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verything about the Maine Coon points to its adaptation to a harsh climate. Its glossy coat, heavy and water-resistant, long, bushy tail which the cat wraps around himself when he curls up to sleep can protect him from cold winters. His ears are more heavily furred for protection from the cold, and have a large range of movement. The relatively long, square muzzle facilitates grasping prey and lapping water from streams and puddles.

lthough the myth of 20-kg cats is just that a myth, these are indeed tall, muscular, big-boned cats; males commonly reach 6-10 kg, with females normally weighing about 4 to 6 kg. Add to that 6-8 cm of winter coat, and people will swear that they're looking at one big cat. Maine Coons develop slowly, and don't achieve their full size until they are three to four years old. Their dispositions remain kittenish throughout their lives; they are big, gentle, good-natured goofs. Maine Coons love to play, and many will joyfully retrieve small items. They rarely meow, and when they do, that soft, tiny voice doesn't fit their size!

hile Maine Coons are highly people-oriented cats, they are not overly-dependent. They do not constantly pester you for attention, but prefer to "hang out" with their owners, investigating whatever activity you're involved in and "helping" when they can. Maines will follow you from room to room and wait for you outside a closed door. A Maine Coon will be your companion, your buddy, your pal, but hardly ever your baby.

aine Coons are relaxed and easy-going in just about everything they do. They generally get along well with kids and dogs, as well as other cats. They are not as vertically-oriented as some other breeds, prefering to chase objects on the ground and grasping them in their large paws - no doubt instincts developed as professional mousers.

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