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Maine Coon Cat (Straight Dope Mailbag)
Straight Dope Science Advisory Board ^ | 29-Jun-1999 | SDSTAFF Jill

Posted on 08/05/2004 11:19:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

One of the oldest breeds of cats in North America is the Maine Coon Cat, and some say 40% of the originals had extra toes. One article said it evolved as a "snowshoe foot" to help these cats walk in the snow. Cute story, but probably [expletive deleted] ...The breed closest to the Maine Coon Cat is the Norwegian Forest Cat which evolved in the same climate and lends credence to one theory that ancestors of the Coon Cat may have even come to the New World onboard Viking ships. I like that theory best.

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1 posted on 08/05/2004 11:19:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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I thought I had a file about this, wound up finding the "Straight Dope" take on it.
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2 posted on 08/05/2004 11:20:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Straight Dope Science Advisory Board.....hadn't heard of them before!!!!

And extra toes for snow sshoes.... ok!
3 posted on 08/05/2004 11:28:39 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That article also mentions the Pixie-Bob, which is a cross between what we call the Bobcat around here (the Lynx; the Canadian Lynx is the long-legged version, genetically compatible with the American Lynx, of which the Pixie Bob sprang) and any old housecat. Someone living in the building where I work was "walking" one of these (not a Maine Coon Cat, a Pixie-Bob), had it on a leash anyway, and it was easily identifiable due to its feet. :'D
4 posted on 08/05/2004 11:36:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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5 posted on 11/30/2005 11:18:50 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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Note: this topic is from 8/05/2004. Re-ping.

6 posted on 07/01/2015 2:15:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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To: SunkenCiv

We had several of these cats a few years ago. Beautiful nice pets.


7 posted on 07/01/2015 2:17:26 PM PDT by Ditter ( God Bless Texas!)
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To: SunkenCiv

My neighbor had two or three cats with six toes

She called them Hemmingway cats. They looked like ordinary cats


8 posted on 07/01/2015 2:17:30 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12, 73, ..... No peace? then no peace!)
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To: bert

Pixie-bobs (lynx-domestic cross) have big feet, generally with extra toes.

http://cats.about.com/od/felinegenetics/a/polydactyl.htm


9 posted on 07/01/2015 2:26:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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To: Ditter

And I’ve heard, they’re even smarter than regular cats. That kinda holds me back, I’d be fighting ‘em for the TV remote all the time.


10 posted on 07/01/2015 2:26:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ours didn’t seem smarter than other cats. Our biggest was Junior, a grey and black tabby. He wanted to go outside a lot and he was probably sleeping under a car and was injured and died. Charlie was orange and white, he lived to a ripe old age. The other one had a birth defect, something was wrong about the location of his liver and he died young.


11 posted on 07/01/2015 2:32:20 PM PDT by Ditter ( God Bless Texas!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks! I have a gray tabby Maine Coon I adopted from the shelter almost 9 years ago-he was a pet that had gotten lost-he was about 3-4 then, according to the vet. He is a big cat-weighs 22 pounds-has long fur and huge paws-but no extra toes...


12 posted on 07/01/2015 2:34:59 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SunkenCiv
Silver Norwegian Forest cat:


13 posted on 07/01/2015 2:39:05 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Ditter

My 3 cats-all shelter cats-do not go out-I live in BFE, by the woods where there are lots of rabbits, turkeys, deer-and predators. Getting lost in the woods, found and brought to the shelter is how my guys ended up there in the first place-and even a big cat like Yeti boy the Maine Coon is no match for a mountain lion, coyotes or a wild hog...


14 posted on 07/01/2015 2:43:33 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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My brother a veterinarian, said that outdoor cats “ live short violent lives” . I believe that is true and I wouldn’t have let Junior out except he insisted.


15 posted on 07/01/2015 3:01:38 PM PDT by Ditter ( God Bless Texas!)
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i *suspect* that there’s something in the cross with the lynx that makes the polydactyly; years ago a coworker spoke of an area where she grew up in Michigan (boy, I’m drawing a blank now, but it was probably 30 years ago this happened) and everyone’s cats were polydactyl. Something like that can creep in due to inbreeding and then stick around if its a dominant gene. I joked at that time that she should crossbreed the polydactyl cats with tailless Manx cats...


16 posted on 07/01/2015 3:06:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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To: SunkenCiv

I have an 18 pound tuxedo Maine Coon cat named Jasper. He’s very dog-like in his behavior and he’s been with us for 16 years and is still going strong.


17 posted on 07/01/2015 3:10:04 PM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: SunkenCiv

They’re incredibly beautiful cats, all.


18 posted on 07/01/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t think our Maine Coons had and extra toe.


19 posted on 07/01/2015 4:14:00 PM PDT by Ditter ( God Bless Texas!)
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To: Ditter

My husband and I have been wanted one for 20 years and have no idea how to get one.

Are there breeders? I would love to know.


20 posted on 07/01/2015 4:43:01 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: submarinerswife
We got ours from a breeder over in Louisiana at least 30 years ago, I can't even remember a name or a town.
21 posted on 07/01/2015 4:48:36 PM PDT by Ditter ( God Bless Texas!)
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To: submarinerswife

Take a peek in here:
http://www.maine-coon-cat-nation.com/maine-coon-cat-breeders-usa.html

Hope it helps!
;0)


22 posted on 07/01/2015 6:07:42 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: grimalkin

We had a wonderful Maine Coon named Max. He was so smart.

They are terrific family cats.

He lived until he was 18. Loved that boy!


23 posted on 07/01/2015 6:18:09 PM PDT by dforest
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I have a Maine Coon named Abby, had her 15 years. She is a tortoiseshell and is great natured, follows me from room to room, answers when I call and does her best to talk to me. She has great non-verbal skills. My mother kept her for me for a month and put ice cubes in her water and now so do I. She can count because if I put in three cubes she won’t drink just stares at me till I add the fourth. She is the boss.


24 posted on 07/02/2015 11:16:15 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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