glossy, shaggy coat, heavy and water-resistant, is like that of no other breed, and must be felt to be appreciated. It is longer on the ruff, stomach and britches to protect against wet and snow, and shorter on the back and neck to guard against tangling in the underbrush. The long, bushy tail which the cat wraps around himself when he curls up to sleep can protect him from cold winters. His ears are more heavily furred (both inside and on the tips) than many breeds for protection from the cold, and have a large range of movement. Big, round, tufted feet serve as 'snow shoes.' Their large eyes and ears are also survival traits, serving as they do increase sight and hearing. The relatively long, square muzzle facilitates grasping prey and lapping water from streams and puddles.
While the Maine Coon may be polydactyl, having one or more extra toes on their paws, this trait is generally bred out, as it has been rejected by the standard.
Maine Coon cats come in many colours and patterns,
although they are best known for the brown tabby variety.
In fact, all
colors and patterns are accepted except chocolate,
lavender, the Siamese pointed pattern and any of these
combinations with white.
Solid colours: Include black, white, orange, blue or cream.
Bi-colour: Predominantly white with patches of one other colour.
Tortoiseshell or Calico: A patchy pattern made up of three or more distinct colours (usually black/brown, red/orange, blue/silver and cream).
Tabby: A darker stripy pattern on a lighter background colour; most often black/brown, red/orange, blue/silver, or cream. Nose and paw pad colours usually correspond to predominant coat colour, varying from pink to black.
Maine Coon cats are relatively easy to keep. Since the Maine coon’s coat has a
silky, all-weather texture and is water resistant, the fur
doesn’t mat as easily as a Persian’s would.
coat falls smoothly and is almost maintenance-free
requiring only a combing once a week with a good quality steel comb
to keep it in top condition. During the fall, when they shed
their summer coats, and spring, when they shed their
heavier winter coats, additional grooming is usually
Characteristics and Temperament
Maine Coon cats are noted for their gentleness and friendliness. Their dispositions remain kittenish throughout their lives; they are big, gentle, good-natured goofs. They are especially good with children and other pets. With their large, powerful, muscular bodies and powerful jaws, it’s a good thing Maine coons are gentle giants. They are, in fact, jumbo-sized packages of love and devotion. Sweet and good-natured, Maine coons are completely loyal to their beloved humans. They generally bond with one person or family and are forever devoted to those favoured few.
While Maine Coons are highly people-oriented cats, they are not overly-dependent. They do not constantly pester you for attention, but prefer to "hang out" with their owners, investigating whatever activity you're involved in and "helping" when they can. They are not, as a general rule, known as "lap cats" but as with any personality trait there are a few Maine Coons that prefer laps. Most Maine Coons will stay close by, probably occupying the chair next to yours instead. Maine Coons will follow you from room to room and wait outside a closed door for you to emerge. A Maine Coon will be your companion, your buddy, your pal, but hardly ever your baby.
are relaxed and easy-going in just about everything they
do. The males tend to be the clowns while the females
retain more dignity, but both remain playful throughout
their lives. They are not as vertically-oriented as
some other breeds, preferring to chase objects on the
ground and grasping them in their large paws -- no doubt
instincts developed as professional mousers.
their above-average intelligence, Maine Coons are known to
be one of the easiest cat breeds to train. Maine Coons can
be very dog-like in their behaviour. Playing fetch is a
favourite game. As with dogs, they will bring their ball,
drop it at the feet of their intended playmate and wait
for the ball to be thrown.
They are a sturdy and healthy breed and are known for their easy-going adaptable personality. Maine Coon cats make excellent companions for large, active families that also enjoy having dogs and other animals around. (Source: Cat Fanciers)
For More information on Maine Coons and our Cattery please see FAQ page of the web site.
.. And because of the cat's loyalty, and the
dog's jealous vindictiveness, the Chief of the tribe
uttered these words: "From this day on cat, you shall
sleep inside upon my finest mats, while you, dog, shall
continue to sleep out of doors upon the dust of the
earth. And when the time comes that we feast, O cat,
thou shall eat of the same food as we, being a worthy
and noble being. But you, dog, shall learn to be content
and satisfied with what scraps we choose to toss you."
Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen [Festum: Septembribus 29]