Characteristics Health

What is the Average Life Span of a Maine Coon?

Adult Maine Coon

The lovable giant Maine Coon cat is a generally healthy and hardy breed of cat. There is some data that suggests that the average life span of these cats ranges anywhere from 10-12.5 years while other data reports that these cats can live up to 15 years and beyond.

Of course with the proper care the life expectancy of these cats can be extended. While they are a generally healthy breed as with all cats, diet, exercise and general health care is going to play a role in how long the cat lives.

There are some genetic diseases that the Maine Coon cat is prone to, but regular check-ups and early interventions can help to increase the life expectancy. Your cat will require regular vet checks and vaccinations.  Should a problem be present if it is caught early on through blood work there is a better chance of curing the issue.


The number one thing you can do to make sure that your Maine Coon cat stays on the longer end of the expectancy rule is to feed him/her a diet that is fat free and that is sourced from a high quality dry mix. Insuring that the cat is not over fed is key to a healthy cat.

These are big cats and to keep their bodies healthy they need special attention to their diet. Speak with your vet about the right diet for your Maine Coon Cat. They can make recommendations about food type and amount.


Cats–especially the Maine Coon–are very intelligent animals that can survive without human intervention, so for your cat to remain healthy and have the will to live as long as possible they need to be physically and mentally stimulated.

That means conversations, attention, toys and play are all an important part of your cat’s life expectancy. Purchase toys that are stimulating and that you can enjoy together.

Oddly enough, Maine Coon cats are known for being able to be leashed and walked like a dog. This is a great form of exercise for the cat.  Keep the exercise and play interesting to engage the cat.

Life expectancy is dependent on genetics and on the care that the cat receives. Sometimes even genetics can be outsmarted by the proper care.