A gray Maine Coon

The Grey Maine Coon

Maine Coon felines are available in a cornucopia of patterns and colors that result from crossbreeding that occurs naturally or through professional breeding. The world’s biggest domestic cat breed comes in different colors like solid grey. Grey Maine Coons are also available in color combos and patterns like tabbies and torties. Like almost all the base colors that a Maine Coon can come in, there is a bewildering array for your senses.

The Grey Color

A gray Maine CoonIt’s important to note that some of what are referred to as blue Maine Coons are actually grey. There’s some overlap in the terms used to describe the hues of feline coats. In another example, “red” cats are also referred to as “orange” since they’re not bright red. Or ginger, depending upon the accompanying colors.

Another issue is the difference between “grey” and “silver” cats. In the case of Maine Coon tabbies, the color is based on the cat’s ground/base color and stripes.

Here are some examples. if a tabby has grey stripes on a grey background, then it’s a grey tabby. Meanwhile, if the kitty-cat has black stripes on a light/white background then it’s known as a “silver tabby.”

The dilution gene is responsible for grey-colored cats. A recessive gene turns the cat into a blue/cream color, which is a blend of soft grey and cream. It’s this gene that also turns black cats blue/grey. When a cat is a blend of grey/cream, this can be big patches and/or stripes.

You can also conduct a careful inspection to determine the type of cat you own. Inspect the hairs located on the tail’s tip to determine if the animal’s main color is grey. They should appear as a solid color for the hair’s full length.

You can also inspect the cat’s agouti hairs to figure out its “ground color.” These hairs will be lighter than the hairs on the tail’s tip.

A gray Maine Coon

Common Variants of the Grey Color

Patterns

Like other hair colors, you can find Grey Maine Coons in a wide range of different patterns. The solid grey coat is the most basic pattern because it just contains the grey coat. The most iconic type is the tabby with markings like stripes, blotches, and spots. These include classic, mackerel, and patched tabbies.  

Another type of pattern is the tortoiseshell or “tortie.” This includes different variants with different colors. There’s also tortie w/ white. This must include white on the bib, belly, and paws and might include white on the face.  

You can also find Grey Maine Coons that include a blend of these patterns. They include tabby/tortie that combine markings like stripes, spots, and blotches.

A gray Maine Coon

Blue

The “grey” Maine Coon is actually a blue Maine Coon that has grey blended in. in fact, the blue variant itself isn’t really a true blue. It’s blue with a touch of silver.

The majority of blue Maine Coons have a solid pattern with green or gold eyes. The fur is smoky blue, and the ear tuffs/nose can be blue or white. The Blue Maine Coon can also have white on the chest or undercoat.  

Brown

The Brown Maine Coon is the iconic variant of the breed and is the first image people often think of when they hear “Maine Coon.” You can find many Maine Coons with a blend of brown/grey colors.

It’s quite easy for breeders to breed brown cats. The Brown variant of the Maine Coon is similar to neighborhood/alley cats people see daily. Several options are available including blends with grey, cream, cameo, and white.

However, it’s important to note that a truly brown chocolate/cinnamon brown is very difficult for breeders to achieve. What you typically see in domesticated cats is actually a faded black.

Black

The solid-black Maine Coons include a deep black from head to toe. They can also have grey areas on the chest and ear tufts. When the feline’s undercoat is grey, this cat has a black/grey or “smoky” appearance.

Silver

This is a close variant to Grey Maine Coons. Some examples include silver tabby, silver cameo, and smoky silver. The most famous variant is the silver cameo tabby with its bright colors.

It should be noted that the silver coat is quite difficult for breeders to achieve. So, if you want a Silver Maine Coon, it’s critical to pick an experienced and skilled breeder so you’ll get top-notch results.

A gray Maine Coon

Famous Grey Maine Coons

Stewie

stewie the maine coonThe world’s biggest domestic cat from 2010 was a grey tabby Maine Coon named Stewie. This is based on Guinness World Records awarding titles for the world’s tallest and longest cat. In terms of height, the tallest domesticated cat is a Savannah breed named Arcturus. The Nevada cat has a height of 19.05 inches (48.4 cm) and is tall enough to eat at a dining table.

However, in terms of length, Stewie was the “biggest” house cat. From nose to tail the Grey Maine Coon was 48.5 inches (123 cm) long.

Mymains Stewart Gilligan entered the record books in 2010 when the record length was recorded. Stewie’s owner Robin bought him from an Oregon breeder in 2005.

While Stewie was a gentle giant, he was also described as “social” and liked to make new human friends. He sadly passed away in 2013 at 8 years old due to cancer.  

How Common Are Grey Maine Coons?

The most common colors of Maine Coons are white, cream, blue, and black. Grey is less common but is often seen in hybrid colors with hues like blue and black. Some examples are:

  • Blue Smoke
  • Gray Smoke
  • Red Smoke
  • Shaded Silver
  • Shell Silver

 

These tones can be just as eye-catching as solid grey Maine Coons. It’s also worth noting grey cats aren’t as rare as other hues like chocolate/cinnamon brown.

A gray Maine Coon

One issue to consider is the demand for grey undercoats is generally lower than other colors. So, based on the laws of supply and demand it might be tougher to find grey Maine Coons. The good news is you can find breeders who specialize in certain colors like grey/silver.

Conclusion

The Grey Maine Coon is easily one of the most eye-catching variants of the big breed. They’re not as shiny as silver cats but can still include color combos and patterns like tortie and tabby. Grey Maine Coons are less popular than other colors, but they can still be a wise choice for pet owners.

A gray Maine Coon kitten

 

About the Author

MaineCoon

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.

2 thoughts on “The Grey Maine Coon

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      Hi Ann, would you be able to tell me if my kitty is part maine coon? I love your site, lots of great information.
      Chat soon
      Brenda

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      A good article. I have some gray…two at moment. Two were placed. Several years ago such as 2014, I was taking care of an injured cat. It was given to me by someone who rescued it from her dog. She was visiting someone that had a litter and she felt obligated to take it home. She actually showed up the injuries and got the cat pretty healthy. And then from that time to the current day, I’ve had several litters over the years. I can’t stress this enough. Make sure your cat is microchipped. During that time about 9 to 10 cats were stolen from me that were mine. They weren’t just kittens, they were two to three years old. I didn’t realize how much people love these types of cats until mine went missing over and over again. Great to read your article. I want to reread it again later.

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