It’s often said that the Maine Coon breed are the ‘dogs of the cat world’
Various traits are used to back up this mantra but the one most often heard is that a Maine Coon will follow you around the house.
But is this true?
As you wander from room to room. Will a Maine Coon follow you around the house?
Maine Coons do seem to follow you around the house. It seems the merging of qualities like loyalty, curiosity, and the fact that they bond with house members leads the Maine Coon to be interested in what you are doing. Maine Coons can often be on the other side of a door you have closed.
Quite a lot of Maine Coon owners will comment on how their Maine Coon follows them around the house.
So, it seems that yes – Maine Coons do follow us wherever we go in our houses – but whether this is because of a dog-like personality or an independent streak is still open to debate.
It does seem a common enough occurrence to be a recognizable trait of the breed.
So first, let me show you what I am talking about.
As I sit here and write this, Alita, my Maine Coon is helpfully guarding the mouse next to my computer.
Now, trust me when I say I haven’t scripted this but am completely sure of what will happen if I get up and go to another room.
In a moment, I am going to pick up my phone, walk to another room and close the door.
I am going to wait for 30 seconds and take a picture on the other side as I open it again.
I’m betting there will be a Maine Coon on the other side with a ‘what are you doing’ look on its face.
Want to bet against me.
OK, let’s do this
60 seconds later or so.
The thing is, that is entirely predictable.
It’s also not a fluke and quite easily repeatable.
It’s a curious trait, isn’t it?
Now of course there could be the obvious answers.
Your Maine Coon may be hungry, or thirsty.
It may even suspect you are heading to where you keep the treats.
The thing is, those are answers that would apply to any cat breed.
So why are Maine Coons so predisposed to following you around quite often?
It doesn’t happen every time, but it happens enough for it to really seem like they are breed traits.
If I go to a room, Alita will follow me.
Also, if I go to the kitchen sink she will jump and watch what I am doing, whether it’s making a coffee or getting a meal ready.
pic of alita on sink
I don’t think it’s any one particular reason.
I’m not a pet psychologist at all but I think it’s a multitude of reasons that culminate in your Maine Coon feeling more incentivized to follow you than other breeds.
The first reason might be they are actually quite social animals.
They’re not ridiculously high maintenance or anything but they do appear to like being around their owner or members of the household.
The Maine Coon isn’t an aggressive breed by any means and I think it might even be for safety reasons.
A pack of animals is always safer.
The Maine Coon also bonds with their owner or household members.
They are seen as part of the family for the Maine Coon so it’s natural that every member should be curious about the others.
Part of it also might be they are naturally curious as well.
As you wander off, thoughts might race through their mind about what you’re up to.
Maine Coons are also pretty loyal.
There’s very little danger of a Maine Coon running off if it’s attached itself to the household.
So, truth be told the rumors are right.
A Maine Coon is more than likely to follow you around a bit as you go about your day.
Closing a door becomes more interesting when you know a Maine Coon will be sitting on the other side once you open it again.
If you’ve had a Maine Coon before you’ll probably know that, but if you have just got a Maine Coon kitten or are thinking about getting one, then you have this treat to look forward to.
It’s unlikely you’ll find it annoying or anything, they don’t bother you or interfere, it’s just that they want to know what you’re doing.
They’re curious like that.
I’ve only ever known Maine Coons do this, and it’s an endearing quality of the breed.
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