Maine Coons stand apart from their cat brethren for a number of reasons. They are known as the “gentle giants” of cats. As their name suggests, Maine cats are native to the state Maine. Since 1985 the Maine Coon is the official state cat of Maine. Here are 5 facts you didn’t know about one of the world’s largest domesticated felines.
- They’re dressed for winter
Maine Coons have developed large, tufted paws that serve as built-in snowshoes and a thick, bushy tail to wrap around their bodies when they’re cold. They have a dens, water-repellant coat that’s longer on the stomach, ruff and flanks. It keeps their lower body warm when it walks across ice or snow. The fur is shorter on the shoulders so kitties won’t get snared by tree branches or bushes while walking through the woods. The tips of their ears boast a tuft of fur drawing them further into a point.
- They love water
Most cats don’t love water and stay away from a full bathtub. But for some reason, Maine Coons love water. Maybe it’s due to their dense moisture-repellant coats. They like playing with water in the water bowl and some even enjoy a good swim.
- Some Maine Coons have six toes
Experts estimate that early in the breed’s development 40 percent of Maine Coons were polydactyls. It stemmed from a genetic mutation, which helped cats use their paws as natural snowshoes during snowy Maine winters. Six-toed Maine Coons have gradually declined in number as it was seen as undesirable in the purebred class.
- Not all Maine Coon cats have brown coats
Maine Coons are often thought to be synonyms with their raccoon-like coats. But they actually exist in a wide range of of colors and patterns, such as smoke, cream, cameo, mackerel and tortoiseshell.
- A Maine Coon was the world’s longest cat
Stewie held the Guinness World Record for world’s longest domestic cat before he died in 2013. Stewie measured 48.5 inches when fully stretched out from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail bone.
Maine Coons are gentle giants with huge hearts. Their personalities make them a great fit for families with kids, dogs and other cats. They get along with everyone!
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