If you have a Maine Coon, you know how unique and different they are. You know you have a special cat! And if you're new to the breed, you are probably wondering what their unique needs are.
Since we're on the topic of health care for 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!
So, what exactly is the difference between a Black and a Black Smoke Maine Coon Cat? Glad you asked!
Usually it's pretty clear. A pure Black Maine Coon Cat is just that, pure black. Every bit of the cat is black, and there's not much more to say about it!
For a long time, we didn't realize our Alice was a Black Smoke, we thought she was just Black. Then, after speaking to a local breeder, I learned that I could part the fur where it is short, on her legs or head, and check the roots. Boy, was I surprised!
The fur close to her skin is light gray, gradually getting darker till it's all black at the ends. Also, she has white fur coming out of her ears, and a few random white furs all over.
When looking at a Black Maine Coon Cat, you might notice he seems almost brown, especially in the light. How can that be? Is he actually a brown cat?
Actually, the genes for a black cat are sometimes accompanied by another set of genes which cause a cat to "rust" when the fur has been exposed to sunshine!
Think of it as highlights. It will happen even if the only sunshine your kitty gets is in a windowsill. There is a special shampoo, though, that is made especially for black cats. It returns them to their true Black Color.
There's no doubt about it, Black Maine Coons are gorgeous, stunning, and very hard to photograph. Now you all there is to know about the Black Maine Coon Cat Color!