How is a White Maine Coon Different?
The white Maine Coon differs from other Maine Coon cats in terms of coat color. While Maine Coon cats come in various colors and patterns, the white Maine Coon specifically has a solid white coat color. This makes them stand out and adds to their prestigious and majestic appearance.
What Color Eyes Does a White Maine Coon Have?
The solid white Maine Coon can have blue eyes, copper eyes, green eyes, or odd eyes.
Are Maine Coon Cats Really White?
The Maine Coon is white because it has inherited the dominant marker gene, which covers up its underlying colorings. This gene is so dominant that it can trump any other genetic coloring present within the cat.
Underneath the white Maine Coon coat genetically lies the true color of the cat. Sometimes you can see the color when the cat is a kitten. There will be a revealing spot of fur on its head . That spot usually disappears when the adult coat comes in and will fall as permanent white.
How Common are White Maine Coons?
White cats in general make up only 5% of the entire cat community. Encompassing only a tiny percentage of the Maine Coon population (only about 1.5%).
People are either huge fans, or they’re on the opposite end of the stick. If you find yourself in love with a white Maine Coon, consider yourself part of the lovers!
White Maine Coon Kittens
White Maine Coon kittens are the most adorable creatures on this planet. Imagine little balls of pure gleaming beauty bouncing around your home.
Adopt your own and be part of our sub-culture.
These are the first White Maine Coon Kittens born at the Sassy Koonz Cattery. They were born on August 26, 2021, and the names were inspired by Billie Eilish.
Aren’t those the most precious babies you’ve ever seen?
Are White Maine Coons deaf?
Not all white Maine Coons suffer from hearing loss. There is a risk factor, however, that any cat breed with an all-white coat will be deaf. The risk is greater in a white cat with blue eyes. The same gene that causes the coat to be white (the “W” gene) is the same gene that causes hearing loss.
If a cat has both eyes that are blue, then there is a 40% chance of him being deaf. If he has one blue eye, then the risk is 20%. The cat will usually be deaf on the side with blue eyes.
There is a test that can be performed which is referred to as the BAER ( Brainstem auditory evoked response). It evaluates the components of the external ear canal, middle/inner ear cavities, cranial nerve, and selected areas of the brainstem. If deafness is suspected in any cat, this test should be performed.
The Blue Eyed Maine Coon
The blue-eyed Maine Coon cat could possibly be the most striking in the entire lineup. The solid white coat against those beautiful baby blues is stunning.
The color of a kitten’s eyes doesn’t change to their permanent color until they’re about 7 to 9 weeks old. Until then they will be what we call “baby blue”. This is a deep blue color – almost navy. Once the eyes start to change colors, it starts first around the pupil and works its way out.
With a blue-eyed Maine Coon, there’s a way to tell if the cat will have permanent blue eyes, as well as odd eyes. When you take a photo of a cat in low light using flash photography, the pupils don’t have time to close. The light from the flash passes into the eye through the pupil and reflects off the back of the eyeball.
Blue-eyed Maine Coons have less melanin in their eyes, thus causing the red reflection in the photos. This rule applies to people with blue eyes, as well!
Are White Maine Coon cats rare?
Only 1.5% of the total Maine Coon population are solid white. That makes them a pretty rare color. Having one in your home really gives you a new appreciation for this breed.
Some may worry that a cat of this snowy color may find himself being dirty or hard to groom. Quite the contrary the white Maine Coon cat learns to groom himself and keep himself snowy white so that you can feast your eyes on his beauty.
The only way to produce solid white Maine Coon kittens is for one of the parents of the litter to be solid white. Sassy Koonz has had two females that fit the strict qualifications in the breeding program, Blanche and Magic.
White Maine Coon Cat Names
These cool cats definitely need their own genre of names. Something that’s playful, angelic and pure.
Are White Maine Coons the Gentle Giant?
- He’s the cat of mine that will hang out with me on the couch the longest. He’ll stick around long enough to watch an entire half of a movie!! He also lets anyone that comes over to the house pick him up and hold him. He’s a cool dude.
- He likes to take a bath. I can take him in the bathtub with me and scrub a dub. He also digs the blow dryer.
- Omega is a gentle giant. He’s getting to the point where I have to grunt to pick him up, and he grunts too! But we can just chill out together and his loud purrs are calming and make all other noises just disappear.
It is for reasons like these that I decided to become a Maine Coon breeder.
Pictures of White Maine Coon Cats
Below are some pictures of white Maine Coon cats that belong to Sassy Koonz, or are one of our white Maine Coon kittens.
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Meet Omega, my White Maine Coon Baby
Reasons Why My White Maine Coon Cat is the Coolest
- He’s EXTREMELY talkative. He is always meowing, talking, chirping, trilling grunting, mumbling under his breath, etc. More than any cat I’ve ever met. Let’s put it this way. As long as Omega is around I’ll never need an alarm clock, or forget to feed the clan. He’s there EVERY DAY at 5:45 am to let me know the sun is rising and it’s time to hit the floor.
- He’s majestic but goofy at the same time. He walks around like a lion, just tall and confident. Subsequently, he doesn’t know what’s going on half the time and he’s usually late to the show. He’s always looking around like “what did I miss”?
- This big kitty will literally sit at the dinner table with us, waiting on some bite-size yummies, without ever getting on the table. He knows that if he stays in his seat, he gets a treat. And he is a FOODIE! He’ll eat anything from Macaroni and cheese, waffles, key lime pie, chicken..you name it.
- He’s friends with everyone! I’ve never seen him get ugly with any of the other Coonies, or our dog Branson. He’s just a big old loverboy.
What Does Omega look like now?
He’s a whopping 31 pounds. He is the biggest cat of my bunch. Maybe he’ll compete for the World Record of the World’s Biggest Cat!!
If you want to learn how to photograph kittens, be sure to read the article on our blog.