Maine Coon Size Compared to a Normal Cat


The Maine Coon is famed for one of its traits above any other. I’m not talking about its long rugged coat or lion-like neck ruff. I don’t mean the tail that matches its body in length or the fluffy britches beneath it. Forget about those engaging eyes and lynx tips that perfect its ears.

One thing literally makes a Maine Coon stand out from the average cat. One feature people are fascinated by more than any other is the Maine Coon size.

What is the Maine Coon size compared to a normal cat? The Maine Coon size varies immensely but it is generally larger than a normal cat. The average household cat weighs between 8 and 10 lbs whereas an average Maine Coon is somewhere between 8 and 18 lbs. A large Maine Coon can be more than twice the size of a ‘normal’ cat but some can be a couple of pounds smaller.

Maine Coon size:Silver tabby Maine Coon
Maine Coon size: Silver tabby cat

Maine Coon vs Normal Cat Size

A Maine Coon would win a size comparison competition against many cats, without a doubt. It’s a fact that they are a larger size than your average household cat. Further down, you’ll see a comparison table to help you easily see the differences between a Maine Coon and a ‘normal cat’.

For the purpose of this article, a normal cat is a typical household cat that’s not one of the large purebreds which are compared to the Maine Coon further down.

When you consider the number of pet cats in the world, it is really difficult to estimate the average size because a true average would be calculated by adding up the weight of every cat in the land and dividing it by the number of cats.

Here’s an easy to read Maine Coon and normal cat size comparison:

Maine CoonNormal Cat
Weight8 to 18 lbs8 to 10 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inches9 to 10 inches
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches15 to 20 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches9 to 10 inches

Maine Coons weigh between 8 and 18 lbs whereas normal cats are between 8 and 10 lbs. This means a Maine Coon can weigh up to 8 lbs more than a normal cat. By the same standard, it is possible for a Maine Coon to be 2 lb lighter than a larger normal cat.

Some people state a Maine Coon’s weight range as up to 25 lbs. Occasionally Maine Coons reach 25 lbs but this is rare and shouldn’t be expected. Some Maine Coons of that weight are possibly overweight.

To determine if a Maine Coon is heavier than it should be, see our guide: Is My Maine Coon Overweight?

Female Maine Coon vs Female Normal Cat Size

Female Maine CoonFemale Normal Cat
Weight8 to 12 lbs8 to 9 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 14 inches9 inches
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches15 to 20 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches10 inches

Female Maine Coons can be up to 4 lbs heavier than a normal cat. It’s possible for a smaller female Maine Coon to be a pound or so lighter than a normal female cat.

Male Maine Coon vs Male Normal Cat Size

Male Maine CoonMale Normal Cat
Weight12 to 18 lbs9 to 10 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inches10 inches
Body length (nose to tail base)19 to 30 inches15 to 20 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches10 inches

Male Maine Coons can be up to 8 lbs heavier than a normal cat. The smallest male Maine Coon is usually at least 2 lbs heavier than a normal male cat.

Maine Coon cat size compared to other large cats

Maine Coons are quite a size but how do they compare to other cats that are considered large?

Excluding hybrid cats, the six largest domestic cat breeds are:

  1. Maine Coon
  2. Ragdoll
  3. Ragamuffin
  4. Norwegian Forest Cat
  5. Siberian Cat
  6. American Bobtail

Maine Coon vs Ragdoll Size

Maine Coon size vs Ragdoll
Maine CoonRagdoll Cat
Weight8 to 18 lbs8 to 20 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inches9 to 12 inches
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches17 to 25 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches10 to 16 inches

A typical Ragdoll Cat is 9 to 12 inches tall and has a body length of 17 to 25 inches. Its weight ranges between 8 and 20 lbs.

A Ragdoll Cat might have a similar to a Maine Coon but on average it is not as tall or long.

Maine Coon vs Ragamuffin Size

Maine CoonRagamuffin Cat
Weight8 to 18 lbs8 to 20 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inches9 to 12 inches
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches15 to 20 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches10 to 16 inches

A typical Ragamuffin Cat is 9 to 12 inches tall and has a body length of 15 to 20 inches. Its weight ranges between 8 and 20 lbs.

A Ragamuffin Cat can weigh more than an average Maine Coon but on average it is not as tall or long.

Maine Coon vs Norwegian Forest Cat Size

Maine Coon size vs Norwegian Forest Cat
Maine Coon Norwegian Forest Cat
Weight8 to 18 lbs8 to 18 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inches9 to 12 inches
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches12 to 18 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches10 to 16 inches

A typical Norwegian Forest Cat is 9 to 12 inches tall and has a body length of 12 to 16 inches. Its weight ranges between 8 and 18 lbs.

A Norwegian Forest Cat is a similar weight to a Maine Coon but on average it is not as tall or long.

See Maine Coon vs Norwegian Forest Cat for more comparisons of these two beauties.

Maine Coon vs Siberian Size

Maine Coon size compared to Siberian cat
Maine CoonSiberian Cat
Weight8 to 18 lbs10 to 20 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inches9 to 11 inches
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches15 to 18 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches8 to 14 inches

A typical Siberian Cat is 9 to 11 inches tall and has a body length of 15 to 18 inches. Its weight ranges between10 and 20 lbs.

A Siberian Cat can weigh more than a Maine Coon but on average it is not as tall or long.

Find more comparisons of Maine Coons and Siberians here.

Maine Coon vs American Bobtail Size

Maine CoonAmerican Bobtail
Weight8 to 18 lbs7 to 16 lbs
Height to shoulder10 to 16 inchesMedium
Body length (nose to tail base) 19 to 30 inches17 to 21 inches
Tail length12 to 18 inches1 to 4 inches

A typical American Bobtail Cat is medium height with slightly longer hind legs than forelegs. Its body length is 17 to 21 inches. Its weight ranges between 8 and 16 lbs.

An American Bobtail might have a similar weight range to a Maine Coon but on average it is not as tall or long.

Maine Coon and normal kitten sizes and growth rates

At birth, a Maine Coon kitten weighs approximately 4 ounces – that’s just a quarter-pound and is about the same as an average kitten. A Maine Coon kitten will gain approximately 4 ounces per week, so about one pound per month.

Maine Coon size: kittens playing

By 3 months of age, a Maine Coon kitten weighs an average of 3 lbs. At 6 months a Maine Coon kitten is approximately 6 lbs. By the time it is a year old a Maine Coon weighs in the regions of 12 lbs.

After the first year, a Maine Coon’s growth rate slows down and by the age of 2 years, it may be only 2 lbs heavier. Maine Coons mature slowly and can keep growing until they are 4 years old.

On the other hand, the growth rate of a normal kitten matches that of a Maine Coon kitten until about 6 months of age, after which it slows down.

At 12 months an average young cat weighs 8 lbs maximum and by 2 years it is fully grown and weighs approximately 10 lbs.

The reason Maine Coons grow so large

Maine Coons originated in the cold climate of Northern-most America. They were working farm cats and survived through harsh weather as they hunted vermin. Being sturdy and muscular aided and abetted their survival.

Though they are now pampered house cats, Maine Coons have maintained their large size.

Maine Coon size: kittens playing

Maine Coon size vs diet and exercise

The Maine Coon cat size is an inherited trait. Good nutrition will ensure it grows strong and healthy but overfeeding will make it fat not structurally bigger.

Lifestyle affects a Maine Coons muscle mass and it’s is important for indoor and outdoor cats to keep physically fit through exercise. Plenty of play is the ideal way to keep a Maine Coon’s body and mind fit and healthy.

Indoor Maine Coons can benefit greatly from having the space to jump and climb so providing a climbing tree is a good idea.

Scratching posts are important too as they allow Maine Coons to work and flex their muscles as well as giving them somewhere to scratch that isn’t your furniture!

Maine Coon Size – Conclusion

Maine Coons are larger than most cats with the exception of hybrids such as the Savannah. A normal cat or typical household crossbreed cat can occasionally be larger than a Maine Coon. The size of a Maine Coon can vary wildly and there is no way of guaranteeing a Maine Coon will be a particularly large cat.

As you love Maine Coons, we’ve created the perfect book for anyone who wants ‘advanced-level’ Maine Coon knowledge. Follow the link to see the latest price for an instant download.

This book is crammed full of answers to common Maine Coon questions – knowledge we’ve accumulated over 25 years of living with these beautiful cats. We’re 100% certain you’ll find it invaluable.

The contents of this book have been used to create articles that can be found at petskb.com

Jane

I'm Jane Pettitt, co-owner of Pets Knowledge Base with my husband, Matt. I have a grand total of 50 years’ experience as a pet owner. It all started with a guinea pig called Percy when I was 5 years old and since then I’ve lived with two more guinea pigs, a hamster, mice, a rabbit, a tortoise, a dog, and 11 cats. I’ve learned so much about pet care during this time and many of my articles are based on my personal experiences plus those of my family and friends.

Recent Content