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Maine Coon

Maine Coon

A big bold beauty, the Maine Coon is an American icon and one of the oldest breeds of cat in the USA.   

The exact ancestry is unclear, but the breed existed in the 1860’s when it was mentioned in a book called ‘’The Book of the Cat” by Frances Simpson. The breed was very popular until the rise of exotic breeds like the Persian. The Maine Coon suffered from this fall in popularity so much that they were even declared extinct in the 1950’s.

Thankfully they were recovered, and the beautiful Maine Coon is a popular companion once again. 

The Maine Coon is a large cat and can grow up to 40 cm tall, and they are generally all over when fully grown. They come in a wide array of colours including brown tabby, black and white, tortoiseshell, ginger and so on.

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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Maine, United States of America 

Size 

Large, up to 40 cm tall, over 5kgs is not uncommon  

Weight Range

Males weigh from 5.9 to 8.2 kgs, Females weigh from 3.6 to 5.4 kgs

Colours

White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Brown, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Blue cream, Golden

Life expectancy

9 to 13 Years

Coat

Long, daily brushing required

Temperament 

Active, playful, affectionate 

Exercise requirements

High

Best suited for 

Singles, couples, families 

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality 

Maine Coons are said to be a gentle cat that enjoys company but retains an independent streak. They can be quite vocal and tend so show interest in water. They are playful, so make sure you’ve got plenty of toys and scratchers available and get ready to enjoy lots of play time with your Maine Coon. 

Grooming

They are a large cat, with medium to long hair which requires daily brushing. That long coat can make it hard to see nasties like ticks and fleas so make sure your Maine Coon is on flea and tick control all year round. 

Some Maine Coon’s have extra toes (known as polydactylism), so regular trimming of the extra toenails may be required so they do not become overgrown. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Maine Coon, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Maine Coon cats can sometimes have urinary tract, and gastrointestinal issues. Consider a sensitive stomach food or a diet that provides urinary tract protection. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Maine Coon cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

Traumatic accidents were the most claimed condition for Maine Coon cats in 2019. It may be possible to help your Maine Coon cat avoid outdoor accidents by keeping them indoors or in a suitable cat friendly enclosure. 

According to PetSure data from 2019*, the five most common reasons for a Maine Coon cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) are as follows: 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Traumatic accident/fracture

$564

$8,423

2

Gastrointestinal tract conditions

$281

$2,131

3

Gastrointestinal foreign bodies & Toxicities

$842

$6,448

4

Urinary tract disease

$440

$2,412

5

Diabetes

$146

$806

*Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Maine Coon names

According to PetSure data from 2019, the post popular names for Maine Coon cats were:

  1. Loki
  2. Molly
  3. Lily
  4. Luna
  5. Max
  6. Bella
  7. Cleo
  8. Coco
  9. Jasmine
  10. Leo

Most popular female names

  1. Molly
  2. Lily
  3. Luna
  4. Bella
  5. Cleo
  6. Coco
  7. Jasmine
  8. Tinkerbell
  9. Angel
  10. Arlo

Most popular male names

  1. Loki
  2. Max
  3. Leo
  4. Prince
  5. Tank
  6. Theo
  7. Zeus
  8. Angus
  9. Arnold
  10. Baxter

Did you know?

A Maine Coon cat called Barivel from Italy currently holds the title of Guinness World Records “Longest Cat in the World”. Barivel is 120cm long. Maine Coons have held this title for around a decade. 

Maine Coon FAQs

How much is a Maine Coon Cat?

Generally, a Maine Coon cat can be priced anywhere between 1000 AUD to 3000 AUD. Though they are not rare breeds, raising a Maine Coon cat to be pet-quality is not easy and does not come cheap on the breeders.

How much do Maine Coon Cats weigh?

At the age of 5, a healthy male Maine Coon cat weighs around 5.9 to 8.2 kg while a mature female Maine Coon cat weighs around 3.6 to 5.4 kg.

Are Maine Coon Cats high maintenance?

Maine Coon cats are laid back, friendly creatures that do not require much besides a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and regular comb through their thick fur. They are one of the largest domestic cat breeds so make sure to provide your Maine Coon cat plenty of space to play and lie around to hear their happy purrs. 

Are Maine Coon Cats aggressive?

Maine Coon cats are very affectionate and do not exhibit violent behaviors unless provoked or pained by medical issues. They do, however, need to scratch on objects to keep their claws healthy. It is best to invest in a heavy-weight, durable cat scratch post to improve the quality of your big cat's life.

What is the best food for a Maine Coon Cat?

Maine Coon cats are low maintenance and do not require a special diet despite their large size. A healthy feed of high quality dry food mixed with wet food occasionally, works best.

Where can I get a Maine Coon cat?

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats. It may be possible to find a Maine Coon cat through a breed specific rescue. 

References

  1. Wikipedia, Maine Coon cat, Accessed on 27/10/20
  2. Cat Fanciers Association, The Maine Coon Cat, Accessed on 27/10/20
  3. Millward, A, 2019 Guinness World Records, A history of big cats as another Maine Coon becomes the world’s longest feline, 7 February 2019, Accessed on 27/10/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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