We continue to introduce you to the record holders in the animal world — this time we will talk about the world’s largest domestic cat breed. Of course, most people gravitate towards animals of a normal size, some time ago there was even a serious round of popularity of dwarf breeds of cats and dogs, but not everyone will be able to raise, feed and properly raise a truly large size pet. The largest cat in the world at the moment is the American Maine Coon breed.
It is worth noting that the characteristic “big” means exactly how large these animals are, because if we compare only by the height of the withers, then the record holder will be a completely different, no less amazing and radically different breed from the Maine Coons — Savannah.
The largest cat in the world is a domestic breed native to the United States, descended from wild cats that lived on farms in the US state of Maine during the colonization of New England.
Initially, only black tabby cats were called Maine Coons — with their appearance, powerful physique and huge fluffy tail, they reminded the locals of raccoons — hence the name “Maine Coon”, literally translated as Manx Raccoon (“Maine” — the name of the state Maine, “coon” is the second part of the word “racoon”, meaning “raccoon”).
Although, if you look closely, they still resemble lynxes and similar wild cats with massive paws and tassels on their ears.
The first representative of the domesticated breed is considered to be a cat with the long name Captain Jenks of the Sea Cavalry, which in 1861 became a real decoration of cat shows in Boston and New York and the key to the growth of the popularity of the new breed.
Unfortunately, later the breed did not particularly take root as a domestic cat and owes its survival only to Maine farmers, who valued these cats for their complaisant nature, large size and excellent hunting skills.
Today, the Maine Coon breed is considered the pride and one of the symbols of the state, in honor of which in 1993 a 1 crown (25 pence) coin was even issued with the image of an easily recognizable breed.
These friendly domestic cats are distinguished by their unusually large size and weight. Adults on average reach at least 1 meter in length, the record is 1.23 meters. The weight of Maine Coons ranges between 6 and 9 kilograms (although 12 kg individuals are common), the weight record is 15 kg.
The length of the tail, as a rule, is equal to 4/5 of the total length of the cat, reaching to her shoulder, that is, the 1.23-meter record holder had at least a meter tail.
Despite the fact that this is a long-haired breed, its coat does not require special care and regular combing, as, for example, in the case of the “Persians”, whose coat without proper attention is crumpled and braided into tangles.
There are many recognized Maine Coon colors, the most interesting of which is “red merle” — unlike other breeds, Maine Coons tend to have a much brighter red color with a clear marbled pattern.
Feeding an adult Maine Coon is not so easy — he eats several times more food than normal-sized pets, while preferring fresh natural food to all kinds of food.
Otherwise, these are the same domestic cats, like many other breeds, just large)
But still, the most amazing feature of this giant breed is its friendly, peaceful, affectionate nature. A cat will never tear up furniture if it has a scratching post, will not throw any object off the shelf just because it prevents it from passing, will not climb onto a closet or somewhere else, because. does not particularly favor cramped, narrow spaces. Maine Coons are very fond of their owners and easily adapt to any environment.
You can read about other interesting domestic breeds in the article The most beautiful cats in the world.