14 Necessary Facts About Maine Coon Cats. Is It A Best Choice For You? Reborn from their own ashes, just like a Phoenix bird, Maine Coon cats certainly deserve the fame they get, and this blog is all about Maine Coon cats.
14 Necessary Facts About Maine Coon Cats
1. Oldest Cat Breed Native To America
The Maine coon is the oldest cat breed native to America, and it’s possible the breed originated when the Vikings and other European sailors arrived in America with long-haired cats which were bred with native short-haired cats and voila the Maine coon breed was created.
2. Reborn From Own Ashes
Considering this, it’s pretty sad to learn that Maine Coons almost disappeared not a long time ago. Once the stars of cat competitions, Maine Coon cats began losing their popularity in the 1900s, due to other breeds being brought in the country. They were even declared extinct in the 1950s.
Luckily this didn’t turn out to be the case. Due to the extraordinary breeding efforts of a few Maine Coon breeders, these cats continued to exist.
Nowadays, Maine Coons regained the fame they once held, being United states second cat breed in terms of numbers and popularity.
You can truly say the Maine Coons were reborn from their own ashes.
3. Often Called Gentle Giants
They’re often called Gentle Giants, due to their loving nature. But, even if they’re very people-oriented, these cats aren’t needy or dependent.
They like to hang out with their humans in an easygoing, laid back kind of way. Maine Coon cats may not be lap cats, but are calm, even-tempered, affectionate, and comical cats.
4. Maine Coon Cats Are Indeed Big
Males weigh between twelve to eighteen pounds. Big males can weigh up to 25 pounds and females’ weight is usually between 10-15 LBS, with this in mind, it might be a good thing they’re not lap cats!
5. Fasicinated By Water
They are fascinated by water because, their thick coats are the water-repellent and not be annoyingly soaked as easily as thin coats soaked.
Some of them will company their owners in the shower briefly, or at least walk around on the wet floor after you get out.
They love showing their affection by bumping their head against yours, a very cute behavior if you ask me.
7. Maine Coons Are Laid Back
Maine coons are laid back, so they get along with kids or even dogs. But don’t go and get one just yet, as there is one thing you really need to consider before getting one, and we’ll talk about this a little bit later.
8. They Have A Reputation For Being “Dog-Like,”
They have a reputation for being “dog-like,” but they’re also intelligent.As a result, most of them enjoy a good fetch game.
9. Maine Coons Love To Bat Things Around The Floor
Maine Coons love to bat things around the floor, but they’re not avid jumpers or climbers. So a cat tree might not be needed for your Maine Coon, saving you some bucks.
10. You May Know That The Longest Cat That Ever Existed Was A Maine Coon
Fun Fact: You may know that the longest cat that ever existed was a Maine Coon, but you’ll be surprised to learn that another Maine Coon named Missi holds the record for the longest whiskers. They measured a whopping 7.5 inches
11. Official State Cat
Maine coon cats are Maine’s official state cat,
12. Maine Coon In Harry Potter Movie
And if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you might already know that Mrs Norris, the pet cat of Argus Filch is a Maine Coon.
13. They Come In Every Color And Pattern
Maine Coons come in every color and pattern you can imagine, except lavender, chocolate, or pointed like a “Siamese.” And if you can’t imagine many colors or patterns, know there are more than 60 possible color combinations. Now that’s a lot of colors
14. They live between 12 to 15 years
Maine coon live between 12 to 15 years. Not the longest, but still a good chunk of time.
Big Aspect To Consider Before Deciding To Get One
I told you there is a big aspect to consider before deciding to get one, and now we’re gonna talk about it.
Ok, let’s continue.
As we already know, they have long fur, which means that grooming them is a must. You absolutely must brush them twice a week, to avoid any hard to remove dangles.
You’ll also need to bathe them once a month, not just using a regular cat shampoo, but also a degreaser before the shampoo.
And they will require professional grooming a few times a year. If that sounds like too much of a hassle for you, we get it.
But it also means that you and Maine Coons might not be a perfect match. And that’s ok, as there are plenty other cat breeds to learn about and also regular cats, that might not be of any breed, but will love you just as much.
How Much Do They cost?
Well, you should expect to pay anywhere from $400 – $1000 for a Maine Coon kitten in the
US and about £500 in the UK.
Don’t go for a lower price and look for accredited breeders.