Maine Coon Cats Exposed!

The Characteristics, The Myths, And The Mystery!

by: / Author, Mainer, Maine Coon Mama!

What is it about Maine Coon Cats? Is it their magnificent coat? That amazing tail? Who could miss the super long whiskers?

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Perhaps it's their size? Maybe your favorite trait is the lynx-like tufts on their ears?

Let's take a closer look at their unique traits and characteristics to give us some insight. As all Coon lovers know, this is no ordinary cat!

The characteristics of Maine Coon Cats make them truly unique. What sets them apart?

There really is a lot to learn about this breed.

They have a fascinating history, an outstanding dog-like personality, and their beauty is unmatched.

It's no wonder they are consistently one of the most popular, if not the most popular breed of cat, year after year!

Head To Tail:

Coonie Characteristics

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What sets Maine Coon cats apart? Discover this beloved breed through their physical traits, personality, and wonderful temperament.

It's time for a head-to-tail analysis! From their ear tufts and shaggy coats in a variety of colors to their impressive size and magnificent tails, there's so much to explore!

What makes this breed consistently one of the most popular cat breeds?

Whether you already have one of these gentle giants, are planning to get one, want one, or think you might have a mix, there are countless unique and special traits to learn about them!

Gentle Giants

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Everyone adores big Maine Coon cats!

Whether you're a new Coonie parent or simply curious about the breed, their size is undoubtedly their most renowned feature.

Explore our photos of these beauties, read descriptions of just how large they can grow, and discover what life is like with a gentle giant.

Here is where we talk about everything related to size - from how big they actually get, to health issues, to how to find a large one of your own.

31 Intriguing Facts

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There is so much to say about Maine Coon Cats!

It's no wonder why this amazing cat breed has captured the fascination of animal lovers world wide, and captured the hearts of families everywhere.

They are practically purr-fect in every way!

Here are some of the most interesting facts we know.

All About Female Maine Coon Cats

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All About The Girls: In a cattery, "queens" refers to females that are used for breeding purposes.

Queens play a vital role in producing litters of purebred kittens that maintain the breed's standards and qualities.

Whether your female Maine Coon is a queen or not, there is a lot to know about these beautiful girls! Let's talk about their size, health, care and more!

Coonie Facts and Information

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This information addresses some of the most frequently asked questions. There are certain things everyone wants to know about these beauties!

These topics pop up regularly, so we've compiled them into our Top 10 Most Asked Questions and Information.

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10 Maine Coon Cats With Amazing Eyes

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We all know how stunning Maine Coons are. Their natural beauty is without compare!

These ten gorgeous guys and gals kick it up a notch with drop-dead gorgeous eyes. Enjoy!

All About Those Big, Fluffy, Bushy Tails!

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All About Tails: Everything you ever wanted to know about Coonie Tails! From stud tail to thinning tails to questions about how long it takes a kitten's tail to fill in, it's all here.

Polydactyl Coonies

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Everyone loves a polydactyl cat! They are truly unique and endearing!

Did you know that early in the breed's development, original Maine Coon cats were often polydactyls? This has led to the common belief that there remains a connection between the polydactyl gene and this breed.

Let's explore how rare they are, what their personalities are like, their cost, and more!

These cats are incredibly unique and enchanting!

If you have questions about these multi-toed beauties, you're not alone. Most people find them fascinating!

40 Fascinating Facts About Whiskers

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Whiskers play a natural and important role in their well-being.

They are essential sensory tools, highly sensitive, and a 'key ingredient' for a fulfilling life!

Between important facts and, caring for them, the purpose they serve, myths and more, there is actually a lot to know about them!

Whiskers, or vibrissae, are fascinating structures with unique characteristics and functions. Here are 40 fascinating facts and statistics about them.

Are Maine Coon Cats Hypoallergenic?

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This is actually a fairly common question! 

You may be wondering, "Are Maine Coons hypoallergenic?" when researching cat breeds.

Cat allergies can be a big roadblock for pet lovers who want to get a cat. 

Choosing The Maine Coon Breed

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One thing we all share is our love for this amazing breed. Maine Coon enthusiasts know they are perfect cats!

But does that mean every home is perfect for a Coonie? What if a cat could choose its family? What would their requirements be?

Our homes wouldn't be complete without them. However, you might know someone considering a Maine Coon.

Here are 10 times folks should think twice before bringing home a Coonie.

Maine Coon Info: Fun True/False Quiz

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Here's a fun page! Take our Maine Coon info quiz.

Discover if you're a breed expert, a newbie, or somewhere in between. How do you think you'll score?

Keep track of your answers, then scroll to the bottom to see your results.

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Top 10 Coonie Traits:
What exactly makes the Coonie temperament unique? Here are ten traits that, when put together, really show a picture of that puppy-cat personality!

So much to explore! In the sections above, learn about:

Our characteristics section is all about the breed standard.

A breed standard describes every aspect of a breed, from size and shape, to color. There is so much to learn about.

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Every aspect of their physical appearance is described here. Whether you are wondering about the ears, the eyes, or the tail, you are in the right place.

Fun Facts, Urban Legends, and Busted Myths: These felines seem to be enveloped in an air of intrigue.

There's something captivating and enigmatic about them. Renowned for their substantial size and distinctive physical traits, they often inspire a few common myths, perhaps due to their rugged appearance.

It's time to clear things up!

Just like people, each one has its own unique personality.

Explore our sections to discover what kind of family pets these remarkable beauties can be.

How big do they really get?

Everyone loves those really big Maine Coon Cats! Welcome to your complete guide to this awesome breed. We talk about weight, length, who holds the record, how to find a big boy or girl of your own, and more.

That Personality:
There is no doubt they have character! They really have a way of captivating almost anyone.

And that kitten behavior is so rambunctious! This breed is slow to mature, so they keep that kitten behavior for years.

They can win over even the most hardened "cat skeptic"! I like to say that they are the Golden Retrievers of the feline world.

Gentle, sweet, playful, and totally affectionate. You can expect them to climb on your lap or curl up next to you for a session of happy, loud purring.

There are so many traits and quirks that set them apart from the crowd.

Temperament - Gentle Giants Or Rugged Ruffians?
What is their temperament like? Their distinct disposition is what makes them so beloved. If you are familiar with the breed, you know what treasures these pets really are!

If not, get to know their personality, traits, and characteristics!

"In a nutshell, what is it like to have these cats as pets?" The characteristics of Maine Coon cats are shrouded with an aura of mystery.

There is just something fascinating and mysterious about them.

Perhaps it's because of their rugged appearance or formidable size that they are often perceived as being a "rough and tumble" sort of feline. It's time to bust these myths!

"Is S/He or Isn't S/He?"
Think you may have a Coon on your hands? Many folks find this site when researching the Maine Coon traits and characteristics. They wonder if their cat fits the bill.

This section reviews all those tell-tale traits. If you are not sure, this is the place to check.

We now have a special section devoted just to that topic, complete with an invitation for you to send in a picture of your own cat, and get opinions! Think you have a Maine? How do you know? It's a very popular subject.

Speaking of a Mix, how often does this happen? There is a common belief that Maine Coon Cats are simply big old barn cats reproducing at will.

They are actually a fully recognized breed. This page dives into how, when and why a boy or girl may actually be a Mix. What are the chances?

There is so much to learn about this fascinating breed. Enjoy exploring!

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