She Found This Cat In The Woods And Brought It Home. Then She Found Out What It Really Was.

Maine coon cats have been around for so long, you probably think you know everything there is to know about the breed. The truth is that these cats, known as the “gentle giants” of their species, have a very interesting story, and we rounded up a few facts that might surprise even the most knowledgeable Maine coon fan.

1. Maine coon cats are enormous felines. 

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The average male Maine coon can weigh up to 18 pounds. The breed has even been mistaken for a bobcat before!

2. There are several interesting theories about the Maine coon’s origin.

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Some believe these cats are descendants of the ones brought to Maine by Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution, and another theory is that Maine coons originated when semi-wild domesticated cats bred with raccoons. The most likely explanation for the breed is that they resulted from short-haired cats mating with domesticated long haired-cats brought over by the Vikings in the 1700s.

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