Are Maine Coons dangerous?

Maine Coons are domestic cats like any other domestic cat. Yes, they are more glamorous than some other domestic cats but in terms of their behaviour there is not one iota of difference between a Maine Coon and a moggy which you can adopt from a rescue centre. Nobody asks whether a moggy is dangerous because they are domestic cats. So the same answer applies to Maine Coons. They are not dangerous in any way.

Maine Coon. Silver tabby. Photo: Pixabay

There is one caveat which applies to all domestic cats. If a domestic cat is badly provoked by a person for whatever reason then they may retaliate aggressively. They may attack that person and they may injure the person. Under those circumstances a Maine Coon could be described as dangerous but the victim would be the author of their own injuries. It will be extremely rare for a person to provoke a domestic cat but I have seen it and I have seen a well-behaved domestic cat turn very aggressive. You don't have to provoke a cat purposefully and maliciously or callously.

You can provoke a cat inadvertently and carelessly by, for example, petting them too vigourously for too long. If you did this to a Maine Coon she might turn and bite or slap you. If you didn't know the cause you might think that the cat was dangerous and short tempered. But if you realised that over-petting a domestic cat can turn play into provoked aggression then you would understand that it was your fault.

Are Main Coons dangerous? No, not under normal circumstances which would apply 99.9% of the time.

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