Post # 1
FI and I have been seriously thinking about getting a kitty. For us, this means lots and lots and lots of research. He loooooves Maine Coons and I think the more I learn about them the more they are starting to grow on me.
Anyone have any experiences with them? Good, bad or otherwise??
Post # 3
My boyfriend loves them too!! There’s a couple who go to the same vet I do that trained their maine coon on a leash. So freaking cute.
Post # 4
the only thing that i know is….I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 5
My old boss had one and it was THE NICEST cat EVER. It would hang out in our office all day. I know nothing technical about them but it was a very lovely animal. I am not much of a cat person but I think I would have stolen that cat had the opportunity presented itself.
Post # 5
My family had a Maine Coon when I was growing up. They’re just like regular cats but are bigger (and have a lot of fur). They’re great cats! I say go for it.
Post # 6
@Mrs. Puffin: Yea, we’ve been reading that they are very intelligent and easy to train. One guy had trained his Maine Coon to shake hands… I was like… My dog does that. Haha.
I read that they are good with kids and other animals, but just wondering if anyone has any experiences with that?
Post # 7
My kittens dad is a maine coon, but I don’t know much about them specifically! I do know that he’s enormous, super fluffy, and 50% of the time he’s a cuddlebug. When he’s not cuddling he’s never far though, he likes to be near us even when he’s pretending not to be interested. 🙂
@Mrs. Puffin: Our kitten is trained to walk on a leash too! And he plays fetch.
Not sure how much this helps, but my kitten has been around other cats, a few terriers, a bernese mountain dog, a couple dobermans, and my 4 year old nephew, all with no problems.
Post # 8
I had one, he lives with my parents now. I adopted him from the shelter not knowing what kind of kitty he was, but the vet confirmed. He was adorable but even with daily brushing his fur was EVERYWHERE! He also is MASSIVE. He looks more like a wolf than a cat!
He was little bitty when I first got him, here he is at 6 weeks…
Post # 9
@MrsPinkPeony: Haha yea we are probably going to get a female, because the males are like the size of a large dog hahahaha.
Post # 10
They’re very large, as others have said, furry, and very friendly.
They are not uncommon, and there are lots of them in shelters and rescues. They’re a very popular breed.
Post # 11
I’m the proud mommy to a maine coon and he’s the best cat I’ve ever had. He has so much personality and just wants to be loved. He gives kisses and plays fetch so he’s pretty much all around awesome. The only downside to Lincoln is he’s 18 pounds and sheds like crazy. We normally keep him shaved like a lion during the spring/summer.
Post # 12
OP, if your FI likes Maine Coons because of their friendliness, but maybe you have doubts considering their long hair and upkeep, consider getting a black domestic shorthair cat. Apparently black cats are the friendliest, and many have personalities like a Maine Coon- plus their short hair is easier to maintain. I am biased because I adopted the world’s friendliest black cat- actually I call him my ‘dog’ because he acts exactly like one! He is also a real fluffhead in the winter and super cute. Black cats are the least likely cat to be adopted or rescued :o( whereas I’m sure Maine Coons have an easier time finding a good home.
Post # 13
I owned one until I got married, but my husband refused to put up with his hair. Luckily, he went to my aunt, whose beloved cat had recently died, and is now living it up with her.
In any case, he was awesome! Super sweet, never used his claws, and would let you do anything to him. He also really liked water and was always up for a bath. He got along just fine with other animals, although he was not big on the dogs since they were so active. If they were in the house, he often stayed under a bed until they calmed down.
I miss him, but he’s got a waaay better life with my aunt since she is not married and has no kids. He loves the complete attention.
I was first introduced to the breed while my mother worked at a vet’s office. Their “office cat” was a Maine Coone. He had a very similar personality, except he was more personable. He came out to greet everyone and meet the animals waiting in the lobby. He pretty much just had a run of the place and everyone knew him.
Post # 14
@UpstateCait: Omg I love it! He looks like he thinks he’s king.
@Floridagirl2010: Yea I tried that line on FI because that’s what I wanted, but he didn’t want to hear it. 😉 He originally would take no other cat than a Siamese and I just do.not.like. Siamese cats (sorry Siamese lovers!), so this is our compromise. 😀
Post # 15
We’re pretty sure our cat is almost completely Maine coon. He fits the description of the breed to a T. He’s not a lap kitty, but he always wants to be near us. He’s got a ton of hair and a big fluffy tail and the shedding can be a bit of a problem.
They are also very playful and don’t tend to really grow up. Charlie still needs playtime every day and gets really hyper, zipping around the house sometimes.
He’s not huge but we’ve read that they can keep growing until they are 5. He’s 13 pounds now at 2.5 years, but very sleek.