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.