Siberian vs. Maine Coon

Introduction

Siberians, also known as Russia’s native forest cats, have been around for many years as a standard domestic cat. These cats played an essential role as mousers in Russian society.

It’s a Russian Cat breed. As it shows from the name, they belong to Siberia. This area is famous for having extended periods of cold weather. These demanding cats are so affectionate and fun-loving. They love to bring their favorite toy to you and ask you to throw it. They are so human-friendly and love to have cuddles when they want to. 

The cost of Siberian kittens varies between $200-$400, depending on their size and health. 

They are considered loveable pets that get along well with other pets and children in the household. They love to play with water, so don’t forget to take them along if you plan on going fishing.

The Maine Coon breed was well known as an expert mouser, and they can be traced as far back as the early 19th century on ship cargo records as they were transported around the world. 

This breed is the only long-haired cat native to the United States of America. One of the first historical references to this breed was back in 1861 about a black and white cat named Captain Jenks of the Horse Marine.

Appearance 

Siberian cats 

Nature has perfectly designed these cats for their habitats in the frozen forests of Siberia. These cats have threefold water resistance fur that seems heavy compared to their size. This cat typically weighs from 8-17 pounds. The thick coat of these Siberian cats has many colors, including Blue, Black, Red, and Silver. They also have a range of diversity in their patterns, including tortoiseshell, calico, tabby, and much more. These cats have muscular bodies. Nature has gifted Siberian cats with such beautiful colored eyes as golden, green, and copper. 

Having a thick fur coat on their body, they shed a substantial amount of hair, but surprisingly, these cats are considered hypoallergenic.

Siberian closeup
Siberian cat

Maine Coon cats 

Maine Coon: This cat is medium to large, and typically males are bigger than females. They have a long body with a rectangular shape.

This breed has a beautiful coat that is heavy but very silky. They have thick legs and a broad chest, and tall ears sat on top of a large head.

Maine Coon kitten
Maine Coon kitten

Differences 

 

Maine Coon cats 

Siberian Cats 

 

Weight 10- 25 lbs.

Weight 10-20 pounds

 

Length 10-16 inches

Length 17-25 inches

 

Coat color white, black, ebony red and many others

Coat color different patterns and color combinations

 

Life span 10-15 years 

Life span 10-18 years

 

Eye color 

Eye color different colors

Similarities 

Both have the same muscular bodies 

Both have thick long-haired coats 

They have a friendly nature

Temperament

Siberian cats are highly adoring and warm. These cats’ mental and physical growth is prolonged, which means they spend most of their life like a kitten. They don’t act like mature cats even when they reach adulthood. Siberian cats are very quiet. They don’t make much noise, but when they do, it generally is just a little chirp to show affection to people they love. They love to be around people and not on their own.

Maine coons are known for their gentle nature and friendly traits. Very similar to Siberian cats, they behave more like kittens than adult cats. They are easy to train because of their high level of intelligence. They love their owners and quickly adapt to their environment. They love to play with water and may try to jump into your bath with you.

Maintenance 

Siberian

Siberian cats have a thick and dense coat which is surprisingly very easy to brush. They need to be brushed once or twice a week. Some Vets claim that Siberian cats are at high risk of kidney diseases, so a proper checkup is required. Adequate cleansing for their teeth is vital for their hygiene. After every few weeks, ensure you trim their nails properly and clean their eyes properly.

Maine Coons

Maine coon will require more attention and a giant litter box as they will instinctively dig and bury their feces. You will need to think about where it would be best to place the litter box in your house. 

These cats can also suffer from digestive problems and may require a raw food diet to help overcome this issue. 

These cats are more muscular than other cat breeds and require more significant portions at mealtimes but ensure you do not overfeed them as they have a higher risk of obesity.

Suitable for 

Siberian cats are amicable. They love to be surrounded by children and other pets. So, if you have a busy household with children or pets, this cat breed will suit you best. They are easy to handle and adapt well to most environments.

Maine Coon are known to be very patient and get on well with children. Many people have stated they have a “dog-like” quality due to their loyalty and personality traits. However, they may require a bit of extra maintenance in regards to their need to have a larger litter box.

Which breed is right for you?

Both breeds are suitable for families with children and other pets. However, a Siberian cat will shed a lot of hair and is maybe a bit messier than a Maine Coon.