Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is pretty darn big, with a strong muscular body, broad chest and substantial legs. The ears are large and tall, wide at the base and tapering to a pointed tip. They are set high on the head and quite far apart. The Maine Coon's eyes are full and round and can be green, gold or copper. The eye colour can be totally different to coat colour. In white Maine Coon cats it is possible to have blue or odd-coloured eyes. The tail is long and tapers from a wide base to the tip. They often use their tail to wrap around themselves for warmth and protection. Despite their massive size, Maine Coon's are known for their friendly personalities. They are the 'gentle giants' of the cat world!

Country of Origin
America
Colour

Comes in a variety of 30 or more colours including white, tortoiseshell, tabby with or without silver, shaded and smoke colours

Cost
Size
Large
Health
Some hereditary health issues include: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia and spinal muscular atrophy
Life Span

9-15 years

Intelligence
Described as "dog like" the Maine Coon is intelligent and can be trained to walk on a leash
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

Requires approximately 80 Kcals of food per kg of bodyweight per day. 

Feeding Cost
Hair Shed
Moderate
Ailments
Some hereditary health issues include: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia and spinal muscular atrophy
Grooming Requirements
Weekly combing to remove loose hairs
A native American long-haired cat, the Maine Coon is the official cat breed of the state of Maine. The Maine Coon was well known for its mouse-catching ability and competitions were help to celebrate and reward the best "Coon Cat". The Maine Coon cat evolved into a study working cat whose shaggy coat suited the harsh winters of the Northeast region of America. Today Maine Coons are among the most popular pedigree cats.


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