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Accurate Maine Coon Sizes and Size Comparison Charts

Maine Coons are famous for their stature and weight. Many people are intrigued to know how big these cats really are, especially compared to normal cats.

There’s no denying, Maine Coons can grow to quite a size but exactly how big can they get, and are all Maine Coons giants?

A Maine Coon’s size is determined by measuring its height, length, and weight. Weight alone is not an accurate measure because this varies for several reasons.

Compared to many cats, Maine coons are large but other breeds are a similar size. See all there is to know about Maine Coon size with our handy comparison charts.

Though males tend to be larger than females, Maine Coon size comprises of weight between 10 and 20 lbs, height of up to 16 inches, and length of up to 30 inches.

Many Maine Coons are tall and long without being extremely heavy. Two cats may look the same size with one being heavier than the other.

A large red tabby Maine Coon on an orange cushion.

Maine Coon Size Chart

We’ve created this Maine Coon size chart showing length, height, and weight to allow you to easily compare males and females at a glance. Remember, there will always be a few cats that fall outside of these averages.

Maine Coon maleMaine Coon female
Weight (lbs)11 to 2010 to 15
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 1610 to 14
Body length, nose to tail base (inches)19 to 3019 to 30
Tail length (inches)12 to 1812 to 18

Maine Coon weight

Don’t expect a Maine Coon to weigh in excess of 20 lbs. It is rare for one to reach this kind of weight. On rare occasions, a Maine Coon will grow extra-large, up to 25 lbs in fact. However, the majority of Maine Coons weigh between 10 and 20 lbs.

It is far more important to concentrate on keeping a Maine Coon at a healthy weight for its frame size. Trying to increase a cat’s weight by feeding it more than it needs simple leads to obesity.

No one can ever guarantee the weight a Maine Coon will reach. Cat’s from the same litter can vary as we have discovered. As an example, we have two 10-month old Maine Coon brothers. They have the same diet yet one weighs 17 lbs and the other weighs 13.5 lbs.

Instead of worrying about growing a large Maine Coon, concentrate on feeding one a healthy diet and accept it will weigh what it will weigh.

Maine Coon length and height

A Maine Coon’s length and height make it stand out. From nose to tail tip, one can exceed 3 feet. Heights are usually taken at the shoulder and range from 10 to 16 inches.

Maine Coon vs Normal Cat

People often compare Maine Coons to normal cats. For the purposes of this article, we take a normal cat to be the average pet cat.

A large Silver tabby Maine Coon walking through snow.

The photo above shows a tabby Maine Coon and the one below, a short-hair tabby for comparison.

A silver tabby cat with green eyes.

Compared to normal cats, Maine Coon cats are notably larger – most of the time. The average household cat weighs between 8 and 10 lbs whereas an average Maine Coon is 10 to 20 lbs. Therefore, a large Maine Coon can be more than twice the size of a ‘normal’ cat.

A Maine Coon would win a size comparison competition against most cats, without a doubt. It’s a fact that they are generally much larger in size than your average household cat.

Further down, you’ll see a Maine Coon size 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.

Maine Coon and normal cat comparison chart

Maine CoonNormal Cat
Weight (lbs)10 to 20 8 to 12
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 16 9 to 10
Body length, nose to tail base (inches)19 to 30 15 to 20
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 9 to 10

Maine Coons usually weigh between 10 and 20 lbs whereas normal cats are between 8 and 12 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 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 heavier Maine Coons could be overweight. It’s always a good idea to keep a cat within a healthy weight range for its size for health reasons.

Female Maine Coon vs female normal cat size comparison chart

Female Maine CoonFemale Normal Cat
Weight (lbs)10 to 15 8 to 10
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 14 9
Body length, nose to tail base (inches) 19 to 30 15 to 20
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 10

Female Maine Coons can be up to 5 lbs heavier than a normal cat. It’s also possible for a smaller female Maine Coon to be lighter than a normal female cat.

Male Maine Coon vs male normal cat size comparison chart

Male Maine CoonMale Normal Cat
Weight (lbs)11 to 20 9 to 12
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 16 10
Body length, nose to tail base (inches)19 to 30 15 to 20
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 10

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
Weight (lbs)10 to 20 8 to 20
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 16 9 to 12
Body length, nose to tail base (inches)19 to 30 17 to 25
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 10 to 16

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
Weight10 to 20 8 to 20
Height to shoulder10 to 16 9 to 12
Body length, nose to tail base19 to 30 15 to 20
Tail length12 to 18 10 to 16

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
Weight (lbs)10 to 20 8 to 18
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 16 9 to 12
Body length, nose to tail base (inches) 19 to 30 12 to 18
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 10 to 16

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
Weight (lbs)10 to 20 10 to 20
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 16 9 to 11
Body length, nose to tail base (inches)19 to 30 15 to 18
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 8 to 14

A typical Siberian Cat is 9 to 11 inches tall and has a body length of 15 to 18 inches. Its weight ranges between 10 and 20 lbs.

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

See further comparisons of Maine Coons and Siberians here.

Maine Coon vs American Bobtail Size

Maine CoonAmerican Bobtail
Weight (lbs)10 to 20 7 to 16
Height to shoulder (inches)10 to 16 9 to 10
Body length, nose to tail base (inches)19 to 30 17 to 21
Tail length (inches)12 to 18 1 to 4

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 7 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 size comparison

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.

Two large Maine Coon kittens playing.

By 3 months of age, a Maine Coon kitten weighs an average of 5 lbs. At 6 months a Maine Coon kitten is approximately 10 to lbs. By the time it is a year old a Maine Coon weighs in the region 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 than it was as a 1-year-old. 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 to 12 lbs.

Why Maine Coons grow so large

Maine Coons originated in the cold climate of Northern-most America. They were working farm cats and survived in 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.

A red tabby Maine Coon licking its nose.

Maine Coon size vs diet and exercise

The Maine Coon cat size is an inherited trait and not all are as big as believed. 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. Not

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 you.

This book is crammed full of answers to popular 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.

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