Maine Coon cat breed is one of the most popular and cutest cat breeds in the world. This breed is the one of the oldest natural cat breeds in North America.
The Maine Coon cat breed is originated in the U.S. state of Maine. It is the official state cat of Maine. It was one of the most popular cats in cat shows in 19th century, but became threatened in the early 20th century owing to introduction of long-haired breeds from overseas. The Maine Coon cat has made a comeback and now is the third most popular pedigreed cat breed in the word.
Maine Coon Cat: Physique and Size
The Maine Coon cat is a gigantic cat with a powerful muscular body in keeping with their impressive size. They have large, pointed ears held wide and tall and an intelligent expression.
Maine Coons are big–really big cats! In fact, the record for the world’s longest house cat, that can be grow over four feet long. Most Maine Coon cats weigh 9 to 18 pounds. Males are larger–and some are measured at 20 or more pounds. Their life span is 4-15 years.
In 2010, “Stewie” a Maine Coon male cat was accepted as the “Longest Cat”, measuring 48.5 in (123 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail by the Guinness World Records. As of 2015 the living record-holder for “Longest Cat” is “Ludo”, measuring 3 ft 10.59 in (118.33 cm).
Maine Coon has substantial, medium-length legs and large, round paws. The paws are well tufted with fur, to serve as “snowshoes” during winter.
The Maine Coon cat breed has a variety of 64 different colors and markings. Their eyes shade maybe golden, green or copper. In white cats it is possible to have blue or odd eyes.
Are Maine Coons Good House Pets?
The answer is yes, the Maine Coon Cats are very social, playful and friendly. They have affectionate nature. They enjoy human company and this makes them excellent pets. Maine Coons are good mouse catchers too. No rodent will be safe in a home where a Maine coon cat resides. In short, Maine Coons are good pets and are good home cats too.
The Maine Coon cats are commonly known as “Gentle Giants”. They possess average intelligence and can easily train and tamed. They are known loyal to their families. Maine Coon cat is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. They like the friendly behavior of children and also like to play with them and ready to make a ride in baby buggies.
Maine Coons are happy to live with cat-friendly dogs too. If other pets are gradually introduced with them in controlled circumstances, they live amicably.
Maine Coon Cat: Habits
Maine Coons have several physical adaptations for survival in harsh winter climate. Their dense water-resistant fur is longer and shaggier on their underside. They have long and bushy raccoon-like tail. The tail is resistant to sinking in snow. The tail can be curled around their face and shoulders for warmth and protection. Large paws especially extra-large paws of polydactyl Main Coons facilitate waking on snow. Heavily furred ears keep them warm.
Maine Coon Cat: Diet
Maine Coon cats generally can eat the same food as other types of cats, although their high energy expenditure can mean that they need a larger-than-average diet
Maine Coon Cat: Health
Maine Coons are generally a healthy and hardy breed that can be survive in challenging climate. Below are some common disorders that can be appearing in this breed. These problems can be inherited or autosomal.
Both pedigreed Maine Coon cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Problems that may affect the Maine Coon cat include the following:
Hip dysplasia: It is the abnormality of hip joint that may leads to crippling lameness and arthritis.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: It is the most common cat disease seen in Maine Coons. It is a form of heart disease that is inherited in Maine Coons. It is a progressive disease and can result in heart failure, paralysis of the hind legs, and sudden death. This disease is diagnosed by a DNA-based test, that carry one of the mutations that cause the disease.
Polycystic Kidney Disease: It is also a genetic kidney disease. It may leads to renal failure.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy: a genetic disorder that affects skeletal muscles of the trunk and limbs.
Polydactylism: It is a condition in which many of the original Maine Coon cats possess extra toe on the paw. This problem is arises due to an autosomal gene dominance. Polydactylism is rarely, if ever, seen in Maine Coons in the show ring, since it is not allowed by competition standards.
Polydactyly not only affects digit number and conformation, but also carpus and tarsus conformation. This trait is almost eradicated from the breed due to the fact that it was an automatic disqualifier in show rings.