Question by thornezoo: Why so many Maine Coon mixes?
This is more of a “curiousity killed the cat” issue and its been bugging me to no end. Why is it, when I look on shelter websites, rescue group websites, any cat website trying to find homes for homeless cats, every fluffy cat is listed as a “maine coon mix”? Doesn’t matter whether its medium hair, long hair – if its fluffy and friendly, its a Maine Coon Mix.
Is there an insurgence of maine coon cats running around impregnating females creating a million maine coon mixes? A Maine Coon cat is a registered breed, closely monitored for size, conformity, personality, etc.
Why can’t they list these cats as a Domestic Long or Medium Hair cat, which is what 98% of them are. I recently took in a very friendly, muted grey tabby with a medium length coat. This was a STRAY cat, not a pedigree gone rebel. Yet, everyone referred to him as a Maine Coon mix. Amazing. Even though I protested, and he was no bigger than a normal tabby with big tomcat jowls (because he wasn’t neutered), just because he was vocal and had big feet, he got tagged.
Is the Maine Coon Mix the new “shepherd mix” of the cat world? To me, if I were a Maine Coon cat breeder, I would be highly offended when all these “mutt cats” (and I use that term with great affection as I have three mutt cat’s myself and I love them to no end!) were tagged as being a mix of my carefully bred, carefully monitored cat breed. Maine Coons aren’t even as prevalent in the cat world as, oh lets say, persians or siamese. Just because my grey short hair male cat is vocal, does that make him a siamese mix. No.
My grandfather’s cat was referred to as a Maine Coon mix. Not by him- to my grandpa she was a stray she took in that was a kitten of another non-descript stray cat (with completely unknown lineage) that had long hair and was a tabby. She looked NOTHING like a maine coon you see on the websites. Yet, when I had to find a home for her when he passed away, PRESTO, she became a maine coon mix because she was a long haired tabby. And she was in NO way friendly to anyone but him!
Like I said, this is just because I’m curious more than anything why that moniker is being given to every Domestic Long hair that are up for adoption.
Answer by thedivineoomba
I don’t think the long haired tabby cats are Maine Coon Mixes. There were long haired tabby cats before the Maine Coon Breed, and these cats probably are the ancestors of the Maine Coon. I think because the cats look very similar to a Maine Coon, they often get labeled as one.
Main Coons are popular, but I don’t know how you would tell a Main Coon mix from a regular long haired tabby.
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