In general, we tend to think that cats are as small and cuddle as they curl in our laps, however, this idea can’t be applied over all the cute little cuddly cats. The Maine Coon is a breed that is between big cats – lions, and tigers – and domestic cats. On average, Maine Coon size can get to 40 inches (1.02 m) and weight to 25 pounds (11.34 kg). A normal-sized fully grown Maine Coon is as big as the Norwegian forest cat. As a matter of fact, Maine Coon is among the biggest (largest) cat breeds of all time.
How Big Can Maine Coons Get?
Maine Coon cats also called the American Long Hair cats, are originally bred in the USA. There is a common thought that they are either a part raccoon and a part domestic cat. As a matter of fact, no one can really tell where this sweet creature originally comes from.
There are certain things about the Maine Coon cats such as these cats are the largest breed of cats. They grow bigger than any other cat breeds, they can grow until they reach the age of four years. On the other hand, other cat breeds reach full physical growth at the age of two years.
Average Size of a Maine Coon cat
The male Maine Coon is larger than the female ones as the case in most breeds. They typically weigh 15 pounds (6.8 kg) on average.
Male vs. Female Maine Coons
Whether you want to adopt a male or a female Maine Coon, make sure you get them neutered or spayed! As a matter of fact, neutered or spayed cats are healthier and happier. However, there are certain differences between the male and female Maine Coons you should learn.
The male Maine Coon cat is bigger physically than the female ones just like all the other cat breeds. In terms of responsibilities, they tend to have big personalities as well. They tend to be very demanding and attention seekers. However, they are very social and enjoy hanging around with their humans, and they love playtime the most.
On the other hand, the female Maine Coons are a little bit smaller than the male ones. However, you should notice that living in a small house is not preferable because they like to have free space to play and move around. In terms of personality, a female Maine Coon cat tends to be more cautious around people than the male ones.
Maine Coon’s Growth in relation to Feeding
Adopting proper diet habits, a Maine Coon cat can enjoy a healthy life until the age of 18 years old. In order to keep your cat healthy and active for a long time, you should make sure it gets the best diet.
So, let’s dive deeper into the main factors of a good diet:
Protein plays an important role in the proper diet for Maine Coons. It provides them with large amounts of energy and it’s one of the main pillars of growing properly and healthy. Giving your cat animal-based protein such as chicken or fish is highly recommended. For kittens, make sure they get 30 to 50 percent on a daily basis and for adults make sure they get 25 to 40 percent per day.
In general, cats tend to prefer protein-based food. However, a tiny amount of carbohydrates is essential to help your cat grow healthy.
Vitamins and Minerals
Cats need all kinds of vitamins on a regular base. Make sure you give your cat regular intake of A vitamin, B vitamin, and K vitamin.
Should You Change the Diet as Your Maine Coon Gets Older?
Most cat parents say that they change their cat’s diet into a lower calorie one once they reach the age of two years. You should make sure to adjust the nutritious needs of your cat according to their needs, activity level and age.
It’s highly recommended to always check with your vet whether you should change your cat’s diet or not. If so what is the proper diet they should follow? How to make sure your cat receives sufficient intakes of proteins and vitamins so that they maintain a good weight, stay healthy and active.