Big, Fluffy and Definitely Adorable Maine Coon Cat - 14 Pictures

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Maine Coon cats are known as one of the largest domestic cats. There are only two more feline breeds that can stand back to back with this giant. Norwegian Forest Cats can weigh up to 16 pound and Ragdoll cats are bigger than Maine Coons and can weigh up to 20 pounds. Beside being such amazing creatures, they're also skilled hunters and always in the mood for some cuddling. If after seeing how amazing they look, you're considering getting one, keep in mind one thing that their owners mostly complain about - they eat A LOT and their hair can be a troublesome task to deal with. Also, as any cat breed, they can sometimes be complete jerks and destroy half of your stuff while throwing a tantrum.

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The fluffiest cat you'll ever meet

Indeed, Maine Coon’s long hair and bushy tail make her one of the fluffiest creatures that ever walked on four legs. Their big and well tufted paws are built to withstand the harsh New England climates.

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Their Mysterious Origins

The breed originated in the US no doubt, but the truth of the Maine Coon’s origin remains a mystery to date. A few myths circled around, fantastic stories spread, like those that Maine Coon is an offspring of raccoon mixing with domestic cat. They’re also said to have been brought by the Vikings during their exploits, or that Marie Antoinette shipped them to America as part of an escape plan. The most probable of the origin stories is that a longhair cat, an ancestor to Maine Coon, was shipped to America by a certain captain Coon, who used her predatory skills to kill some mice on board.

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Who’s a big boy?

Maine Coon, being the largest domesticated cat breed, can weigh between 10 and 18 pounds, and can be all the way up to 40 inches in length! You probably didn’t know that they need 4 years to develop completely. So, if your Maine Coon cat is still acting childish, you need to wait a little bit!

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