Dar Morev Maine Coons
I started my Cattery in 1992. After 15 years in the Dog Fancy I knew of no other way to have pets but to enter into the hobby whole heartedly. With Health, Temperament, & Quality all being of prime importance.
The cats are registered and shown in one or both TICA and CFA registries.
The Cattery is FeLV negative. Hips are vet checked for prelims, and Finals are OFA approved negative for Hip Dysplasia before our cats can be in our breeding program.
The kittens are raised in my bedroom, cuddled and handled several times a day until their first shots. Then they move into the family room to be further socialized with household noises and dogs.
All kittens are sold on contract with a health guarantee. Kittens will have received at least two URI vaccinations. Pets are sold with a spay/neuter agreement. And new pet owners will receive their registration papers upon proof of altering. We will sell our kittens and cats only to approved homes. Indoor only. Not to be de-clawed. Not to be caged.
The Origin Of The Maine Coon Cat
The Maine Coon cat is considered to be America's only native long-haired breed. It is native to the state of Maine and the upper north/eastern seaboard of the United States.
There are many legends surrounding the origin of this handsome cat. The most commonly heard, is the tall-tail of the crossbreeding between the domestic farm cats and a raccoon. When you see the Brown tabby's banded bushy tail and raccoon like coloring its no wonder why they were named the Maine "Coon" Cat.
My personal favorite, is the story about Marie Antoinette sending her 6 treasured long-haired Persian and Angora cats to Wiscasset, Maine when she was planning her escape during the French Revolution. And once there they inter-bred with the local working cats.
But the most logical origin of the Maine Coon cat is that they are a natural result of matings between the pilgrims domestic farm cats, seafaring ship's cats, and Norwegian Forest Cats brought to America by the Vikings.
Maine Coon Purrsonalities
Maine Coons are no longer the rough and tumble barn cats of yesteryear. Their days of sitting around the cracker barrel at the general store have been replaced by the comforts of our modern day homes. While they still have the Mighty Mouse Hunter look, they are called the "Gentle Giants" of catdom. With their clown-like personalities and willingness to play well into old-age, they are an excellent family companion.
Maine Coons rarely meow, using instead a distinctive "trill" or "chirp" for everything from courting to hunting. Generally an easy going, people loving cat, who will follow you about the house trying to "help" in everything you do. Highly Intelligent, Humorous, & Loving.
Whether a "lap" cat or a "next to you" cat Maine Coons are truly a "Companion Cat".
Characteristic's of the Maine Coon Cat
Size: Contrary to popular belief Maine Coons do not usually grow to the 30+ lb. legendary size you have heard about. The reality is, Males average between 14 to 22 lbs. Females typically are 8 to 14 lbs. when fully grown. A slow maturing breed that will not reach their full size until they are four to five years old.
Colors: Brown tabby is the most common Maine Coon color. It is also the color most people think of when they think "Maine Coon". But they also come in many other colors. One for almost everyone. There are also Silver, Red, Blue, Cream, Blue-Silver, & Red-Silver (or Cameo) Tabby's. Females may also come in Tortoiseshell, Torby, & Calico. Less common are the solid colors, White, Black, or Blue, which may be smoked or shaded. All colors may come with varying amounts of white. The Maine Coon does not come in Chocolate, Lavender, or the Pointed Siamese colors.
Conformation: The Maine Coon should be a well balanced rectangular cat. The torso should be long, and the chest broad. Large boned. The tail, which is a distinctive feature of the Maine Coon, should be at least as long as the body. The head should be slightly longer than it is wide, with a gently concaved profile with high cheekbones and ears that are large, wide at the base, moderately pointed, and well tufted inside. They are set well up on the head approximately an ear's width apart. Their eyes should be large, expressive, and set at a slightly oblique angle.
Coat: To complete the Maine Coon "look" they have long, shaggy, dense coat which is shorter over their backs and front legs, a hooded or Elizabethan ruff, tufting and lynx-tips on the ears, and a great plumy tail. The coat is glossy, heavy, and water-resistant. The coat falls smoothly and is almost maintenance free, a weekly combing will keep it in top condition.
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