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How long do Maine Coons live?

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How long do Maine Coons live? Google's artificial intelligence computer tells me that some people ask this question. There is not a lot one can say in response. Domestic cats in general live to the high teens in my opinion. Modern day medicine and general domestic cat care has extended the lifespan of domestic cats. I would argue that the average domestic cat lives to 15-20 years with around 16-17 years being the average. The point is this though: purebred cats, and Maine Coons are purebred cats, tend to have shorter life spans . On that basis, Maine Coons probably, on average, live to around 15 years. But you won't find statistics on this; hard data. Maine Coon kitten. Image in public domain. This is anecdotal and it is my opinion in any case. But the bottom line is that Maine Coons, being domestic cats, will live as long as any other domestic cat but perhaps slightly shorter. Why is this? It's because purebred cats are inbred. They are inbred automatically because it i

Snow Queen Maine Coon

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The Snow Queen (Danish: Snedronningen ) is an original fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Gowns have been made from the story. This cat looks like a beautiful woman in a snow queen gown. She's the prettiest cat I've seen for a long time. Snow Queen Maine Coon. Photo: Twitter. Here is a pretty lady in a snow queen gown: Pretty woman in a snow queen gown. Photo: Joyce Young. I think the cat is more impressive than the woman :) Imagine living with a Maine Coon this beautiful. It would be impossible. Well, not really but I'd be constantly in awe of her. And she'd have to be captive; a full-time indoor cat. Imagine her wandering around outside whenever she wanted to. That would be impossible. Remember that white cats can be deaf. Around 50% are affected, as I recall are.  A researcher, George Strain concluded: "that out of 256 white cats from three studies, 12.1% were deaf in one ear (unilaterally deaf) and 37.9% were deaf in both ears (bilaterally dea

What colours do Maine Coon cats come in?

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Maine Coon. Photo: Shutterstock. This seems to be a torbie-and-white (patched tabbie). The answer depends on the cat association to which the cat is affiliated. For example, The International Cat Association (TICA) allows all colours: "COLOR: All" under the COAT/COLOR/PATTERN heading. All categories and divisions are permissible. By contract the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) (their rival in the US) lists, item by item, the permissible colours. It is a very long list which I have presented poorly but completely! Brown tabby, brown patched tabby, silver tabby, silver patched tabby, red tabby, blue-silver tabby, blue-silver patched tabby, blue patched tabby, cream tabby, cream silver tabby, cameo tabby, brown tabby and white, brown patched tabby and white, silver patched tabby and white, red tabby and white, tabby and white, patched tabby and white, black and white, blue and white, red and white, cream and white, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, calico, dilute calico, tort

Can a polydactyl Maine Coon win a CFA cat show?

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No, because the CFA breed standard states: DISQUALIFY : delicate bone structure. Undershot chin, i.e. the front teeth (incisors) of the lower jaw overlapping or projecting beyond the front teeth of the upper jaw when the mouth is closed. Crossed eyes. Kinked tail. Incorrect number of toes . White buttons, white lockets, or white spots. Cats showing evidence of hybridization resulting in the colors chocolate, lavender, or the Himalayan pattern. Polydactylism results in more than the normal number of toes. It is harmless from a health perspective but fatal from a cat show perspective on my reading of the CFA breed standard. In fact, polydactylism is synonymous with the Maine Coon. In other words, the condition is linked to this popular breed of cat. Note: TICA  (a competing cat association) has the same breed standard for a non-polydactyl Maine Coon and a Maine Coon Polydactyl (MCP). It naturally allows for extra toes!  This it: MCP: Large, well-tufted. Additional toes allowed on either

Wet Maine Coon loses her gloss and glamour

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You decide what this tweet means from this Maine Coon's caregiver, Jessica Price, because I don't have a clue. Please explain Jessica. I am interested. The sadness of the freshly scratched-up Maine Coon bather, who has scratches in places we don’t want to talk about from being in a shower stall with a panicking baby lynx. But what is clear is when a Maine Coon is wet, they lose all their glossy glamour. And the Maine Coon can be quite skinny below their medium-longhaired, natural-looking coat for which they are rightly famous. The huge Maine Coon that we see is no longer evident. Perhaps the worst part is the tail. The magnificent plumed tail looks like a frayed, wet dishcloth. Nice pic. She is female and relatively small compared to some Maine Coons I have seen. That's a good thing as the public is starting to believe that all Maine Coons are gargantuan. They're not . The breed standard doesn't even state that they have got to be large. CLICK FOR A MAINE COON QUIZ

Maine Coon 'Monsieur Lulu' in Montreal who will only eat croissants with imported French butter

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The title says it. It comes from a tweet: He lives in Montreal and will only eat croissants made from imported French butter. Well, living in Montreal he has adopted a French person's taste. I guess his human caregiver eats imported French butter and he likes it! Butter contains fat and cats like fat. Simple. You can see the half-eaten croissant on the table behind him. The alternative story is that it is breakfast time and the croissant was eaten by a human and the same human photographed her cat and claimed he had eaten it as it makes a neat tweet :) . I'd go for that version although we all know that cats like butter and milk. The latter is not good for them as many domestic cats are lactose intolerant. They don't have the gut enzyme, lactase, to digest lactose. I have the same problem. In fact, I have stopped drinking all cow's milk even lactose-free milk. I use oak milk for cereal and even that causes bloat.

Woman mimics Maine Coon's habit of playing with water

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Woman mimics Maine Coon habit of playing with water. Screenshot. Maine Coons have a reputation for playing around with the water in their water bowl. Why do they do this? They must enjoy it. So why do they enjoy it? Entertainment is probably the answer. They do it to entertain themselves. Perhaps they can become a bit bored. There is also the connection with hunting prey in and around water. Small wild cats do this. We can expect some domestic cats to instinctively behave as if they are a wild cat hunting prey near streams. Domestic cats are barely domesticated. Or perhaps they are copying wild cats drinking from a stream by scooping water up in their paw. There seems to be a bit of wild cat personality in this form of behaviour. @ancikaanci7 不不不不 karma 不不不不 ##funny ##wtf ##omg ##cat ##mainecoon ##tiktokcats ##tiktok ##keruljonki ##nezdvegig ##macska ##vicces ##cica ♬ original sound - Intelligent living Note : This is a video from another website. Sometimes

Maine Coon competes with five-year-old girl for size

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The young girl is holding this huge Maine Coon badly but that's beside the point because what is interesting is the size difference: none! Although I see a lot of youngsters holding cats like this. I don't know why their parents let them do it. It looks wrong and uncomfortable for the cat but they tolerate it well. All the large MCs I have seen are very placid. The cat appears to be a super silver tabby-and-white with the usual massive plumed tail. This child could not pick up this cat probably because of size and weight. How to pick up and carry a cat . Maine Coon competes with five-year-old girl for size. Photo: Pinterest. The introduction ('General') to the CFA breed standard for this cat breed makes no mention of size except to state that the 'quality should never be sacrificed for size'. So quality is more important than size. But size has become a symbol of quality among some breeders it seems. The two do overlap. A lot of admirers of the breed consider