What Do Maine Coon Cats Look Like

What Do Maine Coon Cats Look Like? A Complete Guide to Their Unique Appearance.

Have you ever heard of a cat called a Maine Coon, and wondered to yourself, what do Maine Coon cats look like?

Maine Coon cats are very exotic-looking, large, long-haired cats with personalities unlike any other. They are one of the favorite types of domestic cats.

Keep reading to learn what a Maine Coon cat looks like and much more!

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What is a Maine Coon Cat?

Maine Coons are large cats with long fur that make great pets. 

The Maine Coon is one of the most popular cat breeds of all time and it happens to be the official state cat of Maine in the United States.

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They are often called gentle giants and are adored by adults and children alike. 

With their thick coats, beautiful colors, and extremely loving yet playful attitudes it’s easy to fall in love with the Maine Coon! 

Where Do Maine Coon Cats Come From?

Have you ever wondered where they came from and what their history is? Maine Coon cats come from Maine! Go figure! Let’s discuss it a little further. 

You may mistake a Maine Coon for a wild cat due to its size, but they are domestic cats. The Maine Coon is one of the oldest natural breeds of cats in North America. 

Was the Maine Coon Cat a Threatened Species?

In short, yes, as with many breeds, the Maine Coon had periods of distress. Maine Coons were exceptionally popular in the later portion of the 19th century in cat shows.

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However, with the rise of exotic longhaired cats in the early part of the 20th century, their popularity steeply declined. 

Nowadays, the Maine Coon is the third most popular breed of cat. 

Origins of the Maine Coon Cat

No one knows for sure what the exact origins or ancestors of the Maine Coon are. 

Many people believe that they could have been the Norwegian Forest Cats or the Siberian Forest Cats both of which had been brought from New England. 

Some even speculate that they were crossbred with Raccoons, although this is scientifically impossible. 

Folktales About The Maine Coon

The most remarkable legend surrounding the Maine Coon involves Marie Antoinette who was the queen of England before her execution in 1793. 

She was supposed to have loaded a ship that made it to America (even though she didn’t) with six of her most prized Turkish Angora cats.

Further in the 1860s farmers in the state of Maine had gathered to share stories of their amazing “Coon cats.” 

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They even help competitions at the fair called the “Maine State Championship Coon Cat Contest.”

The first female Maine Coon won the North American Cat Show which was held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The early portions of the 20th century proved to be rough for the Maine Coon as popularity plummeted. 

The breed was at one point, declared extinct around the 1950s although many believed this to be an exaggeration by the Central Maine Cat Club to promote the breed

What Colors are Maine Coon Cats?

You may not even believe this but Maine Coons come in an outstanding 84 varieties of fluffy coat colors. That is a lot to choose from. 

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Keep in mind if you are shopping for a Maine Coon kitten, the male kittens will inherit the same coat color or the diluted version of the mother. 

The kittens that are female Maine coons will be a mixture of the mother and father. 

Coat Colors of the Maine Coon Cat Include

  • Black
  • Black Tortoiseshell
  • Blue (and its variations)
  • Red
  • Cream
  • White
  • Brown/ brown tabby

With each of these colors, there are variations to choose from, have fun exploring the different colors and coat patterns/ marking combinations that can be a possibility.

Maine Coon Coat Markings and Variations

Maine Coons require very little grooming, a weekly brushing will do them just fine. 

This is due to their coat being mainly self-maintaining. The quiet cats are easy to care for. You can expect there to be seasonal variations within their coats. 

Maine Coons can have any markings or patterns that other cats come in. 

There are a few colors that you should be aware of that indicate potential crossbreeding.

  • Chocolate
  • Lavender
  • Siamese pointed patterns
  • Ticked patterns

The ticked pattern is accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fanciers Association CFA. 

Most commonly tabby Maine Coons or tabby patterns are seen. Blue eyes are only accepted in cats with white coats.

Characteristics of the Maine Coon

Maine Coons are in all reality the dogs of the cat world. 

They are a big cat with an even bigger heart. They love human company and spending time playing or enjoying being lap cats. 

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The Maine Coon has a prominent puff of hair along its chest and an almost rectangular body shape. The Average cat also has a very beautiful and luxurious coat that features two separate layers. 

The top thick coat layer acts to guard the cat against harsh winter elements and the undercoat is silky and smooth. 

Maine Coons also have very long and bushy tails. Their playful nature makes them a wonderful family member, even if you have small children. 

Their temperament has proven to turn a dog person into a temporary cat lover! The Maine Coon comes in solid colors and a variety of other patterns. 

They also have very large paws and prominent, pointy ears that usually have hair on the tips. 

Fun Facts About the Maine Coon

Multiple Maine Coons have won the Guinness world record for the longest cat in history. Most recently a male Maine Coon cat named Barivel.

How Big is a Maine Coon Cat?

Up until the Savannah cat was introduced in the 1980s, the Maine Coon had been considered the largest domestic cat breed. There is a good reason for this. 

Males weigh up to 18+ pounds and females weigh up to 12-13 pounds. 

Both female and male Maine Coon cats can reach up to 16 inches tall and a length of up to almost 40 inches. 

Do Maine Coon Cats Have Health Issues?

Purebred Maine Coon cats can be more susceptible than other breeds to certain disorders and conditions such as:

  • Blood clots and heart disease in Maine Coon cats.
  • Hip dysplasia and what makes Maine Coons more susceptible.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Maine Coons.
  • Spinal muscular atrophy in Maine Coons.
  • Periodontal disease in Maine Coons.

Keep in mind that if you own or are looking at a mixed breed Maine Coon, they could be at risk of other diseases and health concerns related to the other breeds in their heritage as well. 

Genetic tests may be available for testing certain diseases in your Maine Coon cat. 

How to Find a Reputable Maine Coon Breeder

Finding a reputable breeder is important to ensure you will receive a healthy cat. 

The Cat Fancier’s Association suggests asking any breeders or cat owners who are considering purchasing a cat to ask these ten important questions. 

1. How was the kitten raised – in a cage or underfoot?

2. Health guarantee – how long is the guarantee and what is covered?

3. What if things don’t work out – what is the “return” policy?

4. What is the personality of this specific kitten?

5. Vaccinations – what has been given, when was it given and when is the next shot due?

6. Health history – has the litter been healthy, are all the individual kittens healthy, is the mother healthy?

7. Feline leukemia testing – have both parents been tested and are they negative?

8. Was a stool sample tested and what were the results?

9. What is the feeding schedule, what food is the kitten or cat used to, and what kind of litter is the kitten or cat used to?

10. Has the kitten been trained to a scratching post?

Attending cat shows or speaking with your vet about reputable breeders is the best way to find a great cat breeder. 

Related Maine Coon Cat Questions

Can I rescue a Maine Coon cat?

There is no reason someone should not rescue a Maine Coon, but keep in mind you may have a very difficult time finding a purebred Maine Coon in a shelter or available for adoption. 

You may have a good chance of finding a mixed-breed Maine Coon in a shelter.

Due to their large size, what and how much should I feed my Maine Coon?

Feeding a Maine Coon can have many different variables attached to it. A great reference and feeding guide can be found at Mainecoonecentral.com 

They suggest “Maine Coons need roughly 24 to 35 calories a day per pound of body weight. 

Since Maine Coons can range between 8 to 25 pounds, these cats require anywhere between 190 to 875 calories per day. 

The average Maine Coon will eat nine ounces of wet food or three ounces of dry food every day.”

Make sure you discuss the needs of your cat with a qualified veterinarian as this will give you the best chance of having a healthy cat. 

Do Maine Coons like water?

Maine Coons are one of the few cat breeds that enjoys playing in the water. If left up to them, a Maine Coon could probably spend a good majority of the day in and around the water. 

Be advised that every Maine Coon is an individual, so not all cats may enjoy the same thing. Maine Coons also have an advantage when it comes to their coats. 

They have somewhat water-resistant coats.

Do Maine Coon cats like to travel?

While it may take time to get your cat used to traveling, most Maine Coons do very well traveling with their owners.

Maine Coon Cats Make a Great pet

Maine Coon cats are beautiful, elegant, interesting, and extremely large house cats that are adored by almost everyone who gets the chance to meet one. 

They can make great family pets if properly taken care of.

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