Facts about Maine Coon Cats, "Scientific name for Maine Coon Cat is Felis Catus". The "Maine Coon Cat" is the biggest domestic cat breed that has a unique physical look and valuable hunting abilities. The Maine Coon Cat are native to the Maine State in the New England area and they are one among the oldest natural cat breeds in North America. The Maine Coon Cat breed was admired in cat shows during the late 19th century, but its survival became threatened when they were breed from abroad were introduced during the early 20th century. The Maine Coon Cat has since made a return and currently, it is one among the most renowned cat breeds in the world. The Maine Coon Cat is also commonly called as the American Longhair, and it is the state cat of the State of Maine.
The Maine Coon Cat is the largest domestic cat breed. Usually, the male cats are heavier than the female ones, with a body weight ranging from 15 lbs to 25 lbs (6.8 kg to 11.3 kg), whereas the female ones weigh between 10 lbs to 15 lbs (4.5 kg to 6.8 kg). Adult cats may vary in height between 10 inches and 16 inches (25 cm and 41 cm) and they can have a maximum body length of 48 inches (1.2 meters). The Maine Coon Cat have a tail with a maximum length of 14 inches (36 cm), and it is elongated, tapering, and profoundly furred, which looks like the tail of a raccoon.
Maine Coon Cats on average sleep 13 to 14 hours a day and when they are awake, the spend a lot of time licking themselves to keep themselves clean. The body of a Maine Coon Cat is muscular and solid, which is essential for supporting their own body weight and they have a broad chest. The Maine Coon Cats have a rectangular body form and they are sluggish to physically mature. Normally, their complete potential size is not attained pending they attain the age of three to five years after their birth.
Maine Coon Cats help control rodents like small rats and mice where the live such as farm homes, warehouse their houses ect. A female Maine Coon Cat is called a "queen or molly", male Maine Coon Cat is called a "tom" and the name "clowder" is called a group and young or baby Maine Coon Cats are called kittens.
The coat of the Maine Coon Cat is silky and soft, even though the texture may differ with the color of the coat. The length of the fur is shorter on the shoulders and head and it is longer on the flanks and stomach, with a few Maine Coon Cats having a ruff similar to a lion about their neck.
The reason why Maine Coon Cats can squeeze through very small spaces is that they have no collarbone and free-floating clavicle bones that their shoulders are attach to their forelimbs, that's why a Maine Coon Cat can fit through a hole the same size as its head and they use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through the space.
The Maine Coon Cat may have any of the body colors that other cat breeds have. The Maine Coon Cat come in different colors, such as lavender, chocolate, with the ticked patterns or the Siamese piercing patterns. However, the most widespread pattern seen in this breed of cat is a brown tabby.
Generally, the Maine Coon Cat is not recognized for being a lap cat, but its gentle nature makes it relaxed around kids, dogs and other cat breeds. The Maine Coon Cat are good-humored all through their lives, with male cats are inclined to be extra clownish and female cats usually have more self-esteem, yet both male and female cats are equally friendly.
The Maine Coon Cat requires a minimum grooming when compared to other cat breeds because their coat is generally self-maintaining because of a light-thickness undercoat. The coat of the Maine Coon Cat is subject to seasonal change, with the coat being thicker during the winter season and thinner in the summer season.
A Maine Coon Cat can move their ears independently. The cat's hairball is called a "bezoar" (meaning a concretion or calculus found in the intestines or stomach of certain animals, in particular ruminants, formerly alleged to be an effective cure for poison). Maine Coon Cats can see at levels of light six time lower than a human, this is why cats can catch mice so easily at night. Maine Coon Cats outer ear uses 32 muscles to control it, and a human has only 6 muscles in its ear and a cat can move its ears 180 degrees. A Maine Coon Cat can climb up a tree well but can not climb head first down a tree, because all the claws on a cat’s paw points the same direction, to get down from a tree, a Maine Coon Cat has to back down. A Maine Coon Cat can run at a top speed of about 30 mph (48.2 km) over a short distance. A Maine Coon Cat rubs against a person to not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory. A Maine Coon Cat averages about 12 whiskers on both side of its face. A Maine Coon Cats jaw can not move sideways, there for a cat can not chew large pieces of food. A Maine Coon Cats back is highly flexible because of its 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. The body of a Maine Coon Cat has 230 bones. While a human body has 206. Compared to a humans who only have 34.
A Maine Coon Cat does not like water because its fur is not insulate it well when it gets wet. The average Maine Coon Cat temperature of a cat is 101.5 °F. The Maine Coon Cats heart beats at 110 to 140 a minute, That is almost twice as fast as a human heart. A Maine Coon Cats has 30 teeth while a kittens has about 26 teeth that they will lose at about 6 months of age. A Maine Coon Cat has the ability to jump up to six times its length.
Maine Coon Cats have very sharp hearing and their sense of smell is fantastic. Maine Coon Cats average life span is around 12 to 15 years. The fear of cats "Ailurophobia".