Everyone loves a big Maine Coon Cat!
Here you'll find photos of these large cats, descriptions about just how big they can be, and all about what life is like with a gentle giant.
Having a big Maine Coon is a lot like having a medium sized dog.
They like to meet and greet you at the door, they come when called, they can be leash trained for visits outdoors, they cuddle or lounge with the human family in the evening, and they can be cheeky too!
Their large size allows them to do things like check the counter for goodies and open doorknobs!
With their unique traits, their sweet temperament, shaggy coat, and formidable appearance, there is nothing quite like a big Maine Coon!
It's no wonder they are stars of social media and the internet! Affectionate, gorgeous, friendly and laid-back are just some of the traits they have in common.
It's hard to describe that unique, silly, quirky, smart personality, but we'll try to give you a peek into life with them!
A beautiful, big Maine Coon Cat is a true character. They have such wonderful quirks and traits!
These gorgeous guys and gals steal your heart with their laid-back personalities and clown-like antics. Just visit our page on funny, silly cats to see stories of Maine Coon lovers from around the world.
This page is all about the size these kitties. But there is so much more to them! An extra-large kitty makes himself part of the family. They are affectionate, intelligent, and full of personality!
An extra-large kitty makes himself part of the family. They are affectionate, intelligent, and full of personality!
There is no doubt about it, this is the largest domestic breed.
They need large furniture, jumbo litter boxes, and lots of attention.
We'll meet the new record holder for the worlds longest house cat, and we'll talk about just how long and heavy they get.
Yes, they can get really huge!
It seems like there is often a new record holder for the worlds longest domestic cat! Just one internet search immediately brings up a selection of stunning, huge Maine Coon cats.
"Just how long and heavy do they get?" They can get really huge!
There is no doubt about it, this is the largest domestic breed. They need large cat trees, jumbo litter boxes, and large doses of attention!
So, as the largest domestic cat breed, how big do they get? Well, first let's talk about weight. An average house cat weighs between 8 pounds and 11 pounds.
There will be exceptions where a one may weigh as little as 5 pounds or more than 11, if they become overweight.
It is pretty unusual for an average domestic cat to weigh around 13 - 15 pounds at full size. That is a lot of kitty to look upon.
So, now lets put that in perspective for the weight and length of these extra-large cats:
Female Maine Coon cats usually weigh between 9-12 pounds, and a male has an average weight of 13-18 pounds.
So, an 18 pound big Maine Coon cat weights about twice as much as his domestic counterpart! That's 100% more!
Add that fluffy, shaggy coat, and you are looking at quite a specimen!
And, yes, there are really huge Maine Coons! Often, our photo gallery is graced by a big Maine Coon weighing in the 25 pound range. Spectacular!
You may think that such a hefty pet would have a "rough" or "wild" temperament. This is a common misperception. Actually, their personality is totally, exceptionally, gentle and sweet. The myths and tall tales that surround them are pretty interesting, though!
In general, this is a hearty, robust breed! It's important to understand how to take care of this breed, though.
With the big Maine Coon cat breed, like any, there are a few health conditions to be aware of. Hip dysplasia comes to mind. Any feline can have this, but larger ones bear more weight on the area.
Another genetic disorders include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which affects the heart, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Maine Coon breeders are diligent about screening and testing for these conditions so you can welcome home a healthy Maine Coon kitten.
Genetic tests aren't a guarantee, but it certainly helps keep these health issues at bay as much as possible.
That's part of the attraction to this breed! We're including lots of photos of our Leo on this page. He is alongside his sister Alice.
She weighs just 8 pounds, and they were born in the very same litter! There are huge Maine Coons, and there are small ones.
So, it's not enough to just look at the parents of a Maine Coon kitten and expect that if they are big, their offspring will be, too. (Although there is a good chance!)
It's the same as a human family. Imagine if two parents have many children. There will be lots of differences between the kids. But they should have a general family resemblance. In this case, size is the theme of the day.
The best way to get a big Maine Coon Cat is to ask your breeder! Breeders know how the kittens are are shaping up, and how they will fill out. You might be on their waiting list, and they will do their best to match families with the kind of kitten they are looking for.
Families will often request a kitten of a certain gender, color, or size. Of course, the families who will take any kitten at all are more likely to get a kitten sooner. For example, if you have your heart set on a Silver Tabby With White male who is going to be a big boy, you may have to wait a bit!
A great way to get a feel for their size is to look at these photos of Leo and Alice. At 8 pounds, she is just about the size of an average kitty. Leo is a healthy and hefty 18+ pounds. Look at the difference!
When we pick him up, Leo's size is very noticeable. Felines are built very solidly. Leo weighs more than our Sheltie, who is markedly larger than him! Even his face and head are noticeably solid and, well, big.
When people visit, they notice right away that Leo is one hefty Maine Coon. But, they are also impressed by the beauty of both of our furry family members. All Maine Coons are specimens of feline beauty! This is something that many people don't get to see every day!
There is something alluring about a big Maine Coon Cat. It is unusual to see a house cat of such size. They are so hefty and strong, but so gentle and easy-going.
And there are many gorgeous girls and boys who are not breaking any records in the size department. And that is perfectly fine with their owners. Because by the time a big Maine Coon Cat steals your heart, it won't matter to you how large he gets (or doesn't get)!