Hi cat lovers! Here I am with good news to share with you. I hope you are impressed by the animated Garfield in the cartoon. But how about adopting a real Garfield? I know the feeling. This is about the Maine Coon cats who are way too different from normal cats. This particular breed of cats is similar to Garfield in the cartoon in different attributes like size, fur and intelligence as well. This breed is native to the United States’ state of Maine from which their name comes from. They became an official state cat since 1985. When it comes to adoption, you can make a wise choice by considering the Maine Coon version. So let us find out why by comparing the Maine Coons vs normal cats.
How Maine Coons differ from normal cats?
The basic distinguishing feature is their faster growth and larger size. Furthermore, this breed is popular among cat lovers owing to their unique personality and impressive intelligence. Interestingly, Maine Coons have a larger coat of fur which is not common among normal cats. Their thicker fur makes it easy for them to survive any climate and remain healthy.
How to identify the difference between Maine Coons cats vs normal cats?
Well, identifying Main Coon cats is not as easy as you think when they are kittens. However, some people can easily identify this breed with their years of expertise. But don’t worry! This article will between Maine Coons vs normal cats. Identifying their breed at earlier stages of their life cycle is a better way to treat them and adopt them well.
Basic features of Maine Coon Cats
|Maine Coons||Normal Cats|
|Large amount of shaggy fur in varied colours||Short hair|
|Long whiskers, signature ears and gorgeous eyes||Smaller whiskers compared to Maine Coons|
|Larger in size||Smaller in size|
|Takes 4-5 years to grow to maturity||Takes 1-2 years to grow to maturity|
|Length – 18 inches Weight – 3.6-4.5 kg (female), 5.9-8.3kg (male)||Length – 9-10 inches Weight –3.6 -4.5 kg|
|Trainable mostly||Not all the cats are trainable|
It is interesting to note that a well-bred Maine Coon reaches the size of Norwegian Forest cat or a Ragdoll.
However, keep in mind that the training ability of any cat irrespective of the breed will definitely has something to with the love and care you offer them.
Tricks to identify Main Coon cats
The easiest and safest way to choose a Maine Coon kitten is to examine the combination of following characteristics.
- Large, oval shaped expressive eyes
- Square shaped long muzzles
- Large and round paws
- An extra toe
However, depending on the purity of the breed these characteristics will be present. Hence, a mixed breed may tend to lose few characteristics and it can result in softer muzzles or no tufts at all.
|Size||Maine Coons are bigger than the average size of normal cats. Therefore, when they are tiny kittens, they have rectangular bodies with bulkier bone structures. For a kitten, their paws will seem awkwardly larger.|
|Fur||Even during the younger ages, Maine Coons tend to have shaggy fur. They have tufts of fur on the tips of the ears. As special features, they have more fur in belly and legs than in their shoulders. They have a large ruff in chests.|
|Growth Rate||These cats remain as kittens for a longer period than normal cats. However, their growth is fast as they put on weight quickly. In general, their monthly growth rate in size is 1 pound. In some exceptional cases, they put on 2 or 3 pounds as well.|
|Personality||Maine Coons display uncommonly affectionate and outgoing traits than a normal cat.|
A remarkable feature seen in most of the Maine Coon cats is the ‘M’ on their foreheads. However, you need to clarify that this sign is unique only for tabby patterned cats who are the most common breed. These animals also have different patterns and solid colours.
Why Maine Coons are popular?
This breed of cats loves human companionship as normal cats do. They are aloof and goofy but playful irrespective of age. Moreover, they are healthier than normal cats genetically predisposed to some of the health conditions such as hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)the most prevalent heart disease for cats and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) which is a genetic disease. However, if you plan to adopt a Maine Coon cat, what requires your special attention is their shaggy hair. So that, regular brushing is necessary to upkeep. So, you can shampoo their lengthy fur to prevent it becoming matted and messy. Most importantly. Maine Coons remain in the top level of trainable cats too!
Maine Coon as a pet
If you are looking for a faithful companion, Maine Coons will do. I assure this because they are very much familiar and closer to their owner, and they are good choice as a family pet. And your worries for other pets will vanish as Maine Coons are good at getting along with other animals in no time.
Special notice for Maine Coons vs normal cats
Generally, cats are allergy to some people. And Maine Coons are hypoallergenic. Furthermore, they are rarely a better option for people who dislike clingy cats. Not only that, but also for a person with keen attention on cleanliness and hygiene Maine Coons will not suit at all. Since they require lot of attention and care and love, your busy schedules and travelling habits may clash with your concern for Maine Coons.
How to maintain Maine Coon cat?
The average life span of a Maine Coon lies between 10 to 15 years. For a longer life, you need to assure proper diet containing Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamin A, Amino acids, Niacin and on time exercises for your pet. Furthermore, regular check-ups at a vet are wise action to maintain your pet’s health.
Which one to adopt? Maine Coon vs Normal Cats
As I have mentioned above you can assess the pros and cons of Maine Coons and make the best decision which breed to adopt.
Considering the apparent characteristics, you can identify weather the cat is a Maine Coon or a normal cat. So that, you can opt to adopt a Maine Coon if you are happy to bear the pros and cons equally.
I hope most of your doubts are no more on this topic. If there is anything left, please feel free to ask us in the comments section, so that we can help you. Join us reading more interesting topics Two headed dog surgery and Do chickens fart.