Experience Elegance: Maine Coon Cats - Majestic Companions for a Lifetime of Love!
One of the oldest natural breeds in North America, the Maine Coon is generally considered to be native to the state of Maine (in fact, the Maine Coon is the official state cat of Maine).
Everything about the Maine Coon indicates its adaptation to a harsh climate.
Its glossy, heavy and water-resistant coat is unlike that of any other breed and must be felt to be truly appreciated. The fur is longer on the belly, chest and legs to protect against moisture and snow and shorter on the back and neck to avoid tangling in the bush. The coat requires little maintenance - a weekly combing is usually all that is required to keep it in good condition.
The long, bushy tail that the cat wraps around itself when it curls up to sleep can protect it from cold winters.
Its ears are more furred (both inside and on the tips) than most breeds for protection against the cold.
The large, round, tufted feet help them cross rough terrain and serve as "snow boots."
Their large eyes and ears are also survival traits.
The relatively long, square snout facilitates the capture of prey and water from rivers and ponds.
Maine Coons are tall, muscular and big-boned; males usually reach 13 to 15 kg and females normally weigh around 6 to 10 kg.
Maine Coons grow slowly and do not reach their full size until they are three or four years old.
Their character remains that of kittens throughout their lives; they are wild-looking cats, big, gentle and good - "The gentle giants of the cat world"
Even their voice sets them apart from other cats; they have a distinctive, chirping trill that they use for everything from courting to convincing their humans to play with them.
Maine Coons love to play and many will happily retrieve small objects. They rarely meow, and when they do, that soft, high-pitched voice is no match for their size!