50 Maine Coon Cats That Will Make Your Cat Look Tiny
The Maine Coon cat is one of the largest domesticated breeds of felines. In fact, the title for the longest cat in the 2010 Guinness World Records was held by a cat of this breed. His name is Stewie, who measured 48.5 in (123 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Male Maine Coon cats can weigh up to 35 lb (15.9 kg). The origins of the Maine Coon, however, are shrouded in mystery. Although genetically impossible, one myth holds that this is the result of breeding between cats and raccoons. Another states that Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, tried to flee execution with her favorite Turkish Angora cats. While she didn't make it to the US, the cats supposedly landed on the shores of Wiscasset, Maine, where they began to breed. This might also explain why this breed is called Maine.