Maine coon cats are known to be one of the largest domestic breed of cats. I think they are also one of the most beautiful breeds in the cat kingdom.
Their Mysterious Origins
The breed originated in the US no doubt, but the truth of the Maine Coon’s origin remains a mystery to date. A few myths circled around, fantastic stories spread, like those that Maine Coon is an offspring of raccoon mixing with domestic cat. They’re also said to have been brought by the Vikings during their exploits, or that Marie Antoinette shipped them to America as part of an escape plan. The most probable of the origin stories is that a longhair cat, an ancestor to Maine Coon, was shipped to America by a certain captain Coon, who used her predatory skills to kill some mice on board.
The Gentle Giant
Despite their daunting size, Maine Coon is the cuddliest little thing ever! It’ll easily become your or your child’s best friend! Sometimes a little wary of strangers at first, but once you get to know each other better, trust me, they’re the most playful cats there are! Hence the nickname The Gentle Giant.
If there’s one thing that the vast majority of cats are repelled by, it’s water. Not so with Maine Coon; not only does she appreciate an occasional dip, but also seems to manically enjoy water activities. Just look at her face prior to hitting the tub! And yeah, her water-resistant coat is also good for swimming.
A Hunter of Some Repute
Being all cute and cuddly, Maine Coon is also an exquisite mouser. Truly, their hunting skill is a stuff of legends.
The Fluffiest Cat There Is!
Indeed, Maine Coon’s long hair and bushy tail make her one of the fluffiest creatures that ever walked on four. Their big, well tufted paws are built to withstand the harsh New England climates.
Who’s A Big Boy!
Maine Coon, being one of the largest domesticated cat breed, can weigh on average anywhere between 10 and 25 pounds, though some have been known to exceed that weight. They can also grow up to 40 inches in length!
They Eat Big
If you own this cat, then you know the drill; Maine Coon is a heavy eater. You’ll pay often visits to pet shops in order to indulge their voracious appetite.
They’ve Got The Brains
In addition to their playful nature, Maine Coon are among the most intelligent cats out there. These little creatures can actually be trained for tricks. They also answer back your attention, and are known for performing some ludicrous antics on people.
The First Laureate
Winding our clocks back to 1895 New York, let’s visit the first American cat show. Guess who was the winner there?
The purrfect companion.
Beside being such amazing creatures, they’re also skilled hunters and always in the mood for some cuddling. If, after seeing how amazing they look, you’re considering to get one, keep in mind one thing that their owners mostly complain about – they eat A LOT and their hair can be a troublesome task to deal with. Also, as any cat breed, they can sometimes be complete jerks and destroy half of your stuff while throwing a tantrum.