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Maine Coon Cats Exposed!

The Characteristics, The Myths, And The Mystery!







What is it about Maine Coon Cats? Is it their magnificent coat? That amazing tail? Who could miss the super long whiskers?

Perhaps it's their size? Maybe your favorite trait is the lynx-like tufts on their ears?

Let's take a closer look at their unique traits and characteristics to give us some insight. As all Coon lovers know, this is no ordinary cat!

Head To Tail:

Quirks and Traits
Big Cats
Characteristics
Quirks and Traits
Big Cats
Characteristics

The Care And Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat
The Care And Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat

Personality
Is S/He?
Mixes
FAQ's and Information
A Rainbow Of Colors
The Vibrant Red Color
Polydactyls
The Mysterious Black Color
The Brilliant White Color
A Mysterious History
Rise Of The Breed
Myths and Tall Tales
Gentle Giants or Rugged Ruffians?
Water Obsessions
All About Purring
Lap Lovers Or Not?
Silly Habits
Your Funny Stories
10 Things I Love About Them!
Your Love Stories
Fun T/F Quiz
Personality
Is S/He?
Mixes
FAQ's and Information
A Rainbow Of Colors
The Vibrant Red Color
Polydactyls
The Mysterious Black Color
The Brilliant White Color
A Mysterious History
Rise Of The Breed
Myths and Tall Tales
Gentle Giants or Rugged Ruffians?
Water Obsessions
All About Purring
Lap Lovers Or Not?
Silly Habits
Your Funny Stories
10 Things I Love About Them!
Your Love Stories
Fun T/F Quiz

Quirks and Traits

This section is all about those unique behaviors and characteristics. From their outgoing personality to their clown-like antics, there is a lot to say about these special cats!

They are anything but ordinary! These are the special traits and qualities that set them apart from the crowd.




the big maine coon cat

How Big Do They Really Get?

Everyone loves those really big Maine Coon Cats! Welcome to your complete guide to this awesome breed.

Here, we talk about weight, length, who holds the record, how to find a big boy or girl of your own, and more.




Classic Characteristics

The characteristics of Maine Coon Cats make them truly unique. It's time for a head to tail analysis. What sets them apart?

This section is all about the breed standard. A breed standard describes every aspect of a breed, from size and shape, to color. There is so much to learn about.

Every aspect of their physical appearance is described here. Whether you are wondering about the ears, the eyes, or the tail, you are in the right place.




The Personality

There is no doubt they have character! They really have a way of captivating almost anyone. And that kitten behavior is so rambuctious! This breed is slow to mature, so they keep that kitten behavior for years.

They can win over even the most hardened "cat skeptic"! I like to say that they are the Golden Retrievers of the feline world. Gentle, sweet, playful, and totally affectionate. Read more about that wonderful personality.









playful young tabby maine coon looking into the camera curiously


Tell-Tale Coon Traits

maine coon cat traits

"Is S/He or Isn't S/He?" Think you may have a Coon on your hands? Many folks find this site when researching the Maine Coon traits and characteristics. They wonder if their cat fits the bill.

This section reviews all those tell-tale traits. If you are not sure, this is the place to check.


We now have a special section devoted just to that topic, complete with an invitation for you to send in a picture of your own cat, and get opinions! Think you have a Maine? How do you know? It's a very popular subject.




maine coon mix

Speaking of a Mix, how often does this happen? There is a common belief that Maine Coon Cats are simply big old barn cats reproducing at will.

They are actully a fully recognized breed. This page dives into how, when and why a boy or girl may actually be a Mix. What are the chances?




maine coon cat information

FAQ's

There is definitely something special about these beautiful animals. They seem to fascinate almost anyone. Everything about these well-rounded pets endears them to people.

If they are new to you, start with our page of frequently asked questions about Maine Coon Cats.




maine coon cat colors

A Rainbow Of Colors

Most of us are familiar with the classic brown tabby. Did you know that they can be virtually any color? From solids, to tabbies, torties and more, our colors page gets into all those beautiful colors.




red maine coon cat color

The Vibrant Red Color:

One of the brightest of the colors is Red. Some people also refer to it as orange.

Whether it's Solid, Red Smoke, or Red Tabby, this is such a beautiful and vibrant color.




The Mysterious Black Color


A very popular and alluring color is Black.

Learn the difference between Black and Black Smoke, and check out lots of photos on this page!




The Color White - Stunning and Bright

The color White is actually not a color at all! It's actually really interesting. This page has lots of awesome pictures, too!

Here, we also talk about deafness & blue eyes, and albinism.



A Mysterious History

mysterious history of maine coon cats
There are theories and legends galore. From the fascinating story starring Marie Antoinette to the less exciting possibilities, here is a look at the various explanations.

Where do those physical characteristics come from? Actually, their origins are a mystery. The only thing we know for sure is that they have been in America since the early settlers arrived.

How did they get here?




rise of the maine coon cat breed

Rise of the Breed:

Once here in New England, they needed to evolve to adapt to the harsh climate. At first, there were no settlements. No early American homes to claim them as their pets.

How did this breed go from being survivors, living in the harsh New England climate, to beloved pets, even prize winning show animals? The history of their evolution, then rise, decline, and rise again to popularity is quite interesting. They were not always one of the most popular breeds. In fact, for quite some time they were not even recognized!



Characteristics of Maine Coon Cats

Personality Characteristics: Fun Facts, Urban Legends, And Busted Myths!

"In a nutshell, what is it like to have these cats as pets?" The characteristics of Maine Coon cats are shrouded with an aura of mystery. There is just something fascinating and mysterious about them.

Perhaps it's because of their rugged appearance or formidable size that they are often perceived as being a "rough and tumble" sort of feline. It's time to bust these myths!




The Maine Coon Temperament

Temperament - Gentle Giants Or Rugged Ruffians

What is their temperament like? Their distinct disposition is what makes them so beloved. If you are familiar with the breed, you know what treasures these pets really are!

If not, get to know their personality, traits, and characteristics!




Water Play

They must hate water, right? Not Maine Coon cats! Many love to play in the water! Do you have a water lover? Have you ever wondered they splash around in it, and put their toys in their water dish?

This page includes a fun video of Alice & Leo playing in the water.




The Polydactyl Page

Everyone loves a polydactyl! They are so unique and endearing!

Did you know that early in the breed's development, many were polydactyls?

Because of this, there is a common misperception about polys.



10 Things I Love About Maine Coons

Maine Coon cats are wonderful family pets. They are known for their looks, personality, and so much more. Here is a peek into life with these pets.

Whether you are new to this breed and just learning about them, or have a Maine (or two) of your own, there is just so much to know and love about them. How about you? What do you love about your fur-friend?




Your Love Stories

This page is totally written by readers and fans of their beloved fur-friends. We regularly update it with stories, tributes, and feel-good tales that are sent in!

It's Coonie Love - The love we have for our treasured friends!



All About Purring

Have you ever asked yourself why your baby purrs? The mechanics and reasons are really very interesting! These are known to be very happy pets, so there will be a lot of purring!

Did you know that they also purr when they are scared or hurt? There are a few theories as to why this is.




Lap Cats

Do They Love Laps?

Have you heard that they are - or are not - partial to laps? Different sources provide different info on this, and usually it's contradictory.

So, we held a survey! Visit this page to see the results and learn the truth!



Silly Habits

Maine Coon cats can display some funny, silly habits and behaviors. They are full of unique quirks and personality!

They are sometimes called the clowns of the feline world. Here are some quirks that might make you ponder!




Funny Habits

This page is a natural follow-up to our previous one. Here, readers share their pet's funny, silly habits!



Take The True/False Quiz!

After all this, do you feel like a Coonie expert? Think no one can stump you? Check out our Fun Quiz Page and see how you score! Will you pass the test?







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Whatever it is, there is something special and quite alluring about Maine Coon cats.

They are mysterious, a little wild in appearance, and totally lovable in personality! How could you not love them right back?










adorable brown tabby maine coon kitten with medal on neck





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