the care and keeping of your maine coon cat

KC & Frapple

I always thought my cats were Maine Coon cats (or at least the mother, the son is half) until today.

The vet said she couldn't be a Maine Coon just because she only weighs 9.6 pounds at 5 years old and Maine Coons weigh 16 to 18 pounds.

Her son weighs 9.8 pounds and is 11 months old. I thought she always looked like a Maine Coon. She has long hair between her pads, longer on the side then her back. Very long whiskers, longer ears with long hair coming out of them.

Very lovable and laid back. Rarely cries and when does it is not a normal cat cry. All the same are for the son.

Does weight only tell if it is a Maine Coon. She was also the runt of the litter. Their paws are very large also.


KC

Mom KC


Hi,

They are very pretty cats! Well, just like other purebred cats the only way to know for sure is to look at the pedigree. You mentioned that your girl was the runt of the litter, did you know the parents?

Some cats are "mystery cats" but if they really have lots of Maine Coon cat traits, their owners are happy with that.

As for your ultimate question, no, weight alone does not decide that a cat can't be a Maine Coon cat. The typical weight for a female is between 9 - 12 pounds, and for a male between 13 - 18 pounds. And these are just averages.

My female purebred Maine Coon (with a show-winning grandpa) is only 8 pounds! Now, this is highly unusual, but it doesn't mean she's not a Maine. Maine Coon is a breed, like Persian, Bengal, etc. Not a style of cat.

I hope this helps a bit! I hope you can come back and let us know what your cats names are! I'll add them to our photo album at the next update!

~Carrie

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Description of cats
by: Becky


Terry, That is how my cats are, shorter hair on the back and very long hair on the sides/belly, long tuffs of hair around the pads of feet and long hair coming out of her ears.

However, her ears don't seem to be as pointed as others I have seen on here. Very sweet personality, does seem to act much like a dog, the best cats I have ever had.

Great with my kids too. Very large paws - 2inch across for the front paw. Very fluffy tail.

From reading everything she fits most except maybe the super pointed ears that I have seen in some of the pictures. Both the mother and son have a M on their forehead but it is light/dark gray and I know that the son is only half.

Missy
by: Terry T.


Maine Coon are known by the "M" on their brow, do a little checking. Also shorter hair on the back and longer hair on the belly. Very mellow kitty or at least mine is.

More Pictures
by: Maine Coon Cat Nation


Hi Becky,
Just fill out a new submission just like you did the first time. Each submission can have up to 4 pictures. Do as many as you like, and I'll make sure everything stays together!
~Carrie

KC Pictures
by: Becky


I have more pics. of the mom but can't figure out how to add them.

British short hair
by: Anonymous


they look like long haired grey British short hair cats to me

Cats Name
by: Becky


The mom's name is KC and her sons name is Frapple. We know the parents of KC, they both looked like Maine Coons and we were told that they were Maine Coons, however at the time I really didn't know anything about them, so I can not be 100% certain that is what they were.

She seems to have a lot of the characteristics of the Maine Coon but if that is not what she is I wouldn't want to call her that. Most of the pics. that you can see are actually of the son, not the mom.

Need to get a better picture of the mother. I don't really care about showing or anything like that, just wanted to know if that was a true statement from her vet or if she does look like a Maine Coon.

I know that her son is only half cuz she got outside and got pregnant from a large tom cat. We have since had her fixed.

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