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Maine Coon Cat...Secrets Most Breeders Won't Tell You

Updated on July 30, 2009

The Pride Of Maine

More Than 200 Years Of Evolution

This cat is a big cat lover’s cat. Although hugely popular outside of the state, these beautiful long-haired cats did actually originate in Maine. The seaports of the Colonies were breeding  ground for rats, and thus attracted heavy bodied and powerful short haired cats, that had come from European countries such as France and England. Back than cats were used for rat control on any ship crossing the Atlantic, and than most of them simply let loose. It was during the formative years that our new country began to see ships from the Baltic and Scandinavian areas, bringing with them, their own breed of cats. Though smaller, these cats had something that let them adapt to the harsh climate of the central seaboard states, they had unbelievable long hair. The current residence had no problem crossbreeding with these cats, and so began the evolution of the uniquely American breed, known as the Maine Coon Cat.        

For anyone who owns one, they are primarily known as a big cuddly, sweet, and an intelligent companion. Their evolution can be explained like that of any other pioneer. The thick weeds and bush of the New England countryside no doubt had something to do with its long, deep chested, rectangular body. Being able to fight the local carnivores, explains their incredible mass and strength. If you are just starting to consider them as a pet, the first thing you will notice is the 7-8 diameter furry tail, known as a brush. For those of you that are considering one for the first time you should know this. Although they have the look of a Persian, the Coon has no exotic wild-species bloodlines in them, and are at least 3-4 times the size of one. If there are young children you must also be made aware of the cat’s long  "saber-tooth" like teeth. Remember, though the modern Maine Coon is sweet and cuddly, its roots are still that of a hunter. With all that said, despite its size and strength the Maine Coon is for the most part  friendly, playful, and good with children.

A Gentle Giant

Guinness World Record Holder

As I have stated, the Maine Coon is one of the largest breeds of domestic cats. In 2006 a purebred named Leo was awarded “Longest Cat,” measuring 48 in(129cm) in length, from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Incidentally, he weighed 35 lb. or
(16 kg). Although his age is not stated, he would have been at least three or four, because the Coon doesn’t normally reach his full potential size until then. Before you get too excited, that by no means is anywhere near the normal size of a Maine Coon. On the average the male will weigh between 13 and 18 lbs. ( 5.9 and 8.2 kg) with females weighing between 8 and 12 lb. (3.6 and 5.4 kg). The height of the adult will also vary, 10 and 16 in (25 and 41 cm),
 and length, including the tail, which can reach lengths of up to 14 in (36 cm), up to 40 in (100cm).

The Eyes Of Maine Are Upon You

Can the Maine Coon Be Trained?

Intelligent But Stubborn

For anyone considering a Coon, or if you just recently acquired one, or you have one that is completely running the show, the answer is yes. If not controlled, it will turn your furniture into scratching posts, jump up wherever it chooses, and be so aggressive as to keeping friends and visitors away. Not to mention biting and clawing, to name just a few problems you’ll have if not properly trained.
There are all sorts of places you can go for help. If you are looking into professional breeders and trainers, make sure that they specialize in the Maine Coon. There are of course all sorts of Forums on the web that might be able to give you some guidance. In my research I came across someone that took a full-grown Coon and trained it. Boy, wouldn’t you like to have her help? Well, she has made her information available, and whether you are new to the breed or a seasoned veteran you will discover something new so that you can appreciate and live a great life with your wonderful cat. Of course I can’t go into everything that she will be able to help you with, but if you want to learn more about The Secrets of the Maine Coon, including a year of personal e-mail help, please go to: my RecomMANNdations

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    • Jill Daw Respass profile image

      Jill Daw Respass 

      3 years ago

      I have had Maine Coons for 15 years now. I have been amazed at their intelligence. They are so incredibly smart and pick up quickly to training. My three (1 female, 2 males) are my shadows. Where ever I go, they are on my heels. Grooming is a treat for them, and they all line up for their nightly teeth to be brushed. Nail trimming, or as I refer to it, their weekly mani/pedi is a breeze. They sit beside me and I clip all of them. My female will grumble but it's only because she feels she can do it better. Even pills are no issues, I tell them what we are taking, ask them to take it, and they simply swallow the pills. I must admit that we have had discussions early in their training about what is acceptable behavior, backed up with treats when they behave as I want, but by the time they are past the terrible two's they are on-board. It also doesn't hurt to have an older Maine Coon to help teach the younger ones how to behave.

      I would never own another breed. In my 15 years, I've owned five. I just love this breed!

      My cats are big. My red-silver classic tabby with white is 47 inches long from tip of nose to tip of bone in tail (the proper way to measure them) and is 20.9 lbs. He is also very thin and could use about five more pounds. He is 8 years old. My baby is a cool brown classic tabby with high white is 42 inches long from tip of nose to tip of bone in tail and is 21 lbs. He looks like a line-backer, very thick. He is only two years old and will continue to gain girth for two more years. My female is a blue classic tabby with high white. She is a very big girl, she is 38 inches from tip of nose to tip of bone in tail and weighs 16 lbs. She is 15 years old.

      A couple of hints I will give to new owners is keep a water bottle in every room of your house. When your Maine Coon misbehaves, spray him with water. Do not direct the water to his face, but spray him good and say NO! He will learn quickly that his behavior makes you spray him. Before long, all you will need to do is reach for the bottle.

      If he bites, blow in his face. Not a little blow, a significant blow to get his attention and say NO. The most important hint is to never play with your Maine Coon with your hands. Their teeth as a baby turns into razors as adults and they could potentially bite off a finger if you have trained them to play with your hands.

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      4 years ago

      I just got a Maine coon kitten 8 weeks old. What are some measurements? And weights? Is this to young to be away from its mom?

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      5 years ago from USA

      My cat Naps was an untrained maniac. My new coon Henry is the opposite, but Henry had already lived with a woman when I adopted him. Naps I rescued from living in a ditch. Why anyone wouldn't have taken him is beyond me. He is the reason I fell in love with Maine Coons. Nice Hub.

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      Monica Lee 

      6 years ago from Maine

      I've been loved by two incredible Coon cats, and recommend them highly. Both Mistycat, a silky gray, and Maggie Mae, a gentle tiger point, demonstrated herding characteristics, circling and "chasing" me to bed when it was exactly time. They attach themselves to one person and will follow that person around, looking to him/her for comfort, play and companionship. Personality plus!


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