One thing completely separates the Maine Coon from any wild animal: its completely social, charming and family-oriented personality. The Maine Coon is for the owner who wants a lot of cat — in every sense of the word. One of the largest of the cat breeds, the Maine Coon also makes his presence known in the most charming way. They take up more room on the couch than the average cat, although they’re equally famous for squeezing themselves into unlikely corners and strange shapes.
There’s nothing not to like about this oversized charmer. At one time nearly extinct, the Maine Coon now rides near the top of the popular cat charts — and with good reason. The Maine Coon Cat makes an immediate impression: an extremely large, beautifully coated, and gloriously tailed cat.
Part of the Maine Coon’s popularity owes to its unmatched good looks — but the rest is due to its super-excellent personality. You may fall in love with this breed’s looks, but you’ll stay in love with its character.
Large and Loveable
The Maine Coon is loyal and friendly, but not neurotically clingy. For those who enjoy the playfulness of a kitten, take heart. This is a slow maturing breed — even teenagers sometimes act like kittens. Yet, this easy-going, tranquil breed will not frazzle your nerves with ceaseless tearing around the house. Probably due to its working heritage, the Maine Coon knows when to dig in and when to take it easy. It’s neither lazy nor an energy waster. Most enjoy a good romp early in the morning and again in the evening. The rest of the time they take it easy, like the sensible creatures they are.
Maine Coons are devoted to their human family, although they can be cautious (but never mean or shy) with strangers. The Maine Coon’s generous nature allows it to accept children, other cats (including unrelated animals of the same sex) and even dogs with grace. Of course, it’s never wise to leave a small kitten alone with a dog until you know they’re fast friends. Even a well-intentioned dog, if overly excited, can hurt a young kitten. However, it should be said that some Maine Coons enjoy rough-and-tumble games.
Despite their friendliness, not all Maine Coons are “lap cats” (many people don’t have a lap large enough to hold them, anyway). Some prefer to sit quietly on a nearby chair. Those Maine Coons that do indulge in lap-sitting are apt to be rather insistent about it. My own Maine Coon, Oliver, a black-and-white monster cat (tipping the scales at about 22 pounds) was extremely fond of sitting on laps and being petted at the same time.
What he didn’t like was for the petting to stop prematurely. If that occurred, Oliver would let out a suspiciously growl-like noise which translated to a figurative: don’t stop.
Inevitably, the petting would nervously resume until Oliver declared he was satisfied by leaping off the lap in question. I’m pretty sure Oliver wouldn’t actually have bitten or scratched anyone, but I must confess never having tested him. It was easier to keep petting.
Diane Morgan is a freelance writer who lives in Williamsport, Maryland. She writes books on dogs, cats, horses, gardening and world religions.