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Unread 03-29-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does he have Maine Coon in him?

I have a 7 year old black/white cat. His name is Joey. He is very gentle, laid-back guy you could ever meet. My boy doesn't hissed, scratched, growl or bitten anyone. Very affectionate guy, he talks when he wants something. Has tuffs sticking out of his paws, he has a mane around his neck and has longer fur on his tummy. Loves being around people, very social. I was told before that Joey has some Maine Coon in him. They said, he has a big muzzle just like the breed. Maybe he is part Ragdoll because he flops down instead of laying right down. Please let me know! I would like a second opinion. I know he isn't a regular black and white cat.
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Unread 03-30-2007   #2 (permalink)
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Your cat is definately a cutie, but...I don't see the M on the forhead, or the lion's mane, or the very large ears with tufts,...I do see a long haired, beautiful cat. Of course I am not an expert either. If you go to the Wikipedia site, you will see pictures of what I am talking about. We have a Maine Coon and she has all the characteristics listed. She is huge (not just lots of fur) with huge paws and very cute.

Wikipedia Definition: Maine Coons are very large and energetic cats, sometimes weighing up to around 11-12 kilograms (25 pounds); the average weight is 6 to 9 kilograms (13-20 pounds) for adult males and less (7-11 pounds) for females. Male Maine Coons may grow to a length in excess of 1 meter (40 inches); the longest cat on record is a Maine Coon 121cm (49 inches) in length[1]. Growth to full size often takes longer than for most cats, with Maine Coons usually reaching full size at age four or five.

The most common color/pattern in the breed is brown with tabby markings. Maine Coons are recognized in all colors, including tortoiseshell, except for chocolate, lavender, ticked tabby, and the point-restricted ("Siamese") pattern. Eye color also varies widely. All patterns may have green, green-gold, or gold. Blue eyes, or one blue eye with one gold eye, are possible in white coat cats. They share similar facial markings, for example, a distinct "M" shape on the forehead.

Maine Coons have medium-long, dense fur, with longer hair, or a ruff, on their chests similar to the mane of a lion (which is why the breed is sometimes humorously called the "Mane Coon"). Their fur consists of two layers - an undercoat and an additional layer of longer guard hairs, which gives the breed their key physical feature. The fur is generally very soft. Maine Coons have long hair on the backs of their legs (called pantaloons or britches) and between their toes which helps to keep warm in the cold. They also have bushy plumed tails and broad, angular heads, squared-off muzzles and wide-set ears topped with tufts of fur. Most Maine Coons keep their fur in good order without the need for additional human grooming, but due to the length and quantity of hair, most will also benefit from a simple brushing once a week. While the Coon may be polydactyl, having one or more extra toes on their paws, this trait is generally bred out.

Maine coons have very large oversized ears, which are tipped at the end with fur. This is a very common trait of a Maine Coon, giving them their Lynx-like appearance.
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