About Maine Coon Cats
This breed is one of the oldest natural breeds originating in the
New England area of North America, having been around since the late
1800s. New England winters are very harsh, with heavy snowfall; the
Maine Coon cat's characteristic heavy, uneven coat with long, bushy
tail, generously tufted toes and large, high-set and tufted ears all
enable it to cope with this harsh climate.
However, as a breeder based in Tropical North Queensland, I find the
Maine Coon retains the characteristics of the breed though with a
less heavy coat; the cats do cope well with the heat though care is
taken (as with any animal) to avoid heat stress. Tropical cats who
later reside in the cooler climate of the southern states of
Australia or in Europe will develop a heavier coat.
The breed is categorised as "semi-long hair". Coat colour and
pattern appears in many varieties from solid (single) colour through
to the multi-hued tortoiseshell and everything in between.
This breed will take four to five years to mature.
Maine Coons love playing with water but do not always appreciate
being bathed. The coat requires regular grooming and occasional
bathing in order to prevent matting.
The Maine Coon is generally a sweet-natured, friendly cat. They do
not have a "big" voice, but can be lovely "chatty" companions who
like to help out with household chores and generally check out what
is going on. They are not usually a "lap" cat, but can be great
smoochers and will enjoy sitting or sleeping alongside their human
family. They love a game, and appreciate access to tops of
bookshelves and cupboards from which to launch themselves, or upon
which they sprawl to keep an eye on things.
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