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For cat fanciers who prefer larger breeds, Maine Coon cats are ideal. They are the second largest breed of cat, weighing anywhere between 4.5 and 12 kg. There are several things to keep in mind when deciding to adopt a Maine Coon cat or kitten.
Maine Coon cats are considered highly intelligent. If you plan to adopt a Maine Coon kitten, be prepared to indulge their curiosity, as this is an inquisitive breed. Because of their intelligence, purebred Maine Coon cats can be easily trained. They have a fondness for water so don't be surprised to find them playing in their water dish or jumping into the shower with you.
Physical CharacteristicsWhile Maine Coon kittens have fairly short hair; this will change as they mature. Maine Coon cats are known for their long, silky fur and fluffy tails. They have a rectangular body shape and a long torso. Their head is slightly longer than its width and their ears are set wide. The eyes of a Maine Coon cat are usually angled. Female Maine Coon cats, as adults, typically weigh between 4.5 and 7 kg while males weigh from about 7 to 12 kg. Although this is a large breed, they tend to grow at a slower pace than other breeds. While most breeds of cat reach their full size by one year, Maine Coon cats usually grow until they are about 3 years of age.
The average lifespan of a Maine Coon cat is around 13 years. All cats are at risk for cat-specific illnesses such as feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease, and spinal muscular atrophy although these are uncommon. The most common ailment associated with Maine Coon cats is hip dysplasia, possibly due to their size. Hip dysplasia is more common in male cats than females. Overall, however, Maine Coons are a healthy breed.
If you're searching for kittens to adopt or rehome and are considering a Maine Coon purebred or even a Maine Coon mixed breed, make sure you are aware of what to expect from this particular breed. Their size, their personality, and their luxurious coat will create a special set of needs that set them apart from other breeds.