Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery

Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Tex

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Tex
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Tex. © Cindy Stroud Furry Acres Maine Coon Cats

    Equally at home with children, dogs, or older persons, the Maine Coon is an ideal pet, handily earning its status as the second most popular breed in America, as well as it's fond nickname, "The Gentle Giant." Who can resist? Once you've cast your eyes on the beauty of a Maine Coon, you may never look at cats the same way again. Enjoy this picture gallery of exquisite Maine Coon cats. You may also share your own Maine Coon's photo and story by filling out an online form.

    Read About the Maine Coon ...MORE| Brag About Your Gentle Giant

    Ranchcats Big Tex of Cowtown Cats. Tex is our 4-year-old purebred Maine Coon and the largest kitty we have in the house. He is a brown classic tabby with white. Tex is our best show kitty to date and is a Regional Winner, Grand Champion in TICA. He was the 2nd Best Maine Coon Kitten and 18th Best Kitten in the TICA South Central Region during the 2002-2003 show season. This photo definitely demonstrates why they refer to this breed as the Gentle Giants :o)

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Sparky

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Sparky
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Sparky. © Rose Dalessandro

    This is Sparky an intelligent and mellow 6-year-old Maine Coon. He weighs around 20 lbs. He has quite a vocabulary of different types of meows and other sounds and always lets you know when he wants something.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Foxy

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Foxy
    Foxy. © Alta Durn

    We call her Foxy (register name Lady of Lorin) she is 20 months old and live in South Africa. A real little lady.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Mordacai

    Picture of Maine Coon cat Mordacai
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Picture of Maine Coon cat Mordacai. © Juliann Sliwa

    Mordacai has also been featured in my Cat Picture of the Week Gallery

    My precious feline boy is named Mordacai He has brought such love and comfort to my life. He is a real momma's boy and sleeps with me every night or rather sleeps "on" me. His favorite play things are laces and strings. Where ever I go in the house he is sure to follow me.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Pasha and Shadow Blue

    Picture of Maine Coon cats Pasha and Shadow Blue
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Pasha and Shadow Blue. © J. H. Bloom

    Pasha (Red) and Shadow (Blue) are 2-year-old neutered male Maine Coons who have been together all their lives. Their former caregiver had to relocate out of state and couldn't take them, so we adopted them to replace our first red Pasha who died two years ago. We were only looking for one red Maine Coon, but couldn't separate these two close friends.

    For others facing this problem, two cats require very little extra effort to care for than one. Two will, however, increase your vet costs.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Pasha

    Picture of Maine Coon cat Pasha
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Pasha. © Jerry H. Bloom

    Pasha and his good friend Shadow Blue were adopted from a friend who was moving out of state and couldn't take them.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Shadow Blue

    Picture of Maine Coon cat Shadow Blue
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Shadow Blue. © Jerry H. Bloom

    This is Shadow Blue - he's a 2-yr old neutered blue Maine Coon who follows me everywhere I go in the house. He shares with Pasha the cat, a 2 yr-old neutered red Maine Coon. Both cats were given to me by a former owner who had to relocate to another State and couldn't take them with her.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Gryphie

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Gryphie
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Gryphie. © Sue Schneider

    Graphite is an 11-month-old ball of fluffy love. He is also a pedigreed Maine Coon. He is the epitome of the "gentle giant" description that one often reads about Maine Coons. He is best friends with our smaller (but older) long-haired buddy, Tex. Hearing them gallop around the house brings us a lot of joy. Everyone thinks they are "brothers." In this pic, he's asleep in his favorite place, the top perch of our cat tree.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Bindi

    Picture of Main Coon Cat Bindi
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Main Coon Cat Bindi. © Ellen Lengel

    This is a photograph of my Maine Coon kitten, whose name is Bindi. She is a pure joy. Bindi is a very friendly and affectionate little girl. She loves being around people, other pets, and she is especially fond of our fish. Bindi especially enjoys sitting on the roll-top desk, watching our tank of female bettas.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Gray Boy

    Picture of Maine Coon Gray Boy
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Gray Boy. © Suzanne Honey

    I'm publishing Suzanne's "off-the-record" remarks because I think they're important, and I'll definitely consider the article she suggested. Thanks, Suzanne!

    I volunteer for a rescue group in Bakersfield, CA called The Cat People. I work at a Community Learning Center in a park and rescue the friendly cats in the park - I feed the ferals. A park employee was accused of trapping cats in his Condo Park and dumping them in the public park., we had an unusual amount of bred cats being dumped here....MORE Since he was caught it has slowed tremendously (don't worry - I run found ads for all of them).

    We still have people dumping kittens in the park. I would love to see an article on why you shouldn't dump cats and dogs in parks and what really happens to them.

    Gray Boy: Gray Boy is huge! Was declawed on all paws and dumped in a park. I'm sure his size is what saved him. I rescued him and found him a new home.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Misty and Weeji

    Picture of Maine Coons Misty and Weeji
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coons Misty and Weeji. © Sue Nelson

    Cat on left is "Misty Blue" a silver blue with white patched tabby female Maine Coon; the cat on right is "Wei von Felis" brown mackerel tabby with white male Maine Coon.

    Misty is very playful and periodically runs through the house, up and down stairs as though she was rocket-launched. She also loves to paw all the water out of her water bowl. Wei, on the other hand, sits back and lets Misty take charge, he's not as playful but is an accomplished "talker". He can talk your leg off...MORE for at least the first half hour every morning.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Winsom

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Winsom
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Cat Winsom. © Theresa White

    I changed Theresa's size description from 37 feet to 37 inches. I mean, really. :)

    This is Harken's Winsome Prince, my baby. He is 6 years old now and as gentle as any giant can be. To give you an idea of his size - Winsome is 16 inches tall at the top of his front shoulder, from his nose to tail, he is 37" long (26 inches of body and 18 inches of tail). I am as surprised as you at his size, but he still believes he is a lap cat! He loves to be rocked and brushed.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Nermal

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Nermal
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Cat Nermal. © Betty Kranzdorf

    Nermal was rescued from an NYC park - his tail was bigger than all the rest of him - I'd never seen a Maine Coon kitten before & wasn't even sure it was a cat - he looked like a skinny raccoon! He joined my other cats Garfield & Pooky & after 3 years still acts like a kitten. I understand that's typical for Maine Coons. He's 20 pounds of lovable trouble. Can't remember my apartment without him ... but I'll bet it was quieter!

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Amico

    Picture of Maine Coon Amico
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Amico. © Robin & Bob Bousquet

    Robin and Bob sent two other pictures, featured next.

    These are my Maine Coons. The first one is Amico who is now 4 years old.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Foxie

    Picture of Maine Coon Foxie
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Foxie. © Robin & Bob Bousquet

    These are my Maine Coon Cats. The second one is Foxie who is now 14 years old.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Tigra

    Picture of Maine Coon Tigra
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Tigra. © Robin & Bob Bousquet

    These are pictures of my Maine Coons. The third one is of my very first main coon Tigra. She lived to be 16 years old & died of cancer.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Romeo

    Picture of Maine Coon Romeo
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Romeo. © Debbie Jarab

    This is my cat Romeo; he is 11 years old and is the Biggest Love Bug. I adopted him three years ago at the local animal shelter. He has filled my life with unconditional love and laughter, and I can't imagine a day without him.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Muffin and Biscuit

    These are my two Maine Coons, Biscuit, a 3-year-old blue Maine Coon (Oct. 26), and his little brother, Muffin, a 2-year-old red and white (May 31). They are best friends. Biscuit is charming. He sleeps with his arm around my waist; he stands on the kitchen sink top and kisses me while I'm doing the dishes, and there's nothing he likes better than a great big, long hug. Muffin sings as he goes around the house. He loves to play, and he loves to be kissed and petted. At night, he patrols...MORE the bed until I'm asleep, checking under the pillow I put over my head to make sure I'm still there. When all is well, he flops on his back next to my pillows and snores.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Biscuit

    Photo of Maine Coon Cat Biscuit
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Biscuit. Photo Credit: © Leigh A. Arrathoon

    Muffin will be featuring on a separate page.

    Biscuit is a 3-year-old Maine Coon. Of all the very neat things about Biscuit, the most extraordinary are his empathy. He looks me straight in the eye, with the most loving look, which is always a sign for me to put my arms around him and hug and kiss him. When my beloved Misty, an 18-year-old DSH, died in June (of 2007), I brought the body home for the other cats to see. Biscuit put his paw on my elbow and smiled at me in a melancholy way that said he...MORE knew what had happened, that that was life, and he would do his best to help me feel better.

    When Misty first took sick, he stayed by her side 24/7. For the next two years, he always made sure she had what she needed and often groomed her.

    The minute I walked in the door with his baby brother, Muffin, Biscuit pushed his way through my legs into my bedroom, where he curled up protectively around the new kitten. He spent the next three weeks caring for Muffin. When it came time to introduce his brother to the rest of the household (my two DSHs), Biscuit let them know in no uncertain terms, that Muffin was his brother and that they had to treat him with the respect that was due. It was the only time I've ever seen him use his size to dominate.

    He talks when he wants me to feed him, which I do by hand because he wouldn't eat as a baby, and he still wants that very personal attention. I'm very pleased to see that he weighs 16 pounds now because he was so fussy. He will only eat ham, turkey, or beef baby food (not wet cat food, and I've tried every brand imaginable), California Natural Dry food, and 1 slice of fresh roasted Turkey a day. Even though he towers over the other DSH who lives with us, Biscuit is a svelte, very charming kind of guy - just the kind of man we would all love to find.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery

    Photo of Tim, and International Champion Maine Coon
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Tim. Photo Credit: © Ingegerd Wiklund

    Capone was featured on an earlier page in this gallery.

    Second, we have IC S*Country Dream's Tim, Capone's first son, and our pride and joy. He is an Internationale Champion and he has got 4 BIV, (Best of Variety), 3 NOM, ( Nomination, Judges best) and 1 BIS, (Best In Show), when he was a youngster, on a Maine Coon Special in Stockholm 2005.

    He is a very lovely and sweet boy.

    We live in Sundsvall in the northern part of Sweden.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery

    Photo of Norman, a Half-Maine Coon Cat
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Norman. Photo Credit: © Laurie Daddino

    This is Norman, he's 5 years old and is half Maine Coon. He lives with two other cats. Norman likes to squeeze his huge body into small spaces and chase the other cats. His "speech" is very expressive and he often grunts and snorts along with his​ meowing.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Perseus

    Photo of Maine Coon Perseus
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Perseus. Photo Credit: © Patricia Pazsint

    Perseus was a scrawny and sickly runt of the litter- a Maine Coon rescue. Three years and several thousand dollars of vet bills later- he's now 21 lbs (easily the size of two Yorkies). He's a lovable headbutting purrer, gentle, playful, and good with dogs. Amazingly, he leaps almost four feet into the air after his favorite mouse on a wand toy and makes it to the top of his 72" cat tree with just a few leaps.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Rocky

    Picture of Maine Coon Rocky
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Rocky. Photo Credit: © Katherine Wolski

    My cat's name is Rocky! he is 2 and a half years old. He is a Maine coon, domestic mix, however, personality wise Maine coon. His favorite past time is tree climbing. He walks well on a harness and leash and is completely friendly. Rocky loves to play, loves socializing, but, is not a cuddler he just likes to be near and around people. Rocky is very trainable, uses only "his" cat condos to scratch. We love him. The perfect cat-dog.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Jimmy D

    Photo of Maine Coon Jimmy D.
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Jimmy D. Photo Credit: © Joel & JC Looney

    Maine Coons are noted for taking up to four years to reach their full adult size (and for growing into their noses, I suppose.)

    Attached are several pictures of our eight-year-old, 21 lb "gentle giant" which we named Moses, and as you can see he is quite the ham. His nickname is "Jimmy D" (Jimmy Durante) because when he was growing up we never thought he would grow into his nose, but he finally did after about 4 years. He is truly our big baby and he puts a smile on our face every day. Enjoy!

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Jon-Jon

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Jon-Jon
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Jon-Jon. Photo Credit: © JoAnn Lynn

    Our Maine Coon, Jon-Jon. (Just a single name is not enough for a 20lb. cat; right?)

    We rescued Jon-Jon after he was left by an elderly neighbor who moved away. It took 3 weeks of leaving food out before he would let us touch him. Now, as you can see, he's spoiled rotten. That is now Jon-Jon's love seat.

    He rings a bell hanging on the back door when he wants out on the balcony. He has his own kitty door by the front door and both an upstairs landing apartment (heated) and a downstairs apartment. He...MORE leads us to the frig when he wants milk, to the cabinet when he wants extra breakfast or dinner. He jumps on the couch each evening for his daily brushing. He flops on our bed at night.

    He runs up and down the stairs, thumping loudly if we're not up as early as he'd like his breakfast. He didn't know how to play when we got him, now he's the ninja cat! He's still afraid of his own shadow, and most of our friends don't get to see him as he hides, but he's given us great joy and we're doing whatever we can to give it back.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Mattie

    Picture of Maine Coon Mattie
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Mattie. Photo Credit: © Diane E. Howard

    What about Mattie? Full name is "Thomas" Mattie, however "he" started out as a "she" or so we thought! Guess the Vet did too because he did not discover that "Maddie" short for Madelyn, was really a boy until he had started the spraying process. Yes, my poor "Maddie" ended up with TWO cars that day. Of note, the Vet said that he would not "charge" me for the faux saying, only the neutering. "What a guy!" Thanks, Doc.

    Now, three years later, Mattie is an easy going, lovable "ham" who...MORE provides lots of photo opportunities for my scrapbooking! I plan to enter this photo, along with the scrapbook page (of course) in the next Scrapbooking contest, titled "Santa Paws". I know, not exactly original...but have you taken a look at his furry "mitts"? The fur on both sides! Mattie IS a typical Maine Coon!

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Muffin

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Muffin
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Muffin. Photo Credit: © Leigh A. Arrathoon

    Muffin was born on May 31, 2005. He is a purebred red and white Maine Coon from the Kinneycoon Cattery in Michigan. The full blood brother of Biscuit, who is seven months his senior, Muffin has enjoyed all the love and protection one can get from having a devoted, older sibling. When I first brought Muffin to the house (he weighed 3 pounds at the time), I intended to tuck him away in my bedroom, where he would be safe. Before I could close the door, Biscuit pushed his way through my legs, leaped...MORE onto the bed, and began grooming the baby. When he and Muffin emerged, two weeks later, Biscuit made it very clear to the other two cats that they were to treat this new arrival with the utmost respect. Muffin still has another year to grow, and he now weighs 21 pounds!

    The loveliest thing about Muffin is that he smiles and "sings" as he goes about the house. It is the happiest sound imaginable. When he was little, he spent the better part of his days on his hind legs, chasing whatever feather I had the energy to wave. Recently, a friend sent us a tunnel, which has filled my fluffy feline friend with delight. Every night he waits for me to scratch the surface, while he curls the tunnel into a U shape and tries to get me. He also loves to race through it at top speed, which is very impressive because there isn't any headroom.

    When he's not playing, grooming with his brother, or chasing the pesky Korat, a feisty 10-pound Aries who also lives with us, Muffin is cuddling next to me on the bed. He loves to be kissed and petted. He particularly enjoys busting my nose, which I also enjoy, now that I know he's not going to bite it! When I go to sleep at night, Muffin always pokes his head under the pillow where I hide my head, to make sure I'm okay before he curls up next to me.

    But he's not just a pretty face. When our 18-year-old DSH died this June, his eyes filled with huge tears. Two months later (that's 8 months in cast time), he's finally returning to his joyful, boisterous old self, and so, to celebrate, I took this picture of the day the tunnel came in the mail.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Jasper

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Jasper
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Jasper. Photo Credit: © Brittany Walker

    Jasper was my birthday present a couple of years ago. We saved him from the RSPCA. He used to sit on my lap in the bath until he fell in! He is always bringing home stuff like lizard tails and field mice. He likes to drink cream and always tries to drink the milk straight out of the carton.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Jeb and Jane

    Photo of Maine Coone Kittens Jeb & Jane
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Jeb & Jane. Photo Credit: © Maria Jordan

    Jeb and Jane were born February 23, 2003. I got Jeb and Jane from Cremocarp Coons – a breeder I found online who lives in Norfolk, VA. Initially, I went to the breeder for a male because I'd heard male cats were typically more affectionate but when I arrived at the breeder's home I couldn't take my eyes off a very energetic and rambunctious little girl, Jane.

    I came home with both male and female and decided to name them Jeb and Jane. I usually call them Debbie and Janie when I talk to them...MORE affectionately. Jeb now weighs a healthy 17 lbs and Jane weighs a healthy 12 lbs. Jeb is a brown tabby and Jane is a mainly silver tabby – Jeb is much larger than Jane but Jane rules the house.

    They are very healthy and the sweetest cats on earth – they truly are the "Gentle Giants" of the cat world. Jane loves her treats and Jeb loves to be brushed. They each have their own personality but I love them both the same. I think I'll always have Maine Coon cats because they are lovable, fun, and VERY smart.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Buddy

    Photo of Maine Coon Cat Buddy
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Buddy. Photo Credit: © Rebecca Kibler

    Cat's name is Buddy and he is a 19-pound gentle giant. He is 12 years old and big brother to 3 other kitties. He has such a special personality he truly is the king of our house.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Capone

    Photo of Capone, a Champion Maine Coon
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Capone. Photo Credit: © Ingegerd Wiklund

    The "CH" stands for Champion. I'm not sure what the "S*" indicates.

    First, we have; CH S*Sybo's Capone, dad's cat on the paper but mom's cat in the real world. He follows me like a dog, around the house and talks to me all day long. He has had three lovely cat litters with beautiful babies.

    We live in Sundsvall, in the northern part of Sweden, Please visit our website.

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    Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery: Amelia

    Photo of Maine Coon Amelia
    Pictures of the "Gentle Giant" Submitted by Readers Maine Coon Amelia. Photo Credit: © Amanda Wilson

    Here is pretty silver Amelia. Technically she is a Black Smoke with White Maine Coon, but her father was a grand champion silver tabby, and in practice, she is almost solid silver. The solid black smoke cats have pure black faces and they are very striking.

    I adopted Amelia as a retired breeder. At just over eight pounds, she is small for her breed, but as a kitten, she was a show cat and her registered name is Ch. Cooneyisle Smokin.

    I call her my silver lining because petting her is like petting...MORE a cloud. Her favorite activity is sitting in the window chattering at the birds outside. Amelia sometimes shares her home with foster cats from the Maine Coon Rescue, which works in the U.S. and Canada to place Maine Coons and Coon Mixes in good, loving forever homes. Her mom volunteers for MCR any way she can.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Dale

    Dale
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Dale. Photo Credit: © Robert

    Dale, He is a 5-year-old Maine that "found" me when I was living in the Atlanta area. I can truly say he is the best pet I've had, and he gives me hours of entertainment watching him play. He isn't the most graceful cat but most Maine Coons aren't; they tend to be on the clumsy side and don't realize they are a BIG cat. Thanks for allowing me to share my photos of him. He is special to me.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery

    Picture of Maine Coon Cat Amber
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Amber. Photo Credit: © Jackie MacKay

    Amber came into my home as a stray on the day of my daughter's High School graduation party. Little did I know that the tiny, but poofy kitten would turn out so beautifully. She is the love of my life and chirps, trills, and chatters to me all the time. Her favorite sleeping spot is anywhere I am. She loves going outside with her harness and leash, even in the snow.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Smacky

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Smacky
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Smacky. Photo Credit: © Rhonda Giesbrecht

    Smacky is a part, Maine Coon. He is approx 1 1/2 years old. He is named after Bucky the cat's teddy bear in the comic "Get Fuzzy." Smacky is absolutely gorgeous and people constantly comment on his size (he's 9 1/2 pounds) and his luscious tail. His beautiful coat pretty much never needs brushing, and his whiskers are over 4 inches long.

    He is a bundle of energy, and his favorite game is fetch - we throw his ball down the stairs, he runs down and carries it back up to us in his mouth again and...MORE again. His ball is a fuzzy black one with an elastic string attached to it - he is lost without it! We swing his ball in the air and he sits on his hind legs to bat at it or does flips in the air to catch it.

    He will get into trouble if bored, like climbing on the fridge or cabinets and batting things off tables just for the fun of it. He is obsessed with batting pens around and loves to squeeze under the couch to find little pieces of sponge to play with. He also enjoys splashing water out of his dish and watching and swatting the water running into the washing machine. He always wants to be near my husband or me and will follow us around the house and sleep by our feet or in our laps wherever we are. My husband and I love him so much and don't know what we'd do without him!

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Precious

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Precious
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Precious. Photo Credit: © Joan Wright

    This is my wonderful Maine Coon, her name is Precious. She is very affectionate and prissy. Her favorite word, which she understands is "Eat." That word makes her race to her food bowl. Precious loves to be petted. We love her very much and hope she'll be around for a long, long time.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Maggie

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Maggie
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Maggie. Photo Credit: © Theresa Roberts

    Maggie is a real sweetie. I adopted her last summer from our local Animal Rescue League. I went into the local pet supply store for dog food, and there she was on display in a cage. Having already announced to my family that I wanted to get a cat who was not afraid of our 90 lb.Labrador Retriever, I was surprised when the store employee told me that Maggie would reach out with her large paw through the bars whenever a dog came into the store.

    Her sister had already been adopted, and she must have...MORE been lonely. I stuck a finger into her cage, and she wrapped her huge paw around it ( as huge as a paw attached to a 1.7 lb. kitten could be!). She was scrawny, with long orange hairs down her back, and a crazy fluffy tail. Her ears and eyes were also large and something about her tugged at my heartstrings.

    I think she adopted me, and since bringing her home I can't imagine being without her. The folks at the store thought she may have some Maine Coon, and she seems to have every trait. Instead of meow, she would say "meow". But usually, she only speaks to us while waiting for her food dish. She chatters and clicks at birds and bugs through the window. She is not afraid of our Lab, and on occasion grooms her!

    My husband resisted getting a cat at first, but has grown to love her because she "acts like a dog". She is independent but will wander into the room that we're in, and even sometimes crawl up onto my lap.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Anastasia

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Anastasia
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Anastasia. Photo Credit: © Stephanie Brown

    This is Anastasia and the name defiantly fits her personality! She's my spoiled rotten princess! Which I'm sure suits her just fine. 

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Gryphie

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Gryphie
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Gryphie. Photo Credit: © Susan Schneider

    Graphite is a 3-year-old Maine Coon and he is also known as "The Big Galoot." He is about as laid back as a cat can get. He's not a lap cat, but he is somewhat of a companion cat and loves to be near us- as long as he feels like it. He also likes to be petted- as long as he feels like it. In the words, he is very "cat like." He loves it when we let him and his housemates (2 others) outside for a little supervised fresh air. He's very well behaved and doesn't wander...MORE out of eyesight. He walks in the back upstairs porch door when he's had enough. He's very affable and talkative. If he's looking for you, he "talks" until he's found you.

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: Jack Frost

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Jack Frost
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Jack Frost. Photo Credit: © Christy Brown

    This is Jack Frost or Frosty for short. He is a full bread Shaded Cream, Maine Coon. At the time of the picture, he was 4 months old to the day. I named him Jack Frost because the first thing he did when I met him was nip at my nose. I also call him Mouse or Little Bit.

    He was originally a Christmas present for my children. Yet he has somehow managed to attach himself to me and me to him (well, it wasn't really that hard – look at him!). He is very tolerant of my kids and they just love him...MORE to bits. I am sure they will be great companions when they are all a little older.

    He is fully capable of giving looks that convey nothing but love along with a gentle paw on my cheek. Gets him hugs and kisses every time! He actually loves to be hugged and kissed. He also likes to be held and carried around. Who ever said that Maine Coons will never be your baby hasn't met Frosty yet. So far he is a total baby and loves it!

    He displays a lot of the Maine Coon attributes. He is a "gentle giant" already – all be it a small one. He also makes all kinds of noises. He has different ones for what he is trying to say. Like "where are you," "I am so happy to see you," "I am spazzing out and playing," etc. He also loves to play fetch.

    He has been a wonderful addition to our family. Although don't ask our big red tabby. He isn't too happy about him yet!

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    Maine Coon Cats Picture Gallery: SamAdams

    Photo of Maine Coon cat Sam Adams
    Pictures of "Gentle Giants" Submitted by Their People Sam Adams. Photo Credit: ©Charlie Andrus

    Sam Adams (aka Sammy) walked into our house and hearts when he was about six months old. He is now 13 years old and is truly a gentle and sweet boy. His favorite place is on my desk with his big paws hanging over my keyboard, or reclining with his front paws crossed, looking majestic. We don't know if he's a full-blooded MC or not, but it doesn't matter. He's OUR Maine Coon.