The Maine Coon Cat is the one cat indigenous to the USA. And like most things that are made here, it is a truly top quality kitty ranking over many other breeds. A pure bred Maine Coon Cat or even a Maine Coon Cat mix is one of the most friendly, intelligent and loyal cats that can be found.
The original cats are said to have come over on ships headed for the New World. At that time Maine was an important seaport and they were prized for catching rats.These cats bred with North American long hairs and became the only truly American breed.
I was the happy owner of one of them. I don’t know if he was a pure bred or a mix because a friend gave him to me as a birthday present. I’m not sure, but I vaguely remember some papers came with him.
These cats tend to be very large and mine was no exception. The male cats are said to weigh as much as 25 pounds. I think mine weighed more. Even as a kitten he had big white paws, kind of like a German Shepard pup.
I recall one lady who knocked at our front door and saw him standing next to me. She was admiring my “dog” and when I told her it was a cat she screamed and started to run away. I assured her this was a friendly cat. She petted him and he purred and rubbed against her leg.
Another time my sister and I had taken him to Vermont for the summer. A game warden stopped us and asked to see our game. I told him it was not game but my cat. He replied,”Did you bag a wolverine? Turn around and let me see.”
I was holding him over my shoulders with his face and paws over my back, so I turned around for the warden to take a look. He was presented with a big purring cat. He let us go.
His name was Muff and he had many friends in the neighborhood. Quite a few thought he was their cat too because he often visited and dined with them. But every night he returned to our home. Each morning he’d awaken my dad by gently pulling his bed covers until dad got up and fed him.
When I’d walk down town he’d follow me. If I went to a movie he’d be waiting outside until it was over and walk back home with me. It always felt good to have him at my side.
Maine Coon Cats are gentle, beautiful and loving pets.They delight in playing with children or adults when provided with the right kitty toys. If you’re looking for a feline version of Lassie, a Maine Coon Cat might be just perfect. And you could take pride in the fact that your kitty was born and bred in the USA.