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The magnificent fur, the pointy ears and the impressive size make them Maine Coon to one of the most famous cat breeds. Here you can find out everything you always wanted to know about the popular cats.

History and origins of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is an American cat breed from the state of Maine. It was probably given the nickname "Coon" because of its similarity to the raccoon. As early as 1860 one finds the first evidence of the existence of a long-haired and large cat, which is still called "Shag" (shaggy cat). The cats originally came with the Emigrants from Europe to the States, where they crossed different races. The thick and long fur was a great advantage for the cats and enabled them to survive the cold winters in the eastern United States. Above all, Angora cats were mated with the domestic cats there.

In 1895, a representative of the breed won the New York cat show, but was quickly forgotten. It was not until 1950 that lovers rediscovered the breed and founded the "Central Maine Cat Club". As early as 1973, the American Cat Associations recognized the Maine Coon as an independent breed. The biggest problem with the cat breed is and remains the small genetic base, which consisted of only five cats. There is no representative of the breed who does not descend from these animals, which makes the animals partly susceptible to disease. Still, the Coony is a very popular and pretty house cat today. In Europe they were after theRecognition by the FiFé, the international federation of cat breeding associations. Nevertheless, cats are still a minority among domestic cats today.

Essence and character

The Maine Coon cats are affectionate and kind Animals. In terms of behavior, they are sometimes more like a dog than a cat, as they are very sociable and do not like to be alone. They are therefore also known as "dog cats". They particularly like to go for a walk with their keeper, with or without a leash. The Coony also meows a lot and likes to "talk" to both conspecifics and people. It gets along well with dogs after getting used to it. The cats are very intelligent and interested in their surroundings, which can lead to them learning to open doors, for example. Even in old age they still like to play and can even learn fetching and other little tricks.

The Maine Coon is one because of her friendly and open manner ideal family cat.

Appearance of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is a semi-long-haired and sometimes extremely large breed of cats with a long, bushy tail. Reach individual specimens enormous sizes of up to 1.20 meters Length and weigh up to 12 pounds. A special distinguishing feature are their wide ears with small tufts of ears that are reminiscent of a lynx brush. The fur can all colors except gold have and is water-repellent. The big cats have very strong paws, with some members of the breed having six or seven toes. The paws look like the cat has a thumb. This genetic defect of polydactilia is a criterion for exclusion from breeding in Germany, but allowed in the USA.

A Maine Coon kitten is happy about a scratching post

Attitude and care

Despite its enormous size, the Maine Coon is not a pure outdoor cat. If they have only been in the apartment from an early age and don't know anything else, the house tigers will also be happy inside. You should, however enough living space and ideally provide a large and sturdy scratching post. When purchasing the rest of the accessories, you should also keep in mind that the little kitten will also get quite big. Ideally, the fur noses should also be able to sit on a cat-safe balcony or terrace when the weather is nice. They particularly like to have a raised vantage point from where they can keep an eye on their surroundings. Since the Maine Coon is a very sociable cat, you shouldn't keep it alone. Even if you're at home a lot, that doesn't replace that Contact with conspecifics.

Once a Coony gets a taste for it, it spends its time preferably outdoors in nature. She not only goes on a discovery tour in the garden, but also loves to follow you while walking or jogging. Here you should be careful that the velvet paw doesn't run after you unnoticed and then you have to carry it all the way back. With the help of a cat leash, you can also grant your indoor cat this luxury. Here, however, you should take it slow and maybe do some small practice laps on the terrace first. This is how you can see if the cat likes it or if it panics.

Maine Coons love to roam in nature

acquisition cost

Depending on where you buy the cat, you pay for a healthy oneMaine Coon kitten from the breeder between 500 and 1000 €. The price depends on whether you have one Lover cat would like or one Breeding cat. If you buy a cat for lovers, you usually agree in the sales contract not to use the cat for breeding. If you want to breed with the Maine Coon in the future, you will pay a surcharge for the kittens from the breeder.

How much employment does the Maine Coon need?

In general, the Maine Coon is more likely unproblematic in posture. The cat can doze for 16 hours at a time without being bored. Nevertheless, even the little sleepyheads need a bit of activity every now and then. Regular exercise is essential, especially if they are kept indoors. When the intelligent cats (especially the tomcats) are bored, they come up with all sorts of stupid ideas. Games with a game rod, play mice or balls together with your humans ensure sufficient movement. They also strengthen the bond between two and four-legged friends. If you don't have that much time and have other things to do on the side, you can open upIntelligence toys for catsTo fall back on. Here the coonies can occupy themselves for a while under supervision. As one of the few cat breeds, the gentle giants have a certain affinity for water and are wonderfully entertaining with a dripping faucet.

Grooming and feeding

Despite their lush fur, the Maine Coon doesn't need as much grooming as you might think. It is best to get the kittens used to it regular brushingso that there are no problems later. If you keep your cat indoors, brushing them once a week is enough to remove loose hair. The semi-long-haired cats need a little more support during the change of coat. In the case of outdoor cats, you should always check the fur when they come back in for parasites and stuck dirt. Otherwise the cats are very much clean animals and do not need any further maintenance, as they prefer to do it themselves. When it comes to nutrition, the breed is also not very demanding. Of course, every velvet paw has its own preferences, which you can only find out by trying.

Interesting and worth knowing

  • In 2012 the tomcat "Hank the Cat" almost got itSenate of Virginia made. Initially intended as a joke for an animal welfare campaign, the cat got a proud 7,319 votes and thus reached third place in the election.
  • In theHarry Potter films Mrs. Norris, the caretaker Argus Filch's cat, is portrayed by a red Maine Coon.
  • The largest cat in the world was 123 centimeters long, the Maine Coon tomcat Stewie from Oregon. After his death at the age of 13, the Coonie tomcat Omar from Melbourne successfully takes his place. With a length of 1.20 meters and a weight of 14 kilos, he is currently the largest cat in the world and a real celebrity on the internet.

Do you also have a Maine Coon or do you want to get one soon? Tell me in the comments what makes the velvet paw so special!

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