Maine Coon Advantages and Challenges
Maine Coon Physical Characteristics
Maine Coon Personality
This beautiful and even-tempered animal is the 2nd most popular breed of cat in the U.S. The only truly American cat breed, the Maine Coon hails from the cold Northeast and has the ultra-thick fur coat to prove it. Known as “the Gentle Giant”, the Maine Coon is one of the largest members of the domestic cat family – the male can routinely weigh up to 20 pounds, and the female (while smaller than the male) is still noticeably bigger than your average kitty, weighing in at 10-15 pounds or more. With its dense coat, thickly tufted paws and long, fluffy tail, this extra-large Maine Coon is well suited to cold climates and changing seasons.
Maine Coon History and General Information
History and Origin
Bred originally as a champion mouser, the modern day Maine Coon remains a gifted and determined hunter. While birds, rodents and insects have reason to fear this mighty predator, the Maine Coon is affectionate and gentle with humans and other household animals, and well suited to families that include other pets and kids older than 5.
The Maine Coon has remarkably thick fur, and is prone to matting. As for grooming, the Maine Coon should be brushed once or twice a week to preserve a healthy coat and to prevent an accumulation of painful mats which would have to be cut out.
Maine Coon Health
The Maine Coon is a sturdy cat with few health issues, but can be susceptible to hip, knee and joint problems. http://www.fhda.com
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