The Maine Coon cat is the largest domestic cat breed. They are very muscular and big bones. This breed can grow to be up to 18 pounds. These cats have long, shaggy, multi-layered fur. This makes them a great pet for people who live in areas where the weather is often severe such as New England. They also have very large paws that make it easy for them to walk in the snow. If you love the look of this cat and your are considering adopting one, you should understand a bit about his personality.
He is Known as a Gentle Giant
The Maine Coon cat has earned the nickname, Gentle Giant, due to his easy going nature. Many people believe that because of his size, that he would be mean and surly. This is not the case. He is very gentle and lovable. He gets along great with other pets and small children.
He Is Very Curious and Intelligent
People who own Maine Coon cats find that they are able to open cabinets and doors. This is not because he is being mischievous, it is because he is very intelligent and his intelligence makes him curious. He isn’t opening cabinets and door to cause trouble, he is doing these things because he wants to see what is inside and he has the intelligence to get the door open. Most people who own this breed also say that they are very easy to train.
He Loves To Play
The Maine Coon cat loves to play. He will chase around a ball of yarn and can occupy himself for long periods of time with cat toys. He also needs the interaction of playing with humans. If your cat gets bored as a result of not enough playtime and stimulation, he could start getting into things. It is not uncommon for owners of bored Maine Coons to come home to a disaster.
He Loves the Thrill of the Chase
Maine Coon cats love a good chase If he sees a mouse in the house, he won’t stop until he catches it. These cats make great pets on farms or in homes in rural areas where mice are an issue. Unfortunately, the Maine Coon cat will go after other small animals as well. It is not uncommon for a Maine Coon to come into the house with a bird in his mouth. He has in instinct to hunt and it is one of his favorite pastimes.
He is a Loyal Breed
While the Maine Coon will get along with adults and children in the family, he will choose one family member that he will become especially attached to. He will follow his favorite family member around the house and this would be the person that he chooses to snuggle up with on the couch. The Maine Coon cat will make sure that his favorite family member knows that they are his favorite.
The Maine Coon cat is the largest cat breed, but he is also the most gentle. He is loving and loyal and he shows a great deal of patience with other pets and children. If you are planning to adopt a Maine Coon cat, you won’t be disappointed.