The Maine Coon

The Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive physical appearance i.e. it has lynx tips on its ears with feathering round the ear; its has fur on the soles of its feet to help it in the snow and ice to stop it from sliding around; it has very distinctive eyes which are large the colour is mainly either amber or green, white cats can have blue; they have large bushy tails which should come up to their shoulder blades and this is used to wrap themselves up in when it is cold to keep themselves warm. They also have valuable hunting skills and are exceptionally prolific hunters. I found this out when one of my neuters, a handsome boy called Lester, went to stays with a friend once he retired and started bringing her home rabbits, voles and field mice. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat

There are a few answers to why they have their name and below you will find a few, see which one you prefer.

  • An English Captain called Charles Coon had long-haired cats on his ship and these disembarked in Maine to “socialize” with the local Queens. The people of Maine referred to the ship’s cats as “Coon’s cats” and their offspring became known as Maine Coons.
  • The early Maine Coon cats mostly had ringed tails, similar to that of a raccoon
  • Maine Coons are a cross between cats and raccoons (a genetic impossibility, by the way)

3 Comments

  • Alison Posted September 19, 2019 8:16 am

    What a stunning boy. I like them in winter as there winter coats come in and look like mini lions. Love main coons xxxx❤️❤️

  • Val Chalmers Posted September 21, 2019 6:46 am

    Imladriscoons Otto

    Hi my name was Otto and I was born last August to the beautiful Serafina along with my brother. I am a black and white maine coon boy. I came to my new mummy and daddy at the end of November when I was just a tiny wee boy. I was then renamed Dylan. I came straight out of my cat basket and hissed immediately at my new big  brother Dougal.  He is also a maine coon and is 5 months older than me. We get on great together and I like to groom Dougal. My most favourite game is chasing Dougal up and down the stairs at 3 o’clock in the morning.  I am a shy boy but my mum said I am such a good cat with a great nature and am also very intelligent.  I like to play with my fishing rod toy the best. I like my food and also plenty of treats. I have grown quite big in my first year and am nearly as big as Dougal. I have a lovely shiny coat but run away if I see my mum with the brush. Overall I am a typical maine coon cat and aim to please. Many thanks to Elaine for allowing my mum and dad to have and look after me.

  • Marissa Rea-Gibson Posted September 22, 2019 12:23 pm

    I am the very proud mum of Milo now age 10 in November and Rio age 9 in November. Both full brothers to the amazing Lester and the beautiful Willow , both now in retirement . They both adore each other and have the best nature, Milo is the quieter of them both and Rio still thinks hes a kitten full of energy and certainly keeps us on our toes. They are my babies and can’t imagine our home without them , they have brought so much to our life and that’s all thanks to Elaine who breeds the most amazing content gentle giant Maine Coons, thank you for my two boys x

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