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Meet The Maine Coon

December 15, 2021

Are fluffy cats a favorite of yours? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself completely charmed by a Maine Coon at some point. These big, lovable kitties are not only cute as buttons, they’re also quite personable. In fact, you’ll most likely see a lot of Maine Coon kittens on holiday cards over the next couple of weeks. A veterinarian discusses this beloved breed below.

History

It’s not exactly known where Fluffy originated from. One theory is that Maine Coons are descendants of the Norwegian Forest Cats brought over by Vikings. Another possibility involves Marie Antoinette, who’s well-known for her tone-deaf quote, ‘Let Them Eat Cake,’ that resulted in her beheading in 1793. According to the story, Antoinette shipped her most precious belongings to America ahead of time when she was planning to flee France. Among the cargo were six fluffy kitties, which may have been Turkish Angoras or Siberians. And of course, Antoinette never made it to America. However, her feline pals made it to Wiscasset, Maine, where they soon commenced to mingling with local felines and made some adorable kitties.

Temperament

The Maine Coon is an extremely lovable and affectionate cat. Talkative and playful, these kitties have a lot of ‘purrsonality.’ And they like to talk too, communicating with squeaks and chirps.

Size

Maine Coons can grow quite large. Many of them have broken records for weight and size. There’s Stewie, the longest cat on record. He spanned over 4 feet long from the end of his super-fluffy tail to the tip of his nose. Samson was another 4-foot Maine Coon who held the title of New York’s biggest cat.

Celebrekitties

There have been many famous Maine Coons, including the cat from the Harry Potter movie, named Pebbles, and Little Nicky, the first cloned cat. And who can forget Mr. Vivo, the majestic floofer with his own Youtube channel. There are also plenty of these pretty felines on Instagram.

Popularity

It’s no big shock to learn that Fluffy is the official cat of the state of Maine. They’re also pretty popular in other states, though that hasn’t always been the case. These cute kitties were all the rage … until the Persian stole the spotlight. After that, their popularity dropped sharply. In fact, they were almost extinct by the 1950s. Fortunately, fans stepped in to save the breed, and many more adorable kitties were born.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local animal clinic in Waterdown, ON today!

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