Maine Coon cats are one of, if not the largest domesticated cats that are native to the United States. Its exact origin is difficult to pinpoint, but Maine Coon cats were noticed only during the 19th century. They were and are very beautiful cats. Back then, they graced their presence in cat shows.
It was believed that these cats were from Europe, brought by seafarers who settled in Maine. Some say that they were cats from the wild who sought sanctuary in the country or city after mating with a raccoon. This is a bit impossible since they are not of the same species.
Another tale is that cats cross-bred with bobcats, and the Maine Coon was the result of that. This is another impossibility. Anyway, whatever was the situation in which Maine Coon cats came to be, the state of Maine recognizes them as their official cat, and that’s where they belong.
Are Maine Coon Cats Aggressive?
No matter how friendly they seem to be, at times, Maine Coon cats can be aggressive. Owners of this breed have trouble with their quick temper. It is not true for all Maine Coon cats, but even the gentlest and most loving cat can become aggressive in an instant. What makes a Maine Coon cat, which is attested as the most caring domesticated cat in the world, act aggressively? Here are some reasons why it could happen:
The main reason why cats are aggressive is due to stress. Like humans, they can also become stressed, depressed, and pressured, as well. Why are they stressed out?
- Some health and medical concerns of cats like urinary tract infection
- Those insects that make cats irritable and crabby like lice and such
- A change of residence or moving from one home to another
- A change of human family or being given or gifted to another owner
- A new addition to the family (it can be another pet or a human baby)
- An intensified need for another feline
- When the family is stressed (the cat gets stressed out too as they absorb the vibes)
When your loving Maine Coon becomes problematic, starts to murmur, gnaw, and scratch, then she is stressed out. She may be sick too, so bring her to the vet just in case there is a health issue. If there are none, then it could be stress. Provide all the love and attention you can give to your feline pet so that she would be happy again.
They can also get attached to your old home. It will be an issue if you move from one house to another. They will adjust to the new place, but it will definitely take time. Just show your pet that the new house is her house too and that she can get comfy. If they display territorial aggression, that would be such horror and very annoying as well. In any case, be patient with your pet.
Territorial aggression will affect your two pets – the old one who has been your baby for a long time and the new one who wants to be cuddled and cared for. If the aggression is too much, the aggressive Maine Coon needs a break until she calms down. And then you can re-introduce the two cats once again when the air is clear.
Maine Coon Appearance – Size, Weight, Height, and More
The average height of a Maine Coon cat is ten to sixteen inches, and they weigh from eight to eighteen pounds. The life span of a Maine Coon cat can last until they are thirteen years old. Some live up to a decade, though. Maine Coon cats are lovable pets, especially to kids and older people. They are even friendly to fellow cats and dogs, although sometimes, they can get aggressive due to stress. These are highly intelligent beings with a very genial vibe and are truly warm to their family.
It has a semi-long fur which always sheds. And its usual colors include black, ebony, red or orange, blue, gray, beige, and a combination of these colors. There are White Main Coon cats, but these cats have a genetic anomaly that makes their fur white – it cannot display any color. They are also often blind if they have a white fur coat.
Sometimes, their color patterns are full and solid, bi-colored, tabby, or tri-colored. They are really large cats with lovely fur, oval eyes, long-haired tail, and pointy ears.
Maine Coon cats have a square physique too.
Male Maine Coon Personality
All Maine Coon cat owners will agree that male felines of this breed are the “party-goers” type. They love to socialize, and they are friendlier compared to female Maine Coon cats. These cats are also bigger than the female, and they will do everything to entertain the people around them.
Female Maine Coon Personality
As for female Maine Coon cats, they are aloof at first. But once they are familiar with you, they will be the most loyal and most loving pet you will ever have. The female is very intelligent too and will be receptive to your training. Teach her how to open your cabinet, and she will do that, A LOT!
Both male and female Maine Coon cats are natural hunters. They love to hunt mice and are very playful. These cats need to have toys around them all the time because they are very energetic. They love to play, and they are used to scratching too. Better make sure they have a scratching pole.
Maine Coon Behavioral Problems
There are three behavioral problems that a Maine Coon might show – biting and scratching people and other pets and aggression. This is an abnormal behavior which may mean that something is wrong. Bring your Maine Coon to the veterinarian for a check-up. Your baby might be displaying bad behavior because she is sick. It could be hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sunken chest, and other injuries. It could also be a psychological issue like depression and stress.
Your Maine Coon will not act out just like that. There is usually a problem that stems from its behavioral issues. To know what that is, you have first to bring your large feline baby to a vet so that the pet doctor can check if there are physical issues. If there is a physical illness or injury, the vet can diagnose that and provide a treatment plan. The point is that you want your pet to be happy because your pet will make you happy too. Love her, care for her, and give her cuddles. Touch her. That can ease the pain and make your pet happy.