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Maine Coon

enero 13, 2021

 

The ancient ones origins of the Maine Coon they are shrouded in numerous legends and imaginative hypotheses. The very name «Maine raccoon» gives valuable information about the characteristics that all Maine Coon specimens share with the raccoon: thick hair, plume tail and propensity for contact with water.

In reality, the appearance and characteristics of the Maine Coon still fuel the fanciful story today who sees it as the fruit of a cross between an American wild cat and a raccoon; others are convinced that it descends from the long-haired cats that the queen of France would have sent overseas during the revolution with the intention of joining them later; still others theorize that the Maine Coon originated from the crossing between wild shorthair cats from North America and European longhair cats imported by settlers from all over the world.

The only certainty is that this wild-looking cat is among the most powerful in the world. The feline breed is characterized by strength, beauty and ability to adapt to harsh winter temperatures (it curls up its long and thick tail to sleep during winter nights; it has hairy ears that protect it from the cold; it has paws that, thanks to the long and thick hairs between the fingertips, allow easy movement on the snow).

Despite its ancient origins, the Maine Coon was only officially recognized as a breed in 1976, moment in which it began to spread as a pet cat and as a proud protagonist of feline exhibitions.

MAINE COON CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR

The Maine Coon, while retaining a wild nature, has become accustomed over time to living with humans, domestic life and sharing spaces with other animals. The affectionate and friendly character del Maine Coon is combined with his inherent curiosity and vivacity: he is a feline who loves to climb, move and give free rein to his innate hunting skills.

MAINE COON PUPPY

The Maine Coon is a cat that develops slowly: its imposing structure is formed in the first 12-18 months of life but the rest of the musculature needs time to reach its final development.

The Maine Coon puppy looks like a little raccoon, a clumsy and cuddly cat. Although as a child it proves to be a particularly lively and outgoing feline, the Maine Coon is a cat that as an adult reaches a balanced, affectionate and complicit temperament of the human friend.

MAINE COON POWER

A rich diet, especially during the Maine Coon’s first year of life, is imperative for a correct psychophysical development and for the general well-being of the animal. The right amount of vitamins and proteins, in fact, will allow the Maine Coon puppy to grow strong and healthy. In this sense, the daily rations of food must be quite abundant in consideration of the size that the puppy will reach as an adult (males weigh from 7 kg to 11 kg and females from 5 kg to 7 kg).

For prevent the cat from getting sick or from contracting forms of allergies and / or eating disorders it is advisable to opt for a high quality food, perhaps based on steamed white meat and fish without additions.

 

MAINE COON Grooming and Hygiene

Generally to preserve the coat of the Maine Coon shiny and silky a gentle brushing once a week is sufficient. In the moult phase, however, the frequency of the operation must necessarily increase to avoid the risk that the cat ingests hairballs.

The washing of the thick coat must instead be a rather frequent operation, an action that however presents no difficulty: the cat breed loves the outdoors as much as they love contact with water. Considering the type of hair of the Maine Coon, the drying phase must be carried out with extreme care (a damp coat could cause a dangerous cold).

Cleaning the ears also requires special attention. In this sense it is essential to use a specific product capable of cleaning the ears and eliminating dirt and residues of the product itself.

HEALTH, CHECKS AND VACCINATIONS

From a genetic point of view, the most common pathologies in Maine Coon are: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease, hip dysplasia and early osteoarthritis. Regular visits to the treating veterinarian could trace the presence of a possible pathology and therefore allow timely action in this regard.

Other diseases, on the other hand, can be avoided and / or kept under control by means of specific vaccinations (infectious peritonitis, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, viral gastroenteritis, toxoplasmosis, rhinotracheitis, calcivirosis, rabies, renal failure and influenza A).

MAINE COON STANDARD

  • Head The head should be of medium length, with high cheekbones and a strong chin in line with the nose (medium length and slightly concave) and upper lip.
  • Eyes The eyes are large, set wide apart, oval and slanting. All colors are allowed and there is no connection between eye color and coat color.
  • Ears The ears are large and broad at the base; they are high on the skull, set apart, pointed and tapering, assuming a pointed shape; they have tufts of hair.
  • Body The body must be muscular and long.
  • Tail The tail must be long, hairy, broad at the base and tapered at the top; expanse covers the distance between its junction and the neck.
  • Arts The limbs must be strong, of medium length, with large legs and with tufts of hair between the toes.
  • Coat and color The hair must be thick and semi-long; more developed on the back, abdomen and hips. The coat is softer in specimens with a lighter coat base or in those whose coat color is a lighter variant of the standard color. All colors are allowed except Pointed designs and all hybridizations such as Chocolate, Cinnamon, Lilac and Fawn.

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