The Maine Coon is a large cat breed that can measure up to a staggering 120cm in length! Males are typically heavier than females with their weight range spanning between 4-10kg. Some males can even reach up to 14kg! Needless to say, this makes them one of the world’s largest cat breeds. Life expectancy averages 12.5 years, although it’s not uncommon for indoor Maine Coons to live between 15 and 20 years.
Maine Coons are often referred to as ‘dog-cats’ or ‘dogs of the cat world’. They will happily follow their owners’ every move and demand plenty of attention. They also prefer the company of their human/s and are an easy breed to get along with. However, a Maine Coon left alone too long may experience separation anxiety.
Maine Coons suit both a family home with a garden or an apartment. However, the latter is best introduced from a young age. They also get along well with other pets, including cats, and children. Health problems aren’t of significant concern with the breed overall, although some cases of cardiomyopathy or hip dysplasia have been reported.
Fun fact: Maine Coons don’t meow but coo. This is an expressive cat breed who will happily communicate with you in a range of sounds, from cooing to chirping and more!