Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed and one of the oldest breeds in North America. It has a rather long and thick waterproof coat made of an undercoat overlayed with a glossy topcoat which does not require much grooming. The hair varies in length around the body, with shorter hair on the head, neck and shoulders and longer hair down the back, sides and tail. Their ears have a feathered appearance and their paws have tufts which extend backwards, giving them a snowshoe-like function.

Maine Coons come in a large variety of colours, including white, tortoiseshell, tabby (with or without silver) and smoke, all with or without white patches. Their eyes can range anywhere between green, gold and copper, although blue or odd-eye colour is not uncommon among white cats. As a result of all these variations, no two Maine Coons look the same.

Male Maine Coons weigh between 6 and 8 kg and females weigh around 4 – 6 kg. Height can reach 41cm and they can reach up to 100cm long. The lifespan of the Maine Coon is 13 years and over.

Insuring a Maine Coon?

Get award-winning cover with more benefits and up to 80% of eligible vet bills reimbursed. Find out about your cover options.

Get a quick quote

Get 2 months free for your kitten!

Don’t miss this limited time offer

To ensure your precious fur baby is covered from the start, we'd like to offer you 2 months free pet insurance in your first year2.
Get a quick quote
Maine Coon Cat Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance

Personality and Temperament

Maine Coons are known for being friendly, affectionate and goofy – they’re not only huge in size but also huge in personality. Much like a dog, the Maine Coon loves to be around its family and sometimes acts like a pack animal. They are obedient and will come when called. They also love to greet guests, who will be surprised at the sociable nature of the Maine Coon.

Common Maine Coon Diseases & Conditions

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

  • Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This inherited disease is difficult to diagnose and often the first symptom is sudden death. It is caused by the thickening of the heart’s walls. It mostly affects older male cats, but can occur in younger cats too. Some cases may not be lethal and can be treated with medication if diagnosed via an echocardiogram. Signs of this disease include anorexia, lethargy, difficulty breathing, coughing, fainting and paralysis of the legs; however some cats may show no symptoms.
  • Spinal muscular atrophy. Spinal muscular atrophy is an inherited condition which causes the skeletal muscles in the lower body to die and surrounding muscles begin to atrophy. Affected kittens will show symptoms (including an abnormal gait or standing with toes out in front) by the age of 3 – 4 months. Although there is no treatment, affected cats do not experience pain and can live at least 8 – 9 years old.
  • Hip dysplasia is a heritable condition in which the thighbone does not fit correctly with the hip joint. It can cause pain, lameness and eventually arthritis; however some cats do not show any symptoms. Treatment is available in the form of weight loss, medication, diet, and surgery in serious cases.
  • Polycystic kidney disease. PKD is a condition that is inherited and symptoms can start to show at a young age. Polycystic Kidney Disease causes cysts of fluid to form in the kidneys, obstructing them from functioning properly. It can cause chronic renal failure if not detected. Look for symptoms like poor appetite, vomiting, drinking excessively, frequent urination, lethargy and depression. Ultrasounds are the best way to diagnose the disease, and some cats can be treated with diet, medication and hormone therapy.

Not all conditions are covered by Pet Insurance. For details of Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance cover, refer to the Product Disclosure Statement.

What do Maine Coon owners claim for the most?

Pet Talk

Jam packed with news, tips and advice on how to provide the best possible care for your Bow Wow or Meow!

Maine Coon Cat Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance


The Maine Coon is native to America and dates back to the 18th century, possibly earlier. Legend has it that the Maine Coon’s ancestors were semi-feral cats crossed with racoons, although this is impossible. Others believe its ancestors were cats sent by Marie Antoinette who tried to protect them as she plotted her escape during the French Revolution.

In reality, it is probable that the Maine Coon came to America from Asia or Europe or simply was a result of breeding domestic cats brought to America by the early Pilgrims.

Around the 1900s, the popularity of the Maine Coon began to wane as more fashionable and exotic breeds were imported into the US. However, the breed made somewhat of a comeback in the 1950s with the establishment of the Central Maine Coon Cat Club in 1953, and the breed was accepted into purebred cat registries from 1976. Today, the Maine coon is the third most popular pure breed of cat in the US.

The cat was first reported outside of America around 1975 in West Germany, where it was referred to as the American Forest Cat.

Maine Coon Cat Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance

Maine Coon Facts!

  • The Maine Coon is known as the “Gentle Giant” of the feline world.
  • Despite their large sizes, you may be surprised to learn that Maine Coons have quite high-pitched voices.
  • A Maine Coon named Cosey was the winner of the very first cat show in the US.

Read all you need to know about insuring a Maine Coon

Learn more

Get a quote


10% discount for multiple pets1

Free engraved pet ID tag on sign up3

Customer Satisfaction

21 day cooling off
Life-long cover4
GapOnly® & easy claims


Maine Coon Rescue Australia:

The Maine Coon Cat Club (UK):

Get 2 months free for your kitten!

Don’t miss this limited time offer

To ensure your precious fur baby is covered from the start, we'd like to offer you 2 months free pet insurance in your first year2.
Get a quick quote