The Orange Maine Coon – A Complete Guide

Orange Maine Coon

The following is a three-part series on Maine Coon Cats: The Black Maine Coon, The Orange Maine Coon & The Grey Maine Coon. An Orange Maine Coon is a big lug with a muscular and big-boned body. Known as the ‘dog of the cat world,’ they are a great option for family cats. They are sweet, friendly, typically curious, and aren’t demanding of attention at all. He/she follows you around, loves their families, and gets along with everyone, be it humans, dogs, or other cats.

Originally, this breed was an outdoor cat breed, but they later became a working breed who kept barns and homes clear of rodents. They have a large head with tall ears. This cat has a profile that shows a slight dip under the large eyes. The chest is broad with thick legs; their coat is heavy but silky. One of the interesting characteristics of these cats is that the coat is furry and drapes higher on the abdomen and behind the legs but is shorter over the shoulders. Orange Maine Coons have incredibly good looks with a friendly and outgoing nature.

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Maine Coon History

The Maine Coon Cat is acknowledged to be the only longhair breed that is native to the United States. This breed was introduced by seamen who sailed into New England. Maine, being a common harbor would have tons of ships docking and was a place for the people on board to take breaks. Many of those families would later end up settling in Maine, taking with them their precious cat’s they spent much time with watching after. The cats were most likely part of the long-haired Angora breed, which are one of the few long-haired European breeds. These cats, whom spent much time on ships and eventually found its way to Maine would become known as the Maine Coon.

Folk Tale or Truth? No one really knows if the story of Captain Charles Coon is actually true, but it’s goes as so. Back in the 1800’s, Captain Charles Coon was a captain of one of those ships that would have many of these long-haired European cats. He would many times harbor his ship in New England, where he and his cats would spend time on land. These cats the captain brought with him, known as Norwegian Forest cats, ended up breeding with the local feral cats and many of these long-haired variations would show up all throughout New England. If this is true, it could be why they are now known as the Maine Coon, after Captain Charles Coon. These cats would end up becoming indoor cats for many people in the New England area.

Following this time, the love affair with the Persians started, and the Maine Coon cat dropped into second place in popularity. The ranking has changed once again in recent years, and Maine Coon is once again “America’s Cat.” From our list below of the most popular cat breeds for 2021 in the USA, Maine Coons rank #2. 

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Why Orange?

The Maine Coon cats orange color is associated with meanings of pleasure, warmth, heat, sunshine, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, enthusiasm, and fascination. This color encourages a feeling of general wellness and emotional wellness, which should be shared, such as passion, compassion, and warmth.

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How to Recognize An Orange Tabby Maine Coon?

Almost all Orange Maine Coon Cats are tabbies as they have stripes on their bodies. Although a solid Orange Tabby Maine Coon is quite rare. a Maine Coon orange tabby can be smokey-patterned, which is a solid color but with some fade on the coat. The undercoat is more vivid in color than the outer coat and almost always white. These cats will have either a ticked, mackerel or classic pattern across their fur and are available in an extensive range of different color classes. These cats are often confused with the Ginger Maine Coons or orange and the orange and white Maine Coon. Orange Maine Coons will usually have orange fur with a slight mix of red. A ginger Maine Coon cat will however brown mixed in with red in their coat.

Tabby Maine Coon is the most regular pattern of Maine Coon Cat and also the most popular. Despite the most common assumption, tabby does not refer to the color of the cat. It actually attributes to the pattern of stripes, spots, and swirls visible on a cat’s fur.

Classifications of the Tabby Maine Coon:
● Classic
● Mackerel
● Ticked
● Spotted

Each of the classifications have a huge number of color variants under its banner, referring that tabbies can come in an extensive number of color variations, from orange to silver. There are literally all the colors available for anyone wanting to purchase a Tabby Maine Coon. With such a huge number of tabby color variations, it is not at all surprising that the majority of Maine Coons are considered to be tabbies.

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Orange Maine Coon Size & Features

Maine Coons in general are some of the largest domesticated cat breeds in America. They are known as the “gentle giants” for a reason. A Maine Coon male can typically end up weighing anywhere from 15-25 lbs, while a maine coon female can weigh anywhere from 8-12 lbs. These cats, unlike the common house cat can take up to 3 full years to reach maturity. You can commonly see owners overfeed their Maine Coons since they don’t see them increasing in weight fast enough.

Maine Coons also have very distinct features that can make them easy to spot. Maine Coon eyes are large and slanted, and can come in a variety of colors. Their ears have tufts similar to lynx’s, which can enhance their hearing range since they are known hunters. Their fur is long and bushy and Maine Coon paws are large with tufts as well. A Maine Coon tail is also bushy and can be very long. Finally, you will find Maine Coon noises are different than most cats. They are very vocal and you’ll not only hear a Maine Coon meow, but also chirp and trill.

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Caring For Your Cat

Maine Coon Diet

Orange Maine Coons are usually active, so it is suggested that you select a high-quality food with a fair amount of protein is essential. Their primary ingredient must be real meat without fillers, preservatives, or artificial flavorings. They can suffer from hairballs because of their long coat, and there are specialist diets available for them that contain higher levels of fiber to decrease the chance of getting hairballs.

While taking care of Orange Maine Coon Cat, their nutrition must be controlled very carefully. This specific breed tends to become overweight when not monitored delicately. It is also important to spend time each day playing with your Maine Coon to ensure they get their daily exercise. There are some reports of owners playing fetch with these cats as well, as you will be surprised by the Maine Coon intelligence. 

Maine Coon Grooming

The Orange Maine Coon’s coat needs daily attention, and he/she must be brushed to make sure that the fur does not tangle. They must be combed to smoothen the coat, and the grooming is easy to do if they are taught at a younger age that this is play.

Also, regular baths are not a must. But if you need to, only use a cat specified shampoo.

With its 30 teeth, the Maine Coon cat will need regular brushing. Remember to use a vet-approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Avoid human toothpaste as this can have negative impacts to you cat teeth.

The orange Maine Coon cat has broad ears that can and will collect debris. Thus, regular cleaning and vet checkups will play an important role. However, avoid using Q-tips as they may injure your cat’s ears.

Similar to most cats, your orange Main Coon will also need frequent trimming of their nails, as they can typically grow fairly thick and long nails. Check out my list of the 5 Best Cat Nail Clippers to pick one that can work for your Main Coon.

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Personality Traits

Maine Coons are known for their playing and outgoing personalities. It is noted that people liken their characters more to dogs than cats. The cats love human attention, happily learn tricks, and even enjoy walking with a leash.

He/she must have a good exercising routine. Cat trees and perches should be available, and he/she also requires adequate room for running. They love interactive play and play with everyone in the family. Being a larger and heavier cat, he/she might knock things over here and there without meaning to do so.

Maine Coons enjoy exercise and the opportunity to explore their surroundings. To ensure that they get enough exercise themselves, you need to make sure that the cat goes outdoors.

The fluffy Orange Maine Coon Kittens are absolutely adorable, affectionate, and are independent. While the kittens love attention, they don’t mind being left on their own during the day. The cats are good-natured and patient, implying that they’re great companions for kids who know how to interact with cats respectfully. Their long-haired coats need grooming sessions at least twice a week.

Some Facts About Orange Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon Cats are sweet-tempered, gentle, and love their parents. They are perceived to be flexible in any environment as long as they have some room to exercise. When they run, this cat can be quite loud; however, their soft and quiet voice assures everyone that this lion is actually a lamb. The cats will be more than happy to keep themselves entertained while you’re gone.

These cats don’t often meow. However, they often chirp whenever they’re excited. Not that their chirping is annoying, rather it is gentle, and he/she doesn’t do it the whole day. The Maine Coons have a very high voice, making everyone think that a Maine Coon Kitten is making the sound even if your little one is already ten years old. When compared to their massive appearance, it is rather funny. He/she will definitely talk to you, but won’t go on and on either. They meow only when they’re missing you.

This cat will always help you, no matter what, and are very affectionate. They are very gentle to their homes and other animals and are not aggressive at all. Orange Maine Coons are intelligent, independent, forgiving, wary of strangers, and use their paws a lot.

Your giant orange Maine Coon will definitely love it’s owners, but they are standoffish with strangers until they get to know them a bit better. They retain the hunting abilities that made them popular as ship’s cats. They make excellent family cats and have got enough energy to enjoy plenty of games but are relaxed enough to nap on the couch happily.

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How Much Is A Main Coon Cat In Orange?

Orange Maine Coon Kittens represents a sizeable investment since these kittens aren’t cheap at all. Rather, we recommend budgeting around $500-$1,500 for a pedigree Orange Maine Coon Kitten. Orange Main Coon cats are expensive since they haven’t been spayed or neutered. For caution, the cats must be screened for genetic defects, which are common to the Maine Coon breed.

Should you want to purchase an Orange Maine Coon cat for show competitions, it might cost you  up to $2500 per kitten or cat. These cats are the best examples of the Main Coon breed, with excellent characteristics and no genetic defects. You can find ‘cheaper’ Maine Coons at adoption or rescue centers, but they may be an orange Maine Coon mix, so you want to do your research.

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Health Related Issues

Getting your cat from a reputable breeder will help minimize hereditary diseases. Some of the most common diseases related to Orange Main Coons are below:

Obesity

It is typical to see owners overfeed their cat since they don’t see they are gaining weight. Main Coons are known to be slow growers, so always consult with your vet before making and changes to your cats’ diet. Obesity in cats is very prevalent, and most owners don’t even know their cat is overweight until they take them to the vet for another reason.

Hip Dysplasia

Since these cats are known to be “heavy-boned”, they are more likely to deal with hip dysplasia, which is the deterioration of your cat’s hip joints.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Known as the “silent killer”, this disease is when your cat’s heart can become too muscular and can lead to abnormalities with your cat’s heart rate. This is usually not life threatening and can be dealt with by modifying your cat’s diet.

Vestibular Diseases

Vestibular disease can cause imbalance in your cat. Although it’s not fully understood why it occurs, ear infections in the middle and inner ear are known to be possible causes.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

PKD is known to form cysts that can broaden and expand your Maine Coon’s kidney, leading to reduced effectiveness. Since this disease is untreatable, it’s best you provide your cat with a diet focused around kidney health as soon as you notice any symptoms.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Leg muscles will typically weaken as your cats’ spinal neurons start to deteriorate. Most indoor cats can however live just fine with this disease.

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Are Orange Maine Coons Rare?

As Orange Maine Coons are not common as the other colors, such as Grey Maine Coons, they can be considered rare. Many breeders tend to breed ‘certain colors,’ and they become reputable breeders for that specific color of Maine Coon.

The old wives’ tales suggest the coloring of a cat dictates their personality, and to some degree, it is true, though there’s no science behind it.

Orange Maine Coon Lifespan

How long do orange Maine Coons live? The average life maine coon life expectancy can range from 10-13 years, as they are generally a very healthy breed. Some of the major factors that can affect their lifespan are its diet, care, and exercise.

Conclusion

Orange Male Maine Coons Cats usually fall under the ‘red’ classification. This breed can suffer from more health problems than any other breed, so it is required that you take the time to find a reputable breeder with the experience of producing healthy kittens.

 

Orange Maine Coons are instantly recognizable because of their huge size, distinctive face, and sweet tufted ears. They make excellent family pets, affectionate personalities, and laidback natures. While they love to play, the cats are just as happy to relax while you’re not home. They are one of the most beautiful variants, and their stripes make them beautiful, and if they are dotted with freckles, they’re even more irresistible.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Get An Orange Maine Coon Cat?

From a Breeder – If you are looking to find orange Maine Coon kittens for sale, your best bet will be to find a reputable breeder. An ethical breeder will give you all the paperwork and the vaccination schedule for your cat. 

Animal Shelter – You can also find orange Maine Coon cats in an animal shelter. Getting your cat from this center is the better option as it is cheaper than purchasing from a breeder. 

Check the following resources below to see if there are any available in your area:

Petfinder.com
Adoptapet.com

Are Maine Coon Cats Hypoallergenic?

Maine Coon Cats are not hypoallergenic. The Maine Coon, similar to the bulk of domestic cats produce allergens that can cause allergies for certain people. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic cat, you may want to look into the hairless Sphynx, the Russian Blue, or the Bengal.

Can Maine Coon Cats have Shorthair?

Maine Coons will naturally always come with long hair. If you do see a shorthair Maine Coon, it is probably a mixed breed.

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Merine Harlan

Such beautiful cats! I am currently choosing between the orange and black Maine Coon. 🙂