The White Maine Coon is a breathtakingly beautiful cat. The absence of markings gives its face an open and innocent expression. Its almond eyes are a striking feature against the white coat. It’s no surprise the angelic-looking white Maine Coon is so adored and sought after.
Having owned a white Maine Coon for 14 years, I confess to being a little biased. Here are 9 interesting facts about these glorious cats.
1. What Makes a Maine Coon White?
White is not actually a color – it is an absence of color. A white cat possesses a dominant white gene (referred to as the W gene) that completely masks any other colors.
For a Maine Coon kitten to be white, at least one of its parents must be white.
2. White Maine Coons Are Not Albino
An albino Maine Coon has a total absence of pigment in its skin, hair, and eyes. For a kitten to be albino, both its mother and father must carry the genetic marker for albinism.
3. White Maine Coon Eye Colors
The Maine Coon with a white coat can have the following eye colors in a variety of shades: blue, green, amber, gold, copper, orange and odd eyes. Only a pure white cat or one with some white in its coat can have blue eyes.
4. Noses and Paw Pads
The nose and paw pads of this cat are always pink. You will often hear this referred to as nose and paw leather.
5. White Maine Coons and Skin C
White cats have pale skin and are more prone to getting sunburnt and developing skin cancer, especially on their ears, nose, lips, and eyelids. There are sun creams available to boost protection – ask your vet about these. Owners should try to deter white cats from basking in the sun – this is quite difficult as it is one of their favorite summer pastimes.
6. White Maine Coons Are Not All Deaf
There is a popular belief that many white cats are deaf. The white Maine Coon is amongst those cats thought to be affected.
It’s a genetic defect that causes some cats to be born partially or completely deaf. This congenital deafness may or may not be pigment related, and some affected cats have a solid white or mainly white coat. It is, however, not true that every white cat is deaf, or that white cats with blue eyes, green eyes, or one of each are always deaf.
It is difficult to say what the chances are of a white Maine Coon being deaf and to relate deafness to specific coat or eye colors as there are no clear scientific results available. On the other hand, there are many blogs that mention this subject, with varying results.
If you have a white cat and you suspect it has a hearing problem, take it to your vet for a hearing check.
7. Are White Maine Coon Cats Common or Rare?
They might be rare or they might be as common as other colors of Maine Coon. There are no published survey results that confirm this either way. If you have your heart set on a white cat, your best chance is to contact lots of reputable breeders and ask to be informed when white kittens are born.
8. Do White Maine Coons Get Dirtier Than Other Colors?
They don’t get dirtier but they certainly look dirtier. It goes without saying that white is a great color for showing up dirt. If you let any white cat out to play it won’t necessarily return the same color.
A white cat may have noticeable staining around its eyes from time to time. This can be removed by gently wiping from the corner outwards with a soft damp cloth. There are some handy cat cleansing wipes available. This brand is Earth-friendly and highly recommended on Amazon.
Of course, anything that gets caught in a white coat will stand out a mile. Sticky seeds and grass seeds are a particular problem as they can cause matting of their fur, so groom these out as soon as you see them.
If you are fussy about your cat looking clean and intend to bathe it, I recommend that you get it used to being submerged in water at a young age. Always make sure the water is warm, not hot and use a good quality cat shampoo.
9. Cool Names for White Maine Coons
Our white Maine Coon is called Charlie. His registered name is Sundew Snow Prince. Here are a few popular names for these white beauties:
- Jack Frost
White Maine Coons are beautiful cats. They may need a little more maintenance than other colored Maine Coons but are well worth it.
Learn everything there is to know about the beautiful black Maine Coon here.
And if you like the orange Maine Coons then here’s another interesting read.
Here’s a lovely clip of a white kitten growing up.