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The Maine Coon, popularly known as Mrs Norris from the Harry Potter series, is a large breed of cat with an even larger personality. Charming, affectionate, playful, intelligent and friendly, this American-original has captured the hearts of people across the globe, falling second only to the Persian in popularity.

Long-haired Angoras were brought to America on Marie Antoinette's ship, who was supposed to sail with them, but it left without her. When the cats reached Maine, the breed was developed into what we know as the Maine Coon.

The Maine Coon, popularly known as Mrs Norris from the Harry Potter series, is a large breed of cat with an even larger personality. Charming, affectionate, playful, intelligent and friendly, this American-original has captured the hearts of people across the globe, falling second only to the Persian in popularity.

Long-haired Angoras were brought to America on Marie Antoinette's ship, who was supposed to sail with them, but it left without her. When the cats reached Maine, the breed was developed into what we know as the Maine Coon.

Average Adult Size and Life Expectancy

Size

Small - Medium

Height

25 - 40 cm

weight

3 - 8 kg

Life Expectancy

9 - 15 years

Average Adult Size and Life Expectancy

Size

Small - Medium

Height

25 - 40 cm

Weight

3 - 8 kg

Life Expectancy

9 - 15 years

Breed Traits and Characteristics

Shedding level

Heavy shedders (Hair Everywhere!)

Easy To Groom

High Maintenance (Daily Groom)

Tendency to vocalise

Low tendency to vocalise

Activity level

Somewhat high on energy

Need For Mental Stimulation

Needs a moderate job/activity

Child-Friendly

Good with children

Good With Other Pets

They get along well

First-Time Cat Parents

Breed Traits and Characteristics

Shedding level

Heavy shedders (Hair Everywhere!)

Easy To Groom

High Maintenance (Daily Groom)

Tendency to vocalise

Low tendency to vocalise

Activity level

Somewhat high on energy

Need For Mental Stimulation

Needs a moderate job/activity

Child-Friendly

Good with children

Good WIth Other Pets

They get along well

First-Time Cat Parents

Maine Coons are a hardy breed with few health complications but require high-quality, nutritious diets made from wholesome ingredients to keep them healthy throughout their life.

In certain cases, a veterinarian may suggest a hairball prevention diet depending on the number of hairballs your cat develops during a week. During the summer, Maine Coons benefit from a wet food diet to keep them from becoming dehydrated when temperatures outside are more than 25 degrees Celsius.

Grooming a Maine Coon requires an army and is not optional. Since the breed is particularly prone to mats and hairballs, grooming must be done every day. Maine Coon grooming involves daily brushing and de-shedding alongside weekly nail trims and ear cleans.

A Maine Coon’s grooming kit includes, but is not limited to, a slicker brush, a metal comb, a de-shedder, an ear cleaning solution, cat-safe wet wipes, and toothpaste. It is also helpful to visit a professional groomer once a month to help maintain your cat’s coat at home. 

Maine Coons are large cats that require a good amount of exercise to keep them from boredom-based destructive behaviour such as scratching and yowling. Maine Coons particularly enjoy the game of chase because of their high prey drive.

The best way to get a Maine Coon to exercise is through different toys, each requiring them to use a different part of their body. In addition to this, cat trees and indoor agility courses also make for fun activities to let off some steam. 

Maine Coons are a hardy breed with few health complications but require high-quality, nutritious diets made from wholesome ingredients to keep them healthy throughout their life.

In certain cases, a veterinarian may suggest a hairball prevention diet depending on the number of hairballs your cat develops during a week. During the summer, Maine Coons benefit from a wet food diet to keep them from becoming dehydrated when temperatures outside are more than 25 degrees Celsius.

Grooming a Maine Coon requires an army and is not optional. Since the breed is particularly prone to mats and hairballs, grooming must be done every day. Maine Coon grooming involves daily brushing and de-shedding alongside weekly nail trims and ear cleans.

A Maine Coon’s grooming kit includes, but is not limited to, a slicker brush, a metal comb, a de-shedder, an ear cleaning solution, cat-safe wet wipes, and toothpaste. It is also helpful to visit a professional groomer once a month to help maintain your cat’s coat at home. 

Maine Coons are large cats that require a good amount of exercise to keep them from boredom-based destructive behaviour such as scratching and yowling. Maine Coons particularly enjoy the game of chase because of their high prey drive.

The best way to get a Maine Coon to exercise is through different toys, each requiring them to use a different part of their body. In addition to this, cat trees and indoor agility courses also make for fun activities to let off some steam. 

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German Shepherd

Golden Retriever

Indie

Labrador Retriever

Pug

Rottweiler

Shih Tzu

Siberian Husky

Bengal Cat

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