Maine Coon cats are large, sturdy cats suited to the harsh winters and varied seasons of the Northeast region. They like to hunt and spend time being enticed to chase so it is very important that they have toys available. They are NOT aggressive with children or other cats. Even more than for beauty, Maine Coon Cats are noted for intelligence and kindly disposition. For these reasons, they have been dubbed the “Gentle Giant” of the cat world and are commonly sought after as family pets, companions, and therapy cats.
Overall this is a great breed that is simply a joy to be around.
Maine Coons are commonly considered the largest domestic cat breed. They’re big boned and muscular, with males weighing up to 20 pounds. Maine Coons can be up to 40 inches in length and come in 75 different color combinations.
Maine Coons don’t typically “meow;” they chirp and trill (a mixture of a meow and a purr). Cats may chirp when they spot prey and a trill is often an expression of happiness. One of life's simple pleasures is having a "chat" with your furry companion as they happily chirp and trill back to you.
They are referred to as the dogs of the cat world because their size is that of a dog AND because they display dog-like traits when it comes to loyalty to their family. They will accept the whole family as their own but will be especially loyal to the person that cares for them. Maine Coons tend to be highly social and like human interaction. They’re known for being friendly, loyal, playful, and they typically get along well with children and other pets. It's not uncommon for them to learn to play fetch or walk on a leash!
Most Maine Coons enjoy the water. They have water-resistant fur and can be quite efficient swimmers.
Maine Coons are said to be native to the state of Maine (where they’re also the official state cat), but how they originated remains a mystery. One theory holds that this large, hearty cat came to America with the Vikings, which is why they resemble Norwegian Forest Cats.