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Maine Coon – Temperament and Personality

Specimens of Maine Coon cat breed display a wide array of personality types, much like humans. One thing they all have in common though, is their ability to sense and recognize human emotions. If your Maine Coon cat catches you in a bad mood, you can be sure it will try to comfort you by playing and staying by your side until you feel better. They are also very intelligent and impatient. If you forget to give them food or water, they won’t wait too long before trying satisfy their needs in their own way. If there is no food in their bowl, they will try to tear into the food bag if you keep them waiting for too long. They will also quickly resort to drinking water from the toilet. As you can see, this breed of cats is quite opportunistic.

While other cat breeds may be more independent, Maine Coons thrive on human contact. They prefer building relationships with more than one human if they find those in their every-day environment to be trustworthy, and as such, they are great pets for larger families. They are rather headstrong and often choose who they want to keep distance from, who they want to play with and whose affection they crave. If trained properly, they can turn out to be very friendly and social, and will welcome house guests if you allow them. More importantly, you can expect them to always greet you when you come back home from a tiring day at school or work. They like staying by their owner’s side and “helping” around while the owners do their house chores. Remember, if you want to keep a Maine Coon as your pet, you need to make sure to have enough space and time in your life for them. If you don’t provide them with enough care and attention, they will turn to destructive behavior – not using the litter box, shredding toilet paper and furniture, being hyperactive and more.

Maine coon cats usually get along well with dogs. They may even have stable relationships towards smaller house pets, such as birds, gerbils and hamsters, but they are cats after all, and leaving them unsupervised with these animals is not a good idea. Unless raised among other cats, they usually won’t get along well with them. They are very territorial and it is best that if you own a Maine Coon to make it your only cat. This need to control their own space comes to them naturally, and is most likely one of consequences of their sheer size and rugged appearance.

Maine Coon cat

They often like to take a lot of space for themselves in display of territorial dominance. That’s why you’ll see them relaxing on your couch or chair and in most frequently used spots in your house more often than most other cat breeds. They are equally notorious for wedging themselves in small cracks and other tight dark spots around the house.

They tend to be a playful bundle of joy. If you like having a cat always ready to mess around and cuddle, a Maine Coot is the right choice. They mature very slowly and even adolescents often behave like kittens. However, they do have a sense of moderation about it and know when to let loose and when to dig in and remain calm. They are neither energy wasters nor lazy pets, but somewhere in between.

Interesting personality quirks

Curiously, Maine Coons are attracted to water! Now there’s something you don’t hear about cats every day. But don’t be surprised if your Maine Coon goes for a little dip or follows you to shower.

Maine Coons are “men-children” among cat breeds. While they grow to be biggest and heaviest of domestic cat breeds, they mature incredibly slowly. That process takes three to four years, and even after it’s done, they still retain a lot of temperament and behavior they displayed in their infant and kitten stages. They can be compared to three years old children – playful, charming, curious and without a conscience.

If you own a small dog, don’t be surprised if your Main Coon grows up to be even twice the size of the dog. They aren’t called “gentle giants” without a good reason. Although your Main Coon will probably boss your dog around, it won’t be aggressive about it. Main Coons are, after all, a sensible and mellow breed.

Although any cat can make a lot of damage if it puts its mind to it, Maine Coons are the worst in this regard. Don’t get the wrong idea, they aren’t usually destructive, but if they happen to be, they can shred things much more efficiently simply because of their sheer size. Don’t let this put you off though. Maine Coons are regarded as one of the smartest and easiest cats to train, and if you put proper effort into it, you definitely won’t be having these sorts of issues. There is, of course, always the option of declawing, but if you are a responsible owner you won’t put your cat through this. A cat without its claws is not a happy cat. You should rather try to keep your cat’s nails properly trimmed and install a scratching post it can use instead of furniture.

One of the weirdest and perhaps bizarre habits Maine Coons tend to have is their penchant for butting heads. Yes, you read it right. Maine Coons like to butt heads with their owners. This is considered to be their way of bonding with their favorite persons, but sometimes also means they are contesting for dominance. Funny enough, although this is usually amusing, sometimes they can pack quite a blow. This is just one in the series of macho game plays which has endeared them so much to us.