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The Big Maine Coon Cat

Maine coon size – Supersized in Every Way! 

Everyone loves a big Maine Coon Cat! Whether you’re a new Coonie parent, or just curious about the breed, their size is probably their most famous feature. Check out our photos of these beauties, descriptions of just how big they can be, and all about what life is like with a gentle giant.

Life With The Largest Domestic Cats: Maine coon size is amazing

Having a big Maine Coon cat can be a lot like having a medium-sized dog. They like to meet and greet you at the door, they come when called, they can be leash trained for visits outdoors, they cuddle or lounge with the human family in the evening, and they can be cheeky too!

  • Their large size allows them to do things like check the counter for goodies and open doorknobs!
  • With their unique traits, their sweet temperament, shaggy coat, and formidable appearance, there is nothing quite like these jumbo boys and girls!

    It’s no wonder they are stars of social media and the internet!

    Affectionate, gorgeous, friendly and laid-back are just some of the traits they have in common.

    It’s hard to describe that unique, silly, quirky, smart personality, but we’ll try to give you a peek into life with them!

    A beautiful, large and loving Coonie a true character. They have such wonderful quirks and traits!

    These gorgeous guys and gals will steal your heart with their laid-back personalities and clown-like antics. Just visit our page on funny, silly Coonies to see stories from Coonie lovers from around the world.

    This page is all about the size these kitties. But there is so much more to them! An extra-large kitty makes himself part of the family. They are affectionate, intelligent, and full of personality!

    An extra-large kitty makes himself part of the family. They are affectionate, intelligent, and full of personality!

There is no doubt about it, this is the largest domestic breed. They need large furniture, jumbo litter boxes, and lots of attention. We’ll meet the new record holder for the worlds kitty, and we’ll talk about just how long and heavy they get.  Yes, they can get really huge!

“How Giant Are They, Really?”

It seems like there is often a new record holder for the worlds longest domestic cat! Just one internet search immediately brings up a selection of stunning, huge Maine Coons.

“Just how long and heavy do they get?” They can get really huge!

There is no doubt about it, this is the largest domestic breed. They need large cat trees, jumbo litter boxes, and large doses of attention! So, as the largest domestic cat breed, how big do they get? Well, first let’s talk about weight. An average house cat weighs between 8 pounds and 11 pounds.

There will be exceptions where a one may weigh as little as 5 pounds or more than 11, if they become overweight.

It is pretty unusual for an average domestic cat to weigh around 13 – 15 pounds at full size. That is a lot of kitty to look upon.

So, now let’s put that in perspective for the weight and length of these extra-large kitties:

Females of average size weigh between 9-12 pounds, and a male has an average weight of 13-18 pounds.

So, an 18 pound Coonie weighs about twice as much as his domestic counterpart! That’s 100% more!

Add that fluffy, shaggy coat, and you are looking at quite a specimen!

And, yes, there are really huge Coonies! Often, our photo gallery is graced by a big Maine Coon cat weighing in the 25 pound range. Spectacular!

You may think that such a hefty pet would have a “rough” or “wild” temperament. This is a common misperception.

in fact, their personalities are exceptionally, gentle and sweet. The myths and tall tales that surround them are pretty interesting, though!

“Who Is The Largest Maine Coon Cat?”

In October, 2010, Guinness World Records named Mymains Stewart Gilligan (aka Stewie), from Reno, Nevada as the official world record holder of largest cat and therefore, biggest Coonie!

At 48.5 inches (123.2cm) from tip of nose to tip of tail, five-year-old Stewie has become the worlds longest house cat (ever), beating out the previous record holder of 48 inches.

Sadly, Stewie lost his battle with cancer and died at the age of eight in February 2013. This very special boy who traveled and worked as a therapy animal will be missed by many. RIP, Stewie.

Interestingly, the record for longest tail on a domestic cat (ever) is also held by a mega Maine coon size. Cygnus the handsome silver male has the longest tail ever at 44.66 cm (17.58 in).

Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red held the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records for length.

He was measured at 48 inches, and topped the scale at 35 pounds! Leo’s vet pointed out that his length and frame can carry this weight, so he was is a healthy, not overweight or obese.

The breed standard for felines doesn’t specify length, as it does for dogs. A big Maine Coon cat should have a rather square build, and be strong.

Since Leo is four feet long he can weigh 35 pounds and be healthy!

For reference, our boy (also Leo, coincidentally) is a Red Tabby who measures about 36 inches, or three feet long. He weighs a little over 18 pounds. There are photos of him further down.

This falls in the upper range, but it’s not uncommon at all. Part of the breed standard is that these felines will be in good proportion. Some are longer (and therefore heavier) than others.

2 thoughts on “The Big Maine Coon Cat”

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