The Maine Coon Stare

The Maine Coon Stare

by Michael
(London, UK)

Classic Maine Coon Stare - photo copyright Helmi Flick

Classic Maine Coon Stare - photo copyright Helmi Flick

The Maine Coon stare is not confined to Maine Coons. It's just that it seems that this most popular of all purebred cats (based on the PoC poll) has the ability to look us in the eye without discomfort. A stare is defined as, "to look directly and fixedly, often with a wide-eyed gaze" (Free Dictionary).

I got the idea for both the title and the post from Valley Girl, a colleague of mine. She runs an associated website called TEH KITTEH ANECDOTE/ANTIDOTE - a clever name for a site.

She is good with words and she has created a Flickr gallery which she calls, The Maine coon stare aka "The LQQK". See it here.

The thing is she got her idea from a post I made on a blog I created! The post is called "Feline Stare".

Which finally and conveniently brings me full circle to the point of this post. Some cats can look us in the eye and hold it. Some cats take a quick glance and turn away. And some cats turn their whole body around, present their backside to us, swivel their ears backwards and listen to us!

Seriously though, what is behind a cat's ability to hold a gaze into our eyes? Is it cat breed related - dependent on a breed or is it an individual trait? It may even be sex related but I can't discuss that...

I'll speculate on this. Maine Coons do have a greater ability or even desire to look at us in the eye and hold it. In fact they can hold the stare longer than us sometimes!

I remember ZAK, a beautiful Maine Coon boy living with Ken and Helmi Flick. He would come into my bedroom, jump on my bed and stare at me intensely. He was getting my attention. He could outstare me I felt.

Is this a means of getting our attention. Is it born out of a confident character. I think that it is (the both) and more.

My lady cat turns away and she is a nervous girl, always has been. Charlie is more confident and he looks at me straight in the eye while in the meerkat mode.

Perhaps Maine Coons are naturally, generally more confident because they are generally larger than almost all other domestic breed of cat. In the natural world size counts.

And surely it is about confidence. We can relate to this as humans. Shy people avert their gaze and more confident people stare you down. They impose their will over others by presence and look! It would seem that the same underlying reasons are behind the the Maine Coon stare.

But it can't just be about confidence. When Charlie looks at me I think he is looking at me out of admiration :)! Although I am joking a bit there may be something in that.

Cats like to play Sumo style fighting, out posturing and outstaring their opponents. The stare is used, as mentioned, as a means to dominate in a fight. That said, the cats that have stared at me were definitely not trying to get me to run off! They were more likely trying to achieve the opposite.

Perhaps a kind and wiser visitor will put me straight and educate me on this one...

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Jun 26, 2010 The Stinky Face Look
by: Melissa D

Like most cats mine picked me. It was a rare cold night in SW Florida and this big ball of fluff and furr was making noise outside my apartment, even though it sounded female I quickly found out it was male, After a week long search for his owners I ended up with my very own Maine Coon and my first, he stares at me and it is very funny because it looks like he is making a stinky face I will stare back because who doesn't like a good staring contest and I so far end up losing because who can keep a straight face when you have the stinky face looking right back at ya. His name is Chase and I have had him since December of 09 and the vet said he was only a year old and after some research I now know what I am up against, I am going to have a linebacker and the kid that beats up the honor roll student lol, the sumo thing is dead on I gotta say because Chase does that to my 16 year old DSH Teddy OMG it is funny.

Jun 26, 2010 Furby
by: Joyce Sammons

I wouldn't doubt if Furby has some Maine Coon in him. He has that stare down perfectly. His favorite way to use it is to be standing beside my dogs head when my dog wakes up. Freaks them out.

My neighbor even had a message on Facebook last night saying Furby was wicked and evil looking. I know it's because of the stare. He's always been that way. He was giving me the same stare the first moment I saw him.

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