Maine Coon

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A portrait of the gentle and large breed of cats

The magnificent coat, pointed ears and impressive size make the Maine Coon one of the most famous cat breeds. Here you can find out everything you always wanted to know about the popular cats.

History and origin of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is an American cat breed from the state of Maine. It was probably given the nickname Coon because of its resemblance to a raccoon. As early as 1860 one finds the first evidence of the existence of a semi-long-haired and large cat, which is still called Shag (shaggy cat) here. The cats originally came to the States with the emigrants from Europe , crossing various breeds. The dense and long fur was a great advantage for the cats and enabled them to survive the cold winters in the eastern United States. In particular, Angora cats were mated with the domestic cats there.

In 1895, a representative of the breed won the New York Cat Show but was quickly forgotten. It wasn’t until 1950 that enthusiasts rediscovered the breed and founded the Central Maine Cat Club. The American Cat Club recognized the Maine Coon as a separate breed in 1973. The biggest problem of the cat breed is and remains the small genetic base, which consisted of only five cats. There is no representative of the breed who does not descend from these animals, which makes the animals partially susceptible to disease. Nevertheless, the Coony is a very popular and pretty house cat today. In Europe they became after  recognition by the FiFé, the International Federation of Cat Breeding Associations, better known. Nevertheless, cats are still a minority among domestic cats.

essence and character

The Maine Coon cats are affectionate and friendly animals. In terms of behavior, they are sometimes more like a dog than a cat, as they are very sociable and do not like to be alone. They are therefore also known as dog cats. They particularly enjoy going for walks with their owner, whether on a leash or not. The coony also meows a lot and happily and “speaks” with both its own species and its humans. She gets along well with she gets used to it. The cats are very intelligent and interested in their surroundings, which can lead to them learning to open doors, for example. Even when they are old, they still like to play and can even learn how to fetch and other little tricks.

The Maine Coon is an ideal family cat because of its friendly and open nature .

Appearance of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is a semi-long haired and sometimes extremely large breed of cat with a long, bushy tail. Individual specimens reach enormous sizes of up to 1.20 meters in  length and weigh up to 12 kilos. A special distinguishing feature are their wide ears with small ear tufts, which are reminiscent of a lynx brush. The fur can be any color except golden and is water-repellent. The large cats have very powerful paws, with some members of the breed having six or seven toes. The paws look like the cat has a thumb. This genetic defect of polydactyls is a criterion for exclusion from breeding in Germany, but is permitted in the USA.

attitude and care

Despite its enormous size, the Maine Coon is not a pure outdoor cat. If they were only in the apartment from an early age and don’t know anything else, the house tigers will also be happy inside. However, you should provide her with enough living space and ideally a large and stable scratching post. Even when purchasing the rest of the accessories, you should keep in mind that even the little kitten will grow up quite a bit. when the weather is niceor can put a terrace. They particularly like having an elevated vantage point from where they can keep an eye on their surroundings. Since the Maine Coon is a very sociable cat, you should not keep them alone. Even if you are at home a lot, this does not replace contact with conspecifics.

Once a coony has developed a taste for it, they prefer to spend their time outdoors in nature. She not only goes on a discovery tour in the garden, but also loves to follow you when you go for a walk or jog. Here you should be careful that the velvet paw does not follow you unnoticed and you then have to carry it all the way back. With the help of a cat leash, you can also give your indoor cat this luxury. Here, however, you should take it easy and maybe do small practice laps on the terrace first. That way you can see if the cat likes it or if it’s panicking.

acquisition cost

Depending on where you buy the cat, you will pay  between €500 and €1000 for a healthy Maine Coon kitten from the breeder. The price depends on whether you want a hobby cat or a breeding cat. Anyone who buys a hobby cat usually undertakes in the purchase contract not to use the cat for breeding. If you would like to breed with the Maine Coon in the future, you will pay a surcharge for the kittens from the breeder.

How Much Activity Does the Maine Coon Need?

In general, the Maine Coon is rather unproblematic to keep. The cat can easily doze off for 16 hours at a time without getting bored. Nevertheless, even the little sleepyheads need a bit of activity every now and then. Regular exercise is essential, especially if they are kept indoors. When intelligent cats (especially tomcats) get bored, they come up with all sorts of stupid ideas. Playing with a toy fishing rod, toy mice or balls together with your human ensure sufficient exercise. They also strengthen the bond between two and four-legged friends. If you don’t have that much time and need to do other things on the side, you can look to   To fall back on. Here the coonies can keep themselves busy for a while under supervision. As one of the few cat breeds, the gentle giants have a certain affinity for water and can also be wonderfully occupied with a dripping faucet.

grooming and feeding

Despite their lush fur, the Maine Coon doesn’t need as much grooming as you might think. It is best to get the kitten used to being brushed regularly so that there are no problems later. If you keep your cat indoors, brushing it once a week is enough to remove loose hair. During the change of coat, the semi-long-haired cats need a little more support. In the case of outdoor cats, it is best to check the fur for parasites and dirt that has gotten stuck whenever they come back inside. Otherwise, the cats are very clean animals and do not need any further care, as they prefer to do it themselves. With the the breed is also not very demanding. Of course, every velvet paw has its own preferences, which you can only find out by trying them out.

Interesting and worth knowing

  • In 2012, the cat Hank the Cat nearly made it to the  Virginia Senate  . Initially intended as a joke for an animal protection campaign, the tomcat received an impressive 7,319 votes and thus achieved third place in the election.
  • In the  Harry Potter film adaptations  , Mrs. Norris, caretaker Argus Filch’s cat, is played by a red Maine Coon.
  • The largest cat in the world was 123 centimeters long, the Maine Coon tomcat Stewie from Oregon. After his death at the age of 13, Melbourne coonie tomcat Omar has successfully taken his place. With a length of 1.20 meters and a weight of 14 kilos, he is currently the largest cat in the world and a true celebrity on the internet.

Do you also have a Maine Coon or do you want to get one soon? Tell me in the comments what makes the velvet paw so special!

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