Not A Maine Coon
by Glen Rudesill
The title is the name of a deceased kitty. The owners claimed he was a "Bobcat mix". Genetically speaking, no! Different genus Lynx Rufus, Maine Coons are Felis Catis. Sorry to call BS on this but I had registered Coons and anything not registered as Maine Coon is not a Maine Coon.
(This is from my breeder.)
If you want a nice kitty, pretty much any kitty will be nice if you train it so.
But a Maine Coon is bred to be a Maine Coon, that is why you go to a breeder and spend the enormous amount of money they ask for kittens.
I am not being nasty I just want the site to be truthful to the breed.
Very interesting, Glen. Some readers bring this up from time to time - the subject of our inclusion here. As the site states, it is an actual breed (not merely a color/style such as calico or domestic longhair), other breeds for example are Himalayan, Siamese, or Persian.
The only way to know for sure
that a stray, gifted or rescued kitty is a Maine Coon Cat is to look at their pedigree (paperwork provided by the breeder). But we really only state this for folks who have never heard of a Maine Coon and wonder what it is - a breed or a style? Certainly not to leave anyone out.
We also list a few circumstances where a Maine Coon may change homes, and papers become lost, for example when an owner passes away.
My love of Maine Coons started with my domestic medium-haired cat, Clyde. He was wonderful, and displayed every personality trait of a Maine Coon.
As a teenager, I wondered if he "might have some Maine Coon in him" - but I knew, logically, he didn't! I was just very lucky.
Clyde was my Honorary Maine Coon. He inspired me to get to know the breed and contact a breeder when the time came. I wanted to know
my new additions would have that wonderful temperament, and be a lot like Clyde. They do, of course, and we are Maine Coon fans for life! And I have Clyde to thank for that.
Of course, with such an active community of folks visiting and commenting, every individual with their own opinion or story, there will be quite a variety of photos, stories, mixes, opinions, and cats shared here. There are stunning purebreds, - and also mixes, lookalikes, and mysteries. All are equally beloved and included at Maine Coon Cat Nation.
*As a side note, I believe the original commenter who stated Deputy Dawg had been a Silver Mackerel Tabby/Bobcat mix was referring to the breed American Bobtail, not a wild bobcat (Lynx rufus).Mixes, Purebreds & Rescues - What Is Your Experience?: