All About The Big Maine Coon Cat!

Everyone loves a big Maine Coon Cat! Welcome to your complete guide to this awesome breed.

You'll enjoy our many articles on their unique traits, their gentle temperament, and even where to find a kitten.

classic brown and white big maine coon cat

Whether you already have a boy or girl of your own, are thinking about getting one (or two), or are wondering if your furry friend might be a mix, you'll find what you're looking for! There is so much to discover!

Affectionate, 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! Here, you will find out everything there is to know about them!

These gorgeous guys and gals steal your heart with their laid-back personalities and clown-like antics.

It's no wonder that these pets quickly become beloved family members. Here, you can learn all about them, and see lots of big Maine Coon Cat pictures. This page is all about the size these kitties. But there is so much more to them!

Visit our popular pages about characteristics, unique traits & quirks, and see lots of pictures in the Photo Galleries!

If you have a Maine Coon, you know how different they are. You know you have a special cat =^..^=

Since we're talking about the uniqueness of Maine Coons, I want to mention our E-book, The Care and Keeping of Your Maine Coon Cat. It's full of info. Check it out, and review the table of contents to see for yourself!

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!

big cat and small cat on a windowsillBeauty and the Beast!

Find answers to these popular questions:

  • "How big do they get?"
  • "Are there health issues related to the size of this breed?"
  • "What's it like to have such a huge kitty?"
  • "How can I find a large kitten of my own?"

"How Big Can They Get?"

Diva is an extra big girl!Diva is an extra big girl!

This is the largest domestic cat breed. How big do they get? Well, first let's talk about weight. An average kitty 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.

big fluffy maine coon being held

It is pretty unusual for a domestic feline to weigh around 13 - 15 pounds. That is a lot of kitty to look upon.

So, now lets put that in perspective for the weight and length for felines: A female is usually between 9-12 pounds, and a male generally weighs in at 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!

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 gentle and sweet. The myths and tall tales that surround them are pretty interesting, though!

"Who Is The Largest Maine Coon Cat?"

The largest on record? As of October, 2010, that would be Stewie, from Reno, Nevada as the official world record holder!

At 48.5 inches (123.2cm) from tip of nose to tip of tail, five-year-old Stewie has become the worlds longest house cat, beating out the previous record holder of 48 inches.

Congratulations Stewie! May fame and fortune get you lots of catnip!

Stewie the Maine Coon cat with his owner, Robin HendricksonStewie with his owner, Robin Hendrickson

Feb 2013 Update: Sadly, Stewie lost his battle with cancer and died at the age of eight. This very special boy who traveled and worked as a therapy animal will be missed by many. RIP, Stewie.


Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red holds the 2006 Guinness World Record for length. He was measured at 48 inches, and topped the scale at 35 pounds! Leo's vet pointed out that his length and frame can carry this weight, so he was is a healthy, not overweight or obese.

collage of maine coon cats

The breed standard for felines doesn't specify length, as it does in dogs. A big Maine Coon cat should have a rather square build, and be strong.

Since Leo is four feet long he can weigh 35 pounds and be healthy!

Our boy (also Leo, coincidentally) is a Red Tabby who measures about 36 inches, or three feet long. He weighs a little over 18 pounds.

This falls in the upper range, but it's not uncommon at all. So, he or she be in good proportion. Some are longer and therefore heavier than others.

"Are There Any Health Problems Related To This Big Breed?"

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.

"I Want A Really Big Maine Coon Cat"

A boy and his cat

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 and expect that if they seem huge, their offspring will be, too. 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. If you have your heart set on a Silver Tabby With White male who is going to be big, you may have to wait a bit!

"So just how huge is a Maine Coon?"

Brother and Sister!Brother and Sister!

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.

18 Pounds vs 8 Pounds!18 Pounds vs 8 Pounds!

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)!


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