Maine Coons are specifically known for the unique body style which is rectangular and mostly because of it huge size. Maine Coon’s usually have long bushy tails which they are proud of and use it to wrap themselves. Other than that they have six toes sometimes and extremely furry bodies with their ears even covered in fur. They are very friendly cats and love to stay around their owners rather than other cats that usually tend to stay aloof. Another trait is that they love water and need a large space to live in and enjoy socializing.
However, the problem is that is difficult to differentiate between mix breeds or the original ones since they have somewhat same characteristics.Even if there are some differences at times they are very subtle and hence tough to notice. If there are any differences they are possibly in the size of mix breeds they tend to be smaller than the original ones. The original Maine Coon has all the characteristics, however, the mixed breed at times may have some but at other occasions may have all of these features. There are many features that indicate the Maine Coon is a mix breed. However, the following points will help you get an idea at times to make sure you buy the pure breed.
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- Size: the original Maine Coon cat can weigh up to 25lbs not only because they have a lot of weight but because they have large bodies and hence the body mass is spread evenly throughout the whole body. They have huge bushy tails but if the breed is mixed their tails are usually not that thick and even more they usually do not grow to such massive lengths. A pure breed continues to rise until it’s five years old so that it reaches its However, a mix breed will usually reach the maturity stage at a young age usually 2 or 3 years.
- Other characteristics: the Maine Coon usually comes in different colours with its fur in various It has a very thick, silky and fluffy coat which is generally made for extreme weather. It also has a thick undercoat to protect, and it is usually visible. The mix breeds might not have this sort of fur covering because they are generally not made to live in extremely cold conditions. Even with their winter coats shedding off them have a considerably thick spring fur coat. When these original cats are bred with other breeds they, usually lose their fur coat which then becomes fragile. They also lose the thick fur they have around their neck which is quite noticeable.
Differentiating cats apart may be very easy especially for someone who has kept different breeds as pets. However, someone who is not used to them being around may find it tough to find a cat which suits their personality or is specifically what they were looking for. One such example is the Maine Coon cat which is often confused with the Norwegian Forest cat. Some characteristics below about how the Maine Coon cat is will help you differentiate it amongst others and will be helpful for people who are looking for a ‘family cat’.
Some description of the Maine Coon cat:
- The Maine Coon cat is known for the silky and shiny fur coat it has which helps it to stand out. It has a long bushy tail which it uses to wrap itself. It has excellent hunting skills and is usually large
- This cat has six toes and usually loves water because the place where it originates has lots of ice and water. They are also known for the fluffy ears they have which make them even more adorable
- The love interacting with humans, babies and even other animals. They become very curious when they see their owners doing something and will try to stick around and hence are known as the “family cat.” It is advisable for people who get easily attached to their animals to buy this breed since they get upset easily if their owners don’t give them attention
- They also like to socialize with other cats and hence will spend some time outside especially the male cat. The female is quite reserved comparatively and will stay at home mostly as it does not like communicating much with its kind.
- They usually need lots of space to live and might get irritated easily if they are given a small place to spend most of their time. Since they are large, they do not fit easily in small rooms, and hence, people should first see how much space they can give to their cat before they decide on the breed.
- They get trained very easily and are usually smarter than other cats as you do not need to give them instructions more than a couple of times whereas normal cats usually need months to get trained
- They are the most affordable of their kind and don’t have a lot of health issues hence their medication and vet costs are not that much.
- They usually take the time to adjust to new owners or new surroundings and hence might not interact much in the beginning. Also with old owners, they need some space of their own where they prefer just staying in their room hence over possessive owners are a big no for this cat.
The facts mentioned above might be evident that the Maine Coon is a mix breed, however they might be tough to spot in others even for those who have had an experience with cats. Keeping a mix breed might also satisfy one’s craving to own a cat because they look surprisingly similar and are as friendly as you would want them to be.