The Best Maine Coon Cat Names for Your Pet!
Maine Coon cats are one of the most popular cat breeds in America. Contrary to popular belief, they are not a cross between a raccoon and a domestic shorthaired cat, but rather, one of the oldest natural breeds in the country. Although the rumors of their existence doesn’t seem to halt there, as the origins of these ‘gentle giants’ are shrouded in the mists of time.
Where Are Maine Coon Cats From?
While it's hard to narrow down exactly where Maine Coons originate from, some plausible stories of their origin are:
- They belonged to Marie Antoinette who sent the first Maine Coon cat (along with other domesticated pets) to America during the French Revolution.
- The Maine Coon originated from breeding between shorthaired domesticated cats and longhaired cats brought by the Vikings. In Legends and Lore of Ancient America, Frank Joseph discussed the genetics tests done on different Maine Coon cats that proved them to be direct descendants of an unknown domestic breed (that is now extinct) and the ‘skaugkatt’ or the Norwegian Forest cat. Thus, due to these results some people are able to say that Vikings are somewhat responsible for introducing the Maine Coon cats to the world!
However one might react to the theories behind their existence, it is quite obvious that Maine Coon are an adorable cat breed who can easily and quickly find a place in their owner’s heart.
Information About Maine Coons
These cats are considered to be a hardy breed as their average lifespan is between 10 and 13 years, while some Maine Coons even live 15 years or longer. They're life span, along with all other cats, greatly depend on certain external factors like environment, exercise, and a healthy diet.
Maine Coons are considered to be the largest domestic cat breed in terms of their size. Hence, it’s no wonder that these big boned and extremely muscular cats can weigh up to 18 pounds (males) and up to 16 pounds (females). Often considered as ‘dogs of the cat world’, these cats are highly loyal to their owner, a quality that is unlike most cat breeds. In fact, their social and charming personalities make them an extremely family-oriented pet!
Often found resting on a couch, Maine Coons can be seen wandering into tight corners and trying to squeeze themselves into unorthodox shapes and positions. It’s difficult for an owner not to like such an overly delightful and affectionate cat; they make quite the first impression.
People tend to adopt Maine Coon cats for their unparalleled looks and their distinctive color classes offering almost seventy-five different color combinations! Their uniqueness, however lies in their smooth and shaggy coat which has quite the silky texture. Although their fur isn’t as long as Persian cats and their undercoat is shorter than longhaired breeds, they still require a good deal of grooming.
Contrary to other cat breeds, Maine Coons actually revel in water due to their thick furry coats. Thanks to their fur, they're actually considered somewhat water repellent and they really like to show it! Their amusement for water is often portrayed when they spend hours playing with their water bowl or trying to turn the faucets on. They usually even like baths!
What Makes Maine Coons Unique?
The key characteristic differentiating Maine Coons from other cat breeds is the seldom ability to meow. Instead, they have an unconventional vocabulary of their own: chirp and thrill – a mixture of a meowing and purring.
These sweet sounds bear striking resemblance to the coos and purrs of a raccoon, which perhaps could be dismissed as a coincidence.
Maine Coons are considered some of the most friendly cats around. In fact, they have a penchant for butting heads (quite literally!) against their favorite people. That being said, their "harmless play" headbutts can often be a little harder than you'd think due to their size.
Should You Get a Male or Female?
When it comes to picking a Maine Coon as a pet, people agree that out of the two sexes, male Maine Coons tend to be more playful than their female counterparts. On the other hand, the females, tend to have a more dignified personality and bond well with each individual of the household. Males however have a strong tendency to pick a personal favorite until they feel like they don’t receive enough attention from their designated favorite person.
Popular Maine Coons
Perhaps the most widely known Maine Coon cat is Mrs. Norris (Argus Filch’s pet cat) from Harry Potter. Her real name, however, is Pebbles. Although there were three Maine Coon cats that played Mrs. Norris, Pebbles was seen the most wandering the corridors of Hogwarts.
Other owners tend to commonly name their Maine Coons, ‘Milo’ after the cat in The Adventures of Milo and Otis. While there is no hard and fast rule to name a pet, owners of these cats generally prefer to give them names having some form of special meaning. For instance, a few common names like Loki (from Norwegian legend) are given to owners who believe the origin story of these cats from the Vikings; Leo is another common name related to the Lion constellation sign signifying the size of the cat!
Frankly, you could make quite an exhaustive list of Maine Coon cat names, but it's all based on the owner’s preference rather than anything else.
What Do You Want To Call Your Maine Coon?
Here is a short list to give you some ideas:
- Mrs. Norris
As a breed, these cats are amongst the top cat breeds that every cat lover should have. Thus, it’s no wonder that such social cats embrace the households of many! Their beautiful long fur and their comfortable and plush coat make them ideal pets for cuddling. Not only do they head bump their favorite person as a gesture of love, they also love to sit on laps as well. And not only that, but they always beg to be brushed or paid attention to.
So, if you're looking for a Maine Coon, make sure you will love them as much as they love you! 🙂
If you have a Maine Coon already, what did you name it?
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