The Maine Cat, named for its native U.S. state of Maine, was the first naturally occurring long-haired cat breed in North America.
A more stable breed was formed around the mid-1800s.
The Maine cat is robust and is one of the three largest cat breeds in the world.
Adult Maine cats can reach a body length of about 120 cm and the heaviest can reach 18 kg, with males being slightly larger than females.
If cat lovers dream of having an oversized cat, the Maine cat can fulfil that fantasy, and it has been called the "gentle giant" of the cat world.
There are many legends about the origins of the Maine cat, but it is now generally accepted that the Maine cat was bred from a cross between native American shorthair cats and long-haired cats brought by traders from other parts of the world.
The Maine cat is muscular and strong, with large, rounded paws, and is a good hunter. However, development is slow and usually takes 3-5 years to reach full maturity.
Guinness World Records：
The holder of the "longest cat" is Stewie the Maine Cat, who reached a length of 123cm in 2010.
Advantages of Maine cats:
1. Good looks.
The Maine cat has the appearance of a lion-like king. The dense and smooth coat, and slightly serious facial expression, show that it is different from other cats.
The tail is large and long, like a soft duster.
2. Large size.
The Maine cat is a large pet cat, not only has a strong body but also a warm coat, which makes it feel safe.
3. Strong body.
Maine cats are strong-boned, sturdy, muscular, and very hardy.
They were once bred as working cats for farmers, and they are very adaptable to the environment. They can endure cold weather, and are more tolerant of hardship.
4. Gentle personality.
The Maine cat is a very considerate and understanding cat, also known as the "gentle giant".
They are understanding, gentle, loyal to their families, intelligent, and independent, and can live in harmony with children and other small animals in the family. They can meet all the fantasies of the ideal character of cats.
5. Lightness of movement
Although the Maine cat is huge, it is flexible in movement, not bulky in running and jumping, and very light and fast in action, which is ornamental.
Disadvantages of Maine cats：
1. Have a big appetite
The Maine cat eats a lot, three to four times more than the average cat. Therefore, to raise a Maine cat must have sufficient financial resources.
In addition to the daily expenses of cat food, the money spent on cat litter is also a big expense.
3. High space requirement
Maine cats are not suitable for apartments with small areas.
Maine cats are large and need a large range of activities. If the space at home is limited, it is not convenient for the cat to walk and jump around, and it is easy to knock over the home furnishings.
4. Easy to have hair slip
Maine cats have an amazing amount of hair and are particularly prone to shedding, especially during seasonal changes. It requires a lot of effort to take care of the cat's hair.
5. Destructive to furniture
An ordinary cat can destroy furniture by sharpening its claws, not to mention the destructive power of the Maine cat's huge claws.
Therefore, Maine cats need to be prepared with more and bigger cat scratching boards.
If you decide to keep a Maine cat, you first need to find a regular cattery and check the cat's CFA pedigree certificate and its pedigree certification for the last three generations.
In addition, if you want to keep a Maine cat, you must be consistent, and once you keep it, you must be responsible to the end and be a truly qualified master.