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We’ve had the pleasure of sharing life with seven Maine Coon cats … many,  but not all at the same time.

The Maine Coon is considered by many people to be the most perfect of domestic pets with their clown like personalities, affectionate natures, insatiable curiosity and easy-maintenance coats.  They are frequently kept as indoor pets, never seeking the outdoor life and making wonderful companions with no objections to dogs and other animals.  A Maine Coon will not ignore you, preferring all the time to know exactly where you are and just hates being left alone with no companionship.

Maine Coon Cats are one of the oldest naturally developed pedigree cat breeds in North America.  They are very large, tall, heavy boned and muscular animals, although it is possibly that their heavy coat has led people to perceive them as much larger than they actually are. They develop very slowly, achieving their full size in three to four years and Males are much larger than the Females reaching an average weight when fully grown of between 13 and 18 pounds (6-8kgs) compared to the Females of between 9 and 12 pounds (4-5.5kgs).

Their disposition is superb, they remain playful for all of their lives and are commonly called the gentle giant of the cat world as they have a very laid back attitude. They also have a very endearing quality of chirping - rather than meowing, a delightful and gentle noise considering their size!  Another rather strange quality is their affinity to water, they love playing with their paws in the sink, bath or shower, they like to sit on the edge of the bath and seem fascinated with the movement of the water.  When they drink from their water bowls, they scrape the surface of the water for imaginary leaves, this is presumably an inherited quality possibly from the time when they drank from pools.

American Maine Coon Cats.