Are Maine Coons lap cats?

It seems that in general Maine Coons are not lapcats. I'll quote some excellent sources and be guided by my own experiences. Maine Coons are people orientated but not "overdependent" (Gloria Stephens of Legacy of the Cat). Dr. Fogle in The Encyclopedia of the Cat endorses this view.

They don't particularly like being held. This indicates that they are not overly fond of going on a person's lap. But cats vary from individual to individual so generalizations can be risky.

My own experiences with Zak and Quinn two fine Maine Coons living with Flicks in Dallas, USA also tends to support this. Zak liked to play and be around me but kept his distance a bit and did his own thing. I like that quality.

Whether a cat is a lapcat will usually depend on the individual cat and his or her temperament and early socialization.



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