Maine Coons are leading the game when we’re talking about pedigree fluffers. They are the most adorable, affectionate, and most likely to become famous on Instagram or TikTok. And, tuxedo Maine Coons are a story in itself.
Now, you probably haven’t thought of the pawsibility of treating yourself with the one and only Agent 007, the James Bond of the fluffy world, have you?
Maine Coons might be famous for a bunch of reasons (they’re pretty purrfect, to be honest). But, tuxedo Maine Coons catch everyone’s attention for being the most elegant, dapper-looking felines out there.
As a matter of fact, these gentle giants have addicting purrsonalities bound to make you “aww” and “wow” every single day. And, they’re the embodiment of the “there’s more to love” mantra that’s taken today’s society by storm because they’re absolutely, pawsitively massive.
But, you might want to check your bank account numbers as soon as possible because these bad boys aren’t cheap. Actually, when you’re planning on buying a Maine Coon kitten wearing a penguin suit, you’re looking at making your wallet anywhere from 400$ to 2000$ lighter.
And, that’s not even the most surprising thing about the tuxedo Maine Coons you’re about to read! As a matter of fact, you came knocking on the right door. Turns out we’ve gathered everything you need to know about these frisky felines before settling on one to have and hold for the rest of your life.
Where do Maine Coons come from?
Oh, the mystery that envelopes the tuxedo Maine Coons! You might think you know about the Dapper Dans of the feline world. But, you might have your fancy tickled by the fact that nobody seems to know for sure where Maine Coons come from (tuxedo or otherwise).
But, that’s not to say that there aren’t theories. Starting from the wildest theory out of the bunch, some cat connoisseurs believe that Maine Coons came to be as a cross between a raccoon and a cat (hence the “Coon” part of the name).
But, such a mythical creature couldn’t have come to life considering the fact that we can’t breed these two completely different mammals.
On the other hand, we can’t brush over the “Maine” part of the name. As a matter of fact, there seems to be a theory that purrfectly untangles the moment when a particularly fluffy feline reached Maine and decided to stay there and breed with other particularly fluffy felines.
And, the entire story somehow has to do with none other than Marie Antoinette. Turns out that Marie Antoinette possessed a bunch of beautiful Turkish Angora cats which she boarded on a ship that was supposed to take her away from France.
Antoinette never made the ship. But, that didn’t stop her precious purrincesses from reaching Maine, leading questionable lifestyles (we’re kidding), and creating Coon kittens.
Last but not least, we’re coming back to the “Coon” part of the name. One particular theory sticks out like a sore thumb and suggests that Maine Coon came to be when Charles Coon sailed the New England coast with cats assuming the role of seafaring companions.
And, you know the rest of the story. So, they mated with local cats, brought offspring wherever they went, and became known as “Coon’s cats.”
What do tuxedo Maine Coons look like?
Goldfinger might hold the throne for the best James Bond villain origin story out of the bunch. But, mysterious Maine Coons with the whole “are they raccoons or Marie Antoinette’s Angoras” come a close second.
On the other hand, we haven’t even addressed the penguin in the room… Considering the fact that we’re supposed to talk about tuxedo Maine Coons rather than the average Coon cats.
What are tuxedo Maine Coons? What do tuxedo Maine Coons look like? And, what seems to be the difference between tuxedo Coons and average Coons?
First things first, tuxedo Coons are a type of average Coons based on the color and the pattern of their fluff. They are the most beautiful and bewitching type, we would argue.
As a matter of fact, Coons can assume an array of colors and patterns you can choose from depending on your personal preferences (granted you have any). You’re looking at a white, black (Black Smoke, hello?!) brown, chocolate, cream, blue, grey, orange, or red fluffer.
As for the pattern, you’re presented with a bi-color, solid, calico, tri-color, color point, or tabby feline. And, each of them comes with the biggest, softest fluff you’ve ever had the pleasure of petting.
But, when you’re looking for a tuxedo Maine Coon, you’re looking for a black and white fluffer with a pattern that resembles a penguin suit (or a monkey suit, whichever term works best for you).
And, other than that, tuxedo Coon cats share the same appearance as average Coon cats. Tuxedos fashion a big-boned build which makes them one of the largest domestic cats out of the bunch.
Not only that, but a tuxedo’s fluff makes them appear bigger, better, and so-snuggly-you-could-die. And, the statement piece doesn’t seem to be reserved for black and white attire only!
1. Black Tuxedo
As you might have suspected, the black tuxedo’s the most popular color out of the bunch. And, black tuxedo kitties have predominantly black fluff with white patches on the face, chest, and paws.
As a matter of fact, we’re pretty sure we prefer the term “penguin suit” because the placement of the spotting makes them look like little penguins.
2. Blue Tuxedo
“Wait, what? Cats can be blue?!”. We’re not talking about the navy, royal, cobalt, or cerulean shades of blue you would use when describing the sky or the water. We’re talking about the blue-ish, washed-out, diluted color cats assume when they’re not a pure breed.
Depending on the parents, tuxedo Coons can assume the pale black or blue color which doesn’t change as they get older. But, blue tuxedo Coons are much more fun than the ones we discussed a couple of paragraphs ago.
3. Orange Tuxedo
Who wouldn’t want a Garfield-looking Coon? Orange tuxedo Coons have the same placement of the spotting as the rest of the shades we have mentioned. They just have predominantly orange fluff and white patches on the face, chest, and paws).
But, orange tuxedo Coons can have other color combinations such as orange and brown, orange and cream, and orange tabby with white patches.
4. Chocolate Tuxedo
Chocolate tuxedo Maine Coons are pretty rare, but we shouldn’t overlook the absolute pawesomeness they possess. As you might have guessed, they have a bunch of brown fluff with white spotting around the face, chest, and paws making for that signature look.
But, chocolate cats might possess other shades of brown such as cream, tan, or beige, too. Chocolate makes everything better, right?
5. Tortoiseshell Tuxedo
The tortoiseshell tuxedo sounds like something we should see at the upcoming New York Fashion Week! The fact that you can find the same pattern on a fluffy feline blows our minds. But, that doesn’t seem to stop the tortoiseshell tuxedo Coons from strutting their way. And, these frisky felines are the rarest out of the bunch.
What makes tortoiseshell different from other colors and patterns? Tuxedo Maine Coons typically possess two colors – one covering the body and one covering the face, chest, and paws. But, tortoiseshell has two (or even three) colors covering the body and one covering the face, chest, and paws.
What are Maine Coons like when no one’s watching?
And, with these fashion statements out of the way, we can proceed to discuss what really matters – a tuxedo Maine Coon’s purrsonality. “They’re heavy, huge, and look like they could crush me with one paw (if they wanted to!)“; probably sounds like something most humans would say at the sight of a Maine Coon.
Oh and, the fact that a tuxedo Maine Coon looks like the feline embodiment of Agent 007 doesn’t help the case, right? But, tuxedo Coons are adorable, affectionate, and clever enough to understand humans aren’t food.
As a matter of fact, humans provide food as long as they’re always snuggly and cuddly. We’re not kidding, though – tuxedo Coons absolutely adore being around humans.
When you get one of them, you’re probably going to notice that they follow you everywhere you go. They offer their fluffy bellies for the rubbin’ because they’re not scared. They aren’t big on purrsonal space.
Sure, they might appear older because they have large frames and expressive faces. But, tuxedo Coons are kittenish when we’re talking about the temperament that follows them as they grow older.
Coons appreciate running around the apartment (or the backyard) and chasing after butterflies. And, they love keeping themselves physically active rather than sleeping the day away.
Trust me, they deserve the title “gentle giants” considering how caring and loving they can be. But, they don’t necessarily appreciate when you carry them around the apartment like a sack of potatoes or when you force them onto your lap.
As a matter of fact, tuxedo Coons don’t like sitting on laps whatsoever (which seems fair considering their size).
What can you expect from a Maine Coon, health-wise?
A cat’s health depends on a bunch of different factors, the breed being one of them. Tuxedo Maine Coons are typically healthy and strong. Oh, they don’t even think of leaving you for ten to thirteen years (our way of presenting you with a Coon’s lifespan).
But, that’s not to say that Coons don’t have health problems you should keep an eye out for.
Hip dysplasia, enlargement of the heart or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), spinal muscular atrophy, stomatitis, periodontal disease, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and obesity are some of the most common health problems that appear among Coons.
But, why are they susceptible to these health problems?
First things first, large cat breeds (such as Norwegian Forest Cat) tend to have problems with bones because they carry a bunch of weight on them. But, some of the most common symptoms of dysplasia (weakness, waddling, trouble walking, and bowed legs) typically occur when the cat grows older.
On the other hand, enlargement of the heart or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) happens when breeders don’t breed healthy, hardy cats.
And, there are no symptoms that can help you determine whether your Coon might be dealing with the same disease (other than carefully picking the breeder, of course!).
And, muscle weakness (as the most prominent symptom of spinal muscular atrophy) makes sense when we’re referring to a Coon’s genetic markers.
Symptoms appear quite early which means you might be able to figure out the problem before SMA affects your cat’s mobility and forces her to spend most of her days lounging on your lap.
What’s the best way to care for a Maine Coon?
Oh, have we mentioned the absolutely adorable fluffy tuxedo Maine Coon possesses? Don’t blame us when the black-and-white statement frock appears to be the first thing anyone pays attention to when a Maine Coon enters the room.
But, such a stately piece of clothing must require special care, right? That’s right, a Coon’s coat needs regular grooming to ensure no tangles or matted clumps appear. She’s a purrincess, she needs proper care every single day.
Therefore, when we say she needs regular grooming we’re referring to the fact that she needs her hair brushed out and styled every day and washed every week or every month depending on the condition.
When a Coon starts looking a little greasy, stringy, and matted – that should be your cue to call warm water, shampoo bottles, and brushes to your rescue.
Other than that, grooming and brushing help with the heaps of hair you might start discovering in the oddest of places once you house a Maine Coon.
Furthermore, a tuxedo Coon needs to lead an active lifestyle with plenty of physical activities, playtime, and chase-after-me toys. Coons respond great to training, meaning you won’t have trouble getting her to walk on a leash outdoors or even fetch a toy.
But, she might need a larger litter box once she grows older and bigger. Yeah, that’s something you might want to keep an eye out for.
Oh, and before we forget, Maine Coons thrive when they have a friend to play with. So, you might want to consider getting two Coon kittens at the same time. Or even getting another kitten while your Coon’s young and not afraid of everything that comes her way. Good luck with that!
What are the living needs of a Maine Coon?
A friend of mine fostered a tuxedo Maine Coon for a couple of months. And, there was an anecdote related to her he kept repeating over and over whenever we would get together.
So, turns out the Coon he had was a true “lover, not a fighter” type. As a matter of fact, she played every animal that ever walked through the door. She caressed the dog with her paw pads. She licked the parrot clean every day. And, she didn’t chase the butterfly because she didn’t want to startle him or her.
But, one day she was faced with a difficult decision because she stumbled upon a mouse while she was minding her business. She felt the need to run after the mouse as soon as she noticed the beady little eyes staring at her.
But, she changed her mind. She ran off (with the sound of my friend laughing). And, she came back carrying a chunk of cheese between her teeth.
Of course, the mouse was long gone. But, we could never forget the fact that the adorable tuxedo-wearing Maine Coon thought she could make the mouse feel welcomed with a chunk of cheese. Maine Coons are pretty much the most affectionate animals out of the bunch, after all.
So, make sure your tuxedo Coon feels welcomed. And, make sure you’re providing her with plenty of affection, cuddles, and snuggles.
Coons need a family that’s going to spend most of the day with the rather than working and traveling (and spending every moment doing something other than playing with her). Sure, Coons can stay alone for short periods of time – but they prefer when you’re with them.
How much money do you need for a tuxedo Maine Coon purrincess?
Now that you learned how pawsome these fluffers are, you might be wondering something along the lines of “But, can I afford to buy and take care of a cat with a pedigree?”.
We can’t argue the fact that tuxedo Maine Coons are an expensive addition to the family. But, the cost of taking care of one shouldn’t make give you a headache.
First things first, the cost of getting your hands on a tuxedo Coon depends on a couple of factors. Are you adopting, buying, fostering, or rescuing the Coon? Are you getting a kitten, an adult, or a senior? Where are you getting the Coon from?
Whatever the case might be, you’re looking at a 400$ to 2000$ cost straight off the bat.
Starting off with a bang, you might be planning on purchasing a tuxedo Coon kitten from a reputable breeder. You’re probably going to spend anywhere from 800$ to 2000$.
Considering the fact that kittens cost the most, you might want to throw a glance at cats that haven’t been munching on their mother’s milk for a couple of days.
With that thought haunting you while you sleep, adult tuxedo Coons range anywhere from 400$ to 1000$. Senior tuxedo Coons cost anywhere from 400$ to 800$.
You might even be looking to purchase a Coon while you’re struggling to pay rent. In that case, you might want to check reputable adoption agencies with Coons ranging anywhere from 100$ to 250$.
But once you get your hands on one of these fluffers, you won’t have to spend as much as you think. Maine Coon tuxedo cats don’t need anything you wouldn’t get for a regular kitten. Other than endless cuddles, snuggles, and physical activities to keep them happy and healthy, of course.