Maine Coon : character, origin, breeding tips, health

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Felines have existed on earth for millions of years. They’ve spread to homes and streets, and some people have made them their favorite pets. Many felines are the result of crossing several breeds, giving rise to a multitude of varieties. Felines refer to domestic or wild cats with four legs, such as the Maine Coon. The Maine Coon is one of the world’s most widespread felines. It’s a cross between Maine cats and raccoons, and this is where its famous name comes from.

Maine Coon
Maine Coon

This cat is considered one of the largest breeds of cat, with a very imposing physique that is quite distinctive from other felines. This species of cat is one of America’s most popular pets in many households. This is because it could be very familiar and adorable. But can you identify a Maine Coon? Find out everything you need to know about the Maine Coon in this article.

The character of the Maine Coon

The Maine Coon ‘s imposing size quickly sets it apart from other cat breeds. When it comes to size, they can be up to a meter long, weighing between 5 and 10 kg. Likewise, the Maine Coon is generally brown with fairly long hair. But you’ll also be amazed by its longevity. This feline can live from 14 to 20 years. It also has a wild appearance. Females are smaller than males.

However, it can be recognized by its rectangular, powerful body. It has a very prominent snout and large, erect ears on its head, surrounded by small tufts of hair in the shape of a long, fine feather.

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Other features of the Maine Coon are its oval eyes, which can vary in color from yellow to copper, green to gold. The Maine Coon has a fairly long back and flanks. Its distinctive feature is a thick collar of hair around its neck. What’s more, it sheds when summer arrives. It’s a mammal with a very long, thin tail.

Aside from its imposing appearance, the Maine Coon is a cuddly, pleasant cat that’s easy to handle and gives its owners the freedom to walk it on the road. What’s more, the Maine Coon is also a very playful and curious cat, a gentle, affectionate cat that loves to be petted. He usually converses with his guardians through sounds that are more like cries than the meows of a classic cat.

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Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is the ideal type of cat to keep you company. He gets on well with children. What’s more, you’ll appreciate it even more, as it’s a rather sociable animal. In fact, it’s possible to cohabit with other pets without the risk of fights all day long.

Naturally, he has a hunting instinct, but is rarely seen running and climbing all over his owners’ homes.

Maine Coon origin

As mentioned above, the Maine Coon originates from the state of Maine in the United States. It’s the result of cross-breeding between the semi-wild cats of this locality and cats called Angoras that came to the country during European colonization. First introduced in the 19th century, it was in 1950 that the Maine Coon was granted the title of nobility. The Maine Coon is a popular cat among Americans, but also in Europe since the 1990s. This type of cat is one of the most awarded breeds in the Official Book of Cat Origins.

Breeding advice

The Maine Coon can live in agglomerations with humans, but prefers to roam outdoors. He likes to exercise, which means stretching his body. So it’s ideal for his well-being to install a cat tree that will give him plenty of exercise. A cat tree will be beneficial if he can’t go outside, or if he lives in an apartment building. Given its size and weight, when it reaches adulthood, you’ll need to give it plenty of space or provide it with a suitable area.

Its fur requires daily or weekly brushing, depending on the climate, to prevent it from blending. To prevent the Maine Coon from swallowing its fur, you need to brush it regularly, as it’s huge.

It’s also important to note that a Maine Coon reaches adult size after 4 years. To reach this stage, you need to give your child special attention and provide balanced meals.

Health

Taking care of a Maine Coon is quite an imposing task, as it’s a rather delicate species that’s ideal for fattening. It’s essential to feed your Maine Coon well during its evolution or growth process. The Maine Coon consumes kitten food sold in supermarkets over a fairly long period. Its long coat requires more protein and fatty acid supplies than the rest of cats. Like all other cat breeds, Maine Coons need animal-based foods (meat and fish). Finally, for good health, Maine Coons need an abundance of water at all times.

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Furthermore, the Maine Coon is an animal that generally suffers from a certain type of disease, ranked in order of importance, such as :

  • Hip dysplasia;
  • Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy;
  • Polycystic kidney disease;
  • Amyotrophy.
  • Hip dysplasia.

The Maine Coon is a feline with several distinctive traits. It’s a pet that needs no introduction these days. However, you need to give it time and space to blossom, as it’s delicate and can catch certain diseases. As for the price of this animal, it varies according to the breeding and pedigree of the line. Find out which breed the Maine Coon is in this article(All cat breeds). One thing’s for sure: the male and female will not cost the same. A male Maine Coon will sell for between 800 and 1,500 euros, and a female for up to 2,000 euros.

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