Cats are the best companion to humans as they are the most adorable and fun-loving creatures. Petting cats bring us joy, and people love to stroke their shiny fur, and they always snuggle around us for delectable moments to receive our warm touches.
Maine coon cats and their temperament
Among the varieties of cat breeds, Maine coon cats are one of the oldest cat breeds in North America. They are friendly, affectionate, and also a little goofy. These cats are highly obedient to their owners. They can be easily trained and, interestingly, they love to play with water too.
Maine Coon cats are domesticated breeds that are usually large. These cats have distinctive physical features. It has a thick coating with a glossy top coat which is waterproof. They typically have shorter hair around the neck and shoulder. However, the hair gets gradually longer as it goes down the backside and tails.
They have tufts in their paws, and their ears are feathered in appearance, which grows out of inner ears.
Body and eye color of Maine coon cats
They come in several colors such as tortoiseshell, white, silver tabby, and smoky with or without patches.
Their eyes are usually green, gold or copper in color.
Size and weight
Male Maine coon cats weigh from 6 to 8 kg, whereas females are around 4 – 6 kg. Their heights usually reach up to a maximum of 100cm. Most Maine coon cats have a minimum height of 41cm.
Grooming of Maine coon cats
Grooming should be a common concern for every owner of Maine coon cats. Main Coon cats need a regular brushing of their coat, gentle warm bath, trimming nails, and checking their ears on a regular weekly basis is imperative.
Maine Coon has an average lifespan of 13 years and over.
Common health diseases of Maine coon cats
They have several common diseases which lead them to death.
- Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy- an inherited condition where the heart muscle of Maine coon cats becomes thick.
- Spinal muscular atrophy-an an inherited condition where the skeletal muscles in the lower body start to atrophy.
- Polycystic kidney disease- a condition that is inherited, disrupting the proper function of the kidney as cysts of fluid are formed.
- Hip dysplasia- a heritable condition where the Maine coon cats develop arthritis.
History of origin
In the early centuries, the ancestors of Maine coon cats were semi-feral cats. The cats surprisingly crossed them with raccoons. Although these cars are native to America, they come from Asia or Europe brought by the early pilgrims. Around 1975, West Germany reported this breed for the first time outside of America, and these Maine coon cats were introduced as the American Forest Cat.
Amazing Facts of Maine Coon cats
- The Maine Coon cats are known to be the “Gentle Giant” in the world of felines.
- Maine Coon cats have extremely high-pitched voices despite being large cats.
- In the US, a Maine Coon cat named Cosey was awarded the winner of the first cat show.
- Maine Coon cats are considered as the ‘dogs of the cat world.