In search of the big Maine Coon with the tiny voice

They (the experts) say that the Maine Coon is a big cat with a tiny voice. They're the biggest domestic cat. So is it true that they have tiny voices?

In search of the big Maine Coon with the tiny voice
'Sean Coonery' has a pretty standard voice but if anything quieter and less demanding than normal. He is undemonstrative in character and voice. Screenshot.

I visited YouTube and viewed as many Maine Coon talking videos that I could find. I have 2 observations about the Maine Coon (MC) voice.

  1. Firstly, they are not hugely talkative. No more so than any other domestic cat and perhaps quieter than normal;
  2. Secondly, and importantly, their voice is low key and sweet. It is not loud and demanding like the sounds made by the Siamese. It is a shy voice. I would not call it a tiny voice but a sweet, respectful and undemanding voice. A very pleasant sound.

I agree that there is this slightly strange juxtaposition of the smallish voice coming from a huge domestic cat. 

Note: This is a video from another website. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.


You rightly expect their voice to be louder than the average domestic cat. But it is the opposite. Their voice is probably smaller than the average cat.

Former cat show judge Gloria Stephens correctly states that they are 'fairly quiet'. That's why in the YouTube videos the film makers struggle to get their adorable felines to say something. 😉.

That does not apply to all of them but I can sense a trend among the videos: the MC is a fairly quiet, undemonstrative cat. I think that is a good word to describe the MC - undemonstrative.

They are not a big, brash breed. In the videos that I viewed they came across as gentle. It is a fine quality.

It is as if the MC is a small cat in a big body. The big body has been created through selective breeding and the foundation cats had tiny voices.

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