Overview of Maine Coon
As one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, the Maine Coon cat is the official cat of Maine and is the only longhaired cat breed developed in America! Their ancestry is shrouded in mystery, though one of the most entertaining origin stories is the myth that Maine Coons kittens come from semi-feral, domestic cats mating with raccoons - which is impossible! This myth, their bushy tail, combined with a raccoon brown tabby coat (the most common color), led to people referring to these kitties as 'Maine Coons.' Another popular theory is that these fluffy kitties descended from the Angora cats that Marie Antoinette sent to Maine when planning her escape during the French Revolution. Often referred to as gentle giants, the Maine Coon cat is essentially the feline version of the Great Dane. Everything about them is giant: their snowshoe paws, which often have extra toes, their large stature (reaching upwards of 25 lbs), their massive bushy tail, and their personality! A fun fact about this breed is that the current record holder for longest domestic kitty is a Maine Coon cat named Barivel in Italy, who measures 3ft 11.2 in (120 cm). Maine Coon kittens come in a variety of coat colors ranging from black to white and various tabby patterns. They require brushing several times a week to keep mats and tangles under control in their triple-layered coat.
Personality of Maine Coon
With their kind disposition, outgoing personality and intelligence, it’s no surprise that Maine Coon cats are such popular pets among cat lovers and even in popular culture. Mrs. Norris - the cat in the Harry Potter Books is a Maine Coon! You know that you’re looking at a Maine because of their thick bushy tail (which is great for warmth and balance), their large body, and a capital ‘M’ that is often emblazoned on their forehead. These Maine Coon kittens will want to follow you wherever you go, even if it’s on top of a mountain! The Mount Washington Observatory (nicknamed the home of the world’s worst weather) has had a cat at the 6,288-foot summit since 1932. Marty the Maine Coon served the last 12 years at the observatory as the resident mouser and mascot! So if you want a kind, intelligent pet who will have a presence anywhere they go, you’ll love a Maine Coon cat!
Common Health Issues & Recommendations for Maine Coon
Hip Dysplasia in cats: As a large breed, Maine Coons may be susceptible to joint disorders like hip dysplasia. This kind of degenerative condition may cause mobility issues down the line.
Recommendations for Hip Dysplasia in Maine Coon Cats:
- Hip Dysplasia Kit - Contains a blend of nutritive herbs with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help slow down joint degeneration, help soothe inflammation and support healthy energy levels.
Cat hairball: Like other longhaired kitties, Maine Coon cats may ingest a lot of hair when they groom themselves so they may be prone to hairballs. If your cat is coughing up hairballs more than once a month, there may be something more serious going on with their digestive health and we recommend booking an appointment with your vet to see what is going on.
Recommendations for Hairballs in Maine Coon Cats:
- Hairball Control Kit - Formulated to help dissolve hairballs naturally, support movement through the GI tract, and promote healthy elimination.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats: Is the most common heart problem in cats and may affect Maine Coon kitties later in life. The cause is unknown but diet and genetics play key roles.
Recommendations for heart issues in Maine Coon Cats:
- Heart Health Super Support Kit - A bundle of natural remedies beneficial for cardiovascular health, helping to soothe inflammation and discomfort, and helping to ease symptoms of heart disease.