The second part of the name comes from the long tail and density of fur that have been compared to the similar attributes of the raccoon, an indigenous North American mammal. Like the raccoon, the Maine Coon cat is an exceptional climber.
Despite the massive size of a Maine Coon, they are still a very gracious animal, with high cheek bones and a firm chin. Their ears are large and set high and wide apart. They have powerful muscular bodies and substantial paws and legs. The colour of the eyes maybe green, gold or copper and eye colour bears no relation to coat colour. In white cats it is possible to have blue or odd eyes.
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.