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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.
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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.
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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
Characteristics
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Height
Females: 8-14 inches
Males: 10-16 inches (both sexes can grow up to 50 inches long!)
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Weight
Females: > 12 lbs.
Males: > 25 lbs.
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Activity Level:
Very Low
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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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