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Orange Maine Coon

Height: 10-16 inches
Weight: 11-18 pounds
Lifespan: 10-20 years
Colors: Solid red, red classic tabby, red mackerel tabby, and red ticked tabby
Suitable for: Families looking for a large longhaired cat with a friendly and affectionate nature
Temperament: Affectionate yet independent, patient with kids and pets

The Maine Coon is famous for being one of the largest domestic cat breeds. These stunning cats combine incredibly good looks with a friendly and outgoing nature. If you’ve been looking for the perfect cat breed, maybe this one will tick all the boxes for you!

Maine Coon cats come in a wide range of coat colors, with Orange Maine Coons being one of the most stunning. Don’t think that these are ginger coats, though — their coat color is technically described as red. If you’re ready to find out all the shades of red or orange Maine Coons and what makes these cats so special, you’re in the right place!

We’ll tell you everything that you need to know about the charismatic and unmistakable Maine Coon, so you can decide if one of these giant kitties might be the perfect new addition to your family.

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Orange Maine Coon Kitten — Before You Buy

Orange Maine Kitten
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Fluffy Maine Coon kittens are incredibly adorable, so be warned that if you visit a litter without being 100% sure you’re ready to own one of these huge cats, you might find yourself inadvertently agreeing to reserve a kitten, especially if you have your kids with you!

Maine Coon cats are affectionate, but they’re also independent, meaning they’re a good choice if you need to leave your house empty during the day while everyone is at work or school. While these cats adore attention, they won’t mind being left to their own devices during the day.

Orange Maine Coons are patient and good-natured, meaning they can make great companions for kids who know how to interact with cats safely and respectfully. Their longhaired coats do need more grooming than some other breeds, so you’ll need to set aside time for at least two grooming sessions a week.

Maine Coons of any color can suffer from a range of health conditions that you need to be sure you can manage. This breed is often likened to dogs, personality-wise. They love human interaction and enjoy learning tricks, playing plenty of games, and even dabbling their paws in water.

Orange Maine Coon Price

An Orange Maine Coon kitten will represent a sizeable investment, as these kitties aren’t cheap! We recommend budgeting around $500-$1,500 for a pedigree Orange Main Coon kitten. Bear in mind that not all breeders will always have orange kittens available, so you may need to wait until one becomes available, or be prepared to pay a premium in order to reserve a kitten with the perfect coat color.

You may find breeders advertising Orange Maine Coon kittens for a cheaper price, and while this might seem like a bargain to start with, we recommend proceeding with caution until you’ve established a few facts first. We recommend asking about:

  • Pedigree documents for both parent cats
  • Health checks carried out on parent cats and kittens
  • References from previous customers
  • If you can visit the breeding facilities and meet both parent cats
  • Which breed registry the breeder uses (there are a few)

Reputable breeders will be more than happy to answer any of these questions. Maine Coon cats can suffer from a few different genetic health conditions, so it’s vital to take the time to find a breeder who understands how to minimize the risks of these being passed onto the kittens they’re breeding.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Orange Maine Coon

1. They are technically red

While some Orange Maine Coon cats do look like an orange or ginger tabby, their breed standard actually lists them as red. The Cat Fanciers Association’s (CFA) breed standard says the solid red color should be: “deep, rich, clear, brilliant red, without shading, markings, or ticking. Lips and chin the same color as coat. Nose leather and paw pads brick red.” This base red coat can also end up as a red classic tabby, red mackerel tabby, and red ticked tabby. Red tabby Maine Coons can also have white markings. The CFA also lists red smoke or red cameo smoke. These stunning Maine Coon cats have a white undercoat, which can’t be easily seen while the cat is sitting still, as their topcoat is still a red color. As they move, their paler undercoat is apparent.

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2. Orange Maine Coons are the dogs of the cat world

Maine Coons are well known for their outgoing and playful personalities. Some people liken their characters more to dogs than cats. They love human attention, will happily learn tricks, and even enjoy going on walks with a leash!

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3. Maine Coon cats can be traced back to 1861

The first written reference of Maine Coon cats was back in 1861, and the cat was black and white. It’s not known exactly where the breed originates from, but they were used as ship cats due to their hunting prowess. Their name derives from the state that they were found in, Maine, and the fact that the original Maine Coon cats had ringed tails, resembling a raccoon.

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Temperament & Intelligence of Orange Maine Coons

Orange Maine Coon cats have a personality that’s as big as their bodies! They love attention but they’re not overbearing. Maine Coons can be vocal, but only when they want something.

Maine Coon cats love human company, but they’re independent enough to enjoy time alone too. So, if you need to head to work, your Orange Maine Coon cat will be more than happy to keep themselves entertained while you’re gone.

These cats might love their owners, but they can be standoffish with strangers until they get to know them a bit better. Maine Coons retain the hunting abilities that made them popular as ship’s cats back in the day, so if your Orange Maine Coon is allowed outside, don’t be surprised if they proudly bring back the results of their hunting expeditions.

Are Maine Coons Good for Families? 👪

Orange Maine Coon cats make excellent family cats. They get along great with kids, as long as the children know how to safely play with a cat. They’ve got enough energy to enjoy plenty of games but are relaxed enough to happily nap on the couch in between.

Do Maine Coons Get Along With Other Pets?

Orange Maine Coons are usually happy to live in multi-pet households, either with other cats or dogs. As long as new cats are introduced carefully, most Maine Coons are happy to live alongside them.

Orange Maine Coons are also fine living with a dog in the household. Their playful natures and inquisitive personalities mean they can often enjoy playing with dogs.

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Things to Know When Owning an Orange Maine Coon

Choosing to add an Orange Maine Coon to your family shouldn’t be a decision that you rush into. You’ll need to take the time to find a reputable breeder who carries out health checks, but you should also be prepared to invest time and money into keeping your Orange Maine Coon healthy and happy. Before you take the plunge, here’s more information to help you make your decision.

Food & Diet Requirements

Orange Maine Coon cats are usually active, so selecting a high-quality food with a good percentage of protein is important. Look for real meat as the first ingredient and no fillers, preservatives, or artificial flavorings.

Whether you choose to fed kibble, wet food, or raw food will be down to your preferences and budget, as well as what your cat likes!

Maine Coons can be prone to obesity, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on their weight. Your vet can help show you how to assess your cat’s body condition, and you can adjust their rations if necessary. Maine Coons can suffer from hairballs due to their long coat, and there are specialist diets available that contain higher levels of fiber to help decrease the chance of them getting hairballs.

Orange Maine Coon
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Exercise 🐈

Orange Maine Coons enjoy plenty of exercise and the opportunity to explore their surroundings. If your cat goes outdoors, they will probably get enough exercise themselves, but if they’re an indoor cat, you might need to encourage them to play so they don’t gain too much weight.

Maine Coons love games, so having a good selection of different toys can help keep your cat happy by indulging their instinct to chase and hunt. You can create food hide-and-seek games around the house, sprinkle catnip around for your Orange Maine Coon to enjoy, and more!

Making sure your cat has plenty of enrichment around the house is important too, even more so if your cat lives indoors. Adding vertical components, like cat hammocks, scratching posts, shelves, and cat condos will provide interest and entertainment.

Training 🧶

Orange Maine Coons are intelligent and can quickly be trained to learn commands. From teaching your cat to walk on a harness and leash to training them to sit, stay, and even high-five, the only limit is your imagination!

Orange Maine Coon cats will respond well to positive reinforcement techniques, such as you using a clicker to mark the behavior that you want them to repeat and a food reward to let them know that they’ve done the right thing!

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Grooming ✂️

Besides their stunning orange-red coats, Orange Maine Coons have a dense long coat. They need grooming at least twice a week to make sure that this doesn’t become matted and tangled. If your Maine Coon goes outside, then they may need more grooming.

Most Orange Maine Coon cats love being groomed, but it’s a good idea to get your kitten accustomed to it while they’re still young. Maine Coon coats do shed more than most cats, so besides regular brushing sessions to remove loose hairs, you may need to vacuum your house more frequently as well.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Maine Coon cats fell out of favor in the 1900s, and as a result, the number of breeding cats declined to a low number. While they’re now a popular breed again, this does mean that all Maine Coon cats are descended from a small gene pool. In turn, this means they can suffer from a higher-than-average number of health conditions. The color of your Maine Coon cat won’t affect which conditions they may inherit, so Orange Maine Coons will have the same chance of suffering from a particular health condition as any other coat color.

We’ve outlined the main health conditions below, but any reputable breeder will be happy to talk to you about the health tests that they carry out on parent cats and their kittens.

Minor Conditions
  • Stomatitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Obesity
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Polycystic kidney disease

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Male vs Female

Perhaps you’ve decided that an Orange Maine Coon will be the perfect addition to your family, and we don’t blame you! These adorable cats have amazing personalities. Now all that’s left to decide is if you want a male or female kitten!

We actually advise that you wait until you meet that sweet litter of kittens before you make up your mind. Maine Coons are a popular breed, so if you definitely want an Orange Maine Coon, you may not get a choice of whether they’re male or female. It will all depend on the parent cat’s color and genetics, how many kittens there are, and what color and sex each kitten is!

Red or Orange Maine Coons are often male, so if you’re sure that you want a female Orange Maine Coon, you may need to wait a little longer or track down multiple breeders.

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Final Thoughts: Orange Maine Coon

The Orange Maine Coon is instantly recognizable due to their huge size, distinctive face, and sweet tufted ears. These cats make wonderful family pets, thanks to their combination of playful and affectionate personalities and laidback natures. While they love to play (including in water!), they’re also just as happy to chill out while you’re away from home.

This breed can suffer from more health problems than many other breeds, so it’s vitally important to take the time to find a reputable breeder with the experience of producing healthy kittens. Orange Maine Coon cats from healthy bloodlines and who have been health tested can live for upward of 20 years. Taking the time to find a specialist breeder will give you the best chance of finding a kitten that will have a long and healthy life. If you’ve got an Orange Maine Coon, we’d love to hear more about them!

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