The Twin Towers (Maine Coons)

Here’s a nice little diversion from the routines of the cat world. You probably know that, of all the cat breeds, Maine Coons are the longest. The so called world’s longest domestic cat was the famous Maine Coon named Stewie (sadly, he died of cancer before he should have). I have a feeling that either of the cats on this page could have beaten Stewie to that record.

If you make horizontal length, vertical height, Maine Coons are the tallest domestic cats on the planet if the cat is on his hind legs in the meerkat position.

Long and tall Maine Coon cats
Long and tall Maine Coon cats. Photographs copyright Helmi Flick.
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I never cease to be amazed when I see a Maine Coon on his/her hind legs. They become extremely vertical. There is no other domestic cat that stands as tall on hind legs as the Maine Coon. I hope you agree with me when you see this Helmi Flick pictures.

Thanks to Finn Frode, I know that Witchcraft was the Best Female Maine Coon International Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. I am sure Loooong John Henry has won his fair share of awards at cat shows too. He is outstanding.

Witchcraft appears to be a calico cat (tortoiseshell and white) and Long John is a tabby cat.

7 thoughts on “The Twin Towers (Maine Coons)”

  1. You’re spot on, they are just plain long and the fur can be deceptive. Witchcraft is just gorgeous, but she looks to be younger, rather than a full five? Could she have more growth ahead?

    Long John I’ve seen before and have no idea how long he is, but am guessing both have a shot at it. The way he is standing hides the base of him that would, of course, stretch out. Great captures!

    • Thanks Ruth. Helmi met some amazing cats. The Maine Coon really is a long cat rather than a big cat. They are quite large, certainly, but rangy and quite slender under all that shaggy fur.

      • Yes the fur is deceptive. I have never looked at Maine Coons and felt like they were rounded in any way, even with all that fur. Some cats are just rounder like British Shorthairs. Skinny but furry cats can look very round in winter like my cat in Canada. Maine Coons are too long to end up looking round with all the fur and that can only mean they are super long proportionally. I wonder which cat a shaved maine coon would look most like. Now there’s an interesting thought. Not something anybody should try at home 🙂


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