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Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon Cat
[dropcap letter=”M”]aine’s official state cat is also the second most popular domestic breed in the United States. Its defining characteristics include a shaggy coat that’s shorter over the head and shoulders and longer toward the tail, fur between the toes, significantly pointed ears, large eyes, and a long rectangular-shaped body.

Readers shared some photos of their fluffy friends.
We adore Maine Coons. Brother & sister…Beanie and Bailey. We lost Beanie this past spring & are still devastated. — Judith Bistrek Christine

Maine Coon Cat
Miss Lucy was rescued as a kitten but she definitely has some Coon and Norwegian Forest in her genes. And she is a sniffer! — Laura Lutz

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Maine Coon Cat
“Doofus Beanie” — Judith Bistrek Christine

Maine Coon Cat
We believe this guy is part Maine Coon. — Donna Engborg

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Maine Coon Cats
My three babies are in the Downeast Maine Coon book you published. — Kimberly Lockie

Maine Coon Cat
My Maine Coon Eliot, we named him after Eliot Maine. Maine Coons are Awesome Cat’s! He is 20 pounds of pure enjoyment! — Scott E. Lent

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Maine Coon Cat
This is my beautiful clown of a Maine Coon, Spinney, all 19 pounds of him. — Martha Hayes Crannell

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