Maine Coon Cat


The Maine Coon cat is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats in the United States and also one of the oldest ones as well. This cat is also known as the ‘Maine Coon’ or ‘Coon Cat.’ This cat is also known for being polydactyl (extra toes) and having a distinctive loud meow.



It is the official cat of the state of Maine, where it likely originated. Being in the outdoors in Maine over the centuries only the largest and strongest survived which is likely why they are so large today.

Temperament:

It is known for its intelligence and playfulness; one of the easier breeds of cat to train because of their intelligence.

Characteristics

Large and energetic
Weight: up to 25 pounds
Length: 40 inches
Color: black and white, black, red, brown, gray, or white.
Coat: Dense and long

Coon cats usually reach adult weight at four to five ears of age and come in a variety of colors. Eye color can vary widely as well. This breed is known for being polydactyl (extra toes on paws.)

Grooming:

Coon cats usually groom themselves so no additional brushing is necessary

Health:

One line of Maine Coon cats has a mutation in a gene causing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Overall:

Makes a great lap cat.

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