Are you looking for a cat that is both intelligent and fun-loving? If so, you might be interested in acquiring a Maine coon. The Maine coon, which is the second most popular cat in the United States, is one of the oldest native breeds to North America. In addition to its interesting personality, this breed also boasts a silky smooth coat and an unusually large size.
The History of the Maine Coon
The Maine coon has been a native of North American since colonial times and was likely brought to the continent when the first settlers came from Europe to the New World. They were most likely brought along when sailing to the New World in order to help keep the rodent population on the ships under control rather than for companionship. After arriving, its ability to adapt to the harsh Maine winters allowed it to prosper as well as to continue to evolve. As a result, the breed developed a water-resistant coat and its large, rugged size.
During the 1800s, the Maine coon was easily the most popular of cat breeds in the United States. By the early 1900s, however, the Persian cat became favored, and the breed had nearly vanished by 1950. Thanks to a small group of breeders who remained dedicated, the breed once again rose in popularity over time.
Recognizing the Maine Coon
The large size is one feature that makes this breed easy to recognize. Males generally weigh anywhere from 12 to 18 pounds, while females weigh anywhere from 10 to 14 pounds. The Maine coon also tends to have a broad chest and large, muscular legs. It takes anywhere from three to four years to grow to this size, however, as the cat is slow to develop.
They also have heavy coats and the fur tends to be shorter in the area around the shoulders, while the fur around the stomach is longer. This feature makes the cat appear to be even larger than it actually is. The breed tends to have a brown tabby pattern, though they can be found in a variety of other color patterns as well.
Keeping a Maine Coon as a Pet
Thanks to their gentle nature, they are great pets for nearly any household. Despite their large size, they are very good-natured cats who have a tendency to bond with one person or with an entire family. As a result, they are considered to be devoted and sweet pets.
Maine coons are also very curious cats who actually enjoy occasionally sticking a foot in water or drinking from running faucets. They are also excellent mousers and are quite agile when properly motivated by a runaway rodent. If you keep this breed as an indoor pet, you should be certain to purchase catnip mouse toys for your kitty to play with so it can put its mousing instincts to work while keeping happy and active.
There are many different types of cat breeds out there, but if you are looking for a devoted and fun-loving feline friend, the Maine coon is just the cat you are looking for!
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