The internet's most famous Maine Coon was probably Abbie the Cat, who narrated his exploits on the blog “Abbie the Cat Has a Posse” from 2001-2013. Most Maine Coons aren't as diligent about chronicling their adventures, but these larger-than-life felines all have plus-sized bodies and personalities. They're also more likely to have extra toes (polydactylism). One Maine Coon even has the longest whiskers on record (more than six inches long!).
This breed is the state of Maine's official cat, and might be America's original native feline. The Maine Coon is the only cat breed to be developed in the Pine Tree State, so we have to assume that this is The Way Cats Should Be. And America agrees: Maine Coons are the Miss Congeniality of cat fanciers—only Persians are more popular.
This breed can grow to between 8-20 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
Call me Fido
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE MAINE COON'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Maine Coons heart their people, but they're not as pushy about their affections as some cats (ahem, Bombays) we could mention. They like to be a part of whatever you're doing, but they most likely won't need to be on your lap while you're doing it——which is good, since these kitties can take up a lot
of lap. Lovable and loyal, they're a great choice for families and first-time cat owners.
WHAT IS MAINE COON BEHAVIOR LIKE?
For such large cats, Maine Coons have surprisingly small voices. They will often chirp rather than meow. This breed is also slow to mature; they don't reach adulthood for four years. They're also a bit lumbering and clumsy, which is pretty darn charming. But, um, you might not want to keep breakables on surfaces this fumbly kitty can jump to.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY MAINE COON ENTERTAINED?
There's a myth that Maine Coons come from raccoons mating with domestic cats. That's not how biology works, but given how much this breed likes to play in the water, we can understand how folks might believe it. These cats like to splash in their water bowls and dunk their toys. Yours might even try to shower with you!
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO MAINE COONS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Maine Coons have big, bushy tails, shaggy coats, and fluffy ruffs. The markings on their foreheads often look like the letter M. Their flat “snowshoe paws” (which help them walk through the snow) are oversized, like everything else about this cat.
Given the length of their fur, this breed is a surprisingly easy keeper. A weekly combing should keep her mat—and tangle-free.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO MAINE COONS HAVE?
This is a generally healthy breed. Maine Coons are sometimes susceptible to hip dysplasia, heart conditions, and spinal degeneration.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE MAINE COONS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Maine Coons aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY MAINE COON'S BEST DAY?
Yours is up for just about anything, as long as it doesn't have to be done daintily. We suggest a leashed walk, a game of fetch, or even a road trip! Maine Coons will also always appreciate watching the Bird Channel from a wide-enough windowsill and splashing in the sink.
SHOULD I ADOPT A MAINE COON?
Maine Coons will do best in busy households—they're chill cats who thrive with lots of company of the two—or four-legged variety. Kind and loving, this big girl would love to warm your heart, if not your lap, as long as you'll let her.
Have you decided that a Maine Coon is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.