Top 10 Coonie Traits
What Is The Maine Coon Personality?
Maine Coon people know their cat is not typical cat! A Maine Coon does certain quirky things, acts a certain way, with such flair. It makes you just look at him and know that not all cats do this. What exactly makes the Coonie temperament unique? Here are ten traits that, when put together, really show a picture of that puppy-cat personality:
#10 The Voice
The Maine Coon voice is famous! It's a major aspect of their interactive nature. First there is the trill. When she's resting and you touch her, she might raise her head and give you a little trill. Or perhaps he rounds the corner into the room you are in and greets you with a trill. The trill is a sweet, happy combination of a chirp and meow. You know it when you hear it.
And boy do these cats talk! Ask them about their day, and they will tell you! If the food dish is a little low, if they want to greet you or go in a certain room, they will come get you and tell you all about it.
Every morning our boy leads us down the stairs, stopping to make sure we are following, telling us all the while about his food and water, and just how much he missed us all night. Sometimes we even say he's yelling at us!
On the other hand, many Maines have a small meow that doesn't quite match their big body, some have a silent meow and some don't talk at all! As they age, you may notice a change in their meow. It may get deeper, more "croaky" or even take on a demanding (yet endearing) tone in senior Coonies. After all, they've been around long enough to know what's what, and tell you about it!
#9 Showing That Belly
Oh yes, they love to show off that big, fluffy belly! And not just show it, but many Coonies particularly enjoy a belly-rub too. Unlike most felines, who instinctually protect their underside, these guys really like being touched everywhere, even the tummy. They are so confident, and secure. Such exhibitionists!
#8 Doorman GreetingsDoes your boy or girl greet you every time you arrive home? If he hears you drive up, and jumps down from a nice cat-nap, is right there when you turn the doorknob, I can think of no better display of devotion! Many humans don't give as enthusiastic a homecoming! Even if she isn't the meet-at-the-door type, she is always happy to see you.
#7 Playing In Water
Only a few cat breeds actually like water, and this is one of them! Does your Maine Coon love running water from a fountain or faucet? Maybe even get in the tub or shower, and not mind getting wet? This is such a neat and unusual feline characteristic. It can even become a challenging one, if your Coonie takes to scooping, dumping or playing in his or her water dish!
#6 Very Loving and Affectionate
These are definitely the lovers of the cat world. It's hard to put into words just how affectionate a Maine Coon is. Nearly all Maine Coons are either lap cats or snuggle-up-close cats. They want to be touched, talked to, and they love that physical connection. You can always expect purring, deep gazes, trusting expressions of devotion.
#5 Personal SideKick
You are never without a companion! Wherever you are, so is he. This is definitely a Maine Coon trait. They are not the independent type. Rather, a Coonie is a buddy, sidekick, pal, companion.
Are you always tripping over your furry pal? Racing down the stairs together? Do everything as a team? Does he have to follow you into the bathroom, and sit on your keypad? Yes that's a Maine Coon for you! Right in the middle of everything!
The Care & Keeping Of Your Maine Coon Cat: It's hard to describe the love between a Maine Coon and their family. I know you understand! With such special family members often come special, breed-specific questions and concerns. Your loving Maine Coon is very unique, both physically and in purrsonality.
#4 The Happy Cat
What's a happy cat? They purr at the drop of a hat (or should I say, barely a touch). No grumpy-cat syndrome here. No matter where they are, whether it's sunbathing in a window, grooming a fellow pet, getting in some lap time, or snoring the day away, they have one thing in common - Life is good!
#3 So Social and Friendly
Just like some people are introverts and some are extroverts, there is a variety in the feline world. There are exceptions, but in general, Maine Coons, especially the boys, tend to be extroverts - overtly friendly. The girls are very friendly too, of course, but they also carry a lady-like quality.
When company comes, they may be surprised that a cat would greet them, rub against their leg, talk to them and purr for them as if they had known each other forever!
#2 Gentle Giants
There's a reason they are well-known as Gentle Giants! This is such a general description, but it's really true. There is not a mean bone in their body. Maine Coon cats are not aggressive or territorial or touchy in any way. For families with children or other pets, this gentle quality is so important! It really is at the heart of the Maine temperament.
#1 Come When Called
Have you ever noticed that you can call your Maine Coon and he will (usually) come from wherever in the house he was? Even sleeping! It really is amazing, considering even dogs require some form of formal training to reliably come when called.
But a Maine Coon does it because he loves to please you, interact with you, and socialize with you. He might even be talking and meowing as he trots to you. I think this simple action is the perfect symbol of the loving bond between a beloved Maine Coon and his or her family.
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