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Australian Maine Coon breeder talks about the breed and her champion cat in a video

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This video is nicely instructional for people interested in adopting a Maine Coon. Here we have a very nice little video. It shows an Australian lady (an amusing woman) interviewing an Australian woman who is a Maine Coon cat breeder. The interview appears to have taken place at a cat show where this beautiful 10 kg (22 pounds) male Maine Coon cat has won two titles that day at this cat show.  RELATED: Here's a list of Maine Coon breeders in Australia and some extra information . And as is so typical of Maine Coon cats he sits there completely chilled out minding his own business while they talk about him. This is a strange place to this cat but no problems. He just wants to sit down and chill. Australian Maine Coon breeder talks through the breed in an interview at a cat show in Australia where this cat won twice. Screenshot. How many times have we seen Maine Coon cats chilled and super-calm like this? I've seen them all the time. And it must point to a personality for this br

What the perfect Maine Coon should look like (video) for those who want to adopt

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Fast Eddie a great looking cat show Maine Coon. Screenshot. Fast Eddie, a superlative ginger-and-white Maine Coon show cat impresses at a CFA cat show. I think Fast Eddie came second in this CFA cat show in the United States to a copper-eyed, pure white Persian but he has been the best cat in other shows. I think he was the best Maine Coon at the show.  If you want to know what a great Maine Coon looks like as per the CFA standard, this is your boy. He's purrfect.   It is nice to see what the top cat association thinks the Maine Coon should look like. Potential adopters can get a little distracted by the huge Maine Coons on social media. The show judge makes a nice remark as she talks through the judging of Fast Eddie (who's anything but fast as he is incredibly calm and static which is great at this juncture of the show). She says that Maine Coons should have a balanced body conformation. They should not be extreme as some Maine Coons are. The character of the Maine Coon

Frances Simpson describes the first major American cat show (1895) at which a Maine Coon won the top prize

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The first mention of Maine Coon cats in a literary work was in 1861 in Frances Simpson's The Book of the Cat (1903). I have a copy of that book! It is a terrible copy, as if it has been photocopied and bound together. It is hard to read. Simpson was the leading writer about the cat fancy at that time. For those who are interested in cat history particularly American cat history and the Maine Coon cat I will recite verbatim what she said about the first major cat show held in the Madison Square Garden, New York, on May 8, 1895. She does say that in the state of Maine they had cat shows well before this one. These must have been fairly informal.  Comment : Maine Coon cats in those days were called 'Maine Cats'. Several cats brought over from England died after the show. I find this shocking. Frances Simpson does not explain why they died. She does mention that there were very high temperatures in the showroom and it may be that they fell ill because of these high temperature

Maine Coon physical adaptations against harsh winter climate in Maine

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Maine winters The state of Maine in the United States has a cold winter climate. I'm told that the cold season lasts for 3.3 months from late November to early March with an average daily high temperature below 34°F which is just above freezing point. The coldest month of the year in Maine is January with an average low of 8°F and a high of 23°F which is well below freezing. In the snow! Image: MikeB. Adaptations over 400 years in Maine The point of the introduction is that if we agree that the Maine Coon cat originates in the state of Maine which it almost certainly does, we can suggest that this cat breed developed physical adaptations in its coat primarily for survival in harsh winter climates. Maine in the late 1800s. Image in public domain. Coat The coat is shaggy and has a water-resistant top layer of fur. The downy undercoat is like a duck down filling for a duvet. Shaggy coat! Image in public domain. Hind legs The hind legs have thick fur down to their hocks. This gives the

When can I expect my Maine Coon cat to shed fur?

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To answer the question in the title we need to know what controls the shedding of fur in domestic cats including Maine Coons. When you answer that question, you can answer the question in the title. Some people think that seasonal temperature changes governs the shedding of fur in Maine Coon cats and other domestic cats. This makes sense because fur keeps cats warm and therefore if it's warmer, they don't need so much fur. Dante - a Red Tabby Maine Coon in the Snow. Photo by Wendy Photosensitive But it appears that cats are photosensitive meaning that they respond to the amount of ambient light when it comes to shedding fur. In other words, shedding fur is more influenced by the amount of light impacting upon the cat than by temperature changes. But of course, the amount of ambient light is directly linked to the ambient temperature outside i.e. seasonal changes. Other factors It's also important to note that other factors such as diet, health, and grooming habits can affec

Maine Coon hip dysplasia explained in an infographic

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This is a cross-post. I hope that it helps to explain hip dysplasia in Maine Coon cats. The x-rays that we see are not very helpful in terms of understanding the disease. So, I decided to produce a very compact and succinct infographic which I hope people will find useful because a lot of people look at websites on their smartphones. They are looking for speed. As I have said before, it is a great shame that this beautiful cat breed suffers from four serious inherited health problems one of which is hip dysplasia. The diseases don't come about exclusively because of artificial selection i.e. selective breeding but inbreeding is a major contributor to this disease being so prevalent at around a quarter of all Maine Coons. I can think of three others immediately: spinal atrophy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and patella luxation. The first concerns the spine gradually atrophying i.e. becoming weaker, the second regards a serious heart disease in which the muscle thickens. It begins wit

Can a Maine Coon kill a person?

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Can a Maine Coon kill a person? Under extreme circumstances the answer is yes due to a bite infection but I don't think it has ever happened! Image: DALLE-E Because of the imposing size of some of the Maine Coons that we see on the internet - which do not really represent the general Maine Coon population - some people are genuinely unsure if they'll be safe around one of these impressive cats. This is an extreme viewpoint and many will consider it quite mad. It's not. But fear not because it is highly unlikely for a Maine Coon to kill a person. Maine Coons are domesticated cats that have a friendly and affectionate nature. They are not aggressive towards humans and are known to be great companions. Maine Coons are large cats, with males weighing up to 18 pounds, but their size alone does not make them dangerous to humans. While Maine Coons are powerful animals with sharp claws and teeth, they are not likely to attack humans unprovoked (defensive aggression). Like any other

Maine Coons and Bengals are less neurotic than other cats

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I have gleaned a bit of information about the Maine Coon character and hunting desires from a study which actually looks at the character of domestic cats both non-purebred and purebred to assess whether it affects how keen they are to hunt birds and mammals.  Maine Coons and Bengals are less neurotic than other cats. This is a generalisation based on a study. It does not mean that all Maine Coons and Bengals have the same character. Image by Warren Photographic with the background added. I will quote what they state in the study verbatim and I think people who want to adopt the Maine Coon cat might find this useful. Although this is valid research and useful it is the findings of one study. But that said they did survey 2,508 cat owners in France. A good number. "Bengal and Main Coon cats also demonstrate lower levels of neuroticism than other cats. These findings are in agreement with organizations of cat owners and breeders, which report that cat breeds differ not only in morph

Why can't Maine Coon cats roar?

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Maine Coon cats, like other domestic cats, lack the ability to roar due to differences in their larynx structure compared to big cats.  The larynx of domestic cats is not as specialized as that of big cats, and their vocal cords are shorter and less flexible. As a result, domestic cats are unable to produce the deep, low-frequency vibrations that create a roar. Maine Coon meowing loudly asking for food. Image: DALL-E. However, Maine Coon cats, like other domestic cats, are still capable of producing a variety of other vocalizations, such as meows, purrs, growls, and hisses, to communicate with their owners and other cats. These vocalizations are produced by other parts of the larynx and the mouth. The tiger roar is meant to be heard over 2-3 kilometers. It is a long-distance call . Domestic cats don't need to call that far and their anatomy is too small to produce a roar. A point worth mentioning is that a cat can either purr/meow or roar but they can't do both. The mountain li

Video of Helios - a bear of a Maine Coon cat

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When Helios jumps onto the bed chasing a cat tease, he looks like a bear chasing a salmon in a stream. He is enormous. Without wishing to be insensitive you can see that he is a little overweight. That's why he has lost that natural Maine Coon rangy appearance. Maine Coons are big but they are long as we all know which gives them a rangy (leggy and long) appearance. The longest domestic cat ever was a Maine Coon called Mymains Stewart Gilligan (aka Stewie) at 123 cm (48.5 in) long.  Isn't it always a danger for Maine Coons to become little overweight? What I mean is they have to be full-time indoor cats. Doesn't this place an added obligation on the cat caregiver to keep them happy and occupied. And it not they can become bored. Some cats comfort eat as far as I can tell. It is partly why too many over overweight. It's no big deal for Helios but I think he should lose a bit. All the big Maine Coons I have seen are just big and not fat-big. The real issue for Helios is t

How much will it cost to feed my Maine Coon for ONE YEAR?

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As the Maine Coon (MC) is the largest domestic cat breed and as they CAN weigh around 20 pounds, I'll attempt to work out an answer on the basis that the owner has a large MC at 20 pounds in weight. That's convenient for me because I have prepared an infographic which sets out the minimum and maximum cost for ONE YEAR for dry, wet and raw cat foods in the United States to feed a 10 POUND cat. Here it is: So, if we rather crudely double the cost for a MC we arrive at the following. Note: doubling the food intake for a cat double the weight is a bit simplistic but I believe a good starting point. In feeding a Maine Coon, the cheapest dry food for one year, the cost would be twice the $86 (the cost for a 10-pound cat) which makes $172 and for the most expensive dry food it would be $704. Feeding the same MC with the cheapest wet food would using the same double cost produces $892 per year for the cheapest wet food and the most expensive would be $4214. Feeding a raw diet, the cos

Picture of three Maine Coon cats watching cat television

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I guess you know what feline (cat) television is? In case you think it is the same as human television, it isn't. It is a nice wide window on the world outside. And there should be a nice wide window sill with some soft, cosy bedding on it.  Below the window is a radiator which wafts warm air by convection over the cats as they sit or lie on the window sill and observe the wildlife spectacle outside which probably should include some bird feeders to add a bit of spice to the viewing.  Yes, cat TV is a window and for Maine Coons it is pretty important as a lot of them, the vast majority I suspect, are full-time indoor cats. If they haven't got the use of a catio or an outside enclosure, the only chance to be mentally stimulated by real-life nature is to see the world from behind double-glazed glass. And here we have what I believe are three Maine Coons (and a little fella on the sidelines) who are looking out of a window behind which something interesting is happening by the loo

What does a "European" Maine Coon cost in the United States?

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The price can be up to $3,500 and sometimes more. There are two distinct types of Maine Coon in terms of appearance and this is a fairly recent development. The European type Maine Coons bred in the US are bigger and more 'extreme'. The word 'extreme' means exaggerated features such as large bodies, stronger (larger) muzzles, larger ears, longer and denser lynx tips to the ears, bigger paws, more hair between the toes and so on. If you are interested read the article below and come back to this page. RELATED: The difference between American and European Maine Coon cats 3,500 dollars for a European Maine Coon. The image was created by an AI computer DALL-E which is why it looks a bit strange but it is unique. There are no other images anywhere like this! Thank God you are saying. 😎 Just more outstanding in appearance. These 'extra features' are is not demanded by the American cat associations' breed standards. It's the breeders who've created this in

What do you need to do to buy a Maine Coon cat?

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This is a long page to try and make it fairly comprehensive. Starting from scratch, what does a person need to do to buy a Maine Coon cat? Obviously, you've got to approach a cat breeder because on nearly every occasion, you will have to buy your Maine Coon cat from a cat breeder. Rarely there are rescue Maine Coons. Although it is worth checking out the rescue Maine Coon route. But what do you do before that? Ready to buy a cat? I think that you must go back to square one first. At the beginning of a decision to buy a Maine Coon cat you have to consider domestic cats generally by which I mean: "Are you in a position to adopt a domestic cat?". "Are you in a position to live with a domestic cat for the lifespan of the cat?" It is a fundamental question which applies to every domestic cat whether they are non-purebred or purebred. In fact, the question is more appropriate or more pointed in respect of the Maine Coon cat because when you adopt a Maine Coon cat you

How to make life better for the older Maine Coon cat companion (infographic)

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Maine Coons in general have shorter lifespans than the domestic cat population because of inherited diseases. Generally, with exceptions, there are more 'disabled' Maine Coons than in the general domestic cat population too because of the same reason. The infographic highlights some pointers that can make things a little better for elderly cats. It is a little strange to me to think that Maine Coons (MCs) become adults later than most domestic cats. I am not sure why but we are told that it might take until the age of 4 to become adult. By that time, they may have a heart murmur due to HCM.  Lifespan And we are also told that their average MC lifespan is around 12.5 years. The average moggie might add another 5 years to that. This is 40% more! Weird. Perhaps the data is slightly inaccurate.  But what is accurate is that MCs will be older earlier than normal in general - there will of course be exceptions. This I think makes the infographic useful. There is another usefulness. T

Infographic on cat hairball tips as Maine Coons may be at a greater risk than normal

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Long-haired breeds — such as Persians and Maine Coons — may be at greater risk for developing hairballs than are short-haired breeds. Some cats are, by nature, more fastidious than others in their grooming habits. Those are the words of the Cornell Feline Health Center. On that premise I'd like to present an infographic which may interest some readers who live with a Maine Coon cat. They are famous for their shaggy coats. infographic by MikeB at PoC. Hairballs are an actual problem or a potential one in many domestic cats although my shorthaired cat has never had them. An advantage of living with a shorthaired moggie. Cats deal with hairballs with ease normally as a cat's stomach is designed to handle hair and cats are highly proficient vomiters.  But despite that, some cats accumulate hair in the stomach and rather than passing onwards to the intestines it is vomited up usually at the exact point where you don't want to see it. It is normal for a cat to regurgitate hairbal

Is humankind's obsession with big things doing a disservice to the Maine Coon cat?

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Discussion topic You could say that humankind has an obsession with big things. It doesn't apply to everybody but it does to a lot of people. And America seems to be the leader in the world of big things. That is not a criticism. Big is often good. Big and bold seems to be an American motto. This may account for the fact that their cat breed, the American Cat, the Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed on my estimation.  Big is attractive If you decide to adopt the Maine Coon cat you might be tempted to go for the biggest you can find. Part of the attractiveness of this breed is its size. Comparing size! People like big Maine Coon cats. On social media today there is a Maine Coon owner asking about the weight of other Maine Coon cats at six months of age. They say that they have always wanted a monster and are curious as to whether their cat is about average or bigger or smaller than usual at 6-months. It chimes with humans comparing their appearance on social media. I don

Maine Coon cat declawed. Please don't do it. Here's why.

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Owner declaws their Maine Coon The other day, I encountered a post on social media about a cat owner who had declawed their Maine Coon cat. Of course, I was shocked. But not everybody would be shocked. Some people still actually believe in it. I am sorry I don't have any more details. I can't find the post now. I think it was deleted because she was criticised. Nail trim?! Some people believe that declawing is a nail trim. It is not. It is a surgical amputation of the last joints of a cat's toes - all five on each front foot. Pain It is mightily painful. The cat is given painkillers of course nowadays. In the past they weren't because veterinarians wanted to stop cats walking on their toes so the surgery healed faster. An utterly cruel concept. Botched To me, some veterinarians haven't got much better. A few years ago, I wrote about the high percentage of botched declawing surges that take place in America . This is because they still often use guillotines to chop t