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Maine Coon vs Normal Cat: What you Need to Know (2022)

Maine Coon vs. normal cat – what are the differences? If you’re trying to imagine the sheer contrast between a Maine Coon cat and a typical cat, there are quite a few differences to take into account.

For one, the Maine Coons features and its size compared to an average cat is quite remarkable.

The notably larger cat breed is a special class, with its thick shaggy fur, large round eyes, and dog-friendly temperaments. Compared to normal cats, Maine Coons have a faster growth rate and an array of other distinguishing features.

These kitties are highly intelligent and are considered healthier than other breeds of cats.

Although the Maine Coon cat is commonly categorized as an ol’ domestic long-haired cat breed, this kittie is its own unique breed.

So, there are significant differences and similarities between our regular cats and Maine Coons, from their appearances, personalities, care, and more.

Let’s take a look and compare some things between our beloved meow machines.

maine coon tabby cat staring with very pointy ears

Maine Coon vs Normal Cat: Physical Features and Differences

When comparing the difference in physical appearance between a Maine Coon to a regular house cat, it’s remarkable to know what makes these large kitties so different.

1. Coat

A regular house cat’s coat would consist of a domestic shorthair, medium hair, or something of that kind. A Maine Coon, on the other hand, has a stunning thick, shaggy coat and features solid or tabby coloring (over 75 different colors) and in a variety of patterns.

ginger maine coon cat
Maine coon

This, combined with their signature ears, beautiful eyes, long whiskers, and you have a unique cat.

Maine Coon’s long-haired coat is a defining feature of the cat breed compared to normal cats.  Their coats are super fine and silky, depending on the amount of grooming you give your long-haired pussycat.

Don’t feel overwhelmed with the amount of beautiful fur to detangle; there is never any trouble with the right brush.

The fur is naturally longer around the chest and neck area, on the belly, shanks, hind legs, and ribs. On the contrary, our regular kitties don’t have this permanent winter coat.

tabby cat licks human finger

2. Ears

The Maine Coon cats appear to have large earmuffs (ear floof) covering their ears. Their ears are wide and pointed, similar to lynx ear tips, with tufts of fur around the ear.

A regular house cat’s ears are not so dramatic and can range in different sizes, shapes, and the amount of hair around the edges.

dark ginger maine coon cat stares at camera showing maine coon personality
Maine Coon

3. Size

The most obvious thing about the Maine Coon versus an ordinary house cat is its size. Most domestic cats are small in stature, with the average feline weighing around 10 lbs in weight and reaching about 9 to 10 inches in length.

On the other hand, Maine Coon cats are large and can weigh up to 25 lbs in males and 18 lbs in females. These giant kitties can reach between 10 to 16 inches tall, making them rather sizable felines.

ginger cat rubs against person's legs

Of course, weight and height aren’t the only metrics we can use to compare Maine Coons and other regular felines. Let’s look at length too. From the cat’s nose to the base of their tail, both male and female Coons share an average length of 19 to 30 inches.

An average house cat can only reach an adorable average of 15 to 20 inches.

4. Eyes

A Maine Coon’s eyes vs. a regular house cat’s eyes are very distinct. Their eyes are large and come in a range of shades from amber, copper, green, green-gold, and everything in between.

tabby cat with green eyes and green colour being held by man in tartan shirt
Maine Coon with Green Eyes

White Maine Coon cats may also have blue or odd-colored eyes. Most regular kitty’s eye colors are blue, yellow, hazel, green, or mixed.

5. Whiskers

If you’ve seen the Main Coons whiskers, you’ll certainly see they are more distinct than those of regular cats. Besides looking rather cheeky, Maine Coons whiskers are the longest of any domesticated cat breed.

dark-maine-coon cat showing maine coon personality

These kitty whiskers are beautifully placed on their wide faces, with their solid chins and high cheekbones to complement their structure. Normal cats tend to have a more triangular face shape with many sorter whiskers.

6. Tail

The luxurious long tail is another difference between the Maine Coon cat and regular cat. It’s super fluffy and long and can grow between 12 to 18 inches in length.

ginger tabby with very fluffy tail outside on a lead
Who wouldn’t chase this tail?

Their tails often flip up while walking around the house, like a flag, waving back and forth, dusting the air. In comparison, an average cat’s tail can look a bit like a thin noodle, only reaching up to 10-inches in length.

Personality Differences

The best thing about a Maine Coon is their personality. Despite the cat’s notably large size attracting attention, what really keeps you is their companionable, affectionate personality.

maine coon cat on a tree

For all that size, these gentle giants are not fearsome but rather cuddly. Commonly agreed, the Maine Coons temperament includes qualities of being friendly, engaging, outgoing, and people-orientated.

Domesticated cats are affectionate in their own weight but lack some unique characteristics you’ll find in a Maine Coon. Maine Coon cats are also highly trainable and have personalities similar to dogs rather than cats.


They have the potential to learn tricks on the fly and are more family-friendly than other felines.

Territorial Behavior

There is no difference between the Maine Coon and any regular kitty marking their territory. With any breed, this act is achieved through scent glands, and it should not cause any problems in your household. However, this can also depend on how often your kitty does this.

Maine Coons and regular cats mark their empire by leaving their scent in a location or on an object to declare it as theirs. They can do this by scratching or rubbing themselves on what they want to mark – or spraying urine.

ginger cat scratching itself using its back paw

Cats, in general, use their scent glands in their paws, cheeks, and flanks. By merely rubbing these parts onto an object (including you), they transfer their scent to it.

Psst…If you have an issue with your kitty clawing at your furniture, get her a scratching post.

Cleaning & Grooming

Maine Coon owners should groom their beautiful long haired pussycats every week, ideally 2-3 times. Like any other long-haired felines, regular grooming and shampooing can help remove any excess hair and prevent their silky fur coats from becoming matted and tangled.

silver siberian cats grooming each other

Like most long-haired kitties, such as the Norwegian Forest, taking care of their coat relies on more than just regular brushing. Aside from combing to prevent matting, their diet also plays a significant role in the overall health of your kitty’s coat.

A diet with a good amount of fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 will help ensure their beautiful, silky coats stay healthy.

cats nails being clipped

⇒ Getting a new kitty? Check out my guide to How to Look after a Kitten, 6 Best Kitten Wet Food Options and 8 Best Kitten Dry Food Options

Normal – shorthaired – felines, on the other hand, don’t require as much grooming, maybe a bath here and there, and weekly nail clipping. These cat breeds typically spend up to 50 percent of their time grooming themselves, keeping themselves clean.

Health Problems

Maine Coons are relatively hardy breeds; however, they’ve inherited a few genetic predispositions compared to normal cats. One of the unprecedented health issues a Maine Coon cat can face is hip dysplasia. Although it’s more common in large breeds of dogs, it could also develop due to the breed’s size. 

Veterinarian listening to cat's heart maine coon vs normal cat

Another unique health issue Maine Coons may face is feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It’s one of the most prevalent heart diseases in cats and is often found in Maine Coons ( typically middle-aged or older felines).

These beautiful kitties may also face spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), another genetic disease. It’s typically found early on in a kitten’s life (usually by 3-4 months); though it is not fatal, it can cause weakened muscle development.

Cat in a veterinary clinic hairdresser doing beauty care

Another disease found in Maine Coon cats is Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), also found in the Persian breeds.

Both Maine Coons and normal cats face common feline diseases such as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD), diarrhea, eye problems, vomiting, and more.

A Footnote: Maine Coon vs. Normal Cats

The Maine Coon and normal cats share a murky ancestry yet are still loved on par around the world. Each breed of cat is unique in its own way, with special features and personalities to make you fall in love with any purrr-fect little furball.

maine coon cat staring at camera from window sill

Ultimately, whether it’s a regular cat breed or the Maine Coon cat, choosing either kitty will provide you with a cherished little paw’tner for life.

What do you think the biggest difference is between the Maine Coon and a normal cat? Please share, I’d love to know more.

maine coon cat tabby on white background
maine coon cat

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Terry White

Friday 16th of December 2022

Very good coverage of most things a person needs to know about the most amazingly wonderful cat breed. Thanks 😊

Michael J Broad

Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Nice work. Well done.

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