Is the Maine Coon the
Right Breed For You?

Are you a dog lover who wants to own a cat? If so, you may want to take a look at the extraordinary Maine Coon cat breed. 

The Maine Coon is extraordinary intelligent and has a personality that is not exactly cat like. 

If you think all cats act the same, you probably haven't seen a Maine Coon decide to take a leisurely dip in your family's wading pool.

This breed is known as a gentle giant, which is not surprising, since these lovely cats weigh in at anywhere from nine to twenty two pounds. 

The breed has a squarish face, a thick neck, large ears, big, rounded eyes, and a large, muscular body. The tail is long and quite bushy.

This cat breed was first seen in Maine in the late eighteen hundreds and most likely developed its thick coat as a way to protect itself from the bitterly cold winters in that area. 

When the breed was first established, only the brown tabby color was recognized. 

This coat color and the Maine Coon's bushy tail gave it the look of a raccoon, and it is probably this appearance that gave these cats their name. 

Today, this breed comes in many more recognized colors, including black, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell, blue tortoiseshell, white, smoke, silver tabby, brown tabby, red tabby, blue tabby, cream tabby, and bicolors. 

Cats can have green or gold eyes, unless they are white, in which case, eyes can also be blue or mismatched. 

The Maine Coon gets along well with other cats, dogs, children, and just about every other type of animal, except mice. 

This breed is notorious for its excellent hunting abilities. 

These cats have a wonderful personality and are the perfect cat breed for families. 

However, they are also content being the only animal in a quiet household. 

A Maine Coon can be quite vocal...

If you want an extremely quiet cat, then the Maine Coon may not be the perfect choice for you. These cats are a bit on the vocal side. 

However, the mewling these cats make is a pleasant chirping sound that few people find to be annoying. 

With the long coat this breed has, it is no surprise that the Maine Coon needs frequent grooming. You should be prepared to thoroughly comb out your cat's coat at least twice a week. 

If the coat begins to develop knots and snarls, you may need to groom him even more frequently. 

Overall, this descendant of hardy farm cats is a healthy breed. 

If your cat seems to be feeling under the weather, he most likely has a hairball problem. Of course, you should seek veterinary care to be sure he does not have any more serious problems. 

While you are talking to your veterinarian, you may want to consult him about feeding your cat a cat food with hairball control. 

Since the Maine Coon is said to be the most popular breed in the world, it would be no surprise if you decided that you wanted to own one of these beautiful animals. 

If you want an intelligent and loving cat, this breed may be the perfect choice for you.

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