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Maine Coon Cats


The Maine Coon cat is a solid, rugged cat. It is semi-long haired and is the largest domestic breed of cat. Males can reach up to 15kg, but usually range from 8-10kg. Females are usually a little smaller than males, usually range from 5-8kg, but can occasionally reach up to 10kg.



Temperament


The Maine Coon cat is not an excessively vocal cat. It does chirp a lot espcially when holding conversations with its humans. It is an extremely affectionate cat, however its affections may be restricted to just a few people and it can be wary of strangers. Usually a Maine Coon can be found in very close proximity to its beloved human, often just quietly sitting nearby but ready at a moments notice to move when its human does. A trait this breed displays is the enjoyment of greeting its owners with head-to-head rubbing. Many breeds will butt their owners hands, bur the Maine Coon often like to jump onto something so it can butt its head against their owner's chin or forehead, much like they would greet other cats.


Affectionate, intelligent, curious and gentle are all words used by owners to describe their Maine Coons. Kittens can be mischievious and naughty at times, but as they mature the Maine Coon is a relaxed, laid back cat, although throughout their lives they still have a kitten-like ability to have the occasional entertaining mad moment.


Maine Coons are noted for their acceptance of other pets and children.


Coat 


The fur is long although it varies in length as opposed to the Persians bushy all-one-length coat. The fur on the shoulders is shorter, gradually increasing in length along the back and sides ending in full britches and a long shaggy belly fur. An undercoat is carried, making the breed double coated. Tufts in and on the ears are a feature, and the feet are also heavily furred with tufts even on the bottom of the paws making them look like they are walking in snow shoes. The tail is the Maine Coons pride and joy. It is long, plumy and shaggy. Maine Coons do not need the intensive grooming that a lot of other long haired breeds do, although they should be brushed about once a week.


Colour 


Maine Coons can be all recognised colours, tabbies, solids, with white, without white......the list goes on. The only colour they cannot be is pointed, like the siamese or ragdoll.


Overall


The Maine Coon is a long rectangular cat. It is very muscular, well boned with a medium (both in length and width) head and a square muzzle.