Official State Cat of Maine
The Maine coon cat was recognized as the official state cat of Maine in 1985. Cats are also recognized as state symbols in Massachusetts (tabby cat) and Maryland (calico cat); and Colorado, California, and Tennessee all recognize adopted shelter and rescued pets as official state symbols. All State Cats & Dogs
Maine coon cats are one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, and were well established more than a century ago. Though tabby coloring is most well-known, Maine coon cats come in many colors.
Maine coon cats are tall, muscular, and big-boned with long, smooth, heavy, water-resistant coats and long, bushy tails. Males average 13 to 18 pounds (it is not uncommon to reach 25 pounds). Females average 9 to 12 pounds. Maine coon cats do not reach their full size until they are three to five years old.
These beautiful cats are superbly equipped for Maine's harsh winters. In addition to their unique luxurious coat, the ears are more heavily furred (both inside and on the tips) than many breeds, and Maine coon cats have big, round, tufted feet that serve as snow shoes.
Most coon cat breeders believe that the breed originated as a mix of shorthaired domestic cats and longhaired cats brought to America from abroad by New England seamen or even by the Vikings.