You don’t need us to tell you that cats are beautiful and diverse animals, coming in an array of colors, sizes, and personalities. According to the International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance (IPCBA), there are as many as 73 recognized domestic cat breeds, the largest of which is the Maine Coon (also known as the American Longhair). Anyone who owns or has owned a cat of this gorgeous breed can tell you that they have some distinct characteristics that make them quite unique. Take a look at a few facts you may not have known about the Maine Coon!
They actually enjoy being in the water! Most cats we know aren’t too fond of getting their paws wet, and when it comes time to give them a bath—good luck. Maine Coons, on the other hand, are not averse to taking a dip. Their thick coats are water-resistant and they swim better than you might expect!
Maine Coons are often thought to have dog-like qualities. There are notable temperament differences between a typical dog and a typical cat; many would argue that dogs are (for the most part) more demonstrative and “needy” for attention. Cats are often seen as aloof and unaffectionate with a low social need. Maine Coons defy this stereotype with their friendly, playful nature and high level of interaction with their owners. You could teach this fantastic feline to play fetch and even walk him on a leash!
They have a voice and aren’t afraid to use it! Some cats are definitely more vocal than others. When boredom sets in or it’s getting a little past regular dinnertime, loud, demanding meowing often ensues. Much to the entertainment of their owners, Maine Coons prefer to express themselves through frequent chirps and “trills,” which are combinations of meows and purrs. These talkative kitties are great company for those who like to keep up a steady stream of conversation!
They are not actually related to raccoons. It’s only a myth that this breed is a cross between a wild cat and a raccoon; more likely, they originally were the product of matings between short-haired domestic cats and longhairs that came to America with the Vikings.
These pretty kitties cost a pretty penny. Interested in having one of these gorgeous and quirky cats for your own? You might want to save up—a Maine Coon costs up to $1000 on average. Adoption might be your cheapest option, so start looking into rescue organizations!
If you are lucky enough to own a Maine Coon and have questions about his or her health, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your knowledgeable cat veterinarian. We at the Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill love kitties of all breeds and are invested in keeping your beloved pet healthy and happy for years to come.