What is a Maine Coon?
Maine Coons are the gentle giants of the cat world and get along with every member of their family; both two-legged or four. They get on well with other pets of all kinds, from dogs to birds. They love to be loved!
The breed is a “natural breed”; they haven’t been cross-bred with other breeds to establish different colours, patterns, or looks. Their size is natural too; girls average at 4-5kg (8-11lb), and boys average at 6-8kg (13-18lb).
Maine Coons are not lap cats due to their size, but they do love a good snuggle and will squeeze themselves in tight next to you with a head or paw on your lap.
Every activity at home involves a Maine Coon; from making the bed to cooking dinner, they are very nosy! They enjoy fitting into small places (think the smallest delivery box you can find) and being up high, so sturdy cat trees with hidey holes and height are a necessity for this breed.
They are also enormously fond of water, so we recommend at least one heavy cat drinking fountain and keeping your toilet lid firmly closed!
Chats are chirps and chirrups, with the occasional meow to tell you off. They make very close bonds with their people and will be a friend for life!
Where are they from?
The origin of Maine Coons is still a mystery, but we know the breed developed in the north-eastern American states. Desired for their excellent abilities to catch vermin, they were the original American wild cat. The climate in Maine, USA, where the breed developed, is exceptionally cold so the cats grew out a protective, double-layer, shaggy coat and fur tufts or “snowshoes” between their toes. Their coats grow out fully during the winter months, and they shed it throughout spring and summer.
See more information at the Maine Coon Cat Club.
Do Maine Coons have any health issues?
Maine Coons are prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is genetic in the breed. As such, testing and only breeding with cats clear for the Maine Coon HCM gene is vital.
This does not guarantee that a HCM negative cat will go not go on to develop HCM, unfortunately we can only test for two known genes.
Our breeding cats are up to date with their vaccinations and our home is free from FIV and FeLV.
Our testing is sent to Langford Vet diagnostic laboratory. We test for and are negative for:
(Spinal Muscular Atrophy)
- PK Def
(Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency)