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Maine Coon

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Devoted, loving and playful.

Where I'm From

Could a cat from Maine in the USA have mated with a racoon, to produce a large long haired cat with a tail like a racoon?

The answer is no. What is true is that this unusual breed did originate in Maine in the USA, most likely in the 1850's, when longhaired cats brought back by sailors mated with domestic shorthairs. The result was the Maine Coon, a big strong cat with a distinctive, large and bushy, racoon like tail.

Today the Maine Coon is one of the world's largest breeds of domestic cats, and is America's second most popular breed.

What I Look Like

Maine Coons are considered the 'gentle giants' of the cat world. They can weigh up to 15 kilograms, and typically have a solid, muscular body with a broad chest.

Their distinctive thick, dense coat is soft and silky and comes in a wide range of colours, but the most common pattern is brown tabby.

Their heavy all-weather coat requires regular combing to keep it smooth and healthy.

How I Act

Maine Coons are often said to be more like a dog than a cat because they love to play fetch.

The also lack the aversion to water found in most other cats. They can often be seen splashing in the sink or scooping water up with their paws from their water bowls.

Maine Coons are curious by nature and want to know everything that is going around them. They are loved for their playfulness and devotion to their families.

Am I the pet for you?

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.