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Maine Coon

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Size: Large
Lifespan: Medium (8 to 12 years)
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If youre looking for a cat that can get along with anyone--from kids to seniors to other pets--look no further. The Maine Coon has been coined "the gentle giant," and they surely live up to their nickname. They are also often compared to dogs, and not just because of their large size and broad, muscular chests. Maine Coons are playful, sociable, talkative, and energetic, taking a true interest in their owners, although you don't always have to shower them with attention. There are many (genetically unfeasible) legends about the true origin of this house pet--one being that it was the result of the mating of a wild cat and raccoon!

General Care

Maine Coons have a heart as big as their size, and are great companions with relatively minimal care needs. Even with their bushy tails and long, shaggy coats, this breed needs to be brushed only about once a week. Their coats also make them suited to colder climates, so you can keep them as either indoor or outdoor cats. And, even though they love people, Maine Coons don't necessarily need a lot of physical attention--so don't feel like you always have to be petting them or offering them a place in your lap. Generally, Maine Coons are robust and healthy, but make sure you talk to your breeder and veterinarian about two potential conditions: hip dysplasia and cardiomyopathy. And, as always, check with your vet with any other questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.

For more information about Maine Coon ownership and care, check out the United Maine Coon Cat Rescue League.

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