Talk:Maine Coon

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Easy to Train?[edit]

The article cites an authority as saying they are "Intelligent" and "Easy to Train", but this has not been my experience at all. My experience has been that Maine Coons are very slow-witted compared to other cat breeds, losing interest in games or toys in half a minute or less. Even chasing a laser-pointer only holds their attention for a minute or so before they grow bored and wander off. It has also been my experience that they are extremely aloof and extremely obstinate to the point of repeating activities that directly result in physical injury and pain simply because you told them "no" when you saw them start to do it, and will ignore any and all rewards for positive behavior including food, making them impossible to train in any way. Could we have someone actually verify that this "authority" actually wrote this about Maine Coons? Because seriously, this has NOT been my experience with the breed AT ALL. 67.0.80.4 (talk) 13:09, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Honestly, it sounds like you have had little experience with cats. Maine Coon's are extremely intelligent and easy to train as a rule in comparison to other breeds. I was just hanging around with one today, and in comparison to my cat, he was an Einstein. Have you considered that you might be a dog person? Viriditas (talk) 07:55, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
Is there any scientific source backing up that any cat breed is extremely intelligent? - I don't think so. I agree that this sentence should be removed, is kind of "fa" talk, the supporters of a certain domestic breed of animals, that their owners perform, without any real confirmation., Dan Koehl (talk) 10:51, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

Cats are not easy to train in general, as they do not want to bother. In other sites they seem to cite Maine Coons are easy to train to be well behaved and walk on a leash, which makes more sense than "easy to train" as in learning tricks. No cat is truly easy to train in that regard. But this does not mean there are no cat breeds that have a high intelligence, and I'm certain there are many researches around about cat intelligence that could be used as reference. 189.114.204.32 (talk) 21:27, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Yes, they are easy to train! I have taught my male Maine Coon, Mitche, to sit on command! Dessydisorderly (talk) 21:20, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

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Diet[edit]

The "Diet" section reads more like tips on how to keep a Maine Coon as a pet than an encyclopedic summary of what this animal would self-select as food and perhaps how it would catch its prey. For example, "Maine Coons, like all domestic cats, are obligate carnivores who generally prey on small rodents, reptiles, and birds. When kept as pets they are typically fed an analog of this diet in the form of dry kibble or prepared, canned, "wet" food (usually processed animal meat and organs)." The parts about how Main Coons shouldn't be fed from plastic bowls (and similar pet keeping advice) isn't relevant. Super j dynamite (talk) 15:12, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

Agreed, this entire section should be rewritten. Much of it makes no sense or is not evidence/research based at all. 189.114.204.32 (talk) 21:21, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Little more then a collection of cat pictures[edit]

This article is ridiculous. It is little more then ton of cat pictures! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.10.2.124 (talk) 21:42, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

Certainly some could be removed under WP:NOTGALLERY. Eagleash (talk) 15:10, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

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