Do you favor fluffy cats? If so, at some point, you’ve probably found yourself absolutely charmed by a Maine Coon. These big, lovable felines are not only very personable, but they’re also super cute. In fact, over the next few weeks, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of Maine Coon kittens on holiday cards. A veterinarian discusses this beloved breed below.
No one is exactly where Fluffy originated. One possibility is that Maine Coons descended from the Norwegian Forest Cats brought over by Vikings. Another legend has to do with Marie Antoinette, whose famous quote of ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ resulted in her being beheaded in 1793. According to the story, Antoinette had already shipped her most precious belongings to America when she was planning to flee France. Six fluffy kitties were among the cargo, which may have been Siberians or Turkish Angoras. Antoinette never made the trip, needless to say. However, her feline pals were brought to Wiscasset, Maine, where they immediately set about mingling with local felines and making some adorable kittens.
The Maine Coon is an extremely affectionate and lovable cat. Playful and talkative, these kitties have a lot of ‘purrsonality.’ They often communicate with chirps and squeaks so they’re quite vocal.
Maine Coons can get quite large. More than a few of them have broken records for weight and size. There’s Stewie, the longest cat on record. He was over 4 feet long from the end of his super-fluffy tail to the tip of his nose. Samson, another 4-foot Maine Coon, held the title of New York’s biggest cat
There have been several famous Maine Coons, including Little Nicky, the first cloned cat and Pebbles, the cat from the Harry Potter movie. Then there’s Mr. Vivo, a majestic floofer with his own Youtube channel. You’ll also find a bunch of these pretty felines on Instagram.
It’s probably no surprise at all to learn that Fluffy is the official cat of the state of Maine. They’re also very popular in other states, though that hasn’t always been the case. These cute kitties were all the rage … and then the Persian entered the picture. After that, their popularity plummeted. In fact, they were almost extinct by the 1950’s. Fortunately, many more adorable kittens were born after fans stepped in to save the breed.
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