An important thing to consider when choosing a cat is its personality. You might be looking for a calm, quiet kitty or one that’s full of energy and character. Having owned several over the last 25 years, we can give you plenty of insight into the unique personality of the Maine Coon cat.
Five words sum up the Maine Coon personality perfectly: sociable, inquisitive, friendly, playful, and tolerant. These traits make it a rewarding pet, particularly for families with children. A Maine Coon never tires of interacting, loves to be part of what’s going on, and thrives on human company.
Maine Coons exhibit many dog-like traits such as loyalty to their owners and playful natures. Their personalities are a mix of five traits present in all cats:
We’ll look at these traits in more detail in a moment.
Most of the time, Maine Coons are agreeable cats with a certain amount of extraversion and a smattering of impulsiveness. Some can be more dominant than others and some a little more neurotic.
In short, the Maine Coon is often chosen as a family pet because of its loyal, loving, and sociable personality.
So, if you’re looking for an intelligent cat that’s confident and happy in a lively home, always ready for attention and play, the Maine Coon is absolutely a great choice for you.
The Maine Coon Personality
Many owners adore these cats because of their dog-like, loyal natures. If you’ve been out for the day your Maine Coon is likely to greet you at the door, almost wagging its tail happily.
Many will play fetch just like a dog – our red tabby has a fetish for hair bands and will chase one about like a lunatic.
Maine Coons will keep you company, They will be onlookers as you prepare food, lay beside you as you work and snuggle on your lap or nearby as you watch TV.
As you move around your home, your Maine Coon’s inquisitive nature means it will invariably follow close behind you to see what you are up to. Open a cupboard door or drawer and it will dive in to help you find what you are looking for.
At bedtime, if you allow it to, your Maine Coon will probably beat you to it and snuggle exactly where you want to lay your head.
Maine Coons are chatty cats and will let you know they are around or call to you from all over the house with a variety of trills, chirps, meows and other rather random noises. If you talk back you can almost feel like you are holding a conversation with one.
Five Maine Coon Personality Types
Personality can be described as a combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual cat’s distinctive character.
There are five different traits which combine to make up the Maine Coon personality. All are present in every cat but some will be more dominant than others.
A cat of this type is anxious or highly strung. It appears shy, insecure, anxious, nervous of people and untrusting. It will run and hide when strangers enter its home.
To help settle a neurotic cat, allow it to hide and provide plenty of safe places for it to do so. Never force it to face a situation that scares it. Over time it will realize it is safe in your house and gradually become more confident.
This type of cat often reacts to something stressful in its environment. The same situation can cause a different reaction each time it occurs. The reaction isn’t planned ahead but is on the spur of the moment.
You should avoid reacting loudly to a cat’s impulsive behavior as you could raise its anxiety levels.
Instead, have feeding and play routines that your cat can get used to. This way it knows when something is due to happen and will learn how to behave more appropriately.
An agreeable cat is friendly with everybody and loves to communicate through meowing. It will parade around the house with its tail held high and will give its owner’s friendly headbutts.
This is the typical behavior of a cat that was socialized properly in that crucial 10-week window.
Many cats have a curious nature. The more extroverted a cat is the more nosy it appears to be. Plenty of mental stimulation is the key to keeping this personality type happy.
Make sure you provide an extrovert with an interesting environment especially if you are out a lot and it is an indoor cat. Failure to keep a cat like this properly stimulated could lead to destructive behavior.
As well as providing it things like toys and scratching posts for entertainment you should also make time to play with it every day.
This type of cat can cause stress and mayhem, particularly in a multi-cat household. A dominant cat wants everything for itself and often hogs all the food, toys, litter box, and their owner’s attention.
If you have multiple cats, giving each its own food, water and litter tray is a big help.
The average Maine Coon Personlity
Which of the five personality traits are dominant in Maine Coons? I have two Maine Coon boys and between them, they are a mix of all of these types at.
The majority of Maine Coons can be described as a combination of extroverted and agreeable, and occasionally impulsive.
You’ll find some interesting cat personality statistics in this study of cat personality types.
Male vs Female Maine Coon Personality
Male Maine Coons tend to be a bigger size than females and can have livelier personalities.
They are highly sociable and can be quite demanding of your attention at times. They often follow you from room to room and like to settle on your lap or close by.
You’ll find they love plenty of play and can display clown-like behavior at times – it’s almost as if they are aware of their ability to entertain.
Being curious, they are into everything. If you leave a cupboard door or a drawer open, he’ll be in there like a shot, to have a good nose about.
Female Maine Coons are also a bit more cautious around people. They are outgoing and friendly, but not to the same extent as the males. Their personalities are a little more reserved and laid back.
The Maine Coon Personality Around Babies and Children
Maine Coons are never aggressive – not with adults, babies or children – unless severely provoked.
It is important to socialize a Maine Coon correctly from a kitten. A lot of the personality traits that we find so endearing are nurtured by us as owners. Kitten socialization should start with the breeder at 4 weeks of age.
From this point on there is a 10-week-long window when a kitten’s ability to learn is at its greatest. This is when one should be exposed to lots of positive experiences with adults, children and other animals to enable it to develop into a well socialized, confident adult cat.
A properly socialized Maine Coon will be well-behaved and gentle with babies and children. Of course, you should always supervise young children around cats.
Aggressive behavior such as scratching or biting is, more often than not, due to retaliation to extreme provocation. Whenever it is possible, a Maine coon will remove itself from a situation it doesn’t like instead of reacting aggressively.
Here’s a list of adjectives that can be used to describe a Maine Coons personality: adorable, adventurous, affectionate, amiable, cheeky, comical, curious, energetic, entertaining, funny, friendly, gentle, intelligent, loyal, lovable, outgoing, playful, confident and sociable.
What is the Personality of a Maine Coon Cat? – Conclusion
The Maine Coon has the perfect cat personality. If you want a fun-loving, funny, confident, sociable cat – look no further. Whether you are looking for a companion cat or one to mix in with busy family life, you can’t go wrong with a Maine Coon.
All you’ll ever need to know about Maine Coons
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