Spotlight on...The Maine Coon

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The Maine Coon

Size:  Medium

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.

  Sophie

Sophie

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.