KC & Frapple
I always thought my cats were Maine Coon cats (or at least the mother, the son is half) until today. Mom KC
The vet said she couldn't be a Maine Coon just because she only weighs 9.6 pounds at 5 years old and Maine Coons weigh 16 to 18 pounds.
Her son weighs 9.8 pounds and is 11 months old. I thought she always looked like a Maine Coon. She has long hair between her pads, longer on the side then her back. Very long whiskers, longer ears with long hair coming out of them.
Very lovable and laid back. Rarely cries and when does it is not a normal cat cry. All the same are for the son.
Does weight only tell if it is a Maine Coon. She was also the runt of the litter. Their paws are very large also.
They are very pretty cats! Well, just like other purebred cats the only way to know for sure is to look at the pedigree. You mentioned that your girl was the runt of the litter, did you know the parents?
Some cats are "mystery cats" but if they really have lots of Maine Coon cat traits, their owners are happy with that.
As for your ultimate question, no, weight alone does not decide that a cat can't be a Maine Coon cat. The typical weight for a female is between 9 - 12 pounds, and for a male between 13 - 18 pounds. And these are just averages.
My female purebred Maine Coon (with a show-winning grandpa) is only 8 pounds! Now, this is highly unusual
, but it doesn't mean she's not a Maine. Maine Coon is a breed, like Persian, Bengal, etc. Not a style of cat.
I hope this helps a bit! I hope you can come back and let us know what your cats names are! I'll add them to our photo album at the next update!