How Maine Coons originated in the United States is a mystery.
One theory is that the Maine Coon cat developed from a mating between a wild cat and a raccoon. This theory has been disproven as genetically impossible but the Maine Coon name remains. My favorite theory (and most plausible) is that Maine Coons originated from a mating between short haired domestic cats and longhair Norwegian Forest Cats that were introduced to America by Vikings.
Maine Coons are the largest domestic cat breed.
Average Maine Coon Males typically weigh between 13-18 pounds, with large ones weighing in at 30 pounds! Females average 8 -12 pounds. Maine Coons are slow growers and may not reach their full size until they are 3 to 5 years old.
Maine Coons are hearty cats meant to survive the harsh New England winters.
Maine Coons don’t typically “meow”, they chirp and trill (a mixture of a meow and a purr). Cats may chirp when they spot prey and a trill is often an expression of happiness.
Most Maine Coons enjoy the water.
They have water resistant fur and can be good swimmers! Maine Coons
resemble the Norwegian Forest cat but originally belonged to – VIKINGS.