Cat Breed Guide: Maine Coon

Posted on August 10, 2015 under Cat Topics

A Maine Coon cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Maine Coon

Weight:  19-22lb (Females are smaller and more refined than males)

Points of conformation: This large cat has a muscular build with a long thick tail and large wedge shaped head.  They have large ears with ample hair in pointed tips and lynx tufts.

Coat: Glossy double hair coat is shorter on the head and longer over the body. The texture is soft and waterproof, but also  is shaggy and thick in appearance. Males have a ‘ruff.’

Color: Most colors and patterns accepted, but brown tabby is the most common.  Chocolate, lavender and cinnamon are not accepted.

Grooming needs: Low matting tendency, but  weekly brushing is necessary.

Origin: Maine, United States

Behavior Traits: Adaptable and gentle.

Is a Maine Coon  cat right for You?

The Maine Coon cat is sometimes referred to as a “Gentle Giant”. They are good with children and dogs and are intelligent, agile and playful.  Some like to swim.  They make excellent companions but are not considered lap cats.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Maine Coon

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Chronic Renal Failure  $1,446  $5,291
 Cystitis  $576  $1,076
 Oral Resorptive Lesions  $931  $1,621
 Skin Allergies  $380  $1,346

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