The Maine Coon cat is not only distinctive in appearance, but it is considered to be one of the oldest breeds of cat in North America today…native, obliviously, to the state of Maine…where naturally it is the official state cat. There are many theories or rumors if you will, as to the exact origin of the Maine Coon…one of the rumors involves Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, before her execution she attempted to escape aboard a ship captained by Samuel Clough…she sent all of her prized possessions on ahead including six of her favorite cats…sadly Marie did not make it to America, but her cats did…mating with local cats in Wiscasset Maine, and from this evolved the Maine Coon, but nothing is for certain.
What is known is that in the late 1800’s the Maine Coon was quite the cat in cat shows, and today is considered to be the second most popular cat breed to own. The Maine Coon is a big cat, not dainty by any stretch of the imagination and is noted for having a wonderful personality and being very intelligent. The Maine Coon has a luxuriously long and flowing coat that comes in a wide variety of colors.
Main Coons are one of the largest domestic cat breeds… male cats can weigh anywhere between 13 and 18 lbs and females weigh in around 8 to 12 lbs. Main Coons usually are anywhere between 10 to 16 in tall at the shoulder…they are solidly built and don’t reach full maturity until somewhere around 3 or 4 years of age.
The Main Coon is a fairly healthy breed acclimating itself nicely to the harsh New England winters. The only serious health concern in this breed is HCM or feline Hypertrophic Cardimyopathy. This seems to be an inherited issue with some Main Coons.