How to Tell if a Cat is a Maine Coon – Some Characteristics to Look For

By Kelsey Apley 2 years ago2 Comments

Big, beautiful, long shaggy fur, are some of the characteristics that come to mind when you hear Maine Coon cats. Most owners who have a long-haired, or larger size cat, might have wondered once or twice if they have a Maine Coon. How do you tell if a cat is a Maine Coon cat? Below you can read some characteristics of this breed.

Tell if a Cat is a Maine Coon

Characteristics Of Maine Coon Cats 

The largest domesticated breed of cat is the Maine Coon cat. These guys are known for their distinguishing physical characteristics, that set them apart from other breeds. If you didn’t buy directly from a breeder, it can be hard to know for sure what type of breeds or breed your cat is.

Some Ways to Tell if a Cat is a Maine Coon Cat

Tell if a Cat is a Maine Coon


One of the strongest characteristics of the Maine Coon is the ears. They are very large, with a little bit of a point, and have furry lynx-like tufts growing from the tips.  This can be one of the easiest ways to tell if a cat is a Maine Coon cat.


Generally, you can find this breed has a more rectangular body. This means that their size and shape gives them a very strong, rectangular shape, instead of an oblong shape or sleek build. Maine Coons are generally larger in size, so they will weigh more than the average cat.

Shaggy Fur

Shaggy coats and fur are another distinguishing characteristics. They do shed quite a bit, and you might notice in the winter their fur is a lot thicker compared to the summer months. Most have a mane around their neck, that is longer than the rest of the hair on their body, giving a more “lion mane” look to them.


The Maine Coon cat has a nice long thick fur on their tails, and these cats love to walk around very proud with their tails high in the air.


Kittens in this breed generally showcase larger eyes. You might look at your cat and think their eyes look larger than other cats, or even large for their body.


With any cat, we all know every cat has his or her own personality! Most cats in this breed offer a very docile, fun-loving, and/or outgoing personality! They are lovers at heart and love burning off some energy chasing their toys around the home. This breed makes a great family pet for adults and children, some even say they act somewhat like a dog at times.

If you find a few of these traits fit your cat’s characteristics, you might have a Maine Coon or a mixed breed. Regardless, your cat is one of a kind and perfect how they are. But it is always fun trying to guess the background of our feline friends!

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 Kelsey Apley

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I am a city girl who has now moved to the country for a more relaxed lifestyle, with my husband and son! We love to be outdoors in nature, doing crafts, and just taking each day as a new adventure. I am a freelance writer and stay at home mom by day!


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