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The largest of the domestic cats is the Maine Coon, and it is native to the United States. There are many different stories about its predecessor’s arrival here, but it is generally accepted by breeders that the earliest versions of the Main Coon came with English seafarers. Over the years, the Maine Coon developed the large bone structure and long coat that we know today. There are only a few states with state cats, and the Maine Coon cat is the only purebred cat that holds that title (for Maine, obviously).
This intelligent breed also has physical adaptations that help it deal with harsh winter climates. Thick fur lines the back of its legs and belly to keep it warm in harsh climates. In addition, its unusually large paws facilitate walking on the snow.
The Maine Coon cat is exceptionally gentle and makes for a great companion for families with children. Its long, fluffy coat needs occasional brushing to prevent matting.
Although well-adapted to deal with Maine’s climate, the Maine Coon is nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect its health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Maine Coon is prone to include dental disease such as gingivitis-periodontitis; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint problems such as such as hip dysplasia and patellar luxation; and muscle issues such as hypokalemic polymyopathy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Maine Coon has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad hips or his mother’s weak knees, you’re covered.