Maine Coon Cat Size?

This is a question that more than 6354 of our readers have been asking us! Luckily, we have found the most appropriate information for you!

So, in this post, Chelle wants to share all you need to know about the size of these dang Maine Coon cats… So you can get on the path to your own Maine Coon.

They featured “Knight,” a 42 inch long, 22 pound (and still growing) majestic male orange Maine Coon ! The size of this Maine Coon stirred something in me and I had to sit down, because I had inadvertently stood in His Royal Presence 😀 Photo via: Catza.net There’s no mistaking it, your average Maine Coon is a solidly sizable cat, even the dainty females. And disclaimer here, not all Maine Coons will grow to be the sizes described here… some may fall into the bottom ends of a range. And cats are known to be super strong and flexible and express that in how they move, jump, and charge. 13 pounds of running and playtime with needle sharp claws is reminiscent of a tasmanian devil! You notice the rectangular body, the barrel chest, framed by super floofy, long shaggy coat. In fact, male Maine Coons tend to be goofy and playful, even more than the females. Numerous cat world record holders for size are male Maine Coons – no surprise here! So, if you are seeking the biggest possible cat, adopt a male kitten because in 4-5 years when fully grown, he will probably be larger. Because a fully grown Maine Coon cat sports extra-special accessories that give an impression of size and presence! The extra thick paws with tufts in between their toes, the extravagant mane, the luxurious fluffy tail that wraps around like a blanket or scarf…. The silky, waterproof long haired coat and those lynx tipped ears. Let’s just say that Mother Nature did not forget her goal – to develop the Maine Coon as a sturdy, tough, and working class cat! In fact, the Maine Coon looked so perfectly wild that we humans deemed it beautiful and turned them into a show breed. A normal domestic short hair cat is fun-sized, weighing less than 10lb and not more than 10 inches in height. Even a small female Maine Coon is larger in size than a domestic cat! But, even without consulting the measurements or busting out a ruler, a Maine Coon cat in comparison, simply looks much more substantial in size. A picture is worth a thousand words… If I see a regular normal cat now, they appear so thin and small, to be 100% honest. While big Maine Coons can give off a wild impression, with the uneven fur and long whiskers, you need just look into their calm eyes to see the truth! And if you ever offend, they gently scold you with a high pitched “meow” that 100% does not fit their size. So, don’t worry – the Maine Coon breed of cat is well known for their excellent personality . They can tolerance most indoor living conditions and a wide array of companions – human or furry. Photo via: Catza.net Maine Coon kittens need to stay at the kid’s table way longer than other cats, being slow to mature and blossom into their full fantastic form. It takes Maine Coons up to 5 years to fully grow up, while your domestic feline is at full maturity in about 8 months. At this point, a regular cat is basically grown, but Maine Coons have barely gotten started. At 1 year, kittens should have finally hit a growth spurt and start to resemble the cat you’ve seen in pictures. Compared to all those breeds, the Maine Coon has the potential to be larger, heavier, and stockier. Sometimes, we are lounging in the hallway around the same time, and I get a chance to compare my Maine Coon’s size to the 2 smaller dogs. Maine Coons are much bigger than varieties of small or toy dogs – Corgis, Terriers, Dachschund, Papillions, you get the idea. Second, if we compared my 14 pound Maine Coon to the bulldog, they are almost the same size, though the dog is heavier. The reaction from friends or family seeing your “average” 18 pound Maine Coon cat is about a million times more fun! Plos One: A Reassessment of Bergmann’s Rule in Modern Humans The larger the mass, the less quickly heat will dissipate. I’d rather paint you a picture of the Maine Coon breed’s size with stories, experiences, and feelings.

How big is a full grown Maine Coon?

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How big is a Maine Coon compared to a normal cat?

Most domestic cats are small in stature, with the average feline weighing around 10 lbs in weight and reaching about 9 to 10 inches in length. On the other hand, Maine Coon cats are large and can weigh up to 25 lbs in males and 18 lbs in females.

How big will a Maine Coon cat get?

So, to wrap it up, how big do Maine Coon cats get? Well, you can expect male Maine Coons (at a healthy size) to be between 12-18 pounds, with an average length of 19-30 inches. Female Maine Coons (at a healthy size) would be between 8-12 pounds, but roughly the same average length.

Are Maine Coon cats really that big?

There are legends saying these cats can weigh anywhere from 35-60 pounds. In reality, they are not as big as breeders try to make us think. They have their standard, which is: 11-18 pounds for males (neutered ones can reach up to 27 pounds), and 6.5-11 pounds for females (spayed ones can reach up to 17 pounds).

Maine Coons are known to be some of the biggest domestic cats there are. These cats are native to the state of Maine, where they had to face some brutally cold winters, helping them develop into a rugged breed that’s fit for any cold climate. The longest cat on record is a Maine Coon, and this has been a trend for many years. When the longest cat in the world dies, the next king crowned is almost always another Maine Coon.

Image Credit: Sergey Ginak, ShutterstockThough Maine Coons are known for their above-average size, they’re not always massive cats. Image Credit: Kucher Serhii, ShutterstockOf course, weight isn’t the only metric we can use to compare Coons and other cats. The longest Maine Coon on record was an amazing 48.5 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail. That’s pretty impressive but way larger than the average Coon, which is why that cat made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. This means that even the shortest Maine Coons are about the same length as the longest normal cats; a clear indicator of this breed’s massive size. When you add that to the already sizable difference in body length, you end with Maine Coons that completely dwarf other breeds. Well, you can expect male Maine Coons (at a healthy size) to be between 12-18 pounds, with an average length of 19-30 inches.

My husband and I have been dreaming about getting a Maine Coon cat for 10 years but we only dared to get one when we got our own apartment and already had kids. That’s how a 3-month old Maine Coon, who we call Moose, started to live with us. Since that time I have heard a lot of warnings that he would eat us up, as well as plenty of questions about why he is so small — other Maine Coons can grow to the size of a lynx.

Within this time, I have checked into all of the myths about Maine Coons and feel eager to tell Bright Side readers all the truths and lies about this breed. Perhaps each of us has seen photos from cat exhibitions where the proud owners of Maine Coons stretch them to the full length, which makes these animals look huge. It can be noticed even when they are kittens — the back part of their body sways when the animal walks, in addition, they can’t jump on the furniture. Many Maine Coon owners claim that the vocal cords of these cats have a special structure and, instead of meowing, they make melodious sounds. You may end up getting a very “talkative” Maine Coon, which is why you shouldn’t listen to the breeders if you are the one who likes to enjoy silence. Some experts believe that this trait came to Maine Coons from their distant ancestors — ship cats, who used to spend a long time at sea. It is believed that this habit remained at their genetic level from life in the wild, when it was necessary to clear puddles of branches and leaves. All because of the specific predatory incision of the eyes and the massive zone of the mustache and chin, which is called the “box.” Some people jokingly compare their pets with Ron Perlman.

The Average Maine Coon Size and Weight

There’s no mistaking it, your average Maine Coon is a solidly sizable cat, even the dainty females.There’s a reason the Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat.Below I give some size ranges, but keep in mind both genders can be even larger or heavier than these ranges.And disclaimer here, not all Maine Coons will grow to be the sizes described here… some may fall into the bottom ends of a range.

Females

You might even scoff a little at an average female weight, thinking 13 pounds is not even that much. That’s the size of a tiny dog, you think…Well, it’s a not a doggo. It’s a cat. And cats are known to be super strong and flexible and express that in how they move, jump, and charge.What I am saying is… even female Maine Coons are bigger and heavier than you expect.13 pounds jumping onto your chest or into your lap is definitely something considerable! Like a bowling ball.13 pounds of running and playtime with needle sharp claws is reminiscent of a tasmanian devil!My silver girl is just 14 lbs, but every bit of her is thick. When she walks, she kind of saunters, tail and butt going side to side :0The long fluffy coat and semi-wild looking fur, plus wide legs and fat paws really contribute a lot to the look.Big boned, we used to say. (but I don’t know if you can say that anymore LOL)

Males

Male Maine Coons are amazing because they have presence. You notice the rectangular body, the barrel chest, framed by super floofy, long shaggy coat.People usually think they are a small lion or if the zoo is missing one of their animals.But it’s nothing of that sort. Maine Coons are never fierce like their wild feline cousins,In fact, male Maine Coons tend to be goofy and playful, even more than the females.With males, you can literally feel the aura – the aura of the gentle giant.Numerous cat world record holders for size are male Maine Coons – no surprise here! Like this one from the United States:Or Mr. Maine Coon Italy – Barivel, who is the longest cat in the world verified by the Guinness Book of World Record. He’s a whopping 120 cm or 3 ft 11.2 inches!So,

The Maine Coon Size Guarantee

Keep in mind the above record holders are the exception and not the rule. Full grown Maine Coons are generally:

Maine Coon Size in Comparison to Normal Cats

A normal domestic short hair cat is fun-sized, weighing less than 10lb and not more than 10 inches in height.The average Maine Coon, at 18 pounds and 10-16 inches tall, positively dwarfs a normal cat in comparison.Even a small female Maine Coon is larger in size than a domestic cat!This is why if you’ve never owned a Maine Coon, they will be bigger than you expect. Since you have no context for large they can be.But, even without consulting the measurements or busting out a ruler, a Maine Coon cat in comparison, simply looksA picture is worth a thousand words… If I see a regular normal cat now, they appear so thin and small, to be 100% honest.

A True Gentle Giant

If you currently own a domestic shorthair cat, and are considering a Maine Coon to join the family…But are wondering if the Maine Coon will use their size to their advantage and be aggressive?Know that Maine Coons do not have one aggressive bone in their body! This would never cross their mind.While big Maine Coons can give off a wild impression, with the uneven fur and long whiskers, you need just look into their calm eyes to see the truth!Maine Coons are domesticated to the point where they are docile and floppy when handled.And if you ever offend, they gently scold you with a high pitched “meow” that 100% does not fit their size. It’s literally too small for their body.It’s adorable. So, don’t worry – the Maine Coon breed of cat is well known for their excellent personality.They can tolerance most indoor living conditions and a wide array of companions – human or furry. I support you in your search for the perfect Maine Coon!Make sure your big Maine Coon has the right large cat tree and extra large litter boxes!

Maine Coon Size by Age

Maine Coon kittens need to stay at the kid’s table way longer than other cats, being slow to mature and blossom into their full fantastic form. While Maine Coons do not require special food, you might want to try Royal Canin’s Maine Coon Kitten food!It takes Maine Coons up to 5 years to fully grow up, while your domestic feline is at full maturity in about 8 months.

Maine Coon Size at 6 Months

At 6 months, Maine Coon kittens are growing at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds a month. It’s slow and steady, but not very dramatic. Don’t feed them junk or a high calorie cat food.Many families with a new Maine Coon kitten watch them with held breath, wondering when the little kitten will hit its growth spurt. At this point, a regular cat is basically grown, but Maine Coons have barely gotten started.

Maine Coon Size at 1 Year

At 1 year, kittens should have finally hit a growth spurt and start to resemble the cat you’ve seen in pictures. Between 1 year and 2 years, a Maine Coon should be as large as a normal cat (or even bigger!)

Maine Coon Cat Size Compared to Other Large Cat Breeds

Of course, Maine Coons are not the only large domestic cat breed.I’m willing to bet some of you who are far along in your cat journey have done research on other big cat breeds too 🙂
Ahem! Anyway… large domestic cat breeds a potential owner could look at include the Ragdoll, Siberian, and Norwegian Forest Cat.Compared to all those breeds, the Maine Coon has the potential to be larger, heavier, and stockier.

Maine Coon Size Compared to a Dog

Chelle and I have a neighbor with 2 Pomeranians, and 1 neighbor with a bulldog of some sort.Sometimes, we are lounging in the hallway around the same time, and I get a chance to compare my Maine Coon’s size to the 2 smaller dogs.First, the two Pomeranians put together would not equal the Maine Coon, in height or weight!Funny story about the two Chihuahuas… that breed of dog is known for being full of attitude and spunk.And despite my Maine Coon being about twice the size of them, their fire and buzzing energy turn my normally calm Maine Coon in to a cautious scaredy-cat.Second, if we compared my 14 pound Maine Coon to the bulldog, they are almost the same size, though the dog is heavier.If you’ve owned dogs, just understand that

Average Weight of a Maine Coon

Though Maine Coons are known for their above-average size, they’re not always massive cats. Male Maine Coons are generally between 12 and 18 pounds when they’re fully grown. You might have heard that these giant felines can reach massive weights of up to 35 pounds. This is pretty rare, though not impossible. Generally, a Coon of this size is overweight.When it comes to females, weight is a bit lower. On average, female Maine Coons weigh between 8 and 12 pounds. Again, they can get much heavier than this, but on average, they tend to fall between these weights.

Average Weight of a Regular Housecat

So, how heavy is a regular house cat then? Well, some of them are actually heavier than smaller Maine Coon specimens. The average male cat weighs 9-10 pounds. Since male Maine Coons are 12-18 pounds on average, they have a distinct weight advantage.But things change a bit when we take a look at the average female cat, which generally weighs 8-9 pounds. Remember, the average female Coon weighs 8-12 pounds, which means that the largest normal female cats are about the same weight as some of the smaller Maine Coon females. In fact, the largest female Coons are even heavier than the largest of the average normal male cats, showing just how sizable this breed really is.

Average Length of a Maine Coon

Of course, weight isn’t the only metric we can use to compare Coons and other cats. Let’s talk length. The longest Maine Coon on record was an amazing 48.5 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail. That’s pretty impressive but way larger than the average Coon, which is why that cat made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.Since tails can vary significantly in length, let’s only discuss the length of cats from their nose to the base of their tail, which can be considered their true body length. Both male and female Coons share the same average length of 19-30 inches.

Average Length of a Regular Housecat

But what about the average house cat? Well, these felines are significantly smaller, averaging 15-20 inches in length for males and females.This means that even the shortest Maine Coons are about the same length as the longest normal cats; a clear indicator of this breed’s massive size.In the last metric, we omitted tails since they can vary so drastically in size. But that doesn’t mean we should skip them altogether. On the contrary. The tail shows another distinct difference between Maine Coons and other cat breeds.On average, male and female Coons have tails that are 12-18 inches in length. That’s a lot of variances, but an 18-inch tail added onto a 30-inch body makes for a world-record Coon. In any other breed, that would be simply unheard of.The average normal cat has a tail length of just 10 inches. Of course, this is in proportion to their body lengths of 15-20 inches. But a 10-inch tail is two inches shorter than the smallest of average Maine Coon tails. At the top end of the spectrum, a Maine Coon can have a tail that’s nearly twice as long as a regular cat. When you add that to the already sizable difference in body length, you end with Maine Coons that completely dwarf other breeds.

9 Facts About Maine Coon Cats That Breeders Don’t Talk About

My husband and I have been dreaming about getting a Maine Coon cat for 10 years but we only dared to get one when we got our own apartment and already had kids. That’s how a 3-month old Maine Coon, who we call Moose, started to live with us. Since that time I have heard a lot of warnings that he would eat us up, as well as plenty of questions about why he is so small — other Maine Coons can grow to the size of a lynx.Now Moose is 10 months old and we have completely gotten used to living with each other. Within this time, I have checked into all of the myths about Maine Coons and feel eager to tell

They are actually not that big.

Perhaps each of us has seen photos from cat exhibitions where the proud owners of Maine Coons stretch them to the full length, which makes these animals look huge. There are legends saying these cats can weigh anywhere from 35-60 pounds. In reality, they are not as big as breeders try to make us think. They have their standard, which is: 11-18 pounds for males (neutered ones can reach up to 27 pounds), and 6.5-11 pounds for females (spayed ones can reach up to 17 pounds).If we compare them with the tabby cat of my parents — she weights a little bit more than 11 pounds, just like a pretty big Maine Coon female cat. Then why do the cats of this breed look so huge in their photos? First of all, the right angle, where the head of the animal is located closer to the camera than the owner’s head and where its body looks long, makes the cat look like a giant.Second of all, Maine Coons are really bigger than other domestic cats. They have well-developed muscles and very strong paws. As a rule, these parameters can be noticed even when they are kittens.

Maine Coons have their own diseases.

These cats are adapted for life in harsh climates, so they often have good health and a long life expectancy. According to data on life insurance for domestic cats in Sweden for 2003-2006, the average life expectancy of Maine Coons was about 12 and a half years, while more than 50% of these animals lived longer.However, the breed has specific diseases. One of them is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This disease usually manifests itself in middle and old age. It can lead to pulmonary edema, sudden hind limb paralysis, and death. Due to problems with their hearts, they are required to have an ECG and an ultrasound of their heart done before their castration or sterilization.Another specific problem of the breed is spinal muscular atrophy. It can be noticed even when they are kittens — the back part of their body sways when the animal walks, in addition, they can’t jump on the furniture.Maine Coons are also more likely to suffer from hip dysplasia than other breeds. This disease manifests itself in old age and the animal begins to limp.

They are friendly but not tame.

Maine Coons are often called “soft and tender giants” for their flexible and kind nature. Breeders say these cats are loyal to other pets and children and are faithful, like dogs, when it comes to their owners. Our cat doesn’t bite or scratch when our 10-month-old kids try to play with him.But breeders don’t tell you that Maine Coons don’t like to get picked up or be hugged. These cats are affectionate only when they want to be.

They are eternal kittens.

First of all, these cats get mature later than other cats. They reach puberty at the age of 1, and they stop growing at 3, and in some cases, even at the age of 5. Secondly, even after having grown, Maine Coons still preserve their childishness.In addition, they perfect their jumping-to-high-places skills with age. That’s why you can sometimes find them on a kitchen table, stealing a flower from a vase, or pushing a porcelain figurine off of a shelf. Experienced Maine Coon owners remove all this stuff, even from the highest of the shelves.

These cats can be too loud.

Many Maine Coon owners claim that the vocal cords of these cats have a special structure and, instead of meowing, they make melodious sounds. That’s not exactly true. These cats are really capable of making melodious sounds, but they can meow like normal cats too. You may end up getting a very “talkative” Maine Coon, which is why you shouldn’t listen to the breeders if you are the one who likes to enjoy silence.

They like to play with water.

Some experts believe that this trait came to Maine Coons from their distant ancestors — ship cats, who used to spend a long time at sea. Many owners claim that their pets move their paws over the water in a funny way, as if making some magic — in reality, they’re “digging out” the water. It is believed that this habit remained at their genetic level from life in the wild, when it was necessary to clear puddles of branches and leaves.Oftentimes, Maine Coons end up turning over the water bowl and flooding the floor while “digging” the water. That’s why some owners put a big basket with water in a bathtub for them that is impossible to turn over. When seeing a big bowl with water, our pet likes to dip their paw into it and drink from it, like we would drink from our own hand.

They don’t like to be alone.

Maine Coons have a lot in common with dogs. As a rule, they choose one owner and remain faithful to them for life. If out of all members of your family, your cat chose you, you are lucky, but there are some disadvantages as well. They are likely to not let you get isolated in the toilet or bathroom. The doors in the room you are in should always be open.These animals basically hate staying alone. At the same time, the cats of this breed can be taught some dogs’ tricks. Our cat knows the command “Go, get it!”. Some owners claim they have even taught their Maine Coons the command “Sit.”

These cats are choosy.

Maine Coons like to and are able to take care of themselves well. Sometimes it might seem like they are obsessed with their appearance. There is a reverse side of this feature too — it’s hard to meet their needs when it comes to the cleanliness of their litterbox. We had to try many various cat litters before we found the one he approved of.Moreover, the representatives of this breed care about their nails a lot. In order to not scratch the people they love, Maine Coons scratch everything around them. A scratchpad won’t help because it will become another “manicure” spot that doesn’t necessarily stop them from using the others (chairs, wallpaper, sofa).

Frances Dickson
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