Are Maine Coons lap cats?

It is unfair to generalise about all the cats of one cat breed because within that group of cats there are individuals who are different from the rest. Although perhaps through selective breeding there's probably a tendency for individual cats of this cat breed to "not constantly demand attention, preferring to hang out with their owners. They do not necessarily want to be held...".

Zak. Photo by me. A super charming and sweat cat.

The quote comes from Gloria Stephens in her book Legacy of the Cat. She knows the cat breeds extremely well and was a specialty judge for the American Cat Fanciers' Association in 1971 and has been an all-breed judge for the American Cat Association. Personally, I have never lived with a Maine Coon for a long period of time. However, I have lived with a charming Maine Coon cat, Zak (see above), for 14 days in Dallas and I would confirm that although he was a beguiling and lovely cat I never saw him on a lap although he came on my bed regularly for a chat.

Let's conclude by saying the Maine Coon is not known to be a lap cat but don't take that as the gospel truth for all cats of this breed.

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