Maine Coon Cats

This beautiful, semi-longhaired cat is named after the US state of Maine and the raccoon native to the area.

Weight of the Maine Coon Cat

The ideal weight range for a male Maine Coon is  6-9 kg (13-20lbs) and 4-5.5 kg (9-12lbs) for a female.

Lifespan of a Maine Coon

A healthy Maine Coon should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of 12-13 years.

Colour varieties of the Maine Coon Cat

The Maine Coon is seen in black, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell, blue tortie, white self, smoke and shaded colours; brown, red, blue, cream, tortie, and blue tortie tabby; silver tabby; bicolours.

History of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon does in some ways resemble the raccoon with its thick coat of distinctive colouring and bushy tail. One theory is that the breed originated from feral cats mating with raccoons, though this is biologically impossible. It is most likely that the Maine Coon came from Angora or Norwegian Forest cats brought in by sailors and mated with local short-hair cats

General features of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is a very large cat. The head is large and square. The legs are long and the paws are big and round. The coat is thick and shaggy. The coat at the front is considerably shorter than at the back. It is soft and silky and is easy to groom.

Maine Coons can be quite independent and appear aloof. They enjoy company, but are undemanding for attention. The breed is intelligent and can learn tricks such as retrieving. They can also be taught to walk on a lead. They require plenty of exercise and are not really suited to an indoor life. They can be quite vocal with a unique ‘chirping’ sound.

The Maine Coon is also known as the Coon Cat, Maine Cat, Maine Shag, Snowshoe Cat, American Longhair and the Gentle Giant.

Health issues in the Maine Coon

The breed is generally healthy and hardy, but new owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed including:

  • Hip Dysplasia - a deformity of the hip joint is found in the breed. The ball on the thigh bone is misshapen and the socket is more shallow than normal. The condition is hereditary and can occur in one or both hips.
  • Cardiomyopathy - a condition caused by malfunctioning heart muscle. This may be restricted to a minor malfunction of the heart valve, producing a murmur. Treatments with medicines may help but in severe cases may prove fatal.