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"Fisher" the Maine Coon cat likes to swim in the waters of Key West

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They say that Maine Coons love water and if that is true then this is just another example but I don't believe that all Maine Coons automatically like water. It is a misconception to believe that all cats of one breed are all the same. It is unreasonable to think that because each cat is an individual. Certainly, cat breeders, using line breeding, try and keep their offspring the same as their parents so there might be a certain uniformity in character across all Maine Coons but within that umbrella uniformity there will be a considerable amount of divergence or variance. Fisher relaxing in a cat sling attached to a car window. Photo: Instagram. Having got that introduction out of the way, this individual Maine Coon whose name is aptly "Fisher" loves to swim and that love of the water almost certainly comes about because he was introduced to it at a very young age. Fisher travels with his family all over the US so he's very much used to a wide variety of landscapes

5 genetic diseases inherited by the Maine Coon

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My research leads me to believe that the ever popular Maine Coon purebred cat can suffer from five genetically inherited diseases. This list might not be comprehensive. It may be an evolving list. I say that because the book that I have on the inheritance of genetic diseases, which I thought was comprehensive, is not, as it was written some time ago (1992 - Medical, Genetic & Behavioural Aspects of Purebred Cats by Ross D Clarke DVM). I have other pages on this subject so I won't go into detail here. The diseases are listed as: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - sometimes caused by MYBPC3-A31P mutation; Another heart disease caused by a genetic mutation of a gene labelled: troponin-T (TNNT2) ; Pectus excavatum - rare in Maine Coons; Patellar luxation - can occur concurrently with Hip dysplasia. To this list, I might be able to add polycystic kidney disease because I have seen that mentioned on the Internet. Out of interest, the Bengal cat also has a problem with HCM. It is no

Are cat rescue organisations hyping up their cats by calling them Maine Coon mix?

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If you go to Twitter looking for a Maine Coon cat to adopt you are presented with a series of tweets from rescue organisations advertising what they describe as "Maine Coon mix" cats. On this page is an example of one of those tweets. There is not an ounce, in terms of appearance, of Maine Coon cat in this beautiful rescue cat. You can't tell whether the cat has any Maine Coon genes or chromosomes inside of her. And I would doubt very much that the rescue organisation has any record or knowledge of the fact that this cat is genuinely a Maine Coon mix. To be absolutely clear, the description means that the cat is half Maine Coon and half random bread domestic cat. In other words this cat should be one removed from a purebred cat but how do we know if this is true? Maine Coon mix Lowell but is he a genuine Maine Coon mix? Picture in the public domain. Being a cynical old man, I don't think that it is true. I think rescue organisations are hyping up their cats to make

Florida Maine Coon breeders

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This is a map of three Maine Coon breeders in the state of Florida as per a Google map which I have taken the great liberty of reproducing. The address of the breeder is adjacent to the marker on the map so you know where they are. Below are the links to their websites where you can get further details and I have listed their tel numbers. Fullafire: +13525530996 - no website. OptiCoons: +13528047893 -- https://www.floridamainecoons.com/ WeBeCoons: +12396998741-- https://www.mainecoon.co/ I am going to bore you and repeat the mantra that you have probably heard before namely that you should always visit a cat breeder to check out their facility, meet the people who create these cats and meet the cats. There is no substitute for this and you should not be embarrassed to ask pertinent and even pointed questions if necessary because this is a commitment for the lifetime of the cat which is up to 18 years approximately, normally. You have to get it right because the life of an individual ca

"What we browsing today hoomin?" Says Maine Coon to owner.

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The word "hoomin" in the title is the feline pronunciation of the word "human" if you weren't absolutely sure. So we have a beautiful brown tabby-and-white Maine Coon interfering in the nicest possible way with his owner's computer work by lying across her hand and wrist while looking up at the monitor. It is a classic case of attention seeking or that is what the experts might say. Or, to be kinder, it is simply a cat wanting to be involved with what their human companion is doing. They want to share their human's activities which is perfectly normal. The only trouble is that it stops their human taking part in those activities. Brown tabby Maine Coon interferes in the nicest way with his hoomin's computer work. Photo: Reddit.com. It must be very nice, though, to have such a handsome purebred cat accompanying you on your computer. Computers are a favourite for domestic cats when it comes to attention seeking and interference. This is because when

Maine Coon cats predisposed to more than one type of heart disease

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We know that Maine Coon cats are predisposed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and in fact about 30% of Maine Coon cats have a genetic mutation that predisposes them to HCM. However, a research lab did some work on a Maine Coon cat owned and living with Kathy Janson. The lab is based at the University of Cincinnati. A researcher there is Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD.  Janson's Maine Coons were dying of HCM prematurely but in this instance they analysed the blood of Janson's cat, Freddie, and they were surprised to find that he did not have the more common mutation linked to HCM. Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, shown in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Photo: Colleen Kelley/University of Cincinnati The researchers: Sadayappan and his postdoctoral fellow, James McNamara, Ph.D, used genetic sequencing from blood acquired from Freddie's parents to look for genetic variants i.e. mutations. They found that both of his parents had one mutated copy of troponin-

Maine Coon youngster from Belarus

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The colour and contrast does not represent normal because I have deliberately jazzed up the colour of the photograph by Marina Stepanova. Why not for a change? Ans: because the photographer and breeder won't like it :) . So the original is below this image. This Maine Coon is a young adult with a tabby-and-white coat. The breeder lives in Vitebsk, Belarus.  Maine Coon youngster in jazzed up colour photo. 

Marie Antoinette and the origin of the Maine Coon cat

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You probably know that the wife of France's King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, features in one of the many legends on the origin of the Maine Coon Cat. Here is some detail on the lady and her story. It is said that while the people of Paris starved she lived lavishly. She liked pets and at one time had a dog, a pug, which she took to Austria. Leo, the Maine Coon who won the first formal Ameircan cat show in 1895. And it is also said that she had six Angora cats. I think, today, we would describe these as Turkish Angora cats but of course this was before the cat fancy and therefore by today's standards they would be better described as long-haired cats possibly from Turkey. And they would have looked like the street cats of Turkey and not the purebred Turkish Angoras bred in America which are very different. The real Turkish Angora look like a traditional Persian cat . She apparently permitted her glamorous cats to roam around the tables during court gatherings. It was the tim