The Maine Coon is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America. Its name comes from Maine, the state of New England when he was spotted; and Raccoon, because of its tail: very similar to that of a raccoon. There are many legends surrounding the origin of this particular cat, but the most likely theory would indicate the Maine Coon as the result of a cross between short-haired cats and long-haired cats from overseas. According to some fact, the Maine Coon cats have ancestors among the Nordic countries, the ancestors of the Norwegian Forest Cat, arrived in North America in the year one thousand, following the Viking landings on the islands of Newfoundland; in fact, in North America, wild cat ( Felis silvestris ) is not present. According to others, the origin of the Maine Coon dates back to the colonial period when the ships of colonists from all over the world, docked on American shores of the North- east, leading to the following cats to protect food supplies from mices. They were cats of every stripe, prized by the sailors of the time for their ability to hunt mices, rather than for their more or less beauty. However, it is very likely that, among those ” cats ” all alike and all different, there was also some ancestor of the current cats in America. It’s not ruled out at the moment ( do not know if lynx and wildcats are interbreed ) any contribution genetic by lynx Lynx rufus and Lynx canadensis: we can note the similarity and the small size of these lynx . The earliest reports of a Maine Coon, dates back to 1861. In Italy, the Maine Coon appears only in 1986 on a monthly cat’s magazine. Since that time, coming today the spread of breed is ever expanding and Maine Coon have become successful actors in feline shows.
The Maine Coon cats are imposing and their weight ranges from 6 to 12 in males, and in females from 5 kg to 7 kg. The Maine Coon were already appreciated more than a century ago for their strength, beauty and ability to adapt to the harsh winters of New England. All of the Maine Coon indicates its adaptation to a harsh climate. The body is big, long, rectangular and muscular with strong bones. In addition, the wide chest and neck strong and muscular, give the cat a look of strength and power. The coat glossy, heavy and resistant to water, is not equal to that of any other race. The longer hair on the ruff, stomach and hind legs fixes from the wet and snow while the shorter one on the back and neck defends him from the tangle of undergrowth . The long, bushy tail which the cat wraps around himself when he curls up to sleep, protects it from cold winters. His ears are more hairy both inside and on the tips, to preserve it from the cold, and movable, to better capture the sounds of the forest, compared to those of other cats. The feet large, round, with tufts of hair between the toes, serve as ‘ snow shoes ‘. Their eyes and their ears are great for improving eyesight and hearing, which are useful in hunting and escape predators. The long, square muzzle allows him to easily grab the prey, and drink water from rivers or ponds. All colors are accepted except: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Lilac, Fawn in any combination (tabby with or without white etc.) and color point factor.
Although it is a massive cat, it is also a meek animal. The Maine Coon is very attached to his master, but becomes attached to the rest of the family and has no problems nor to live with other cats or with a dog. Do not fear the water, indeed! Often loves to play and squirt!
It is lively, curious, playful and hunter. Its size makes it confident with other animals. From a so big cat we could expect a big voice, however, this cat is not very talkative. Reciprocate with affection who treats him with kindness.
It is a sturdy cat, which does not require special care. It should be brushed at least once a week, especially in the groins and armpits to prevent the formation of knots. It can be washed safely with water and shampoo and drying with a hair dryer, but you should accustom it when it’s just a baby. The natural impermeability of the coat, protects the cat against water and cold.