The Maine Coon Cat

The Maine Coon Cat

The Maine Coon Cat, or the gentle giant, is one of the oldest breeds in North America and is the official state cat of the State of Maine.

Origin: In the 19th century, it is believed that sea captains may have brought longhaired cats that mated with local shorthaired cats and the random mating produced many colours and coat patterns. Maine Coons that didn’t have the brown tabby coat were called “Maine Shags”. Special shows were conducted in 1860’s and these big cats became popular.

Description: These cats are massive in size, are muscular with broad chests, and have round expressive eyes. Eye color varies and has no relation to the body color. Male cats weigh 9 to 18 pounds and reach full-size at the age of 3 to 5. The tail hair is long. Life expectancy is into their early teens.

Personality: These cats are very affectionate, loyal, and friendly in nature. Teenage cats sometimes still act like kittens. It’s neither lazy nor an energy waster. Male cats are more playful and female cats are more dignified. These cats are neither noisy nor silent. As these cats are bigger in size, they tend to eat more food.

Health: Some of the diseases are genetic in nature. Some problems could be -

      Hip dysplasia

      Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

      Polycystic kidney disease

      Spinal muscular atrophy

Care and Grooming: The main thing to remember is the cat's weight. Between the ages of 5 and 10, a low-calorie diet and high quality food is recommended. Their coats are relatively easy to maintain. Wipe the corner of the eyes, trim the nails, and check the ears weekly. Keep the litter box spotless. Finally, remember to train them positively and they will reward you with good behaviour.




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