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Prudent Pet Loves Maine Coons

The Maine state cat, the Maine Coon, is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds in the world.

They can grow up to 50 inches long, close to the size of your TV at home! The Coon was introduced to the U.S., specifically Maine, in the 1800s. Known as the “gentle giant”, this big kitty is one of the most popular cat breeds in the U.S.

Their tamed and social nature is why many cat owners compare them to dogs, having similar dog-like qualities. The Maine Coon has no exact origins outside of the U.S., but scientists suggest they’re close relatives of the Norwegian Forest Cat and the Siberian. Their fur colors vary, but the Maine Coon are characterized by their long, bushy tail and rectangular body shape.

BRED FOR:
Housecat
ORIGINS:
Maine, The U.S. 19th century

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About Maine Coons

While the foreign origins of the Maine Coon remain unknown, some rumors remain about the popular breeds’ roots.

Some say that Vikings brought them to the U.S. while others hypothesize that Marie Antoinette, the former Queen of France, was the culprit. Before she was executed, Antoinette planned to escape to North America and had her servants ship her Siberian cats (descendants of the Maine Coon) to the U.S. While her cats made a successful trip to the New World, Marie was less fortunate. She never ended up making the long journey due to her execution.

No matter how they got to North America, the Maine Coon has always been a reliable companion for pet lovers. The Maine Coon will even play fetch with you. It’s like having your own dog! They’re a brilliant breed and are always happy to learn tricks or play the occasional game of fetch. Maine Coons also have this childlike behavior to them, which is even more adorable than any of their other qualities.

Owning a Maine Coon

Maine Coon Health

Major Maine Coon Health Concerns

  • Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Hip dysplasia

Minor Maine Coon Health Concerns

  • Periodontal disease
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At a glance

Maine Coon Characteristics

Height
  • Females: 8 - 14 inches
  • Males: 10 - 16 inches
Weight
  • Females: > 12 lbs.
  • Males: > 25 lbs.
Activity Level
  • Very Low

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Pet Insurance for Maine Coons

Pet insurance for Maine Coons is generally comparable in price to pet insurance for mixed cats.

Since this breed could develop health issues over time due to their longevity, it is important to get pet insurance for Maine Coons within the first 1-2 years.

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Maine Coon Rescues

Looking to rescue a Maine Coon cat? Here are some of the top rescues in the country: