The Black Maine Coon Cat Color

"There is something mysterious and alluring about black cats"


Obe is a stunning black Maine Coon cat with terrific ear tufts!Obe is a stunning black Maine Coon cat with terrific ear tufts!

Maine Coon cats can be almost any color! The Black Maine Coon Cat color is one of the most alluring and stunning of these.

Do you know the difference between a Black and a Black Smoke Maine Coon Cat?

Of course all the Maine Coon cat colors are so beautiful, it would be impossible to choose a favorite!



Alice as a young Black Maine Coon Cat
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If you have a Maine Coon, you know how unique and different they are. You know you have a special cat!

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!

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"Is is hard to find a Black Maine Coon Cat?"

little black kitten

Not really! There are many colors possible in a litter of kittens. And many Maine Coon Cat breeders will specialize in a few particular colors, while others have more variety at their cattery.

So, while one breeder might specialize in Classic Brown Tabby, or Brown Tabby With White, another breeder may be expecting a litter of Reds, Silvers, and even Black kittens!

Georgina the Black Maine Coon kittenGeorgina
Spooky the Black Maine Coon kittenSpooky
Alice the Black Maine Coon kittenAlice


A Black Smoke Maine Coon Cat

Bo the Black Smoke Maine Coon catBo

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!

Faust the Black Smoke Maine Coon Cat in a boxFaust

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!

Black Maine Coon Cat resting


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.


black maine coon cat on windowsill


Black or Brown?

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?

girl and her black maine coon cat in the sunshine

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!


maine coon cat care guide


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