The Big Maine Coon Cat

So Large and Loving!

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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.

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"How big do they get?"

"Who is the largest Maine Coon cat?"

"Are there health issues related to the size of this breed?"

"What's it like to live with huge Maine Coons?"

"How can I find a really big Coon of my own?"

Life With The Largest Domestic Cats:

classic brown and white big maine coon cat

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!

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!

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

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!

"How Big is a Big Maine Coon?"

Diva is an extra big girl!Diva is an extra big Maine Coon girl!

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.

big fluffy maine coon being held

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!

"Who Is The Largest Maine Coon Cat?"

In October, 2010, Guinness World Records named Mymains Stewart Gilligan (aka Stewie), from Reno, Nevada as the official world record holder of largest cat and therefore, biggest Maine Coon!

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 (ever), beating out the previous record holder of 48 inches.

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

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.

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

Interestingly, the record for longest tail on a domestic cat (ever) is also held by a big Maine Coon. Cygnus the silver Coonie has the longest tail ever at 44.66 cm (17.58 in).

Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red held the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records 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.

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. Part of the breed standard is that a big Maine Coon will be in good proportion. Some are longer (and therefore heavier) than others.

collage of maine coon catsBig Maine Coons from our galleries!

Origins of the Maine Coon:

You may know that they are the official state cat of Maine, but are you wondering now how they got so big?

Actually, the history of the breed is a bit murky! Resembling the Norwegian Forest Cat, some folks think they are related.

Maybe have heard the story of Turkish Angora cats coming to the state of Maine in a ship prepared by Marie Antoinette when she planned to flee to the United States.

Legend has it that the ship sailed without her, the cats were set free, breeding with the local feline population. If that is the case, it may explain the Maine Coon's rugged good looks and generous size.

"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.

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.

"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 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!

Our Big Maine Coon and His Small Sister

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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