Maine Coon cats belong to a large cat breed that is the Native American long-haired cat breed. They are ideal for the harsh winters and varied seasons of the region. These cats are friendly and playful. They tend to be reserved with strangers; however, they are very adoring and understanding with their family. This makes them ideal for kids and dogs, and they have always been a popular and preferred companion.
Here are a few interesting facts about Maine Coon cats that will help you in understanding this large domesticated cat.
- There is a wide variety of Maine Coon cats with different colors and patterns. The most common are Tabbies and Tabby & Whites, whereas Maine Coons with solids and more exotic colors and patterns are quite rare.
- Although Maine Coon cats are known for their large size, however, because of their high vivacity and wisdom quotients, they are also labeled as “the Gentle Giants” in the feline world.
- Nine out of ten Maine Coon cats share one unique facet, i.e. their facial features have a clear M-shape on their brow. This feature can also present in Maine Coon mixes.
- The eye color of a Maine Coon cat can be a shade of gold, green, green-gold, or copper. White or bi-color patterned cats mostly have blue-eyes or odd-eyes.
- Maine Coon cats can be polydactyl, which means that they can have six or more toes on their paws.
- Unlike Persian cats, which have long coat, these cats have middling thick fur with a ruff around their neck and chests, which look similar to a lion’s mane. Also, they have the longer hair around their legs.
- The fur of a Maine Coon has two layers, i.e. an undercoat and a supplementary tier of longer guard hair. This multi-layered coat gives this cat a noticeable look.
- Maine Coons are considered fully grown when they reach 4 to 5 years of age.
- The weight of a male Maine Coon cat is between 18 and 25 pounds, whereas females normally weigh between 7 and 11 pounds, reaching 16 pounds for a mature cat.
- Regardless of their large bodies, Maine Coon cats have tiny voices that squeak and chirp.
- Unlike other cats, Maine Coon cats love to play with water.