Maine Coon cats have several nicknames that people have bestowed upon them in direct relation to their personality traits. They are called the “gentle giants” and the “dogs of the cat world”. They are very intelligent friendly cats. They are also very playful and curious.
These large sized cats are outgoing and socialize well with both people and other animals. They are curious and love to interact with people and other pets.
Most owners of Main Coons will agree that the males of the breed are far more outgoing than the females are. The males are larger and will go out of their way to entertain their human companions. They are comical and are typically the life of the party.
The females are also quite outgoing but initially will seem a bit “cat-like” and aloof to strangers. The males are more free-wheeling and looking for a good time with everyone, friends and strangers alike are potential playmates for them.
The female Coon cats are nice to be around. They are also outgoing, once they get to know you. They are highly intelligent and playful. Both the males and the females have been described as being docile and easy to train.
They are both considered excellent “mousers”. They like to hunt and spend time being enticed to chase so it is very important that they have toys available. They are not aggressive with children or other cats, but they can certainly hold their own in an argument so it is always best to introduce them to a new cat with supervision. They are very accepting of new circumstances.
If you come across a Maine Coon that is not friendly or seems to feel a bit nervous they are very likely coming from a bad situation–that’s how rare it is to find one that does not want to make friends.
They are referred to as the dogs of the cat world because their size is that of a dog AND because they display dog-like traits when it comes to loyalty to their family. They will accept the whole family as their own but will be especially loyal to the person that cares for them.
Overall this is a great breed that is simply a joy to be around.