Do you adore fluffy cats? If so, you’ve probably found yourself totally charmed by a Maine Coon at some point. These loveable, big,felines are not only very personable, they’re also super cute. In fact, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of Maine Coon kittens on holiday cards over the coming weeks. A veterinarian discusses this beloved breed below.
Where Fluffy originated, no one is quite sure exactly. Maine Coons descended from Norwegian Forest Cats brought over by Vikings. That’s one possibility. Another legend has to do with Marie Antoinette, whose tone-deaf quote, ‘Let Them Eat Cake,’ resulted in her beheading in 1793. According to the story, Antoinette had shipped her most precious belongings to America before trying to flee France. Among the cargo were six fluffy kitties, which may have been Turkish Angoras or Siberians. As the story goes, Antoinette never made the trip. However, her feline pals were brought to Wiscasset, Maine, where they inevitably set about charming local felines and making some adorable kittens.
The Maine Coon is an extremely affectionate and lovable cat. Talkative and playful, these kitties have a lot of ‘purrsonality.’ They’re quite vocal, and like to communicate with squeaks and chirps.
Maine Coons can grow to large sizes. Several of them have broken records for weight and size. There’s the longest cat on record named Stewie. He was over 4 feet long from the tip of his nose to the end of his super-fluffy tail. And Samson, another 4-foot Maine Coon, held the title of New York’s biggest cat.
There’s no shortage of famous Maine Coons, including Pebbles, the cat from the Harry Potter movie, and Little Nicky, the first cloned cat. Then there’s a majestic floofer with his own Youtube channel named Mr. Vivo. Instagram also has plenty of these pretty felines.
It’s probably no surprise at all to hear that Fluffy is the official cat of the state of Maine. They’re also very popular in other states. Still, that hasn’t always been the case. These adorable kitties were all the rage … until the Persian cat came on the scene. After that, their popularity dropped sharply. In fact, by the 1950’s, they’d almost reached extinction. Fortunately, fans stepped in to save the breed, and many more cute kittens were born.
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