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5 Surprising Traits That Separate Maine Coons From Other Cats

There is much information on Maine Coon cats on the internet.

Although quite a lot of it is generic content, I was interested in what Maine Coons are like that separates them from other breeds of cat.

Many people are interested in owning a Maine Coon, but not for the same reasons as other cats.

Maine Coons are known to be Maine Coons are known to be very talkative and will often follow their owners around from room to room.

They’re also more interested in your food than any other breed, and they might even try to steal it!

A close up of face of Maine Coon Alita

This article discusses the many different traits that make these cats so special – one of which being how much they love having a good scratch on the furniture!

Trait 1 – Maine Coons Are Interested In Your Food

If you’ve had animals before it’s not uncommon for a dog to sit next to you while you eat.

Maine Coons, on the other hand, will often come up to you while you’re eating and watch your every bite.

It might not sound all that special until you realize most cats won’t do this unless they’ve been trained with food rewards or treats!

This makes them more interested in their owner’s meals than any other.

Whether you are opening yogurt or cutting up lettuce, if it looks like food your Maine Coon will be interested.

alita the maine coon interested in food

It will definitely want to get close up and have a good sniff.

This is one of the ways in which they are different from other cats – proving that Maine Coons really do care about their owner’s wellbeing!

Be prepared for a Maine Coon beside you as you open the fridge door.

Trait 2 – Maine Coons Will Follow You Around

You’ll never get lonely owning a Maine Coon.

They are intensely curious.

As you walk around your house they will follow you.

When you stop, they’ll sit or stand next to you waiting for the next event in your day!

They are not content with sitting around and being bored – a Maine Coon needs stimulation all the time so it is never alone.

Maine Coon in grass close up

They seem to bond with their owners better than other breeds and are interested in what you are doing all the time.

Maine Coons have a deep emotional connection with humans which is stronger than most breeds!

Many a time I turn around and watch as Alita strolls up to me wondering what I am doing. If they can’t see, they will jump up to get a better understanding.

It’s not that they are always there, as they slink off and sleep, it’s just that their presence is perhaps more keenly felt than most.

Maine Coons are suited to being indoor cats for this reason.

Trait 3 – Maine Coons Talk A Lot

You may even get a conversation from your Maine coon. Of sorts.

Maine Coons are one of the most vocal breeds.

They will usually have a conversation with you throughout the day, and for some reason, they often want to talk about food!

Alita the maine coon outside on a handrail

Maine Coons, as well as purring, will trill. Trilling is a sound they make when happy, scared, or curious.

Often, looking directly at you they will trill, trying to talk to you. They seem to be expecting you to talk back.

Trait 4 – Maine Coons Travel Well

This trait was surprising to me when I discovered it.

I travel with Alita around my city quite often. When she is in the car, she sits in her seat, or basket like a good girl.

When we arrive, I let her out and she has no problem exploring the new area on our walk together.

Often I have directly put her out next to the car, without a lead and they don’t bolt off, which I still find surprising.

I also have a see-through backpack for walks that I place her in, and she sits calmly in there, even if we are surrounded by people.

I don’t know of any other cat breed that would tolerate this so well!

Alita the Maine Coon on a hilltop

So whether you have frequent car trips, park visits, or trips to friends’ houses they love to be with their owners, more than they are scared by it.

They really do travel extremely well.

Whether it’s the journey or the destination they seem like natural explorers.

Trait 5 – They Are Both Adaptive And Receptive

Similar to trait 4 in many ways, they are embracing of change really well.

I can pop Alita in a rucksack for a walk, put her in the car or take her to the vets, and there doesn’t seem to be any panic when you change their immediate setting.

Most cats can be cautious or act scared if you try to change their location, but Maine Coons have an implicit trust with their owner which calms them down.

I’ve taken Alita to a new house as a day out before and stayed overnight. As long as their owner is around, Maine Coons are happy. 

They just explore, but just seem content.

This trait has made me much more confident in taking a Maine Coon around with me and knowing that they will be happy to explore new places.

So if you are planning on getting Maine Coon then you know that your cat is easy going and will be happy with you wherever they are!

Don’t be too afraid of getting out and about with a Maine Coon. They are good travel companions.

If you’re a Maine Coon owner, maybe you could drop a comment below and let me know what you think.

About the Author


My name is Ann and I have been looking after and breeding cats since 2013. I am currently the proud ownder of Alita, a female Maine Coon to whom I've dedicated this site. She has had 2 litters and is around 3 years old. We share adventures and stories together.

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