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All about your Maine Coon

Attentive and sweet-natured, with an interest in everything you’re doing.

The Maine Coon is polite, obedient and loving and makes a perfect family pet. Discover more about this gentle giant, and get tips on a range of topics from exercise, grooming and behaviour, to what you can do to keep your cat healthy and happy.

Maine Coon Cat Lays On A Wall Looking Up

Breed information & advice

The Maine Coon is laid-back, affectionate and loves to be with his feline or human family. While he doesn’t make the best lap cat – as he’s just too big – he’ll enjoy lying close to you, and is great with children.

  • Smart but silly, this breed is fun, playful and can learn tricks.
  • The Maine Coon has a long, shaggy coat that will need to be brushed weekly.
  • Typically he will weigh between 4kg and 8kg, when fully grown.
  • A healthy Maine Coon will usually live for 12 to 15 years.

Typical size of a Maine Coon


As one of the largest domesticated cat breeds, you will need to put your Maine Coon through his paces if you are to keep him both mentally and physically stimulated. He needs lots of space to roam, and will enjoy the outdoors, so letting him out in the garden or backyard – on a harness or leash, if you wish – means he can stretch out his legs.

An indoor climbing tree is a fun stimulus, while your cat or kitten is smart enough to learn a few simple tricks such as how to fetch or open a door. However you play with him, time spent together will engage and interest him, and help to strengthen your bond.

Cats are strict carnivores, and your Maine Coon will need a meat-based diet, introduced to him as a kitten. Split the daily feed across two meals. Read the back of the packet for portion sizes, which will depend on his age, size and lifestyle.

People-friendly and a puzzle solver

Your Maine Coon likes human company and will exercise his mind with simple puzzle toys.

Maine Coon Cat Sits On A Scratching Post
Black Tortoiseshell Maine Coon Cat Looking On

Common health problems & illnesses

Maine Coons need all of the usual vaccinations, flea and worming control, and dental checks to go on to lead a healthy life, but it’s worth being aware of some of the more specific ailments that can affect this breed, so you can look out for any symptoms.

1. Kidney problems

The kidneys filter waste from the blood that is then flushed out through the urine, and when these do not function properly it signals kidney disease or failure. Many cats suffer from kidney issues, which can be caused by factors such as infections, toxins or malfunctions of the immune system, and the Maine Coon is no exception. Signs to watch out for in your cat include weight loss, bad breath, dehydration, vomiting and weakness.

Kidney disease accounted for 4% of all Tesco Pet Insurance claims for this breed in 2015.

2. Fractures

Like all cat breeds, Maine Coons may suffer fractures (or broken bones) as a result of a trauma sustained in a road accident or after falling from a height, for example. However, they can also be susceptible to feline patella fracture, a syndrome where the knee cap cracks or breaks without any obvious cause. Watch out to see if your cat is unable to put weight on a leg, is hobbling or trying to vocalise his pain when he walks. Treatment will vary according to the type of fracture, but may include surgery to fuse the bones back together again.

3. Heart Disease

Maine Coons are relatively healthy as a breed, but can suffer from a common heart condition, known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, that affects young to middle-aged cats. It is a disease that causes the heart to grow bigger, and is thought to be hereditary. If your cat is showing symptoms such as shortness of breath, reduced appetite or seems a bit less active than usual, speak with your vet, who can investigate.

4. Tumour

Not all growths are dangerous and with regular grooming, you'll be able to notice and monitor any unusual lumps or bumps that appear on your cat's skin or body. Common feline growths include lipomas, or benign fatty tumours; mast cell tumours, a cancer of the immune system; and lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. If you find anything unusual and you’re worried, then have your vet take a look, as early diagnosis will help in more serious cases.

5. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This breed may be susceptible to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – a condition in which the small or large intestine becomes inflamed. You might notice that your cat is frequently vomiting or has diarrhoea, and this could be an indicator of IBD. Your vet will need to investigate the underlying cause of it, but treatment can range from a diet change to corticosteroid drugs.

Cat name popularity

If you’re struggling to think of a name for your Maine Coon, take a look at the most popular ones at Tesco Pet Insurance for inspiration.

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Average treatment costs

Wondering whether pet insurance for your Maine Coon is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Pet Insurance customers in 2015, and the average cost of treatment.

ConditionAverage treatment cost
Kidney and renal disease£285.06
Inflammatory bowel disease£95.70
Respiratory condition£525.49
Weight loss£384.10

Tesco Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses from 01/01/15 to 31/12/15.

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Grooming advice

Your big cat’s long, flowing fur does not get matted easily as it is also silky – but you will need to groom him to remove dead skin and loose hair. Twice-weekly brushing with a stainless steel comb should do the trick, while a grooming rake will help remove dead skin from his undercoat.

Because they’re fans of water, the task of washing your pet is made a little easier. Bathe him any time he needs it, from every couple of weeks to every few months. If his fur feels greasy, smells or looks stringy, a wash is needed.

Keep his nails trimmed back by cutting them every few weeks, and use a damp cloth to wipe round his ears every day or so. To stave off any potential dental problems, cleaning your cat's teeth on a daily basis is recommended to help keep his mouth clear of bacteria, plaque and tartar.

Fun & interesting facts

  • The sturdy Maine Coon was originally found on farms and ships and used for his ability to catch mice.
  • Cosey the Maine Coon was the winner of the first ever American Cat Show, held way back in 1895.
  • The breed has water-resistant fur, making him a great swimmer.
  • He chirps or trills, rather than meowing.
  • Renowned for his size, he is the biggest of all domestic cat breeds.

Important information


The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by Vetsdirect Ltd.

All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.


Vetfone™ is a 24/7 helpline that provides expert advice from nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need reassurance on grooming, feeding or general advice, vetfone™ is there to help.

As a Tesco Pet Insurance customer, you can access expert veterinary advice provided by RCVS registered vet nurses as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you an expensive trip to the vet.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by Vetsdirect Ltd.

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