I was raised in a home where my parents loved animals, we always had dogs and cats. I had a pet cat called Tibby he was a brown tabby, just a moggy and was always around. He would wait for me to return from school and I remember pushing him around in my doll’s pram dressed in baby clothes. Tibby lived for ten years and his passing was sudden, I was heartbroken and since then I have never had a cat that even came close to his personality until I HAD A MAINE COON CAT.
I remember attending my first cat show ten years ago and I was looking at the cats, I remember seeing a cat that was being judged at the time he was big, powerful and majestic despite his size. I remember thinking I would love to have a cat like that one day. It has taken me a very long time to be in a position to buy a Maine Coon. My journey began 3 years ago searching for a Maine Coon Cat.
I bought my first Maine Coon Cat in 2017 and named her Princess Katniss.
Our First Maine Coon – Princess Katniss
I instantly just adored her from the moment I picked her up from the airport her temperament was just amazing. My husband Paul was not too keen on the idea of having a cat but Princess Katniss certainly made an impression with her sheer gracefulness and she enjoyed being around human company. Paul just adores her now and she loves him. Paul describes the Maine Coon breed as AWESOME, there is no other cat quite like a Maine Coons it was then that we both wanted to find out more about Maine Coons. We attended Cat Shows in Perth and started showing Princess Katniss in the companion group. I started to learn more about what cat judges look for in cats, especially the Maine Coon breed.
“Of all cat breeds, the Maine Coon is probably the most complete package. After all, while not every person agrees what makes another person beautiful, there is usually agreement as to the presence of charm, appeal and charisma. The MAINE COON, the genuine article, has it.”
– Marilis Hornbridge, THAT YANKEE CAT
What is a Maine Coon Cat?
Maine Coons are very popular because of their combination of good looks with a distinctive charming personality. Their temperament for the love of human company and their funny antics are most enjoyable to watch. The Maine Coon has a personality that makes you feel relaxed and nostalgic.
“MAINE COONS are affectionately known as the gentle giants of the cat world”.
Maine Coons are super smart, intelligent, affectionate and loyal and they have a wide range of vocalisations.
The Maine Coon has a unique look, with large paws, lynx like ears and a heavily tufted coat which is silky to touch. The largest of the domestic cat breeds, their body structure is muscular, broad chested and long in body with all parts being equally proportioned creating a rectangular appearance.
The Maine Coons eyes are large and wide set with a slightly oblique setting. Their eye colour can come in shades of green, gold, copper although white cats can come with odd eyed or blue eyes. There muzzle is square with high cheek bones and has a nice gentle concave curve to the nose.
There are many different personalities, styles and colours that Maine Coons breeders achieve within their breeding programme which makes it fun and challenging. A litter of baby Maine Coons will never disappoint with its colourful rainbow from red to black being the dominate colours.