Maine Coon Cat
Our home is blest with a beautiful feral cat that has strains of a Maine Coon Cat. We think her father was a Maine Coon Cat. Her mother we knew, as she birthed five kittens our backyard. Mama cat was not a Coon Cat and our Giselle is the only kitten of the five who looks and acts like a Maine Coon.
We had not heard of such a breed of cat until I researched this beautiful, loving cat. What I discovered was a history of distinctive and historic domestic cat.
The Maine Coon is a cat with a distinctive physical look. One of the oldest natural breeds in North America, they are specifically native to the state of Maine. This breed of cat is the official State Cat.
Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat. Males weigh anywhere between 15 and 25 lbs with females weighing between 10 and 15 lbs. The height of adults can vary between 10 and 16 inches. They may
reach a length of up to 40 inches , including the tail, which can reach lengths of up to 14 inches. The tail is long, tapering, and heavily furred, almost resembling a raccoon's tail.
The body is solid and muscular, which is necessary for supporting their own weight, and the chest is broad. Maine Coons possess a rectangular body shape and are slow to physically mature.Their full potential size is normally
not reached until they are around three or four years old.
The Maine Coon is either a longhaired or medium-haired, cat. The coat is soft and silky, although texture may vary with coat color. The length is shorter on
the head and shoulders and longer on the stomach and flanks.Some cats having a lion-like ruff around their neck.
Minimal grooming is required for the breed, compared to other long-haired breeds, as their coat is mostly self-maintaining due to a light-density undercoat. The coat has a seasonal variation, the fur being thicker in the winter and thinner
during the summer
Cats of the Maine Coon breed have a variety of colors. (Our Giselle is light and dark gray and white paws). They are intelligent and have very gentle mannerisms... So easy to love them!
The Maine Coon Cat have the reputation of being "gentle giants", possessing above average intelligence, thus making it easy to train them. They are loyal to their family and cautious - not mean - around strangers. Giselle will disappear when someone enters the house she is not familiar with. After a time, she peek out and ease into the room.
They are playful throughtout their lifetime, with males tending to be more clownish. The females generally are more dignified, yet both are equally loving.
The generally-accepted theory among breeders is that the Maine Coon is descended from the pairings of local short-haired domestic cats and long-haired breeds brought overseas by English seafarers (possibly by Captain Charles Coon) or 11th-century Vikings.
The connection to the Vikings is seen in the strong resemblance of the Maine Coon to the Norwegian Forest Cat, another breed that is said to be a descendant of cats that traveled with the Vikings
My personal note: If you want a beautiful, loving cat, the Maine Coon Cat
is the one!
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