The Maine Coon
Grooming needs: Large - 10-25 lbs.
Exercise: Some Play
Environment: Indoor or Safe Indoor/Outdoor
Temperament: Sociable, Confident
Life Expectancy: 12 years
Interesting fact: Maine Coons are not considered full-grown until they reach 4 to 5 years of age! Tales of the breed’s origin are varied and fun: a raccoon or bobcat mix, or the spawn of Marie Antoinette’s six escaped Turkish Angora cats.
Appearance: These cats are big and beautiful with a shaggy coat and raccoon-like tail. They have large, intelligent eyes, a ruff around the neck, and strong, rectangular bodies. They also have Lynx-like ears with tufts on top, as well as tufts between their toes.
Personality: Some call this breed the “dog of the cat world.” The playful, sociable, affectionate Maine Coon is often the only cat a pet parent wants after having one. They are said to be smarter than average, learning tricks with relative ease. While loyal to his/her own family, the Maine Coon is usually independent and cautious around strangers. They are also known for loving water and having a broad vocal range when engaging with their people.
Common Health Problems: This generally healthy feline was bred to survive the New England climate. The most common health issue is feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Genetic testing is available.
Best Match: This laid-back, playful breed will likely enjoy the company of children and other pets. They do need someone who will brush them to prevent mats, especially as they age.
Featured Adoptable: “My name is Sophie! I am sweet and flirtatious. I will act coy and shy but as soon as I see your hand extended I’ll do a flop and roll. Or, I’ll hide under my pillow and pop out once I see you coming. I’m very affectionate, love petting and brushing against legs, and have a feminine purr. I was born 2006 and I want my family! I'm a big girl with big feet. I have incredibly long whiskers, my long fur has those striking Maine Coon markings, and my eyes that are a beautiful yellow and green. They could tell it had been awhile since I’d been loved on when I arrived at the shelter, and my friends at Animal Aid got busy, and they I cleaned up pretty good! I have no special requirements for my family, just that they love me forever.
Please note: Animal Aid protocols result in few adoptions outside the Portland Metro area. To learn more or to meet Sophie, contact them at 503-292-6628.