The Maine Coon Cat

 
Instead of re-inventing the wheel or plagiarizing the heck out of the Internet, we decided to make a number of links to the various articles and information available on the Maine Coon Cat.  Below these links, are some of our (specific) comments, but for the most part, the various articles and sites provide a huge wealth of information for anyone interested in learning more about the Maine Coon Cat.

The Polydactyl Maine Coon
 
Note: We can not accept responsibility for these links and what is contained on them.  They are placed here for your information only and it is your responsibility to judge whether the information contained on them is accurate, or not.


Maxwell Red Ryder

Ch. Theodore Rhett Butler

Mitzi

Annie & Mitzi as kittens

Scarlet

Standard

Profile of the Maine Coon Cat

About the Maine Coon Cat

Breed Council


Standard
(pdf file)


The Maine Coon Heritage Site



Feline Health Care

The Winn Feline Foundation

Feline Health Articles

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Maine Coon Cats

Hip Dysplasia


The Polydactyl Trait

 
Although the polydactyl trait is (at present) officially considered a "mutation" or "abnormality" for the Maine Coon breed and means the cats can not be shown in breed competition within CFA or TICA (they can in HHP - House Hold Pet), we do not agree with the "connotation" that comes to mind with the use of the words - "mutation" or "abnormality".  The incidence of the polydactyl trait in the "wild" has been reported to approach 40% and that alone says (to us) that this is not an "abnormality".  In our opinion, we consider it a "natural adaptation" for cats who exist in harsh environments, such as in the NE, where deep snow, etc., can be a major part of their life.  As with the Lynx, which has "abnormally" large paws, that allow it to walk on top of the snow, the Maine Coon may have developed the polydactyl trait (or the trait survived) for the same reasons - it enhanced their survivability in harsh environments.  At worst, it obviously did not contribute to their demise.

Note: At some level, to accept the above idea(s), you have to believe in the concepts presented by Darwin on genetics, survival, etc.  Though just a thought... it can make for some good reading. :-)

Regardless of the reasons behind how the polydactyl cat came about, why they still exist, etc., they are, in our opinion, a version of the Maine Coon breed that should be cherished and carefully preserved.  Though not currently recognized within CFA (The Cat Fancier's Association) or TICA (The International Cat Association) they are very much a part of the Maine Coon breed and as such, deserve recognition.  Both organizations (and others) allow the registration of polydactyl Maine Coon's, just not the showing in breed competitions.  Hopefully that will change in time, but between now and then, we join with the other breeders of the polydactyl Maine Coon in carefully preserving this wonderful characteristic within the breed.

The use of the initial "P" in the name of a Maine Coon is a common convention that denotes that the named cat is a "Polydactyl". 

 

 

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