Owning Maine Coon Kitten
Is A Maine Coon Kitten Ideal For You?
Look at any Maine Coon Kitten and it’s virtually guaranteed that you will be looking at a larger than average moggie. It gets better. They don’t typically stop growing until they are around five years old! So, if your looking at a large Maine Coon kitten logic dictates that within the next few years you are going to be the owner of one very big cat. Personality wise they are renown for being fairly sedate and friendly. Typically they are very affectionate and tend to single out one member of a household upon whom they focus most of their affection seeking love and affection in return. They are also prone to sleeping in the most odd (and sometimes uncomfortable) It has been suggested that this habit harps back to when they used to shelter in barns. If you are seriously thinking of adopting a Main Coon Kitten as a household pet you would be advised to put throws over your lounge suite and any other soft furnishings. The Maine Coon malts and regrows that long shaggy coat almost on demand as the seasons change.
Where Did The Maine Coon Kitten Get Its Name?
Come on, you can’t be serious can you? Well if it its not blatantly obvious we will give you a clue (or two). The Maine Coon has been a prolific breed in the state of Maine in the USA since not long after the first English settlers populated the Eastern part of the country. So that’s the “Maine” bit sorted for you and now onto the “Coon” Yes that’s right, thanks to its appearance and colouring even as a Maine Coon Kitten this cat does look a little like a racoon. The markings around the eyes and the contours of the cats face are a dead ringer (forgive the pun) and the tail? Well, you don’t need to be an expert in felines or native wildlife to grasp the rather humorous connection. Historical folklore spread around the idea that at some point in their ancestry a Maine Coon Kitten or two escaped into the wilds and mated with Racoons! Of course with the hindsight of modern genetic science we all now know that this is impossible but its easy to see where folks were coming from.
Your Maine Coon Kitten Has an Interesting History
The breed has only been seen in UK shows fairly recently but its been recognised in the USA since around 1860 when Maine farmers would hold their own annual cat show of sorts. The Maine Coon was an invaluable asset to many of these farmers keeping the vermin under control. You can see how hardy the breed is even as a Kitten the Maine Coon has the characteristic stubby strong legs and thick insulating coat. It is speculated that this cat has bred into its present physical form more by selective evolution than the efforts of professional cat breeders. The first one’s were probably a result of breeding with Angora type cats and subsequent generations may then have evolved through surviving the cold wet Main climate. A kind of modern day snapshot of Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory. So there you go, just a brief overview to get you thinking whether a Maine Coon Kitten is a good choice for your home. If you want a more in depth article you can find a great one here.