The Maine Coon Cat is known as the Gentle Giant of domestic cats – but their size isn’t the only thing that makes these cats so special. Everything about a Maine Coon seems magical – as anyone owned by one of these cats already knows. But today we’ll explore a few fun facts you can expect to enjoy about any Maine Coon.
Top 7 Maine Coon Cat Facts
- Waterproof Topcoat. These kings of the cat world enjoy a built-in raincoat – unlike most domestic cats. This explains why most Maine Coons enjoy water – at least to some degree. You may even find this cat taking a quick swim.
- Slow Growth Rate. These gentle giants grow bigger and slower that most domestic cats. Maine Coons reach their full size between 3-5 years old. Most domestic cats are full grown by 18 months. Male Maine Coons grow bigger than females – and can weigh as much as 25-30 pounds.
- Feathers and Tufts. Long, feathery tails and tufted toes and ears are a staple trademark of the Maine Coon Cat. Built to withstand some harsh elements, all their extra fluffs help ensure they stay warm and dry.
- The Maine Coon “M”. Many believe the ‘M’ fur patter on the forehead of a Maine Coon stands for their namesake. This is actually not true. Not all Maine Coons have the ‘M’. This fur patter is the mark of a true tabby cat.
- Polydactyl. Who doesn’t want more toe beans? Main Coon cats are known for being polydactyl (or Hemingway cats), but not all are born with extra toes.
- Official Status. The Maine Coon Cat is the official state cat of Maine. If you were thinking Alabama, you were wrong.
- Social and Talkative. This breed is known for their intelligence and sociability. They love to be trained and are known for their unique meow – which more closely resembles like a chirp or trill.
It’s been rumored that this breed originated when a raccoon and a tabby cat decided to make babies together – but this is just a legend and biologically impossible.