A friend once claimed that the Maine Coon was "huge!" "It's like holding a big dog in my arms," he excitedly stated. And it's true, this breed of cat is relatively large when compared to other breeds. And if their size isn't enough for you, how about all the folklore that surrounds them? Many a story has been written about this cat and just as many conversations have been had. Some of these stories are true, some are false, and some are simply fun to repeat. One thing is true; Maine Coons are very cool cats that make excellent pets.
Can you guess the official cat of the state of Maine? That's right! The Maine Coon. This cat has been used for years as mousers and if local legend is true, they performed this job exceptionally well. The Maine Coon has been around for ages and was one of the first long haired cats in the United States. It was first recognized as a proper breed in the state of Maine. In that state, many competitions have been held around the skills held by these cats.
Maine Coons are entertaining, hands down. These cats love to be part of the action, whether it be stemming from an individual or the entire family. Maine Coons will follow you around and get in your business, around the clock. They're super smart, highly trainable, and amusing. It's been claimed that if you want to get away from a Maine Coon, you actually need to have a closed door between the two of you. Also, Maine Coons love water, whether it be in the form of drinking, playing in, splashing, watching it, or showering in it - with you. Yes, that's right. If you want to take a shower alone, keep the bathroom door closed, just in case you have an unexpected visitor.
As far as this cat's coat goes, it's silky smooth and a lot of fun to touch. While the coat does require regular grooming, because it's fairly easy to deal with, it's not nearly as challenging to brush than the coats of other long haired breeds. If you decide to buy or adopt one of these cats, you should groom him or her at least once a week, if for no other reason than to shower him or her with well deserved attention.